APRIL 2022: Review on MAIREARAD GREEN & ANNA MASSIE (With support from Chris Elliott and Caitlin Jones)

March 24 2022

MAIREARAD GREEN & ANNA MASSIE
(With support from Chris Elliott and Caitlin Jones)

Friday  22nd April 2022, Christ Church Downend

Downend Folk Club plays host to two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists this month as Mairearad Greenand & Anna Massie return to the club for a long-awaited second time after captivating the audience way back in 2016. 

Having played alongside each other for over ten years, the pair revel in an intuitive approach to each other’s musical ideas and interpretations, and an “almost telepathic communication” on stage (Hi-Arts), effortlessly showcasing the fruits of duo partnership to the highest level, creating “music more than the sum of just two parts” (The Scotsman).

Mairearad and Anna both grew up in the Scottish Highlands amidst very similar musical backgrounds (most notably, mandolin playing Dads!), and so share an innate understanding of Scottish culture and music. As a duo they have enjoyed many successes, including five stars in The Scotsman and high praise from KT Tunstall, becoming a much-loved live act.

The duo’s fourth album, called Farran which is the Scots word for the starboard side of a boat, is to represent exactly how this virtuosic duo perform live.

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Chris Elliott & Caitlin Jones. Described by Bright Young Folk as "experienced storytellers" who bring "timeless quality" to their music, Chris and Cait have been playing music together since they met in 2014. They have recently released their debut album, Carry Me Home. Both proudly from Staffordshire, they bring a mix of traditional and self-penned ballads about place, identity, old and new. 

Driving guitar and bouzouki accompany haunting whistles and harmonium along with intricate and warm vocal harmonies.  Expect to hear songs written for and collected from all around the Midlands and beyond, accompanied by the heartfelt human stories that inspired them. With their charming storytelling and warm Midlands humour, the pair love to take audiences to "an area of diverse landscapes, history and traditions, a patchwork of Staffordshire and beyond”.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Christ Church Downend on Friday 22nd April 2022, are available online at downendfolkclub.com and from Melanie’s Kitchen in Downend (cash only). They are priced at £14 each in advance or £16 on the door.

There will be a bar, stocking cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based Hop Union Brewery (formerly GWB). Audience members are encouraged to bring their own glass/mug/tankard/bucket, as well as reusable bottles for water, as part of the club’s drive to be more environmentally aware. There is a 50p discount for those bringing their own receptacles. There will also be sweet treats available at the bar courtesy of the Radstock-based Great Cake Company, as well as the “stealth raffle” which helps to fund the support artists.

For further information, please email downendfolkclub@live.com.live.com.