Downend Folk Club Preview October 2017

October 02 2017

Next At Downend Folk Club: Granny’s Attic, Friday October 20, 2017, Frenchay Village Hall


Next At Downend Folk Club:

Granny’s Attic

Friday October 20, 2017

Frenchay Village Hall


Another great evening awaits South Gloucestershire’s music lovers this month as Downend Folk

Club welcome a band who made a real splash at Bristol Folk Festival a while back… so much so,

that the regulars have DEMANDED they appear on the club’s programme!

Granny's Attic - Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (fiddle, vocals) – are a folk trio who play the tradition with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. These three young men are all exceptional musicians, fine singers and play traditional songs and tunes from the British Isles alongside self-penned material.

Originally formed in 2009 as three students at secondary school with no better way to spend their lunchtimes than scrape a tune or two, Granny’s Attic gradually became less about avoiding socialising with their peers and more about actually playing music, and so Granny’s Attic premiered

in 2010 at the prestigious Claines Church Fete. 2011 saw the release of their debut EP ‘Mind the Gap’ featuring a mix of traditional and original tunes. Around this time, the band took their first forays into regular live performing, with early highlights including the first of many appearances at the Worcester Music Festival and a support spot for the legendary John Kirkpatrick at Worcester’s Huntingdon Hall.

The following year saw the release of their first full-length album, ‘Better Weather’, featuring a mixture of traditional tunes and songs as well as some self-penned tunes.

With a solid mix of traditional songs, tunes and a number of Lewis’s own tunes, their latest album ‘Off The Land’ was released in August 2016.

Downend Folk Club’s Steve Johnson, who will MC the event in the absence of the club’s founder Ant Miles, told Downend Voice: “These three lads have taken the folk scene by storm and were one of the hits of Bristol Folk Festival a couple of years ago. They’ve been on our list for a long time, and we’ve had so many requests to put them on that we thought it was about time we gave the people what they wanted!”

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be local band Ember.

Formed in Bristol in January 2016 when Downend Folk Club regular Mike Richards met Hajnalka Deak in an ill-fated attempt to learn the cello, the pair began to explore some musical ideas on guitar and piano and found a number of songs and arrangements quickly followed.

Earlier this year, Ember added fiddle-player Meg Batch and recorded their debut EP ‘Paintings’.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 20th October 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.

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