INDIA ELECTRIC CO. finally become the first artists in Downend Folk Club’s eight-year history to return for a third headline gig this month, such is their popularity with South Gloucestershire’s music-lovers.
The duo, comprising singer/guitarist Cole Stacey and multi-instrumentalist Joseph O’Keefe, were due to return just as Covid struck but now, with the date rearranged for a fourth time, they finally return to the area, this time in the magnificent surroundings of CHRIST CHURCH DOWNEND.
India Electric Co. are perhaps best described as "a veritable musical magpie’s nest", (BBC Radio 3). Blending traditional instruments, folk melodies and subtle electronic influences, they’ve extensively toured throughout Europe, Australia and New Zealand, including UK shows at The London Palladium and Hammersmith Apollo. After live sessions with BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, Glastonbury Festival appearances and BBC Introducing’s backing they released The Gap in 2020 with Folk Radio UK declaring them "one of the truly pioneering acts in folk music".
Opening the evening’s entertainment will be another familiar face to the regulars... and indeed, a local face at that! Singer-songwriter SUSIE DOBSON, from Downend itself, took her first nervous steps as a performer on the Downend Folk Club stage as a fresh-faced teenager back in 2014. Now based partly in Cambridge, Susie happens to be around this month so the club quickly pounced to give her the opportunity to show her home crowd just how she’s grown as an artist. Susie will be joined on stage by our very own Chairman, multi-instrumentalist Ant Miles.
Tickets for the event, which takes place at CHRIST CHURCH DOWNEND on Friday 17th June 2022, are available online at HERE and from MELANIE'S KITCHEN in Downend (cash only). They are priced at £14 each in advance or £16 on the door. Don't forget you can buy in advance with absolute confidence; if you are unable to make the concert because you test positive for Covid-19, you can transfer your ticket to any future concert at Downend Folk Club (terms & conditions apply, see ticket page). Tickets for all previous iterations of this concert remain valid, and you don't need to dig around for any information if you bought online... we have a list of every sale for each date, so your name will be enough to get you in. If you bought at Melanie's Kitchen you'll need to find your ticket. Because of the three reschedules, we've already sold well over 80 tickets for this concert, so don't delay in booking yours.
There will be a bar, stocking cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and locally-brewed real ale from the Hambrook-based HOP UNION BREWERY (formerly GWB). Audience members are encouraged to bring their own glass/mug/tankard/bucket, as well as reusable bottles for water, as part of our drive to be more environmentally aware. There is a 50p discount for those bringing their own receptacles. There will also be sweet treats available at the bar courtesy of the Radstock-based GREAT CAKE COMPANY, as well as the 'stealth raffle' which helps to fund the emerging artists that open each concert.