Downend Folk Club Preview July 2017

Published on: 23 Jun 2017

Next at Downend Folk Club: Greg Russell &
Ciaran Algar (with support from Leon Gormley)

Friday 21st July 2017, Frenchay Village Hall

 After the success of June’s India Electric Co. concert, this month’s Downend Folk Club event sees another favourite returning for a second helping.

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar first graced the stage at Frenchay Village Hall in August 2014, but, it being the middle of the summer holiday season, many of the club’s regulars missed the opportunity to see the dynamic duo in action, and begged for another opportunity to catch them live.

Two-time BBC Folk Award winners Greg and Ciaran met in 2011. Soon after the joining of the pair, they were signed to Fellside Records and in July 2012 released their debut album, The Queen’s Lover. Numerous tours followed as the duo developed and honed their stage craft, becoming one of the most sought after young acts on the English Folk Scene. “The press coverage and folk club reports have been glowing and rightly so” (R2 Magazine).

In January 2013, the pair picked up the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk award. Following the award win, Russell and Algar toured the country in April and, after completing school and University Exams in May, began touring again at the beginning of June - a schedule which saw them play venues and festivals such as Cambridge Folk Festival and Fairport’s Cropredy Convention as well as appearing live on Mark Radcliffe’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Show.

After recording their second album in the November of 2013, again with Fellside, Russell and Algar received the Horizon Award for Best breakthrough act at the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. The following album, The Call, was then released in July receiving 5 Stars in fRoots, 4 Stars in both R2 Magazine and The Telegraph
and a host of other brilliant reviews, Bright Young Folk describing it as an “outstanding show of maturity” with “enormous promise”.

Support on the evening will come from Leon Gormley.

Self taught from an early age after picking up a guitar at home that belonged to his father, Leon performed at various venues around the Birmingham folk scene of the mid to late 1980’s. 

Seduced by the lure of computer-based music, first learning how to produce it then teaching it at a local community centre, he took a break from the world of folk during the 90’s but the acoustic guitar was never far from his side and he returned to it with a renewed passion at the onset of the new millennium, writing new material and continuing to develop his own unusual five finger picking technique.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 21st July 2017, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from www.downendfolkclub.co.uk. 

There will be a full bar, stocking a range of soft drinks, wine, tea and coffee, cider, locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based brewery GWB, and locally-made Naughty Brownies. 

You are encouraged to bring your own tankard/glass/mug as part of the club’s drive to be environmentally aware. 

There will also be a raffle, the proceeds of which are spent directly on support acts, as Downend Folk Club is an entirely “not for profit” organisation.

For more information, check the website or find Downend Folk Club on Facebook and Twitter. 

Any queries, please email downendfolkclub@live.com.

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