June 2019: Downend Folk Club Preview
Kitty Macfarlane (support from Louis Campbell) Friday June 21, Frenchay Village Hall
DOWNEND Folk Club’s stunning summer programme continues this month with the return of a familiar face who is now one of the hottest properties on the UK folk scene and beyond.
Kitty Macfarlane has twice played support slots at the club in the past, but now it’s her time to step into the spotlight... something she’s been doing on a national level since the release of her debut album last autumn.
Kitty is a songwriter and guitarist, originally from Somerset but now based in Bristol, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her trademark lies in remarkably mature songwriting, a marked empathy with the environment and a strong sense of place. Carried by a clear voice 'controlled yet wild' (Folk Radio), her lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, woman’s age-old relationship with textiles and the land, and the changing face of the natural world. From the starling murmurations on the Somerset Levels to the lowly eel's epic transatlantic migration, the coasts and estuaries of the South West and the small part we ourselves play in a much bigger picture, her songs are bound by the underlying theme of mankind's relationship with the wild. Cerebral and topical, honest and immediate, these are not throwaway lyrics or everyday melodies but thought-provoking and evocative compositions with wonderfully crafted soundscapes.
Her debut album Namer Of Clouds was one of The Guardian's Best Folk Albums of 2018, and has seen airplay across BBC Radio 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music. Last year she was invited to guest- present two episodes of BBC Radio 4's Tweet of the Day and Kitty performed live in session on BBC Radio 2 at the beginning of 2019.
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Louis Campbell, a 19-year old guitarist and singer- songwriter from Bath. After two years in the National Youth Folk Ensemble he is now studying at the Royal Northern College of Music with Martin Simpson and Craig Ogden and he was also one of three recipients of the first Alan Surtees Trust grants for young folk musicians. Louis blends guitar influences from all over with a particular interest in the English fingerstyle tradition, bluegrass flatpicking, jazz and minimalism, and is keen to not only reflect his traditional folk background in his songwriting but modern influences ranging everywhere from Bon Iver to Radiohead and This is The Kit. He has had the opportunities to share a stage with the likes of Martin Carthy and John Doyle and has played at many festivals and venues across the country.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Frenchay Village Hall on Friday June 21, 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. environmentally aware.Most club events sell out, so please buy tickets in advance.
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