JULY 2022: Downend Folk Club Preview
NEXT AT DOWNEND FOLK CLUB: KIT HAWES & AARON CATLOW (with support from Good Habits) Friday July 15, Christ Church Downend
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow
THERE will be a local feel as Downend Folk Club round off their summer programme with a visit from Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow, a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music.
Weaving a musical dialogue between fiddle, guitar and voice, Kit and Aaron explore the rich musical heritage of the British Isles, and create original music inspired by the traditions they grew up in. In demand as musicians, writers and arrangers, Kit and Aaron have worked with many established artists including Grammy Award-nominated Yola, Seth Lakeman, Afro Celt Sound System and Roni Size.
Since the release of their highly acclaimed debut album The Fox in 2016, the pair have built a reputation as one of the standout acts on the UK music circuit. Praise comes from music lovers and press alike, including Mark Radcliffe on BBC Radio 2 - “reminiscent of Martin Carthy and the late Dave Swarbrick, I can give them no higher accolade", Acoustic Magazine - "head and shoulders above the rest" and Living Tradition - "mightily impressive".
Their follow up album, which draws its name from the title track Pill Pilots was released in March 2020. The Pill Pilots were a group of highly-skilled mariners, who for over a thousand years guided tall ships through the treacherous waters of the Bristol channel and the river Avon. The album was recorded live in a single room and celebrates the time-honoured relationship between the fiddle and guitar. The pair pay tribute to the past, whilst setting themselves apart with an unparalleled mastery of their instruments and dynamic range to create a musical conversation that wends its way through the album's nine tracks.
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be a duo who recently wowed the audience at Bristol Folk Festival. Described as “engagingly clear across a rich variety of styles” (Songlines), Good Habits are a UK alt-folk duo, telling stories and turning heads across the globe. Composed of singer-cellist Bonnie Schwarz and accordionist Pete Shaw, the duo create folk-ish musical tales, with captivating lyrics married with their unique brand of brisk instrumental virtuosity.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Christ Church Downend on Friday 15th July 2022, are available online at downendfolkclub.com and from Melanie’s Kitchen in Downend (cash only). They are priced at £14 each in advance or £16 on the door.
There will be a bar, stocking cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from Hambrook-based Hop Union Brewery (formerly GWB). Audience members are encouraged to bring their 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 a 50p discount for those bringing their own receptacles. There will also be sweet treats available at the bar courtesy of the Radstock-based Great Cake Company, as well as the “stealth raffle” which helps to fund the support artists.
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