September 2020: News from Downend Folk Club
NICK HART IN CONCERT Fridays September 11 and September 18
Downend Folk Club have announced their plans for continuing their pledge to bring the best in folk, roots and acoustic music to South Gloucestershire with a live/streamed hybrid gig this month.
The club, which produced a highly successful series of interviews and performances during the full lockdown, will feature the highly-rated folk singer Nick Hart in a two-stage concert in the middle of the month. Nick, who was scheduled to perform at the club this autumn after an extremely well-received support set early last year, has been making quite a name for himself in the intervening time, so the club are very pleased to welcome him as the first headliner in a series of live/online concerts. The concert will be recorded on Friday September 11 in front of a limited, socially distanced audience at the club’s Frenchay Village Hall headquarters, before being streamed on YouTube on Friday September 18 to a ticketed online audience.
The online gig will be different to most of the live streams you’ll have seen during lockdown, with the club aiming to recreate as much of the real gig energy as they can; it will look and sound like Downend Folk Club. They’ll be setting up the stage and the lights, and the club bringing in a team of professional film-makers to make sure it looks and sounds as good as it possibly can. On offer will be multiple camera angles and top quality sound equipment to ensure a really great experience. This is not “live from the lounge”!
Nick is a folk singer deeply rooted in the English tradition. Raised in a family of morris dancers, Nick played instrumental music for many years before discovering his passion for traditional song. While studying for an ethnomusicology degree, he began to explore the large body of recordings of traditional singers from the second half of the 20th century, and this led to several years of fevered study and many nights spent at folk clubs and festivals, honing his skills as an unaccompanied singer.
Nick's initially hardline attitude to the accompaniment of folk songs has softened over the years, but his love of the nuances of traditional singing informs his minimal guitar accompaniment, and his songs are delivered with a great emphasis on storytelling. His repertoire of songs, drawn largely from his native East Anglia, reflect his understanding of both the depth and breadth of material within the English tradition and he is fast acquiring a reputation as an engaging and entertaining performer.
2017 saw the release of his first solo album, Nick Hart Sings Eight English Folk Songs. Recorded by long-time collaborator Tom Moore, the album has been well received, being described as "one of the most rewarding and accomplished albums we've heard this year" (fRoots), "a cult classic in waiting" (Grizzly Folk), "absolutely excellent" (Folk Radio UK), and "the real deal" (Mike Harding). Nick’s second album, entitled Nick Hart Sings Nine English Folk Songs, was released last year to further critical acclaim.
Tickets for the stream are priced at a minimum of £10 per screen, and are on-sale now from www.downendfolkclub.co.uk. Tickets for the live recording will be strictly limited, and will go on-sale soon, first to stream ticket holders to upgrade, and then to the general public. Please email email@example.com if you have any questions.