The second in our series of online events takes place this Friday (10th April) when we'll be spending an hour or so with NICK HART ... an artist that was highly recommended by our Patron Jim Moray during our first one!

Each week, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we'll be joined by a different guest for an hour or so. The focus of these events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You'll are invited to ask questions in the comments, so it will be very interactive... the more people watch and engage, the better it will be for everyone. The events are free, although there is a PayPal donations box, with 100 per cent of the donations going direct to the guest. You can find that at the bottom of the page.

Nick is a folk singer deeply rooted in the English tradition. Raised in a family of morris dancers, Nick played instrumental music for many years before discovering his passion for traditional song. Whilst studying for an ethnomusicology degree, he began to explore the large body of recordings of traditional singers from the second half of the 20th century, and this led to several years of fevered study and many nights spent at folk clubs and festivals, honing his skills as an unaccompanied singer.

Nick's initially hardline attitude to the accompaniment of folk songs has softened over the years, but his love of the nuances of traditional singing informs his minimal guitar accompaniment, and his  songs are delivered with a great emphasis on storytelling. His repertoire of songs, drawn largely from his native East Anglia, reflect his understanding of both the depth and breadth of material within the English tradition and he is fast acquiring a reputation as an engaging and entertaining performer.

We'll be announcing next week's guest at the end of each episode, so do stay tuned until the very end, and get your questions ready in the meantime. You can submit questions in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd rather. And make sure that you've "liked" our Facebook page for reminders.

Tune in to our Facebook page at 8.00pm on Friday 10th April. See you there. Sort of.

The concerts have had to stop for now, but we've still been beavering away behind the scenes to bring you something fresh, different and exciting! We're thrilled to announce that this Friday will see the start of a new online weekly series: "An hour or so with..."

Each week, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we'll be joined by a different guest for an hour or so. The focus of these events will be on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You'll be invited to ask questions in the comments, so it will be very interactive... the more people watch and engage, the better it will be for everyone. The events are free, although there is a PayPal donations box, with 100 per cent of the donations going direct to the guest. You can find that HERE.

Our first guest, this Friday (3rd April) will be our Patron, JIM MORAY. Jim is amongst England’s finest interpreters of traditional song. His relentlessly innovative recordings can truly be said to have changed the sound of folk music since the early 2000s, and he has won fans and admirers far outside of the folk scene without ever betraying his traditional roots. A five-time BBC Folk Award winner, his songs have been featured in a season finale of Grey’s Anatomy, he has appeared on-screen singing a specially composed song for Dr Who spin-off Class as aliens attack the earth, and he has presented documentaries on traditional music for BBC Radio 3.

We'll be announcing next week's guest at the end of each episode, so do stay tuned until the very end, and get your questions ready in the meantime. You can submit questions in advance by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you'd rather. And make sure that you've "liked" our Facebook page for reminders.

We've tried to do something a bit different, so we hope you'll want to put 8.00pm every Friday for the next few weeks in your diaries now. We have some great guests lined up! See you then (well, we won't, but you'll see us!).

 

As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation continues to develop and escalate, the Downend Folk Club committee are faced with questions as to what to do with the scheduled concerts over the next few months. We continue to monitor the advice from the Government, and remain committed to resuming our programme as soon as it is legal and safe to do so.

I'm sure you will agree, the prospect of our April and May concerts going ahead seems extremely unlikely, so we have taken the decision to postpone these two concerts immediately, to allow for the best chance of them being rescheduled as quickly as possible.

Therefore, the event scheduled for Friday 17th April, featuring INDIA ELECTRIC CO. at Frenchay Village Hall, and the SAM CARTER & THE HOME WATERS STRING QUARTET concert, scheduled for Friday 22nd May at Christ Church Downend, will now not go ahead. We continue to keep an eye on our June and July bookings, which remain in place for the time being.

The good news is that we have already been able to reschedule the INDIA ELECTRIC CO. concert. This will now, all being well, be the first concert in our Autumn Programme, on Friday 18th September, again at Frenchay Village Hall. All purchased tickets will automatically transfer to this new date, so if you are able to attend, you do not need to do anything. If you are unable to make the new date, you can claim a full refund (minus bookings fees). Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you need to do this, but please note that, depending on demand, we may not be able to process your refund until the week following the rearranged date. This is simply because the ticket money is not released to us until after that date. There are reserves to cover a small number of refunds, but not all. Your understanding is appreciated.

We remain committed to bringing SAM CARTER back to Downend Folk Club as part of our 2021 programme, and conversations with Sam's team are ongoing. However, with the date unclear, we will refund all tickets currently bought for this event immediately. Again, please email us and we'll make that happen.

Please watch this space, as well as our social media, for continued updates, and we hope to see you all again very soon.

Ant Miles, Chairman
on behalf of the Downend Folk Club committee