July 2019: Downend Folk Club Preview

June 24 2019

DOWNEND Folk Club round off their summer programme this month with a visit from one of the best young folk singers currently treading the UK circuit.

DOWNEND Folk Club round off their summer programme this month with a visit from one of the best young folk singers currently treading the UK circuit.

 Jack Rutter
 (support from Ellie Gowers)
 Friday July 19,
Frenchay Village Hall


Still in his mid 20s, Jack Rutter is a highly respected singer, guitarist and multi-instrumentalist making music within the British folk tradition. The recent release of his debut solo album ‘Hills’, which is a collection of eleven traditional folk songs, and recorded completely solo and live in the studio with no overdubs, has been received with across the board acclaim and recognition. Critics are praising his traditional style of singing (“beautifully sincere, timeless and beguiling” - Songlines), and playing (“guitar, bouzouki or concertina accompaniments are beautifully constructed and played; never getting in the way of the song, but supporting and building it” - The Living Tradition Magazine) that have come together to create ‘Hills’, an album which “takes him to a whole new level, quite simply outstanding”.
Jack, who has played at the club before as part of Moore Moss Rutter and has also played with folk luminaries such as Seth Lakeman and Jackie Oates, grew up in the Holme Valley area of West Yorkshire, a place steeped in a wealth of traditional song and since graduating from Newcastle University with a BSc degree in Countryside Management in 2014, he’s gone on to forge a hugely successful career playing music professionally in various guises across Britain and Europe. In this new solo outing, the BBC award winning musician delivers folk songs with a rich, unassuming Yorkshire charm and an easy going stage presence that gives a live performance which is “wonderful, pure and simple. The audience just falls head over heels for this man, and rightly so.” (English Folk Expo).
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Ellie Gowers, a singer-songwriter originally from Warwickshire but currently based in Bristol. At only 22, Ellie yields powerfully quaint songs with thought-provoking mature themes. Embedding heavy lyrical inspiration from the early greats like Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Nick Cave, Ellie has produced her own folk-driven contemporary style. Traces of Katie Melua, John Martyn and Laura Marling creep into her melodies.
Being a self-taught guitarist and lyricist, Ellie adopted a soothing disposition towards the composition of the guitar around her voice, letting the accompaniment of the guitar express the sentiment of the song as much as the lyrics do. Over the years, Ellie has encountered a range of singing styles including musical theatre and choir and her voice has developed into a mellisonant swirl of warm, dulcet tones and a secure sense of her own voice..
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday 19th July 2019, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from www.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. You are encouraged to bring your own glass/, as well as reusable bottles for water, as part of the club’s drive to be more environmentally aware.
Most of the club’s events sell out, so please do buy your tickets in advance. For further information, please visit the club’s website, find them on Facebook or Twitter or email downendfolkclub@live.com.