On Friday 20th June, we will be joined by the award-winning Ange Hardy for a concert at Frenchay Village Hall.

Ange is a folk singer, songwriter and guitarist from West Somerset. In January 2014 she was awarded FATEA Magazine's prestigious “Female Vocalist of the Year” following the release of her 2013 album “Bare Foot Folk”.

Ange Hardy performs live as a solo act but her mesmerising combination of beautiful story telling and delicate guitar work is given a contemporary twist through her exceptional use of 'live looping' to build vocal harmonies. Ange stands with a digital tape recorder at her feet that allows her to record and instantly play-back what she is singing. The effortlessness with which she builds layers of perfect harmonies in front of your eyes, combined with her honest and heartfelt insight into the stories and inspirations behind her songs, is absolutely captivating.

Ange's 2014 performance dates include a variety of theatres, folk clubs, and festivals and her set will include favourites from her previous two albums, as well as a number of new tracks from “The Lament of the Black Sheep”.

“Very very rootsy and very very folky, I do like her stuff!”  - Mike Harding

"Ange’s sound itself is sweet, that is the only real word for it. Sweet as in pleasant to hear and leaves you wanting to have just one more. The album is all her work so the extra voice dubbing is a good addition as it gives her already strong voice an extra magical hold over the listeners." - Bright Young Folk

"If I were putting the album of the year show together today, this would be it... watch out for Ange Hardy... she's bursting onto the scene fully formed" - Readifolk Radio

The gig will be held at Frenchay Village Hall, and tickets are on sale now here or from Baguette Me Not in Downend.


Well, that was a bit special, wasn't it?!

Last Friday, we were proud to welcome the BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy to Downend Folk Club... and she showed us exactly why she scooped the prestigious award back in February.

Bella delivered a mixture of traditional songs and her own compositions, relying just on two fiddles and her stunning voice.

More than 120 people - easily a sell-out - were present to hear Bella's mesmerising performance, and also to enjoy the fabulous Great Western Brewing Company beers...

We're already looking forward to the next event, Ange Hardy in June. Tickets are on sale NOW!

In the meantime, our very own Alan Cole popped his photographer hat on for the evening to capture Bella's gig, and you can view the gallery here. Apologies for the rogues gallery towards the end! Please note that clicking this link will take you to Alan's Music Festival Photos website. Have a look around, it's a great site!

See you in June!


Photograph by Alan Cole

Used with permission.

This Friday (16 May) we are proud to welcome the reigning BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy.

Bella joins us as part of the solo leg of her "Thirty for 30" tour at Frenchay Village Hall for a sold-out gig.

Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.00pm start, and there will be a bar (selling fantastic bottled Great Western Brewing Co. real ales), a raffle (with great prizes including a signed CD and a year's subscription to The Living Tradition magazine) and a shop (selling great CDs, magazines and merchandise).

If you booked online, you need to print out the PayPal receipt that you received by email; this will act as your ticket.

We're excited, and we hope you are too, if you're one of the lucky ones that got a ticket!