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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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The Wardrobe Theatre
Martin Simpson
Universally acclaimed as one of the finest ever acoustic and slide guitar players, and a fine banjo-picker to boot, his solo shows bear witn
The Canteen
Gunner & Smith
Rough-hewn folk-rock into nuggets of unsettling wisdom.
The Lanes
Kikagaku Moyo 幾何学模様
Stolen Body Records/Astral Festival and The Grey Area are delighted to finally work together to bring you the amazing Kikagaku Moyo / 幾何学模様
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft Aidan Simpson / Daydream Runaway/ Danny McMahon
The Canteen
Hodmadoddery
This beguiling duo of first generation folk-hippies play acoustic guitars with highly skilled fingers
Crofters Rights
BLG Promotions Present: Brushy One String
BLG Promotions Present: Brushy One String with Dubi Dolczek supporting
Kingsdown Vaults
Open Mic
Weekly open mic night
the lansdown
The Happening featuring Chai For All
Exciting jazz-tinged klezmer plus support
Mr Wolfs
The Recks // The High Points
A mind melting blend of freaky, funky folk.
Cafe Kino
Olive Haigh & Frances Pylons Joint EP Launch Party
Joint EP Launch Party for Frances Pylons & Olive Haigh, 2 weird psych-folk/freaky people come together to celebrate their new EPs
The Cube
20 Guilders, Stereocilia, Rotten Bliss
an evening of Psych drone and ambient bliss
Kingsdown Vaults
Winnebago Drive-By & special guest Roisin McNeill
'The soundtrack of southern Gothic sonic landscapes, psychedelic jams and country gold!'
Bristol Folk House
Eamon O'Leary and Jefferson Hamer (The Murphy Beds
Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer (aka The Murphy Beds) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrument
The Canteen
Desperate Measures
There's no need to feel desperate this bank holiday
The Sugarloaf, St Marks Road, Easton
SUGARFIELDS 2019
2 Days of Live Music and Djs for Free this Bank Holiday in Easton
Crofters Rights
TRUDY AND THE ROMANCE
Gravy Train presents... Trudy and the Romance + Honey Moon
Hy Brasil Music Club
Chris Cohen
Captured Tracks signed, Los Angeles based ex-Deerhoof member
The Canteen
Ali George and Tom Allen
Ali will be returning to The Canteen with double-bassist Tom Allen for a double dose of superb acoustic music!
The Robin Hood
Spaghetti Warehouse
An unplugged live acoustic night
St Mary's Church
Chewing The Fat Tour 2019
This is the first of a 4 date finale tour of James Patrick Gavin's Chewing The Fat
Fiddlers
Shakey Graves
Sublime, spooky, radical dreampop...
Kingsdown Vaults
Open Mic
Weekly open mic night
PRSC
Benefit Bash | For Bristol Recovery Orchestra
Charity fundraiser featuring live music from local musicians.
Bristol Folk House
Dan Walsh trio
Award winning banjo maestro Dan Walsh combines 'virtuoso playing and winning songwriting' (MORNING STAR). After a successful first tour last
O2 Academy
Cash
O2 Academy Bristol
Bristol Folk House
Irish Mythen
Folk singer that needs to be heard...
El Rincon
Holly Carter
Fingerstyle and pedal steel guitar from local multiinstrumentalist
Kingsdown Vaults
The Embers
Fantastic folk, by some fantastic folk
Old Down County Park
RMHBFest
Charity festival to help raise funds for families in need.
The Cube
Curtis Eller's American Circus
Curtis Eller and his band The American Circus return with their dynamic & highly physical stage performance.
Cafe Kino
Hands of the Heron + Ketibu
Cinematic psychedelic song-stories from two emerging alt-folk artists
The Canteen
Ellie Ford Trio
Sassy vocals and thoughtful lyrics are very much the icing on her cake.
