Downend Folk Cub Preview: August 2017

July 28 2017

Autumn/Winter Programme at Downend Folk Club

Autumn/Winter Programme at Downend Folk Club


The cream of the UK folk scene looks set to continue to come to the area as Downend Folk Club reveal their Autumn/Winter programme.

Having already featured top-quality acts like Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, Sam Kelly and The Lost Boys and India Electric Co. this year, the club’s latest programme is one that will have local music lovers purring with delight. The programme is full of the quality and diversity that we have come to expect from Downend Folk Club.

Kicking off the concerts after the summer break will be the fast-rising four-piece Kim Lowings and The Greenwood. Regulars will remember Kim and the band from their breathtaking set opening for Jackie Oates a couple of years ago. Well now, after many requests from you the club’s members, they're back in their own right; they headline at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 15th September as they tour the UK with their new album, 'Wild and Wicked Youth'. Opening the evening's entertainment will be DFC regular Gav Ball.

Another exciting young band will be the club’s headline guests on Friday 20th October as the brilliant Granny’s Attic stop off at Frenchay Village Hall. This trio went down a storm at Bristol Folk Festival and tickets are bound to be very much in demand! Support on the night will come from local band Ember (including DFC regular Mike Richards), who also hope to have a new EP out around that time.

Described as "one of the most important voices to emerge on the folk scene for years", November's guest is the inimitable Grace Petrie. Grace is a protest singer, but much more than that... she's a brilliant songwriter and exudes warmth and charm on stage. This is one not to miss, so be at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 17th November... and make sure you get there in time to catch the wonderful support act for the night, Gavin Osborn. Please note that this event is restricted to over-14s.

December sees the club put on their most ambitious event to date, as club patron Jim Moray returns for a full band show on Friday 15th December. Performing songs from his latest album 'Upcetera', as well as some favourites from his back catalogue, Jim will front a five-piece band as the club venture out to Resound in Mangotsfield for the first time (while their regular larger venue at Christ Church is closed for refurbishment). Tickets for this one are a little more expensive but the club have kept the cost of the others down and are certain you'll find this show is worth every penny. The highly-rated Daria Kulesh will get the evening's entertainment underway.

Tickets for all the events are on  sale now via the website,, where you can also buy a season ticket for all four gigs and save almost £5 in booking fees.

Each evening features a full bar, serving a range of soft drinks, hot drinks, wine, cider and locally-brewed beer from the Hambrook-based Great Western Brewing Co. There are also chocolatey treats on sale, made locally by Naughty Brownie, and a raffle with great prizes including beer, CDs, magazines and other folky goodies.

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