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Bristol's Blues Events

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Bristol's Blues Scene

Is blues music under-represented in Bristol?

While other American-originated music like funk and soul enjoy a huge number of acts and dedicated venues, where is the home of blues in Bristol? With its roots in the oppression of the black peoples of America, blues was transplanted over to the UK via white rock acts like the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton. A quick browse of blues played on the BBC recently and tyhe Guardian’s list of the best blues festivals show some support for nearby Bath, but nothing for blues in Bristol. This begs the question: who will lead the new blues revival in Bristol?

Blues gigs in Bristol are found in pretty consistent venues with places like The Prom and the Thunderbolt popular live blues spots. Generally blues-rock seems more prominent in Bristol than traditional rhythm and blues bands or delta blues singers, although there is some really interesting stuff out there. Other venues to check for blues include the Cori Tap in Clifton and the Blue Lagoon on Gloucester Rd.

It's always worth looking at what's on at the Canteen in Bristol whose listings vary in style but are usually consistently high in quality - some potential blues gems there...

Our recent blues recommendations

Reverant folk blues played on 12 string guitar with the poetic fever of Townes Van Zandt, summoning the same ghosts of mental illness and the mundane country sprawl. Parr isn’t a revivalist - he’s one of the last of the true originals. Charlie Parr at Exchange.
Ambarchi’s stylistic shapeshifting processed guitar has touched everything from electroacoustic ambient to drone metal to free jazz via collaborators as diverse as Ricardo Villalobos, Merzbow and Jim O’Rourke. Thee all-knowing journeyman will massage your ears into infinity from the edges of time. Strange Brew pres: Oren Ambarchi, Ashley Paul LIVE at Strange Brew.
British folk music at it’s most beautiful. With every pluck of the guitar and bow of the fiddle, Kit and Aaron’s music beams humble integrity and inimitable prowess. Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow at Jam Jar.
Subtle, moving bleeptronica from members of Mammal Hands at Jam Jar. Sure to delight Moderat / Luomo / Jon Hopkins fans. Lowkey: Sunda Arc at Jam Jar.

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Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
Mr Wolfs
Kirris Riviere Blues Band
One of the South West's finest blues bands
Kingsdown Vaults
Henry Slim & Ruzz Evans Quartet
Guitar & harmonica-led swingin' blues
The Canteen
Murmuration Choir
40 voiced, contemporary choral project based in Bristol
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Mr Wolfs
Wednesday Night Live Music
Top shelf live music every Wednesday
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
Mr Wolfs
The Bare Souls & Ophelia Xerri
From sleazy blues, to sultry soul, to good old fashioned rock n roll
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
The Ill Repute
Sugarmoon
"Bristol's leading folk-pop force" – Tap The Feed
Docklands, St. Pauls
Kaleidoscope Fusion - with BalFolk Bristol
Bristol's newest night out! Leave strictly to your sofa, we'll show you how to really move
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
The Ill Repute (basement)
The Rhythm & Booze Project: Live Blues & Whisky
Live blues duo leading a tasting of an open whisky bar
Beard and Sabre
Taphouse Sessions
Taphouse Sessions hosted by Alex Taylor
Crofters Rights
Fancy That: Soul Rights
Fancy That presents: Miss Faithee, Laura Dia and Libby Rollings.
Seamus O'Donnell's
Harlem Rhythm Cats
Fine Perveyors of Boogie Woogie and Blues – 5-Piece Boogie Woogie & Blues band based in Somerset
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
The Hare on the Hill
The Woo Town
Four-piece jugband, blues & swing
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Mr Wolfs
The Donut Filler Jam
Every Tuesday - Live Jam Night
Strange Brew
Worm Gigs: Waaju + Majid Bekkas - POSTPONED!
''Spiritual, deep, rich psychedelic music with influences from around the world''
Bristol Folk House
The Slocan Ramblers
The Slocan Ramblers @ Bristol Folk House
Seamus O'Donnell's
Harlem Rhythm Cats
Fine Perveyors of Boogie Woogie and Blues – 5-Piece Boogie Woogie & Blues band based in Somerset
Bristol Folk House
HANNAH SANDERS & BEN SAVAGE
Hannah Sanders & Ben savage at the Bristol Folk House
The Trinity Centre
Zeal & Ardor
Blackened metal meets soaring gospel
Bristol Folk House
Baskery
Baskery @ the Bristol Folk House
The Jam Jar
Amythyst Kiah
With an unforgettable voice that’s both unfettered and exquisitely controlled, Kiah gracefully interlaces political commentary and personal.
Bristol Folk House
Martin Stephenson
Martin Stephenson @ Bristol Folk House
Bristol Folk House
Sierra Hull
Sierra Hull @ the Bristol Folk House
Bristol Folk House
Katey Brooks
Katey Brooks @ Bristol Folk House
Bristol Folk House
Martyn Joseph
Martyn Joseph @ Bristol Folk House