Bristol Folk Festival beckons for new Downend five-piece band

Published on: 02 Jan 2015

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DOWNEND-based folk band Road Not Taken have been invited to play at the prestigious Bristol Folk Festival in May.

The group, who played a well-received support slot for India Electric Company back in September, will also be performing at The Great Big Almonry Folk Weekend, near Evesham, in April as their reputation continues to grow.

Initially a trio featuring Anita Dobson (vocals), Ant Miles (vocals, guitar) and Joe Brydon (slide guitar, bouzouki), Road Not Taken have recently added fiddler Claire Stobie and multi-instrumentalist Joe Hamlen to their line-up, and are busy practising new material for their mini-festival season.

The group has a début EP in the pipeline as well as some more gigs in the area in the near future. 

The group, which grew out of Downend Folk Club, only formed during the summer.

Singer Anita Dobson is thrilled with the way it’s taking off.

She said: “We’ve only been going for a few months, so to be invited to play at prestigious events like Bristol Folk Club is a real boost to us. We really only formed to do a one-off support for India Electric Company, but the response was so positive, we’ve decided to take people’s advice to carry on and see where it takes us.

“Claire and Joe coming on board has really helped develop our sound and meant that we’re able to explore musical ideas that we weren’t able to before.

“We’re really excited about the music we’re working on, and we can’t wait to unveil it in the spring!”

Bristol Folk Festival is held on the May Bank Holiday weekend, and takes place on either side of Park Street in the city at Bristol Folk House and St George’s. Road Not Taken will perform their set on Sunday May 3. Before that, they will play at The Great Big Almonry Weekend on Saturday April 18.

A website for the band is underway, but in the meantime you can find them on Facebook at

More details about Bristol Folk Festival can be found at

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