NEXT AT DOWNEND FOLK & ROOTS:
HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGE + LAUREN SOUTH
FRIDAY 20 OCTOBER 2023,
CHRIST CHURCH DOWNEND.
Downend Folk & Roots’ welcome one of the most innovative duos on the UK folk scene as their Autumn/Winter programme keeps on delivering top-class artists to the area.
Since emerging in 2016, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage have been defying all conventions of style, genre and compartmentalisation. A touch of ‘Americana’, yet quintessentially English. Traditional, yet contemporary, with their individual writing style. Playful and instinctive, they constantly do the unexpected; yet they do it with such panache and natural chemistry it makes perfect sense.
Hannah Sanders has an alluring mystique and a voice of disarming purity that massages your senses. Ben Savage is a bubbling ferment of energy and infectious enthusiasm, seemingly able to play any instrument you put in front of him with grace and favour.
They have recorded three studio albums to date, Before the Sun (2016), Awake (2018) and Ink of the Rosy Morning (2022), and have captivated audiences at shows and on festival stages alongside Americana and folk luminaries such as Sarah Jarosz, Martin Simpson, Seth Lakeman and Oh Susanna. They are true originals, that’s all there is to it. Distinctive. Innovative. Ground-breaking. Unique.
Opening the evening, before Ben and Hannah take to the stage, will be Lauren South. Residing in Rugby, Lauren is an accomplished singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist renowned within Warwickshire for her original compositions and traditional melodies, establishing herself as a prominent figure in the folk music scene. With the accompaniment of tenor guitar, fiddle, and shruti box, her songs exude heartfelt emotion and vivid imagery, drawing inspiration from her passion for the nocturnal heavens, the natural world, and her journey through motherhood.
Tickets for the concert, which takes place at Christ Church Downend on Friday 20 October 2023, are available online at downendfolkandroots.com and from Melanie’s Kitchen in Downend (cash only). They are priced at £14 each in advance or £16 on the door. Doors open at 7.30pm and the entertainment starts around 7.45pm.
There will be a bar, stocking cider, soft drinks, wine, hot drinks and real ale from locally-based Hop Union Brewery. Audience members are encouraged to bring their own glass/mug/tankard, as well as reusable bottles for water, as part of the drive to be more environmentally aware; there is a 50p discount for those that do. There will also be sweet treats available at the bar courtesy of the Radstock-based Great Cake Company, as well as a prize draw, which helps to fund the support artists for each concert. For further information, please email email@example.com or visit downendfolkandroots.com.