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Suthering: If We Turn Away – Album Launch @ Downend Folk Club (full band)

February 18 @ 7:30 pm

£14 – £16

Suthering combines the musical talents of Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall. A couple in life and in music, the duo have taken the folk scene by storm with their unusual and fresh approach to folk. Julu and Heg champion female characters, creating new narratives for women and unearthing the female heroines of folk.

What sets them apart is their wonderful chemistry and charisma on stage, natural humour and two beautifully matched voices. With an unusual mix of cascading, dramatic piano; intricate, fingerstyle guitar; flute, whistles and harmonium, Julu and Heg bring an exciting take on folk storytelling with their evocative and distinctive sound.

Their forthcoming debut album If We Turn Away is due for release on February 18th 2022. Their album launch will be marked with a special full band concert at Downend Folk Club where the duo will be joined by Oliva Dunn (Phil Beer Band, Mad Dog Mcrea) and Sarah Ricketts (The Nightjar). The album which explores themes of community, connection, environment and conscience is very much a reflection of the times we are living in and has been influenced by the duo’s experiences during the pandemic. Each song is carefully crafted and arranged, telling tales of struggle and triumph against all odds; from both their own lives and from stories they have found. The album is a tonic for the divisive times we are living through. “We’re searching for light in this long, cold winter” sings the chorus of the first single Gather, which is an offering of strength and hope and is accompanied by a beautiful video filmed on Dartmoor. 

Joyful, life-affirming and even a bit kick-ass feminist”  – The Blackbird Collective

“Excellent musicians, beautiful harmonies and a fresh approach to traditional music” – Tony Birch, FATEA Magazine

“Suthering brings together a joyous blending of voices and musical talents of Julu Irvine and Heg Brignall. Delicate, harmonious and thoroughly English, Suthering is a welcome arrival on the vibrant English folk scene.” – Terry O’Brien, Folk Expo

Website: www.suthering.com

Listen:  www.suthering.bandcamp.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/suthering

Instagram: www.instagram/sutheringmusic

Twitter: www.twitter.com/suthering

Information from Downend Folk Club (correct as of 6/11/1021, but please visit the club website for more upto date info Downend Folk Club – Home ):

“Christ Church Downend. Doors at 7.30pm for a 7.45pm start.

Tickets £14 in advance, £16 on the door. Limited to 100 tickets for the moment.

Tickets are available online via the link below (no physical ticket, names will be listed at the door… please don’t print anything out. Tickets are also available from Melanie’s Kitchen in Downend a month at a time. The concert will start at 7.45pm prompt. Please note that we operate a strict no-returns policy. By purchasing tickets, you agree to these terms and conditions.


To see what else is coming up at Downend please head here: Downend Folk Club – Gigs & Tickets 


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