The programme for next Spring was announced at September's event... and there was, understandably, much excitement from the Downend Folk Club faithful!

Heading the list are PHILLIP HENRY AND HANNAH MARTIN, who scooped the award for Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards earlier this year, and LUCY WARD, who has been making a big splash recently, and was herself nominated as Folk Singer of the Year at the same awards.

Added to that is rising star MAZ O'CONNOR, who is surely a certainty for honours herself in 2015; KELLY OLIVER, whose new album has met with rave reviews; and RUTH NOTMAN, who has reappeared on the live circuit after a few years studying and was hailed as a singing sensation when she burst onto the scene in her teens.

We're very excited about this line-up... one DFC regular commented that it reads like a Folk Awards nomination list, and that person isn't far wrong! We hope you'll all be as thrilled with these artists as we are!

Tickets for these events are already on sale to members, with sales to the public opening later this year. The ticket prices listed below are the public prices. Prices for members will be available shortly in the Members Only section on the menu bar. Please note carefully the venue for each event, as we are holding some of the gigs at our regular home of Frenchay Village Hall, and others at Christ Church Downend. Support acts will be announced at a later date. Doors open at 7.30pm for all events.


Friday 16th January 2015: KELLY OLIVER. Frenchay Village Hall. £8 in advance, £10 on the door.

Friday 20th February 2015: MAZ O'CONNOR. Christ Church Downend. £10 in advance, £12 on the door.

Friday 20th March 2015: LUCY WARD (with Joy Gravestock). Frenchay Village Halll. £10 in advance, £12 on the door.

Friday 17th April 2015: PHILLIP HENRY AND HANNAH MARTIN. Christ Church Downend. £10 in advance, £12 on the door.

Friday 15th May 2015: RUTH NOTMAN. Frenchay Village Hall. £8 in advance, £10 on the door.

Photographs of September's sell-out India Electric Co. gig, including some shots of Downend-based support act Road Not Taken, are now available to view online.

You can see them by clicking on the "Photos" tab on the menu bar, or by clicking here.

The photos were taken by the very talented Kate Southall, and you can view her website by clicking here.

Please note that clicking on the album link will take you to an external website, run by our very own Alan Cole, where photos from our events are hosted.

Those of you who had the good sense not to miss the India Electric Co. gig will have heard that we have recently launched a membership scheme. It's a great way to support Downend Folk Club, and save a few pennies along the way! Oh, and you get a mug!

For an annual fee of just £10 per year (£17 for couples), members are entitled to:


- Reduced-price tickets*

- Two free "Guest Passes" per year**

- Access to the "Members Only" section of the website and the "DFC Members" group on Facebook

- The chance to buy tickets for gigs before anyone else (from January 2015 onwards)

- A vote at our Spring AGM... your say in the running of our club

- An exclusive Downend Folk Club mug***


You can apply for membership at any of our events by speaking to our Membership Secretary Laura Miles. Alternatively, you can purchase membership via the PayPal button below. You will then be contacted via email with further details (please be patient... this may take a few days as we all have full-time jobs!).

So, get on board... the benefits are obvious!






*Example prices (subject to change):Tickets normally £12 = members price £11, Tickets normally £10 = members price £8/£9, Tickets normally £8 = members price £7. Potential saving of £15-£20 per year (estimated saving)

**To be used by guests who have never previously attended a Downend Folk Club ticketed event. Those signing up for Couples Membership still only get two guest passes per couple, per annum (not four).

***Your mug will be available to collect at the next event that you attend after purchasing your membership. Alternatively, you can arrange to collect it by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Those signing up for Couples Membership get a mug each.