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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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Church of St. Thomas the Martyr
Jerusalem In My Heart, Porest & Sunun
An evening of post-Global sonics in a grand city-centre church.
Kingsdown Vaults
Clay Bottom Jug Busters
Lordy Lordy Jug Band Naughty
Bristol Folk House
Hannah James' JigDoll Ensemble
A brand new lineup of musicians who are all masters of their field: percussionist Cormac Byrne, fiddle player and singer Kate Young and bas
The Canteen
Cam Penner & Jon Wood
Ready to wow with a new album, Cam Penner and Jon Wood are coming across the Atlantic to entertain us on a Sunday afternoon.
Salt Cafe
Blind Justice Page
The Story of the Blues
Cafe Kino
Luke James Williams & Atlum Schema
Luke James Williams, Atlum Schema, Ellie Gowers & Rebecca Shelley
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft The Kelly Line / LosFeliz / Eddie Mole
The Gallimaufry
Nuala Honan
Local lionheart returns with a three date monthly residency
The Canteen
Harry Harding
Harry Harding’s is a fantastically funky drummer who’s in much in demand for collaboration!
The Balloon Bar
Coffee House Sessions
Each Wednesday Coffee House Sessions takeover the stage at the Balloon Bar to host pop-up sessions featuring some of the freshest new talent
Fiddlers
Cosmo Sheldrake + Support
Essential listening for anyone interested in hearing truly unique new sounds
Crofters Rights
Inter:Mission Presents
Inter:Mission Magazine presents a night of live music raising money for the Orchid Project
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!
Bristol Folk House
Ian Perry
His expressive, jazz-tinged voice, multi-layered guitar style and evocative lyrics are captivatingly original and flowing.
Cafe Kino
Speak Brother - Meet Me In The Chaos Tour
Speak, Brother come to Bristol for the first time to celebrate their new single "Meet Me In The Chaos"
Bristol Folk House
Ian M Perry/Iseley-Perry Live
An evening of songs brimming with poetry and soul
El Rincon
Megs Emrys Band
Folk Rock with a touch of Peruvian magic
Salt Cafe
Café Elektric / Olive Haigh
European jazz-blues trio / Folk-pop autoharp
No.1 Harbourside
Bronte Shande and Friends
Prepare for a truly mesmerising performance from an exquisite vocalist.
Lansdown, Clifton
Steve Page
Moonshine & Dust - an American Story
The Attic Bar
Too Many T's
Support from Binbag Wisdom and Lady Nade
The Canteen
Leon Hunt and Jason Titley
The pair have a technical wizardry of working folk and Americana so tightly.
Rough Trade Bristol
Spindle Ensemble & Ed Penfold
Rough Trade Bristol Recommends...
The Three Tuns
The Three Tuns Irish Night
Bristol's best Irish/Folk jam night
LEFTBANK
Jim Evans
THE ONE TRUE COMEBACK GIG!
The Balloon Bar
Coffee House Sessions
Each Wednesday Coffee House Sessions takeover the stage at the Balloon Bar to host pop-up sessions featuring some of the freshest new talent
The Canteen
Winter Mountain
Enjoy the gorgeous folk-rock tones of Winter Mountain at The Canteen.
Thekla
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
El Rincon
Rookeries
Country-meets-progressive-rock instrumental duo
Cafe Kino
Ice Music 1
The embryonic warming heart in the centre of a cold black winter
Bristol Folk House
Rosie Hood
A BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and a 2016 Horizon Award nominee at the Radio 2 Folk Awards, Rosie has become more than purely a tradit
At The Well
Benoit + Jemima Coulter Live at the Laundrette
Warm, melodic indie folk in a real life laundrette
The Tobacco Factory
Claire Northey
Looping violinist and singer songwriter
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
The Three Tuns
The Three Tuns Irish folk night
Bristol's best Irish/Folk night
St George's
Carols&Capers, Maddy Prior And The Carnvial Band
“if you haven’t seen them before you’re in for a treat” OXFORD MAIL
The Balloon Bar
Coffee House Sessions
Each Wednesday Coffee House Sessions takeover the stage at the Balloon Bar to host pop-up sessions featuring some of the freshest new talent
Bristol Folk House
Gaderene
Gadarene blend obscure traditional English tunes, virtuoso acoustic musicians, funky beats and loads of energy.
