July 26 2022

Autumn artists

Autumn artists


Downend’s hugely popular folk music concert series, which has run since 2014 under the name of Downend Folk Club, has revealed a new name and new look for the future.

Now using the name Downend Folk & Roots, there is also a new logo and a new feel to how the evenings will be running. But regulars need not worry… they will still be treated to the very best that the UK folk music scene, and beyond, has to offer.

As well as the new logo and name, the series will now be held exclusively in the glorious surroundings of Christ Church Downend, having previously used a variety of venues including Frenchay Village Hall and Downend School. Gone is the old membership scheme, with music-lovers instead being offered the opportunity to save money by booking for a whole season in one go, whilst the website and social media presence will also get a refresh.

Created by graphic designer Nick Smith, the new logo and branding features a beautiful fox design, echoing the new strapline of “The Village in The City”, along with silhouettes including the church.

Explaining the changes, chairman Ant Miles told Downend Voice: “The old branding has served us well but we all felt it was coming to the end of its time… it looks a little dated. We also wanted to come away from using the words ‘Folk Club’ together, as this conjures certain images in some people’s minds, and what we do is not really that… we’ve never truly been a folk club in that sense, to be honest.”

Ant continued: “We hit on this idea of ‘The Village In The City’ a bit by accident, because artists were never sure whether to list it as Bristol or South Gloucestershire… and we realised, it’s very much both. So the fox was sort of an extension of that, the idea of urban wildlife. We’re thrilled with what Nick has created for us, and excited to unleash it into the world.”

The first four concerts under the Downend Folk & Roots name have already been announced. The Autumn/Winter programme features hometown favourites Road Not Taken on Friday 16th September; Jacob & Drinkwater are the headliners on Friday 21st October; highly-rated duo Janice Burns & Jon Doran pay a visit on Friday 16th November; and the annual Christmas concert, a highlight in the diaries of music-lovers across the area, will the hugely popular duo Belshazzar’s Feast in one of their final concerts before they retire from performing.

All four concerts are on-sale now, and more information can be found via (the old website address of will still also work for the time being).