“An incisive guitarist…there is smoothness and depth in his voice … estimable songwriting skills.” Froots
He has played with Pete Seeger, Show Of Hands, Richard Thompson, Maggie Boyle and is part of Mick Ryan’s touring theatre shows. Steve Knightley was a schoolmate but it was with another local contemporary, Phil Beer, with whom he first achieved national acclaim. The Downes & Beer duo were a hugely successful live act which produced some memorable albums.
Chichester’s Annie Winter, known as “the Sussex Nightingale”, a very fine interpreter of the traditional music of the southern counties, is his musical partner at this year’s festival.