Crofters Rights
LF: Lapis Lazuli / My Octopus Mind / Okay Leader
High grade Canterbury Psych, Prog, Jazz Disco Joy
Fiddlers
Sheelanagig & Shooglenifty Double Header + Effra
Triple bill of the best jumping folk acts from across the UK - Scotland Meets Bristol lets have a party!
Crofters Rights
The Desert, Ålesund, Chaz Thorogood
Funnel present The Desert, Ålesund & Chaz Thorogood live at The Crofters Rights, Monday 10th December.
The Three Tuns
The Three Tuns Irish Night
Bristol's best Irish/Folk jam night
The Gallimaufry
Seedling Sessions
Zahra O'Shea + Rysha & Madelein
The Balloon Bar
Coffee House Sessions
Each Wednesday Coffee House Sessions takeover the stage at the Balloon Bar to host pop-up sessions featuring some of the freshest new talent
The Golden Lion
Imagine That's Christmas Party!
Free entry Christmas knees up! Live performances & DJs!
Bristol Folk House
Martin Callingham / Anna Kissell / Tony Almond
An end of year celebration of Bristol song craft, with three songwriters with their new bands bringing new and exciting materials!
Crofters Rights
Breakfast Records presents: Bodega Sisters
Breakfast welcomes Swedish indie wunderkinds all the way from Stockholm for a radical lil gig.
The Gallimaufry
Nuala Honan
Local lionheart returns
The Balloon Bar
Coffee House Sessions
Each Wednesday Coffee House Sessions takeover the stage at the Balloon Bar to host pop-up sessions featuring some of the freshest new talent
The Brunswick Club
New Year with LANKUM
plus special guests AUTOBITCH & THE LOVER BE with hearty stovies for supper cooked by Katie & Kim
Bristol Folk House
BalFolk with Salmanazar
Dynamic French trio Salmanazar playing traditional music to dance to
The Gallimaufry
Nuala Honan
Local lionheart returns with final date of 3 month residency
Arnolfini
Raise the Bar (Travis Alabanza, Rob Auton + MORE)
Raise the Bar's first spoken word show of 2019, featuring an all-star lineup of headliners - Travis Alabanza, Caroline Teague and Rob Auton!
Cafe Kino
Ed Dowie/Josie Blakelock/Robin Allender
Lost Map's Ed Dowie returns to Bristol!
The Cube
HCM// Darren Hayman: Thankful Villages
Darren Hayman brings his Thankful Villages project to Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre
Rachel Baiman
Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics. “I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvabl
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Once
Indie-folk trio The Once bring together their Newfoundland roots with something altogether modern. Pure, understated but never lacking in he
Exchange
THE WAVE PICTURES
The WAVE PICTURES in BRISTOL
Bristol Folk House
Martyn Joseph
"Intelligent and enlightened songs are both energising and provocative…from subtle tenderness to growly indignation. A Welsh national treasu
The Bristol Fringe
Rearranged Songs of Kate Bush and Scott Walker
Rearranged Songs of Kate Bush and Scott Walker
Crofters Rights
Leah Senior
Voice of King Gizzard's "Murder of the Universe" Leah Senior to be doing her Debut show at the Crofters Rights!
The Fleece
White Denim
White Denim bring their UK tour to Bristol
The Wardrobe Theatre
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow + Jacob & Drinkwater
Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music, Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been call
O2 Academy
Ward Thomas
Rising UK stars Ward Thomas bring their UK tour to Bristol's o2 Academy
Exchange
Colter Wall + support
Crystal-clear Canadian country
The Wardrobe Theatre
Leveret
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each rega
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Rheingans Sisters
Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track, The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music
Bristol Folk House
Molly Tuttle
The first ever woman to win International Bluegrass Association’s Guitar Player of the Year
The Wardrobe Theatre
Moore Moss Rutter
The distinct pulse, energy and group-intuition of trad-music haunts their playing as they continue to push the creative boundaries for Engli
SWX
Showhawk Duo live at SWX
Welcome to the Acoustic Rave - Chapter 2
The Station
Flook
FLOOK - The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally r
TBA
Spice Girls: Sleaze Up Your Life
Sleazy Sessions is here with the ULTIMATE Spice Girls tribute night.