Downend Folk Club unveils big-name autumn line-up

Published on: 01 Aug 2016

Downend Folk Club has revealed its programme for Autumn/Winter 2016… and, as you’d expect, it’s jam-packed full of the finest folk musicians in the country!

Kicking off the programme in September will be the incredible Leveret, which features three of England's finest folk musicians in an exciting new collaboration. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each regarded as masters of their instrument and together their performances combine consummate musicianship, compelling delivery and captivating spontaneity.

Returning to the club in October will be a firm DFC favourite, this time as part of an exciting new duo. Ange Hardy & Lukas Drinkwater formed as a duo for the 14-night tour that accompanied the multi-award winning ‘Esteesee’, and their appearance at the club will be part of an October tour of their new duo album ‘Findings’.

Headlining in November will be the spellbinding Lady Maisery, as they too tour a new album, ‘Cycle’. With their unique approach to harmony singing and thoughtful, striking arrangements of both traditional repertoire and original compositions, Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans are skilful explorers of the power, beauty and vitality of folk song. Each member is also an accomplished instrumentalist; they expertly create a rich tapestry of fiddle, banjo, harp, concertina, accordion and foot percussion.

Rounding off the programme as part of their annual Winter tour will be Belshazzar’s Feast, a duo hailed by R2 Magazine as “a bona fide English classic”. In 1995 Paul Hutchinson (accordion) and Paul Sartin (oboe, violin and vocals) shared a musical passion borne out of the desire to earn sufficient money to support their extravagant lifestyles. Their amazing musicianship coupled with wry humour has stunned audiences around Europe and the States.

And the club also have some great support acts lined-up as they welcome The Hut People to open proceedings for Leveret in September, Mike Weaver supporting Ange & Lukas in October, while Ashland will kick off Lady Maisery's show in November. The final support slot of the year will be provided by Bristol-based old-time string band The Ninetree Stumblers (in duo form) in December.

Downend Folk Club’s Chairman, Ant Miles, told Downend Voice: “This is a programme full of genuine quality… so much so that we honestly believe it is our best yet. The headline acts are all well-known to folk fans across the country and beyond, and even the level of support artists is of a seriously high quality… most would look at home headlining on the bills of many folk clubs. We’re seriously excited about this programme, and we hope that local music-lovers and folk fans from across Bristol, South Gloucestershire and beyond will come along and see what we’re all about.”

Tickets for each event are £14 each, but each one is available for an 'Early Bird' rate of £12 up to the Friday before each gig. available online now at www.downendfolkclub.co.uk. For the first time, you can also purchase a ‘Season Ticket’, which gets you tickets for all four gigs in one easy move, but be quick... it will only be available until Friday 9th September. Due to the high-profile artists, the club is anticipating a huge number of tickets to go quite quickly, so early-booking is strongly recommended.

For more information, please visit www.downendfolkclub.co.uk or find the club on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube.

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