August 2021: DOWNEND FOLK CLUB PREVIEW
OUTSTANDING PROGRAMME FOR AUTUMN/WINTER
DOWNEND Folk Club has revealed its programme for Autumn/Winter 2021, and what a lineup it is, featuring some of the country's top folk, roots and acoustic artists.
Kicking off the programme on Friday 17th September will be The Magpies. It has only been a short space of time since this three-piece burst onto the UK folk scene, but they have already made a huge impression with their fresh brand of transatlantic neo-folk and have been "making waves wherever they play" (Phil Beer, Show of Hands). Three accomplished musicians in their own right, the band is a combination far greater than the sum of its parts. Celtic Connections Danny Kyle Award winning guitarist, banjo-player and singer Bella Gaffney, clawhammer banjo player and singer Kate Griffin and acclaimed fiddle-player and tunesmith Holly Brandon draw on their wide-ranging influences to create a unique blend of transatlantic folk.
Friday 15th October sees the return of a DFC favourite as the club welcome Sam Carter for a gig originally scheduled for last year. In the eleven years since winning Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Sam has earned a reputation for vivid, narrative-driven songwriting and captivating live performances. He has shared stages with some of the finest guitarists and songwriters, including Nic Jones, Martin Simpson, Richard Thompson, and Chris Wood. Now, finally, Sam embarks on a national tour to support the release of his thrilling new album Home Waters. Recorded in a converted church in rural Northumberland, Home Waters captures the full force of Sam's heartfelt songwriting.
The Carrivick Sisters are the guests on Friday 19th November as they treat South Gloucestershire’s music lovers to a preview of their new album, due for release early next year. The sisters are one of the UK's top bluegrass and folk acts; twins Laura and Charlotte perform their original songs and instrumentals along with a few carefully chosen covers on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, and clawhammer banjo.
Having grown up in South Devon, an area rich in folklore and legends, much of their original material is inspired by their local surroundings and history.
The Downend Folk Club Christmas Concert has become a highlight in the local music calendar after a series of spectaculars, and this year should be no different as the club welcome supergroup A Winter Union on Friday 17th December. From five leading lights of the British Roots scene, expect soaring vocals and exquisite musicianship as the band delight with folk songs from across the yuletide traditions. Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Gilmore & Roberts, Emily Askew Band) and Jade Rhiannon (The Willows) will roll out their festive show.
All four concerts will take place at Christ Church Downend to allow for the biggest audience possible. They are very much hope to be able to add support acts to each concert, and also hope to be able to reopen the bar and restart the raffle. To keep in touch, go to www.downendfolkclub.co.uk or find the club on social media.