Downend Folk Club Preview: December 2017

Published on: 24 Nov 2017

DOWNEND  Folk Club’s patron Jim Moray makes a return this month as the club puts on its most exciting and ambitious concert to date.

Multi-award winning folk musician Jim Moray presents a live performance of his acclaimed album Upcetera. Accompanied by a five-piece ensemble including strings and woodwind, he reimagines traditional ballads as dramatically orchestrated torch songs or a sort of English Fado. 

For 15 years Jim has been at the forefront of a new movement in English traditional music. His debut album Sweet England changed the sound of folk song and won a brace of awards for its innovative melding of orchestration and electronica. Subsequent albums embraced everything from grime to Johnny Marr-esque guitar pop, but at their heart was always Jim’s unmistakeable soulful and yearning voice; singing old songs in a new way. Upcetera heralds a new chapter for the producer and has received the best reviews of his career, including five stars from Mojo, fRoots and R2 magazines. He has also found the time to contribute three new songs to BBC Dr Who spin- off show Class, and launched his own Low Culture Podcast.

It’s also a bold move for the club of which Jim has been patron since it launched in 2014. As well as being the biggest show the club has ever put on, it also sees a new venue... the show will be held at Resound Bristol (in Mangotsfield) while Christ Church Downend is closed for refurbishment.

Downend Folk Club chairman Ant Miles told Downend Voice: “Jim first played at the club in the first year, after he agreed to be the patron, but we wanted do something really special for his return. Upcetera has been a huge success this year, with awards and nominations, amazing reviews and appearances at some great venues and festivals, and we couldn’t let this chapter close without giving our audience the opportunity to see it! So we’ve found a way to make it happen, and we’re really, really excited about it!”

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Daria Kulesh.

With her striking voice and strong Russian and Ingush heritage, "bold, exotic, impressive" Daria is a rising star and a unique character on the UK folk scene. Her debut album Eternal Child was described as “phenomenal” and named runner-up in Best Album of 2015 from a Female Artist by FolkWords, among other accolades.

Her 2017 album Long Lost Home has already won awards in the UK and in Russia. It has enjoyed national radio play and incredible reviews calling it a “triumph”, a “masterpiece” and “a definite contender for the best album of 2017”. Mike Harding praised the The Moon and the Pilot as "one of the most beautiful new songs of the last ten years”.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Resound Mangotsfield on Friday 15th March 2017, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from www.downendfolkclub.co.uk. and are priced at £15 each (£13 for members). The club anticipates massive demand from across the region, so do book quickly! There will be a full bar, stocking Severn Cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally- brewed real ale from Hambrook-based brewery GWB, and also locally-made Naughty Brownies. There will also be a raffle. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket as part of the club’s drive to be more ecologicaly aware. For information, visit the club’s website, find them on Facebook or Twitter or email downendfolkclub@live.com.

Jim Moray presents Upcetera (with support from Daria Kulesh)

Friday December 15, Resound Bristol

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