Folk Around Fishponds turns 20 this month
ON a July evening in 1999, four enthusiastic friends and musicians gathered at the Cross Hands to sing and play some songs together.
So began Folk Around Fishponds, which is still going strong and will celebrate its 20th birthday this month.
FAF is an acoustic folk club run by live music enthusiasts.
"Folk" music can mean different things to different people, but basically FAF is a live music performing club with a foot firmly in the folk tradition.
During an average evening, music played may range from traditional folk to blues, Americana, jazz, rock, pop covers, old faves, humorous songs and more.
Over the years, living up to its name, the club has at various times been held in a number of pubs in Fishponds - starting out in the Cross Hands, residing for a couple of lengthy spells at the Cross Keys and also briefly flirting with the Portcullis and the Star.
Autumn 2012 saw the club move back into the Cross Hands, in the very pleasant atmospheric upstairs function room, above. Most nights are “singers’ nights”, where anyone can turn up and play a couple of songs, but the club also has spotlight and special guest evenings on about six nights a year.
A spotlight is where a club regular is invited to sing a few songs and on guest evenings there is a concert performance from a nationally-known folk act. These have included Richard Digance, Ange Hardy, The Carrivick Sisters and Ewan McLennan.
FAF has been pleased to help local charities in recent years, raising money for St Peter’s Hospice and CLIC. In 2013 there was even a FAF CD, featuring performances from club regulars, called Now That’s What I Call FAF. The profits from sales were donated to local music charities Singing For The Brain and Music space.
To celebrate 20 years of FAF, there will be a special club evening on July 9 at the Cross Hands. This will feature founder members Richard Bond and Colin Owen (still club regulars) and Paul Mobey (making a special visit from his home in Birmingham). There will also be a tribute to the other founder member, Jonathan Davy, who is no longer with us.
Folk Around Fishponds meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month, upstairs at the Cross Hands, Fishponds at 8pm, entry £2.
For more details, visit the club's website.