Downend Folk Club Preview: March 2018

February 26 2018

Harri Endersby (with support from Kitty Macfarlane).


Harri Endersby (with support from Kitty Macfarlane).

Friday March 16, Frenchay Village Hall 


Just occasionally, a young musician appears as if from nowhere and gets people talking immediately. Harri Endersby is one of those rare finds, and she headlines Downend Folk Club’s March concert.

From acoustic to electronic, Harri blurs the lines of the folk genre, drawing inspiration from both contemporary and traditional music, as well as the rugged landscape of County Durham, the place that she calls home.

Her debut album Homes/Lives, released in last year, has impressed critics around the country, and she has had tracks played on BBC Radio 6, Radio Scotland, and Radio Wales. Homes/Lives presents a transition in style, beginning with acoustic, stripped-back tracks whilst gradually introducing electronic instrumentation and beats as the album progresses.

Having first graced the club’s stage as a support act last year, she now returns for a full set, by popular demand from the club’s regulars! Harri will be joined on-stage at Downend Folk Club by her husband Rich, who also plays guitar and percussion.

The club’s chairman Ant Miles told Downend Voice: “Harri is one of those acts that make you sit up and take notice from the very first note. She made a real impression in the 25-minute support slot last year, and by the end of her first song, I’d already decided that we’d have her back for a headline. I wasn’t alone, either… the audience wanted much more too! It promises to be a great evening.”

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Ben Robertson, a young fingerstyle guitarist and singer who plays a range of folk instrumentals and songs from across the British Isles and Europe.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 16th March 2018, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from They are priced at £11 each in advance (£9 for members), or £13 on the door. 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 environmentally aware.


For further information, please visit the club’s website, find them on Facebook or Twitter or email