Downend Folk Club Preview November 2017

October 27 2017

Grace Petrie. Friday 17th November 2017, Frenchay Village Hall. And now for something completely different…

Grace Petrie


Friday 17th November 2017

Frenchay Village Hall

And now for something completely different…


Downend Folk Club’s November concert features one of the hottest properties on the music scene right now, and confirms the club’s commitment to bringing a diverse programme to the music lovers of South Gloucestershire.

Grace Petrie is a folk singer, songwriter, and activist from Leicester.

She first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain. Since then, she has written, recorded and toured relentlessly. Her unique takes on life, love and politics, and the warmth and wit with which they are delivered have won over audiences everywhere, and she has quietly become one of the most respected and prolific songwriters working in the UK today.

Grace’s career boasts several studio albums, a dedicated fan base and national tours supporting Emmy the Great, Billy Bragg and comedians Robin Ince and Josie Long, as well as a string of festival appearances including regular visits to Latitude and Glastonbury. She has collaborated with some of the most respected names in folk, including Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey and Peggy Seeger. She is a frequent guest on BBC Radio 4’s the Now Show and has appeared on Channel 4’s Random Acts, and has been featured in The Guardian, Diva Magazine and the Independent on Sunday’s 2013 Pink List of influential LGBT figures.

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Gavin Osborn. 

Gavin is a humourous but heart-felt singer-songwriter, originally from Bedford but has resided in the Bristol/Bath area for several years. He's performed shows with comedian Daniel Kitson and supported Belle & Sebastian.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 17th November 2017, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from Over half the tickets had already gone as this preview was written in mid-October, so advance booking is HIGHLY recommended as a sell-out seems a certainty. Please note that this event is not suitable for under-14s.

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.

For more information, please visit the club’s website,, email or find the club on social media.