Next up - The Jennifer Crook Trio — Friday October 17, Christ Church Downend

October 05 2014

OCTOBER will be month of homecomings for Downend Folk Club.


OCTOBER will be month of homecomings for Downend Folk Club.

The first of those homecomings is this month’s headline act, Jennifer Crook, who lived in Downend between the ages of nine and 17, attended Downend School and still has family in the area. Jennifer will be playing with her trio as they continue their tour of Jennifer’s new album.

In a career that has led her from the BBC Young Tradition Award to touring with Snow Patrol, Jennifer has earned a reputation as an outstanding harp player as well as an acclaimed singer, songwriter, composer and multi-instrumentalist. 

‘Carnforth Station’ is Jennifer’s third solo release and features her live trio, as she is joined by cellist Beth Porter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Cosgrave. Jennifer wrote many of the songs for ‘Carnforth Station’ on the lever harp and much of her musical history (elements of traditional Irish, bluegrass and alternative country), finds its way into this collection of songs which explore life’s journey’s and transitions - moving on, letting go, joy, loss and hope.

And a return to such a familiar place has got Jennifer excited. “I’m really excited to be back in Downend, and it’s great news that there’s a folk club now,” she said. 

“I lived in Downend when I was younger and went to Downend School. I didn’t play the harp back then, as I took that up later at university, but I played various instruments and made up songs.”

“I was always trying to drag my friends up on stage to join me in school assemblies and concerts,” continued Jennifer, “but I wasn’t considered very ‘cool’ at the time… life might have been very different id there had been a folk club in Downend back then!”

Jennifer will feature at Downend Folk Club on Friday October 17, and there will be a second homecoming of sorts, as the club has announced that this event, and three or four every year, will be held in Christ Church Downend. The club’s first ever gig was held in the church back in April when Bright Season played there to rave reviews, but since then the gigs have been held in Frenchay Village Hall.

“We’re thrilled to be back in Downend for some of our gigs, and Christ Church is such a beautiful venue,” said chairman Ant Miles. 

Ant added: “We’re so grateful to Christ Church for working with us on making this a reality, and even more grateful that they’re allowing us to have a full bar in the foyer!”

The Jennifer Crook Trio will be supported by highly-respected singer/songwriter Mike Weaver, whose self-released album “Live At The Top Of The Stairs” has recently been earning great reviews.

Doors open at 7.30pm and tickets are available from Baguette Me Not in Downend, Bristol Ticket Shop and, where you can also find more information about the club, including a brand-new membership scheme.