Aidan O'Rourke / Kit Downes


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The Toy Museum Folk Club is Brighton's newest traditional folk night, bringing the very best acts to the unique setting of Brighton Toy and Model Museum. Come and watch intimate acoustic sets from the finest folk talents, and explore the train sets, model planes and traditional children's toys on display in the museum.

With his trio Lau, and in multiple solo projects and collaborations, Aidan O'Rourke has pioneered a new sound in folk music and redefined traditional forms. Kit Downes is an award-winning pianist and composer who has worked with dozens of collaborators and never released a track that was anything less than gorgeous.

The duo have been working together on the mammoth tune-cycle 365, a collection of songs written at the rate of one a day over the course of a year. The first collection of highlights was released last year, and is absolutely stunning. Volume 2 comes out this August, ahead of this gig.

Support comes from young trad folk singer-songwriter Tilly Moses, who combines a distinct and unparalleled voice with a confidence in songwriting rarely seen.

This is a chance to catch a magical line-up in a unique space, bringing their music to an intimate audience of fans, vintage stuffed toys and model trains!


Aidan O'Rourke

Well-known fiddler and performer with groups Blazin' Fiddles and Sun Honey.

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Kit Downes

Kit Downes appearing at this event

Kit Downes is one of the most highly regarded rising stars of the UK jazz scene, as the pianist in the band Empirical, composed of ex-Tomorrow's Warriors, and leader of the Fat Cat Organ Trio and Troyka. In 2008 he was awarded winner of the BBC Jazz Awards, in 2009 the Yamaha Jazz Scholarship Award and in 2010 he was one of PRS Foundation's Take Five Jazz Award winners. His 2009 album Golden, with the Kit Downes Trio, was shortlisted in 2010 for a Mercury Award and has won him great critical acclaim from the national press and Jazz reviewers.

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Also Appearing

Tilly Moses

Brighton Toy And Model Museum

  • 52-55 Trafalgar Street
  • Brighton
  • BN1 4EB