So, we're back in lockdown, but you know what that means! Over the next four weeks (or longer, we'll see what happens!), we'll be returning to our "an hour or so with..." sessions via our FACEBOOK page. And we're thrilled to announce that the guest for the first of these will be the thoroughly brilliant MAZ O'CONNOR.
 
Hailed as a "remarkable songwriting talent" by Q magazine, singer-songwriter Maz is known for her thoughtful lyrics and captivating singing. She grew up in the wild Lake District of the Romantic Poets, studied literature at Cambridge and is now settled in South London. With roots in Ireland, all of these influences make her songwriting and performing style something truly unique.
 
 
In 2014 Maz was awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fund Fellowship (Adele was a previous recipient). During this year she wrote her album This Willowed Light, which earned her a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award and appearances at high profile festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival, WOMAD and Glastonbury. She headlined Downend Folk Club, at our larger Christ Church venue, back in February 2015.
 
Her second album The Longing Kind, was a coming-of-age piece, about which Songlines wrote: "There is an inquiring intelligence as well as an emotional sensibility at work here…she plays and sings beautifully." She toured the UK and Europe, and opened for such artists as David Gray, Thomas Dybdahl & Rosanne Cash. 

Maz's new album Chosen Daughter is a concentrated feminist statement. It is not protest music, but a very personal album which explores, and celebrates, the feminine, inspired by the stories of her grandmothers.
 
The focus of these "an hour or so with..." events is very much on chat, although each guest will play a few live songs too. You are invited to ask questions in the comments, so it is 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 donate at PayPal.me/downendfolkclub or via the button below.
 
It won’t come as any surprise to you to hear that we’ve had to indefinitely postpone this month’s planned LUCY WARD in Concert live and online events. As no new date is available at this stage, we will refund all tickets immediately… although please note it can take up to ten days for Headfirst to complete the refund process.

Those that had tickets for the live part of the performance will be offered priority tickets for the rescheduled date next year before they go on sale.

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any queries. Do watch this space for some happier news shortly!

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We are thrilled to reveal that the guest for the third in our series of live/online hybrid concerts will be the fantastic LUCY WARD.

Named "Brit-Folk’s most vibrant and forthright new young talent" by MOJO, "impressive and original" by The Guardian and "inspiring" by Billy Bragg, BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Lucy is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and folk musician. Her songs are a sweet mixture of evocative imagery and quiet, involving beauty; passion, protest and tradition all rolled into one. Her voice is breathtaking; this captivating and powerful performer and has a unique ability to inhabit the very heart of every song.

 

As summed up by Shrewsbury Folk Festival, "Lucy is a breath taking presence on stage. Her unpretentious outlook and warmth melts the hearts of audiences. Her disarming personality, pitch perfect delivery and the maturity of her songs can reduce an audience to tears, but a Lucy Ward set will always send you away feeling uplifted."

It will be Lucy’s third appearance at Downend Folk Club, having first played solo at Frenchay Village Hall in March 2015, before returning a couple of years ago with a full band in tow, this time at Downend School. We are thrilled that Lucy has agreed to come all the way from her Derby home to perform in these strange times!

Tickets for both parts of the concert are on-sale now HERE. They are very limited (to a maximum of 26) for the live element of the concert, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 13th November. Doors open at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start. There will not be a bar, so ticket-holders are encouraged to bring their own refreshments and the means to consume them. They should also bring a face-mask (for moving around the building, it does not need to be worn during Lucy’s performance) and their own hand-sanitiser. Tickets for the live concert are £15 each and are only available in advance. This also includes a ticket for the stream, details below.


The online event premiers on Friday 20th November via YouTube. You can only access this concert if you have paid for a ticket, which are priced at a minimum of £10 each (although you are encouraged to take the option to pay more if there is more than one person watching). Ticket- holders will be able to watch the concert as many times as they like for one month, so if you can’t make the premier on Friday 20th, it’s still well worth a watch! Please note that tickets MUST be bought before 6.30pm on the day of the event... we are unable to sell any after that, so even if you intend to watch later, you must have your ticket by then.

For further information, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or find us on FACEBOOK, TWITTER and INSTAGRAM.