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.

Unpretentious, absorbing and far from the madding crowd, India Electric Company’s carefully blended sound vortexes around a supple joining of voice and instruments.

Concocted in the Devonshire countryside and Parisian cafes, Cole Stacey and Joseph O’Keefe produce intricately woven textures which belies the fact that there are only two of them.

"So fresh! A big sound for a duo." - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 MUSIC

Like wandering minstrels roving along the fringes of the 21st century, they have spent much of the last 18 months touring Plymouth to Paris, Sidmouth to Skye and every independent coffee shop that lies between.

From playing jazz on West Holts Stage at Glastonbury Festival to performing Mendellsohn’s Violin Concerto for Terry Pratchett, Joseph’s virtuosity on violin, accordion, guitar and piano (to name but few) has made him one of the most sought after multi-instrumentalists in the UK. A Cambridge Masters in Mathematics has proven to be invaluable when calculating the escalating petrol costs of carrying an accordion up and down the M6.

Cole, described by Steve Knightley (Show of Hands) as “an impassioned and ambitious singer-songwriter,” has been performing around England with his Faith guitar in hand for several years. He has an uncanny ability to tell the same three ‘jokes’ on stage regardless of surroundings - be it supporting Midge Ure in sellout shows in Scotland or playing to fve people in a yurt at Sidmouth Folk Festival.

In 2012, Joseph and Cole released their frst album, On Hire, under their own names and it has received airplay from the likes of BBC Radio 3, BBC 6 Music, and ABC Radio (Australia).

"One of the best albums from young songwriters this year." - Steve Knightley (Show of Hands).

Spending a year in Paris learning as many intricities of Gypsy Jazz as they could, they returned to their native Devon to form India Electric Company. Their first album is set for release in Summer 2014, coinciding with extensive touring and numerous attempts at brewing the perfect Aeropress coffee.

India Electric Company will be our headline guests our next Club Night on Friday 19th September. Tickets for the gig, which will be held at Frenchay Village Hall, are priced at £10 in advance or £12 on the door. You can get them from the website here or from Baguette Me Not in Downend.


Supporting India Electric Company will be Road Not Taken.

Road Not Taken are a brand-new trio from... well, Downend! That's right, it doesn't get any more local than these guys, and you may even recognise some of the faces!

Formed earlier this year, Road Not Taken is made up of singer Anita Dobson, along with Downend Folk Club committee members Ant Miles (guitar, vocals) and Joe Brydon (bouzouki, banjo, guitar).

They play mostly traditional songs but in their own laid-back, melancholy style. September will be their first public outing, so please be nice!

A selection of great images, taken by our very own Alan Cole, are now available to view by clicking here. You can also purchase copies of any that you'd like. Please note that this link, along with the Photos tab on the menu, takes you to an external website, Alan's site, where our photos are hosted. Enjoy the pics!

Here's the link to the album: