February 2020: Downend Folk Club Preview
Gilmore & Roberts (with support from Matt Quinn & Owen Woods)
Friday February 21,
Frenchay Village Hall
DOWNEND Folk Club’s 2020 programme continues to deliver pure class with a return visit for a multiple award-winning duo this month’s offering for South Gloucestershire’s music lovers.
Contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and their trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) met while studying at Leeds College of Music and released their debut album in 2008.
Since then, the duo have toured Canada and mainland Europe, played some of the UK’s biggest acoustic festivals, toured with folk rock legends Fairport Convention and won countless accolades for their genre-spanning work. Gilmore & Roberts released their fifth studio album, A Problem Of Our Kind, in October 2018.
Recorded at the duo’s home in South Yorkshire by co-producer Ben Savage (well-known on the UK roots scene for his own acclaimed musical output with The Willows and Hannah Sanders), A Problem Of Our Kind contains some of the most stripped-back arrangements of Gilmore & Roberts’ career so far, alongside full-tilt band numbers featuring their regular festival rhythm section of Fred Claridge (drums) and Matt Downer (double bass).
And as always, there’s not just one great act on the bill, but two, as Matt Quinn & Owen Woods open the evening’s entertainment. Matt and Owen are a concertina and melodeon duo, performing traditional and contemporary dance tunes from around the world. Having been part of the short- lived melodeon quartet Boxtet, they both wanted to continue working together. With Matt changing from melodeon to his duet concertina, they create an infectious sound, performing traditional and contemporary dance tunes from around Europe and Canada.
Tickets for the event are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from downendfolkclub.co.uk. 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. There is now a 50p discount for those bringing their own receptacles.
For further information, please visit the club’s website, find them on Facebook or Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org.