Downend Folk Club Preview April 2017

March 24 2017

Downend Folk Club Preview April 2017


Next at Downend Folk Club: The Black Feathers (with support from Saskia Griffiths-Moore)

Friday 21st April 2017, Frenchay Village Hall.


You know when you get to a gig and let out an audible sigh because there’s a support act?

You’ve gone because you want to see the big name that’s headlining the evening, and you’re disappointed to discover that you have to sit through half-an-hour of someone that you may or may not have heard of before you get to hear your heroes play?

And you know that time when the support act is REALLY, REALLY GOOD and you can’t wait to hear more?

In April 2015, the at-the-time-reigning BBC Radio Radio 2 Folk Duo of the Year Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin brought their breathtaking show to Downend Folk Club. The opening act that evening was The Black Feathers, a duo from just up the road in Gloucestershire.

The Black Feathers were REALLY, REALLY GOOD!

So much so that, ever since that evening, the Downend Folk Club faithful have requested - no, demanded - a headline slot for this talented pair. This month, two years on from that stunning night, those demands are met… and the Downend Folk Club committee are thrilled about it. Chairman Ant Miles told Downend Voice: “We’ve had some great support acts over the three years since we started the club, but none has ever had a reaction like The Black Feathers. Getting them back for a headline slot was a no-brainer as far as we were concerned, and I’m as excited as our regulars about hearing more from them!”

The Black Feathers, made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012.

Americana, folk, and acoustic indie-rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands.

2016 was an incredible year for the The Black Feathers. Their debut album was met with critical acclaim and broke into the Top 10 in the iTunes Country chart and the Official UK Americana Chart.

Support on the evening will come from singer-songwriter Saskia Griffiths-Moore, who tours the British folk and acoustic scene all year round and has a second album planned for release later this year.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 21st April 2017, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from The club anticipates a sell-out, so do book quickly! There will be a full bar, stocking Severn Cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based brewery GWB, and locally-made Naughty Brownies. There will also be a raffle. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket as part of the club’s drive to be more ecologically aware.