November 2019: Downend Folk Club Preview
support from Calum Gilligan Friday November 15
SCOTTISH firebrands Talisk headline Downend Folk Club’s November concert... and it’s a good job the event is at Downend School, because the popular music club have already sold tickets to more people than they could fit in their Frenchay Village Hall HQ!
In their five years, Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2017’s Folk Band of the Year at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award.
Musician of the Year 2018 Mohsen Amini, Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK. Appearances at festivals - including Cambridge Folk Festival, Denmark’s Tønder, Womad UK and Las Palmas, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Celtic Colours, Milwaukee Irish Festival and five successive outings at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections - have amassed a diehard following, while the world’s folk and world music media have also lauded high credits upon the trio.
The release of their hotly anticipated second album, Beyond, in October 2018 was met with a five- star “Top of the World” review in Songlines, praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing... fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky.”
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be Calum Gilligan, a Scottish folk singer-songwriter born in Galloway and based in Liverpool. He has been writing his own music and gigging from an early age, playing around the UK and beyond over the years. He writes a subtle blend of Celtic folk and Americana music with influences ranging from Woody Guthrie and Christy Moore, to contemporary folk artists such as Kris Drever and Kate Rusby. His lyrics form the heart of his music, with melodic guitar and powerful vocals carrying the words aloft.
Having appeared at several festivals over the summer, 2019 has already been a resounding success for Calum, and with the launch of the Maybe Half a Lifetime EP in September, Calum says “it just keeps getting better!”
Tickets for the event, which takes place at Downend School on Friday November 15, are available from Melanie’s Kitchen or online from www.downendfolkclub.co.uk. They are £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. There will be a raffle with prizes including CDs, gift boxes of beer and sweet treats. You are encouraged to bring your 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 now a 50p surcharge for disposable glasses.
For further information, please visit the club’s website, find them on Facebook or Twitter or email email@example.com.