Review Lucy Ward Friday March 20, Downend Folk Club

March 31 2015

It was an honour to see Lucy Ward at the Downend Folk Club. Lucy is a delight to see and hear; a solidly grounded soul full of passion, politics, creativity and great Derby humour.

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Review Lucy Ward

Friday March 20, Downend Folk Club


It was an honour to see Lucy Ward at the Downend Folk Club. Lucy is a delight to see and hear; a solidly grounded soul full of passion, politics, creativity and great Derby humour.

The set contained plenty of touching family stories as well as more rousing political tales and calls to action, all sung with an effortlessly rich, beautiful and honest voice. Lucy’s good humour was demonstrated when a phone went off halfway through a sad, tender song. Instead of any tetchiness, she turned it to an inclusive joke about how the same had happened to her once, during one of her own shows, before restarting with a smile.

Lucy also brought forth an impressive variety of instruments during the set, from a few a cappella songs demonstrating the power and form of her voice, through guitar, banjo, concertina, harmonium and ukulele. The audience clearly loved what they heard, bringing her and her support act, the astonishingly talented 17-year old Felix M-B, back for an uplifting encore of Elbow’s One Day Like This.

As Lucy herself said, Downend Folk Club is something to be very proud of, and looking at the acts coming up over the summer months we can be sure of more exciting times ahead. Roll on the next show!

Glyn Everett

DFC regular


Next at Downend Folk Club


Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

Friday April 17 Christ Church, Downend


THE award-winning acts just keep on coming at Downend Folk Club as the April event sees the visit of the current holders of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin.

Widely-acknowledged as one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years, the pair have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go with a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres.

Hailing from Lancashire, Phillip is one of the UK’s top slide guitarists and harmonica players. Over the past decade he has immersed himself in the music of the Deep South of America, traditional music of the British Isles, and Indian classical music. Specializing in lap slide techniques, his masterful Dobro playing draws together these diverse influences to create a truly unique voice. His innovative harmonica style combines country blues and folk styles with beat-boxing to create a jaw dropping and much coveted 21st century harmonica sound heavily steeped in tradition.

Hannah Martin is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Devon. Her songs weave folklore and legend old and new with beautiful melodies, creating haunting compositions delivered with a bold and beautiful singing style all her own. Writing mainly on fiddle, viola, and banjo, and drawing on the traditions of the British Isles, she has been commended for her “really fantastic singing”.

“There’s a reason why this duo won such a major award last year,” chairman Ant Miles told Downend Voice, “and that’s because they are so very, very good at what they do. Their music is beautiful, and I for one can’t wait to hear it soaring to the rafters of Downend’s lovely church.”

Opening the evening will be the highly-rated Kirsty Bromley, a singer, dancer, teacher and writer of folk music within the English Tradition who is due to release her first album very soon.

The event will be held at Christ Church Downend on Friday April 17. Doors open at 7.30pm and there will be a full bar serving GWB real ale, cider, wine and a range of soft drinks, as well as a raffle.

Tickets are £10 in advance, £12 on the door and are available from Melanie’s Kitchen, Kafe Karma, Bristol Ticket Shop and Members’ tickets are £9 from the website or direct from Ant Miles.