The Three Tuns
Irish Night at The Three Tuns
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The Wardrobe Theatre
Edgelarks
Edgelarks fly in on the tailwind of BBC award winning duo Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. The pair's new project takes the roots of their p
The Canteen
Sam & Zahra
Zahra O'Shea for an acoustic set.
The Wardrobe Theatre
Nick Hart - Sings Nine English Folk Songs - Album
Nick Hart is a folk singer deeply rooted in the English tradition. Raised in a family of morris dancers, Nick played instrumental music for
Exchange
Dale Watson & His Lone Stars
Honky-tonk hero and music maverick
SouthBank
Brizzle Boyz - Drag King Cabaret - Birthgay!
Bristol's premier queer punk drag king cabaret night is back for a birthday special!
Redgrave Theatre
Katey Brooks
Katey Brooks is a rebellious troubadour that resists formula.
TBA
Spice Girls: Sleaze Up Your Life
Sleazy Sessions is here with the ULTIMATE Spice Girls tribute night.
The Eldon House
Dusk Brothers at The Eldon House Street Party
All day mini music festival in the street outside the Eldon House
Cafe Kino
Emily Mae Winters "High Romance" Album Release Tou
“A voice that will stop you in your tracks. Siren Serenade will be wrecking ships for decades, the enchantment too hard to resist” Fatea
The Three Tuns
Irish Night at The Three Tuns
Irish and folk night at the three tuns
The Canteen
River Roots
These globe trotters delight with their upbeat acoustic sound!
The Tobacco Factory
Jakabol ft. Malaika Kegode & SW Showcase
Milk Poetry presents a Spoken Word, Musical Bonanza!
Radford Mill Farm
Tangled Roots Festival
More info @ Tangledrootsfestival.com, Folk, Acoustic, Roots and Traditional Music on a organic farm in Somerset
The Louisiana
Sam Pennant & The Callous Lips
Bristol Based Acoustic Folk/Blues band
The Lanes
Elf Power // Lawrence Arabia
Another international co-headline show with Lysergic Limes and BLG at The Lanes!
St-Anne's Church, Greenbank
Songs from the Past
An evening concert in aid of raising awareness of suicide in young men, fundraising for Boris Alexander’s Legacy and Off The Record.
Anson Rooms
Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton
Blind Boy Paxton carries the torch for traditional acoustic music
The Three Tuns
Open Mic Night
Open Mic Night at the Three Tuns
Cafe Kino
Family Tea Records presents Amy May Ellis
with support from Lorkin O'Reilly and Watch Paint Dry
At The Well
Breakfast Presents: Ketibu EP Launch
Alt-folk storytelling in a launderette.
The Three Tuns
Winnebago drive-buy at the Three Tuns
Winnebago drive-buy at the Three Tuns
St. Paul's Crypt, Southville
Daniel Higgs & The Funnel
Mysterious and mystical experimental folk in a crypt.
Secret Somerset Location
Fanny's Meadow
Independent original live music festival, family and dog friendly!
Bristol Folk House
Old Man Luedecke
Old Man Luedecke is the recording and performing name of multiple award-winning, Canadian roots singer-songwriter Christopher Luedecke.
Bristol Folk House
Rory McLeod
Rhythmic storyteller, multi-instrumentalist,…telling unpalatable truths about broken hearts…social injustice
Crofters Rights
BLG Promotions Presents: Rose Cousins
BLG Promotions Presents: Rose Cousins at The Crofters Rights
Thekla
Rozi Plain
After a record sell out, Rozi returns to Bristol via Thekla
Bristol Folk House
Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds
Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds Singing It All Back Home: Appalachian Songs of English and Scottish Origin
Exchange
Xiu Xiu
Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Jamie Stewart brings Xiu Xiu back to Bristol.
The Trinity Centre
Jade Bird
British singer-songwriter
The Gallimaufry
The Matt Woosey Band
“Matt Woosey’s guitar playing is simply brilliant”, AmericanaUK