Downend Folk Club Preview January 2018
Blair Dunlop (with support from Kitty Macfarlane). Friday 19th January 2018, Frenchay Village Hall
Downend Folk Club’s 2018 programme kicks off with the visit of former BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Blair Dunlop.
The award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, has now released three albums, two EPs and toured widely around the globe. All of this in a short four-year career is astounding alone but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes.
His third album Gilded was released in May 2016 and was widely-acclaimed, gaining BBC Radio 2 playlist status for the two single releases, The Egoist and 356.
Prior to this, Blair released his acclaimed album House of Jacks in mid-2014 which lived up to the promise of his 2012 debut Blight and Blossom; the quality of which contributed to his winning the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award. Blair has now cemented his place as one of Britain’s most exciting talents to come from the folk scene.
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Kitty Macfarlane.
Kitty is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter. Her lyrics combine honest snapshots of everyday humanity with the bigger questions that have connected minds and voices for centuries, driven by her own fingerpicked guitar. As well as the release of her debut EP 'Tide & Time’,gaining her first national airplay on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, and Tom Robinson's show on BBC 6Music, 2016 saw Kitty complete an extensive national support tour with award-winning duo Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman.
Other highlights range from appearing as a theme-tune on Radio 4 to making the semi-final of the BBC Young Folk Award in 2015. Kitty has also recently been awarded a creative bursary from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) for a songwriting project of her own devising.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 19th January 2018, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from www.downendfolkclub.co.uk. and are priced at £12 each in advance (£10 for members). They will costs £14 on the door so please do book in advance. There will be a full bar, stocking Severn Cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based Great Western Brewing Co., and also locally-made Naughty Brownies. There will be a raffle with prizes including CDs, gift boxes of beer and sweet treats. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket as part of the club’s drive to be more ecologicaly aware.
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