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Folk Nights & Acoustic Music in Bristol

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Bristol's Folk & Acoustic Scene

Like jazz, folk is an extremely broad genre. From Joan Baez and Joanna Newsom to Bon Iver and the Fleet Foxes to Sheelanegig and Beirut, the folk field is vast. Fortunately when it comes to catering for such a broad spectrum of live music, Bristol excels. ***** Folk venues in Bristol
For off-centre Twee and Anti-Folk, be sure to check out what's on at the Louisiana and check the Start The Bus listings. Cafe Kino and The Arts House both on Stokes Croft also host occasional anti-folk bands and solo musicians.

For less lo-fi and more straight up folk, key venues include: The Leftbank, The Lansdown in Clifton, The South Bank Centre and The Folk House.

For more feisty folk bands keep an eye on gigs at The Attic and check out our gypsy jazz listings.

The folk big-guns and pop-crossover 'stars' like Noah and The Whale, Seth Lakeman and Mumford and Sons will be found at the biggest Bristol Venues (Colston Hall, o2 Academy and St George's Hall). For these gigs, arrive early as big folk events (at St Georges Hall in particular) can come packaged with some great (and potentially better) support artists.
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Colston Hall
José González & The String Theory
Colston Hall Presents at O2 Academy
Fresh / Me Rex / Tea Leaf
A quiet Sunday afternoon matinee
Cafe Kino
Fresh Juice: Zander Sharp + SLONK + Kate Stapley
Celebrate Zander Sharp's new EP out on Upcycled Sounds
Bristol Folk House
Sam Carter
Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention-grabbing ap
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft A Boy Called Man / TBA / Jarid Clark-Bound
The Windmill Open Mic
The Windmill Open Mic
Best Open Mic On Windmill Hill, Ever! Hosted by Sam Coxhill-Davis
The Old England Pub
Sneers, Bell Lungs & Robert Ridley-Shackleton
No-wave goth-punk, experimental folk and stand-up noise?!
Kingsdown Vaults
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow
Intimate fireside gig with Bristols top Folk Duo at The Kingsdown Vaults
The Canteen
Songs and Stories from South Africa w/ Sisanda
In light of the Nelson Mandela Centenary, incredible vocalist Sisanda is here to tell the poignant story of the South African people
The Gallimaufry
Astral Tusk III
w/ Modulus III, Chris Langton & Âvâ
Cafe Kino
Ma Polaine's Great Decline
fRoots: “think a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara…”
El Rincon Bristol
The Road Not Taken
Four-piece folk band with a unique, melancholic style
Audiophiles - Natty Reeves and Jack Cookson
One of B24/7 gig picks of the month - don't miss these two great acts
The Lanes
Gravy Train present: Laurel + guests
Bristol Folk House
The Churchfitters
A double bass made out of a saucepan. Heart-wrenching vocals accompanied by a musical saw. Foot-stompingly fast fiddle mixed with infectiou
Still Here // Single Launch Party - Charlie + Jake
Jazz / Soul / Groove. Celebrate the release of our Debut Single: 'Still Here'!
Bristol Folk House
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
One of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years.
The Cube
Haiku Salut Lamp Show + Emily Magpie
blending folk, electronica, post rock and neo-classical, has been described as folktronica
The Wardrobe Theatre
Sam Brookes (Replacement show for Ewan McLennan)
***Replacement Show for Ewan McLennan*** Sam Brookes is a Bristol-based alternative folk artist whose distinctive voice frequently draws com
Kingsdown Vaults
Tom Moore & Archie Churchill-Moss
Widely regarded as two of the best players, innovators and performers in traditional folk amongst a precociously gifted generation.
Okkervil River
Okkervil River perform at Thekla
The Mothers Ruin
Carousel - UK Tour 2018
Indie-Americana group, Carousel, play The Mothers' Ruin on their debut headline tour.
The Old England Pub
Mike Cooper / Halftone / Lust Rollers /Shit Ghosts
The pioneer of avant garde folk with neo classical & in your face noise backup
St Anne's Church
Spindle Ensemble and Heather Jane (storyteller)
New Roots Garden presents: Spindle Ensemble and Heather Jane (storyteller) at St Anne's Church
Bristol Folk House
Claudia Aurora
“Haunting Portuguese fado… heartbreakingly poignant” Time Out
The Jam Jar
Me and My Friends
Support from Iguanas
Totterdown Baptist Church, Wells Rd, Bristol BS4 2AX
Saltcellar Folk Club: Flossie Malavialle
French born singer with eclectic repertoire and numerous Franglaise banter
St George's
Men United
