June 2021: Downend Folk Club preview

May 24 2021

June 2021: Downend Folk Club preview

NEXT AT DOWNEND FOLK CLUB
ELLIE GOWERS (TRIO)
IN CONCERT

Friday 18th June 2021,
Christ Church Downend

After relaunching their monthly concert series last month, after over a year without live,
in-person music, Downend Folk Club continue to bring some of the country’s rising folk, roots and acoustic stars to South Gloucestershire as they welcome Ellie Gowers, whose EP Parting Breath made quite an impact during the spring lockdown.
The club, who kept their loyal fanbase and new followers alike entertained throughout all three lockdowns with an innovative series of online events, welcome Ellie to Christ Church Downend, where she will be joined on-stage by Alex Garden (violin) and Lukas Drinkwater (double-bass). As always, the event is on the third Friday of the month and it’s already well on the way to selling out, given the COVID-secure capacity of 60 at the church.
Ellie Gowers has been making an impression wherever she lands. Her music embeds a fierce energy that echoes the 60’s folk revival scene and she is known to hold pride of place on stage with her strong and lucent vocals. Her songs are built from a childhood love of literature and traditional folk song, but also discuss the more modern narratives of the present day. These influences fuse together to create a sound that has been deemed unique and incomparable.
In the last two years, Ellie has released the EP From Here on Out and followed that with her latest single Against the Tide which earned her a TEDx talk. These songs have been toured widely, both in headline shows and support slots for critically acclaimed artists.
After the unpredictable circumstances that 2020 brought with it, Ellie found herself making good use of her time, beginning to work on projects she had only ever thought about. Collab- orations were done with friends new and old, songs were written, a festival was played, and she was also included in the line up of the Filkin’s Drift Ensemble, covering Arthur McBride.
Ellie enters 2021 with a brand new EP named Parting Breath, which was released in March to widespread critical acclaim and radio play across both regional and national stations, culminating in a first Radio 2 airing last month.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Christ Church Downend on Friday 18th June 2021, are available downendfolkclub.co.uk. They are priced at £15 each and must be purchased in advance.
At this stage, capacity is strictly limited to 60, but the club will make more tickets available if restrictions allow. There will be no bar or raffle, but ticket-holders are invited to bring their own refreshments.
As part of the club’s online plan moving forward, Chairman Ant Miles will also be sitting down for a cuppa and a bit of a natter with Ellie when she visits for the concert, as Downend Folk Club continue with their hugely successful "an hour or so" online series, which ran throughout all three lockdowns... but in a slightly different way.
Audience questions are invited but they must be submitted in advance. The best will be selected put to Ellie, as well as finding out a bit more about her past and his plans for the future. A handful of the songs that Ellie plays during the concert will also be recorded.
The resulting chat and tunes will then be streamed on Sunday 20th June 2021, at 8.00pm on the simultaneously on the club’s Facebook page and YouTube channel. Do make sure that you've liked/followed/suscribed! The show will be available to view for two weeks afterwards. As always, this “an hour or so” event will be free to attend, but there will be an online tip-jar.
For further information, please visit the club’s website, find them on Facebook or Twitter or email downendfolkclub@live.com.