Downend Folk Club Preview: February 2018
Published on: 29 Jan 2018
THEY may be going under a new name, but February’s guests at Downend Folk Club are familiar faces to the area’s music-lovers.
Perhaps fed up with MC’s struggling over their four first names, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin have re-branded themselves as Edgelarks to tour their new album of the same name. But there is absolutely no change to the sheer quality of their music, which saw 190 enthusiastic fans packed into Christ Church Downend when they last visited the club in April 2015.
The pair began their musical journey together living in a small caravan in the hills near Exmouth, Devon. Phil had just returned, Chaturangui in tow, from studying slide guitar in India with the master musician Pandit Debashish Bhattacharya. Phillip and Hannah then met playing in alt-roots outfit The Roots Union, travelling from festival to festival, tent to tent, wandering the highways, byways, and old forgotten pathways of these islands. They followed in the footsteps of the ancient troubadour tradition, picking up tunes, songs and stories along the way. Spotted busking on the seafront at Sidmouth Folk Festival by champion of independent music Steve Knightley, they soon found themselves touring nationally, supporting the likes of Show of Hands and Seth Lakeman, and eventually winning the prestigious Best Duo award at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards.
Their new album, Edgelarks, blends British traditional music with Indian classical slide guitar, stomping beatbox and harmonica to blistering effect. The eponymous new album has the pair’s strong stem of original writing running throughout, and runs wilder with every play.
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be highly-rated singer-songwriter Iona Lane, a singer, musician and songwriter from North West England.
Over the past four years, Iona has been building up a repertoire of original and interpretive covers to perform at live gigs. She has released three EPs over this time: Dry Stone Walls (December 2015); Solace (February 2017); and Pockets (September 2017).
Tickets for the event, which takes place at the club’s home regular home of Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 16th February 2018, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from www.downendfolkclub.co.uk. and cost £13 in advance (£11 for members) or £15 on the door.
Given that this duo had almost 200 people at their first visit to the club and Frenchay Village Hall can only hold 120, booking early is strongly-recommended!
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 further information, visit the club’s website, find them on Facebook or Twitter or email email@example.com.