We are extremely excited to announce our plans for an online offering moving forward, as the world opens up a little bit.

We’re very aware, and utterly thrilled, to see that we’ve attracted followers from a much wider area than our little corner of Bristol over the last year, through our online “an hour or so with…” sessions, which have taken place on our Facebook page every Friday evening in each of the lockdowns (we had a little break for two in-venue gigs in September and October). We absolutely want to make sure we keep in touch with our new online friends over the coming months and years, but feel quite strongly that we don’t want to stream entire gigs from our venue (as those that can need to go back to their own local venue when they’re able to!).

So… here’s the plan: "AN HOUR OR SO WITH..." WILL CONTINUE!!! It will be on a monthly basis, and it will be slightly different, but it's staying for the foreseeable future! HOORAY!!!

Thank goodness Ant found his beard-trimmer since this "first-lockdown" photo...

At each of our concerts, which take place on the third Friday of every month apart from August, we’ll be filming a handful of the songs or tunes from the evening. We’ll also be sitting down with the headline artist for a bit of a chat and a Q&A. You’ll still be able to ask your own questions, but they’ll need to be sent in advance.

This selection of chat and songs will then be quickly edited together, and will appear on our FACEBOOK page and YOUTUBE channel (simultaneously) at 8.00pm on the Sunday following the gig. Make sure you've liked/followed/subscribed! We’ll still be there in the comments to hang out with you all and have a bit of a chat. The artist will also be in the comments where their commitments allow.

As always, these events will be free to attend with an online tip-jar. These donations will be treated as extra ticket money and will be split with the artist on that basis (which, for the avoidance of doubt, is very much in the favour of the artist, but not quite 100% as it was during lockdowns). The sessions will be available to view for a couple of weeks after the event in case you’re not able to make it on the Sunday.

So, we’ll be spending “an hour or so with...”: SAM SWEENEY on Sunday 23rd May; ELLIE GOWERS on Sunday 20th June; and LUKE JACKSON on Sunday 18th July. We do hope that you’ll join us and help to carry on this lovely new little community that we’ve formed. We'll be announcing our Autumn/Winter programme over the coming few weeks.

And for those a little closer to home, don’t forget that those three concerts are happening on the Friday beforehand. Sam's concert has already sold out, but there are a few left for Ellie (and her band) and Luke. See further down for more details.

 

The final guests in the latest series of weekly online events for lockdown will be MEGSON, who will join us for an hour or so of chat, with a few songs thrown in, on Friday 16th April.

Four times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the  Spiral Earth Awards Megson, aka Stu & Debbie Hanna, draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music. 

The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting and intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As fRoots Magazine puts it, "if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem".

2019 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album Contradicshun gaining them even more critical acclaim including Folk Album of the Week from The Sunday Times, "(O)ne of the albums of the year" from Rock 'n' Reel, while legendary folk  broadcaster Mike Harding said "Megson have brought out a constant stream of absolutely stunning albums over the years and this is no exception. A cracker of an album".

The focus of our "an hour or so" 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 (after PayPal charges) going direct to the guest. You can donate at www.paypal.me/downendfolkclub. There's also a link at the bottom of this page.

This will be the final "an hour or so" for the moment as we look forward to a return to socially-distanced concerts. We'll be announcing our online plans as part of this event, at around 9.00pm, so please do tune in to find out what's next... we're really pleased with what we've come up with! 

Our next guest for "an hour or so" will be an artist who gave a 2020 masterclass in how to continue to grab people's attention during a global pandemic, as we are joined by KATHERINE PRIDDY for a chat and a handful of songs.

The last two years have been a whirlwind for Birmingham-based folk artist Katherine, who, having emerged onto the scene with her long-awaited debut EP Wolf in 2018, has been steadily turning heads since. Wolf has been championed by the BBC 2 Folk Show, BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson and BBC Wales, as well as receiving exceptional reviews. The great Richard Thompson named it as his Best Thing I've Heard All Year in MOJO Magazine whilst Folk Radio UK pronounced the release to be "something extraordinary indeed...one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard. Her tone, phrasing pitch and sentiment...it’s flawless". After quickly selling out of the original pressing of Wolf, Katherine bowed to popular demand and released it digitally, as well as selling out two further re-presses of the EP.

Katherine's haunting vocals and distinctive finger picking guitar style have been captivating growing audiences around the UK. With the buzz around Katherine building, her shows have been packed out with people travelling afar to catch her perform the tracks live, including sell-out headline shows as far afield as Brighton and Durham. Indeed, Katherine’s stock continues to rise within the folk world and beyond.

Katherine's original works are delivered with an emotional maturity, depth and a tenderness that still carries a darker edge, citing Nick Drake, John Martyn, Tunng and Imagined Village amongst her influences. Her lyrics are particularly noteworthy - a tribute to her life-long love affair with literature and poetry and the stories she weaves are transporting. It is clear that, despite the delicate nuances of her sound, Katherine is not a fragile wallflower, but a woman who means business. 2021 promises to be an exciting year for Katherine Priddy!

The focus of our "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 (after PayPal charges) going direct to the guest. You can donate at www.paypal.me/downendfolkclub. There's also a link at the bottom of this page.

This will be the penultimate "hour or so" for the moment as we look forward to a return to socially-distanced concerts. Please sign up to our mailing list HERE to keep in touch with what we're up to... we'll be doing more stuff online in the near future.