A day of workshops and concerts celebrating men's singing.
Bristol Folk House
Songs for the spirit, folk-pop with a mystic Celtic edge
The Tobacco Factory
Klezmer, Folk, Reggae and African melodies
The Hard Aches / Toodles & The Hectic Pity
Adelaide, Australia's Hard Aches play a Sunday matinee!
Salt Cafe
Aurora D'Amico / Jacques a robin / Hallelugenia
An evening of sublime Italian songwriters
St.James Wine Vaults
FAELAND: Songs for the spirit, folk-pop with a mystical Celtic edge. £8 advance / £11 on the door.
Stick In The Wheel
Stick In The Wheel perform at Thekla
The Tobacco Factory
Soulful folk inflected songwriter with band.
Chatham County Line
Organic, open bluegrass with jaw-dropping picking and home-grown harmonies
The Gallimaufry
Seedling Sessions
Guy Calhoun & Eric Okafo + Priita
Salt Café
Dan Hartland / Amit Dattani
Two fine and distinctive guitarist / songwriters visit Bristol for one night only
Cafe Kino
Family Tea Records presents Dog Daises
with support from Martin Callingham and Static Queen
Drake White and the Big Fire
Drake White and the Big Fire perform at Thekla
The Wardrobe Theatre
Bella Hardy - Hello Sammy Acoustic Tour
“Inspired by feminism, racism, and international travels, this is an accessible proposition, reaching out, standing tall”
Yellow Days
Yellow Days performs at Thekla
Lucy Dacus / Fenne Lily
Lucy Dacus performs at Thekla
Colston Hall
Lisa O’Neill + Support
Colston Hall Presents at Crofters Rights
A journey through Tunng's pioneering folktronica back catalogue
Sophie Hunger
Electronic minimalism with smoky vocals + Laura Marling-esque jazz/folk influence
The Old Market Assembly
The Undercover Hippy (full band) + DJ Asine
“Like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest, & The Sleaford Mods” Tom Robinson 6Music
Salt Cafe
Seitz / Falling Dan
California / German glacial chamber duo + alt-pop genius
Cafe Kino
Natalie Holmes w/ Edmund Jeffery + Man at Sea
Hometown show for Natalie Holmes' October tour
The Canteen
Saffron Records presents Noya Rao + Mercy's Cartel
To raise donations for Bristol charity Kinergy, we’ve teamed up with Saffron Records to present the most up and coming heavyweight nu-soul.
Crofters Rights
Marc O'Reilly Live + support
Marc O'Reilly Live + The Wood Burning Savages + Megs Emrys
Colston Hall
Mutual Benefit + support
Colston Hall Presents at The Exchange
Cafe Kino
Ned Collette: Full Band Tour
"Through dappled meadows and twilight forests... this hazy spellbound folk" ★★★★ MOJO
Colston Hall
Mt. Joy + support
Colston Hall Presents at The Louisiana
Goat Girl
Goat Girl perform at Thekla
Dead Meadow '20th Anniversary Show'
Fuzzy, garage-psych rockers DEAD MEADOW celebrate their '20th Anniversary'.
The Trinity Centre
The Breath
The Breath tour their new LP
Ian Felice
Ian Felice performs at Thekla
Rough Trade Bristol
Sasami+ support
All-around musical badass.
Cate Le Bon & Tim Presley bring their freak folk project to Bristol.
The Wardrobe Theatre
Mairearad Green & Anna Massie
Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are
Crofters Rights
Olden Yolk
Dystopian folk duo return to Bristol for a full band show.
Sam Fender
Sam Fender performs at Thekla
Salt Cafe
Chris Taverner / Gavin Osborn
Two intelligent, bitingly witty and inventive songwriters
Totterdown Baptist Church
Saltcellar Folk Club:Cohen Braithwaite-Kilkoyne
Award winning young singer who also plays melodeon and anglo-concertina
Bristol Folk House
Phillip Henry 'True North' Album Launch Tour
Phillip Henry Launches Solo Album 'True North' Playing The Folk House Bristol
The Canteen
Dallahan 'Smallworld' Album Launch Tour
Dallahan Launch 'Smallworld' New Album at The Canteen Bristol
Salt Cafe
Daria Kulesh & Marina Osman / Rebecca Shelley
Russian folk from phenomenal duo + beguiling alt-folk songwriting
Cosmo Sheldrake + Support
Essential listening for anyone interested in hearing truly unique new sounds
Zed Alley
Chris Webb (full band gig) with Jack Cookson
Chris Webb teams up with Company of Thieves members to play one-off full band gig!
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees perform at Thekla
The Grain Barge
The songs of Bob Dylan performed by Sarah Larkham
acclaimed local singer Sarah is joined once again by musical friends for this tribute
The Wardrobe Theatre
Bruce Molsky
Bruce Molsky seduces audiences with a combination of rhythmic and melodic virtuosity and relaxed conversational wit
Hy Brasil Music Club
River Whyless
FREE: indie folk from Asheville, North Carolina
Sheelanagig & Shooglenifty Double Header + Effra
Triple bill of the best jumping folk acts from across the UK - Scotland Meets Bristol lets have a party!