This Friday sees the return of a familiar face as we continue our online series. JACKIE OATES has performed twice at the club, first at Frenchay Village Hall in July 2015, before returning last Christmas with a full band, filling the glorious surroundings of Christ Church Downend with festive magic. Now, we have the change to get to know her even better as we spend an hour or so chatting to her online!

Every Friday during lockdown, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we're 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. We'll keep them going until the restrictions are relaxed, and then we'll decide what to do next. 

Jackie is synonymous with the reinvigoration of English folk. Her mellifluous voice, plaintive fiddle and tantalizing approach to traditional songs gained her several BBC Folk Awards in a career that’s seen her perform as a member of the nascent Unthanks, collaborate with Alasdair Roberts and Belinda O’Hooley, and release seven acclaimed solo albums. An inventive and enthralling artist; who else can say they’ve been immortalised as a Lush cosmetic, featured on cBeebies, Lauren Laverne’s 6 Music show and appeared in Midsomer Murders?

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. See you at 8.00pm on Friday.

Our lockdown series of online events continues this Friday when we will spend an hour or so with the phenomenally talented CHRISTINA ALDEN & ALEX PATTERSON.

Every Friday during lockdown, at 8.00pm on our FACEBOOK page, we're 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. We'll keep them going until the restrictions are relaxed, and then we'll decide what to do next.

Christina and Alex are the main song writing force behind award winning folk trio ALDEN, PATTERSON & DAHSWOOD, who headlined a sold-out evening at Downend Folk Club in February last year. They have been playing and singing together for the last seven years and have toured extensively in the UK and Europe - including a twenty three date tour with Show Of Hands, a show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections and main stage performances at some of the UK’s most prestigious folk festivals.

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. See you at 8.00pm on Friday.

Following a meeting of the Downend Folk Club committee last night, we are able to announce that, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the decision to cancel our concerts in June and July, which were due to feature HANNAH JAMES & TOBY KUHN (Friday 19th June) and LUKE JACKSON (Friday 17th July).

 

We will contact all ticket holders, and refunds will be issued. We are in touch with both artists, and we hope to be able to find a date for them to perform for us in the future.

 

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. For now, we plan to restart in September, but we recognise that there is a high chance that we will not be able to do so. For that reason we have not announced the programme as yet, but we do have acts booked for the third Friday in September, October, November and December.

 

In the meantime, we hope you are enjoying our “an hour or so” series on Friday evenings. Do tune in each week at 8.00pm. We look forward to enjoying live music with you again, as soon as we are able. Stay safe.

 

Ant Miles, Chairman

on behalf of the Downend Folk Club committee