Downend Folk Club Preview May 2017

May 02 2017

When Downend Folk Club formed just over three years ago, the promise was to being the cream of the UK’s top folk musicians to the area.

Next at Downend Folk Club: 

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (with support from Susie Dobson)

Christ Church Downend, Friday 19th May 2017


When Downend Folk Club formed just over three years ago, the promise was to being the cream of the UK’s top folk musicians to the area.

If an artist could sum-up the club’s commitment to keeping that promise, it would be Sam Kelly; the winner of the Horizon Award at the 2016 Folk Awards and a former Britain’s Got Talent finalist to boot!

Sam is a Cornwall-based singer, song-writer and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon. Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music.

Sam's debut EP - entitled 'Your Way Home' was released in March 2013, followed up with the release of the widely acclaimed 'Spokes' EP in February 2015. Sam has gained a reputation for an incredibly high class and dynamic live show, rapidly becoming a firm favourites at venues and festivals in all parts of the country. After a barnstorming performance to a completely rammed Club Tent at Cambridge Folk Festival 2015, Sam and his band were invited to play their first session on Radio 2 live from the festival.

Not content with resting on his laurels, Sam took his band straight back into the studio to record his debut album. 'The Lost Boys' came out in November 2015 to a storm of rave reviews. Sam has been touring the album with his full band - Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys - and they’re due to release their first album as a band in this summer 2017. Sam will be joined on-stage at Downend Folk Club by Jamie Francis (banjo), Graham Coe (cello) and Evan Carson (percussion).

Opening the evening will be Downend’s own rising star Susie Dobson.

Born with a love of song, Susie first discovered a passion for performing while studying Musical Theatre at school, and through singing lessons enforced by her parents which, to her surprise, she found she enjoyed.

After being introduced to the ukulele by friends, she soon bought her own… and another one… and another one…!

Having made her public debut on-stage at Downend Folk Club, Susie began to fall in love with traditional song, to complement her existing contemporary musical tastes… and thus, her unique style was born.

The folk scene in Bristol began to sit up and take notice, and Susie soon found herself opening for the likes of Gilmore & Roberts, Hattie Briggs, Said The Maiden and Claudia Schwab, as well as performing at Bristol Folk Festival, Folk On The Water, Keynsham Music Festival, Bristol Fringe and a host of local events.

She is currently working on her debut EP, tentatively entitled ‘Scrapbook’, which is due for release in Summer 2017. Susie will be joined by the club’s chairman, Ant Miles, on guitar.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Christ Church Downend on Friday 19th May 2017, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from 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 ecologically sustainable.