January 2020: Downend Folk Club Preview
(with support from Ant Miles)
Friday January 17
Frenchay Village Hall
Downend Folk Club’s first concert of the new year might not quite have gone according to plan… but in Odette Michell, they have one of the fastest-rising new voices on the UK folk scene as their headliner!
When the club announced their programme a couple of months ago, the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed a different name listed as the headliner, with Odette due to be the opening act. But when the originally booked artist was revealed to be double-booked, club chairman Ant Miles had no hesitation in promoting Odette to the headline slot.
“The impact Odette has made in the last year or so has been huge, and we only had her doing support because it was booked a long time ago. Her growing profile is probably already beyond support slots, if I’m being honest,” Ant told Downend Voice. “So we had to make a change and act quite quickly… the solution was obvious! We’re absolutely thrilled to have Odette as our first act of 2020.”
Odette is a British folk singer-songwriter, guitarist and bouzouki player with a bold new take on the acoustic tradition and a voice capable of demonstrating the finer points of both folk and traditional song with genuine craftsmanship. In May 2019, Odette released her enchanting debut album The Wildest Rose. The album gained widespread positive acclaim and featured notable musical contributions from Phil Beer (one-half of multi-award-winning acoustic folk band Show of Hands) who plays fiddle on two of the tracks and sings backing vocals on one other track; and Toby Shaer (Cara Dillon, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys).
And stepping into the support slot vacated by Odette will be Ant himself. Ant performs mostly traditional music and has played at the club on a few occasions before with his band, Road Not Taken… but never on his own. “I hope it won’t put people off coming,” quipped Ant. “It will be my first proper performance without the rest of my band, but I’ve been thinking about doing it for a while… the need to find a last minute support artist focused my mind a bit!”
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 17th January 2020, 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 email@example.com.