Downend Folk Club Preview June 2017

May 30 2017

Next at Downend Folk Club: India Electric Co. (support from Jack Cookson) Friday June 16, Frenchay Village Hall

Next at Downend Folk Club: India Electric Co. (support from Jack Cookson)

Friday June 16,
Frenchay Village Hall


SOMETIMES folk, sometimes not. That’s the first line from the official biography of a duo called India Electric Co. But it could equally describe the eclectic range of folk, roots, acoustic and singer/songwriter acts that are regularly put on by Downend Folk Club. And that’s why this is such a nice match, and why India Electric Co. are amongst the first headline acts to be invited back by the club for a second helping.

You see, India Electric Co. (otherwise known as Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe) were among the first batch of headliners when Downend Folk Club launched back in 2014… and it was a key moment in the early life of the vibrant local club.

A packed audience that night (it sold out weeks in advance) were treated to an extraordinary evening of musicianship which really marked the club out as something for local music-lovers to make a regular monthly feature in their diary. Many people still refer back to that night as one of their favourites so far. So having Cole & Joseph back? Well, it was obvious, really! India Electric Co. use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” (Mary Ann Kennedy, BBC Radio 3).

After releasing their debut debut album ‘The Girl I Left Behind Me’ in 2015 they began extensively supporting and accompanying Midge Ure throughout Europe. They performed live sessions on BBC Radio 2, 6 Music, as well as playing the likes of Glastonbury Festival and Cambridge Folk Festival. In 2017 they’re embarking on their first tours of Australia, New Zealand, Scandinavia and Ireland to coincide with the release of their latest recordings.

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be rising star Jack Cookson. Jack is a multi-instrumentalist and singer songwriter from the South West. His distinct style combines his deeply articulate lyrics with memorable melodic hooks and intricate fingerstyle guitar arrangements, influenced by elements of blues, folk and punk. He has shared the stage with the likes of Franz Nicolay (Against Me!/The Hold Steady), Cory Branan and Austin Lucas, and in early 2016 he was announced as one of the final four nominees for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.

Tickets are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from There will be a bar, stocking Severn Cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and real ale from Hambrook-based brewery GWB, and locally-made Naughty Brownies. There will also be a raffle. Bring your own glass/mug/tankard/bucket.

For further information, visit the club’s website, find them on social media or email