Downend Folk Club Preview: October 2018

October 01 2018
Downend Folk Club Preview: October 2018

The Lucy Ward Band (with support from Jack Hopkinson). Friday 19th October 2018, Downend School


Back in March 2015, when Downend Folk Club was less than a year old, a young singer-songwriter from Derby grabbed the attention of a capacity crowd and held it for a whole evening, quickly going down as a favourite of the gathered South Gloucestershire music lovers.

Later this month, three-and-a-half years on, Lucy Ward makes a triumphant and long overdue return to the club, this time with her band in tow, as they continue to tour the country in support of Lucy’s latest album, Pretty Warnings.

Lucy is an impressive, original songwriter whose unique delivery and breath-taking voice has enchanted audiences the world over. Her music never fails to get to the heart of the human condition with her expressive, unflinching writing style and warm personality that radiates from the stage.

Having come up through the folk tradition, Lucy’s music has a sense of rooted belonging. She is BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner and is the youngest person ever to be nominated for the prestigious BBC Folk Singer of the Year.

Named “Brit-folks most forthright new young talent” by MOJO and “inspiring” by Billy Bragg, it’s easy to see why Lucy is in such demand.

Downend Folk Club Chairman Ant Miles told Downend Voice: “We’ve been waiting for the right moment to bring Lucy back to Downend for quite a while; and her new album, along with the option of her band, has given us the perfect opportunity. I know our regulars can’t wait to see her perform again, so it should be a nice busy evening.”

The club are also back at Downend School for this gig, with a larger crowd expected than can be crammed into Frenchay Village Hall.

Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Midlands-based Americana/folk singer-songwriter Jack Hopkinson.

Tickets for the event, which takes place at Downend School on Friday 19th October 2018, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from They are priced at £12 each in advance (£10 for members), or £14 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 well as reusable bottles for water, 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