Downend Folk Club

August 26 2014

Next up – India Electric Company Friday September19, 2014, Frenchay Village Hall

Next up – India Electric Company

Friday September19, 2014, Frenchay Village Hall


Unpretentious, absorbing and far from the madding crowd, India Electric Company’s carefully blended sound vortexes around a supple joining of voice and instruments.

Concocted in the Devonshire countryside and Parisian cafes, Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe produce intricately woven textures which belies the fact that there are only two of them.

“So fresh! A big sound for a duo.” - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 MUSIC

Like wandering minstrels roving along the fringes of the 21st century, they have spent much of the last 18 months touring Plymouth to Paris, Sidmouth to Skye and every independent coffee shop that lies between.

From playing jazz on West Holts Stage at Glastonbury Festival to performing Mendellsohn’s Violin Concerto for Terry Pratchett, Joseph’s virtuosity on violin, accordion, guitar and piano (to name but few) has made him one of the most sought after multi-instrumentalists in the UK. A Cambridge masters in mathematics has proven to be invaluable when calculating the escalating petrol costs of carrying an accordion up and down the M6.

Spending a year in Paris learning as many intricities of Gypsy Jazz as they could, they returned to their native Devon to form India Electric Company. Their first album is set for release, coinciding with extensive touring and numerous attempts at brewing the perfect Aeropress coffee.

Opening the evening will be Downend-based trio Road Not Taken.

Formed earlier this year, the  is made up of singer Anita Dobson, along with Downend Folk Club committee members Ant Miles (guitar, vocals) and Joe Brydon (bouzouki, banjo, slide guitar).

They play mostly traditional songs but in their own laid-back, melancholy style.

India Electric Company will be the headline guests at the next Club Night on Friday September 19. Tickets for the gig, which will be held at Frenchay Village Hall, are priced at £10 in advance or £12 on the door. You can get them from or from Baguette Me Not in Downend.

Downend Folk Club chairman Ant Miles said: “India Electric Company are something a little bit different to the artists we’ve had so far, and we’re very pleased to welcome them. They’re quite contemporary, very cool, and I’m certain that people will enjoy them as much as I have when I’ve seen them before.”