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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 Cloak and Dagger
Open Mic hosted by Graeme Moncrieff
Monthly Open Mic 1st Tuesday of the month
The Canteen
Brook Tate
Brook Tate Solo - Folk/Soul
The Thunderbolt
The Flatmates
The Flatmates plus The Science Of Words plus The Cohen Sisters
LEFTBANK
OPEN MIC
Sing, strum, pluck, holler, rap - share your talents!
Rough Trade Bristol
Jonathan Wilson
Live + Signing (On stage 7.30pm)
Exchange
WP: darsombra · Conny Ochs · Circus Cannon
Wizzarding Promotions presents an evening of heavy psychedelia at The Exchange's Basement
Bristol Folk House
Calan
Colston Hall Presents at Bristol Folk House
The Cube
Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom: Never Work
Ariel Sharratt & Mathias Kom (The Burning Hell): Never Work, support from Paper Beat Scissors
The Hen & Chicken
Faustus live at The Hen & Chicken
Folk band Faustus are known for captivating audiences with their sheer room-shaking power, vocal precision and instrumental mastery.
The Hen and Chicken
Faustus April tour comes to The Hen and Chicken
Playing music for our times, Faustus: Paul Sartin, Benji Kirkpatrick and Saul Rose play the Hen and Chicken
The Cloak and Dagger
Moody Will and The Roll Live
Bristol's Country group write and perform their very own soul-searching folk songs
The Wardrobe Theatre
Mairearad Green & Anna Massie - Cancelled
Due to the government recommendations surrounding coronavirus sadly we will have to cancel Mairearad & Anna at The Wardrobe Theatre on Tuesd
Faithspace
Bristol Contra
High energy American style Contra Dances with gender free calling held in Bristol.
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith Sunday @Mr Wolf's
SongSmith Sunday @Mr Wolf's ft Black Wendy / The Colony / Invincible Pigs
Rough Trade Bristol
BC Camplight
Live & Signing (On stage at 7.30pm)
The Hen & Chicken
Carson McHone with special guests Native Harrow
According to American music legend Ray Wylie Hubbard Carson McHone "writes songs like her life depends on it."
The Hare on the Hill
Hare on the Hill traditional folk music session
A friendly folk music session for styles from across the British Isles
Exchange
Bonniesongs, Yumi and The Weather and qariaq
Dreamy experimental art-folk, psych-pop and dissonant avant-garde pop
The Louisiana
True Strays
Bristol's Grunge Blues True Strays return for a hometown show
The Cloak and Dagger
Open Mic hosted by Graeme Moncrieff
Monthly Open Mic 1st Tuesday of the month
The Thunderbolt
SongSmith Xtra @The Thunderbolt
SongSmith Xtra @The Thunderbolt ft Louisa Maria Band / Verra Cruz / Ryan Webb Band / Murderhobos
Jam Jar
Seas Of Mirth & Ushti Baba + PsychoAcoustic Goat
Bristol big banger double headliner! Get immersed in some downright wonky delights and some sub aquatic sensory fun.
Bristol Folk House
Chatham County Line
Colston Hall Presents at Bristol Folk House
St George's Bristol
Talisk
One of Scotland’s most popular folk groups to emerge in the last decade, Talisk return to Bristol in May 2020 - headlining the city’s stunni
Exchange
Sylvette + The Big However
Manchester art-rockers Sylvette return to Bristol after 2018's sellout show!
Faeland
Faeland
Faeland’s original music is beautiful, enchanting, uplifting, technically impressive and extremely accessible.
Faithspace
Bristol Contra
High energy American style Contra Dances with gender free calling held in Bristol.
Rough Trade Bristol
Non Canon
Free Entry Acoustic Set
Colston Hall Foyer
Sam Brookes: Evening of music for lost loved ones
Sam Brookes: An evening of music for lost loved ones
Rough Trade Bristol
Molly Linen + Clementine March
Fantôme x Rough Trade Bristol bring you two of Lost Maps' brightest stars!
Bristol Folk House
Broadside Ballads
Colston Hall presents at Bristol Folk House
The Station
Lady Maisery
Award-winning vocal trio Lady Maisery celebrate 10 years of innovation at the forefront of the English folk scene.
The Trinity Centre
PTS / Totality Present Enablers w/ Haress & Olanza
PTS and Totality collaborate to bring you this fine night of music with San Francisco's Enablers. Support from Haress and Olanza.
Christ Church Downend
Sam Carter with Strings + Lizzy Hardingham
Sam Carter and the Home Waters String Quartet headline Downend Folk Club's May concert
The Cloak and Dagger
Sugarmoon Live
An eccentric five-piece band with a penchant for beer-hall ragtime, soaring saxophone and five-way harmonies.
The Wardrobe Theatre
Joan Shelley + James Elkington
Hailing from Louisville, Kentucky, singer/songwriter Joan Shelley brings the traditional attitudes of folk singers across Ireland, Scotland
The Wardrobe Theatre
Rachel Baiman
Well versed in a variety of fiddle traditions including Old-Time, Bluegrass, Scottish and Canadian styles, Rachel Baiman is a versatile and
The Hare on the Hill
Hare on the Hill traditional folk music session
A friendly folk music session for styles from across the British Isles
The Thunderbolt
PAULINE MURRAY (Penetration) Johny Brown & Helen M
Three brilliant singer-songwriters giving rare, solo, performances
The New Room/ John Wesley’s Chapel
Peggy Seeger with Calum MacColl – ‘The First Farew
Expect to hear some of Peggy and Ewan MacColl’s most loved songs, readings from Peggy’s award-winning memoir ‘The First Time Ever’, plenty o
Exchange
Ratboys / Remember Sports / Dogeyed
Two of the best US indie rock bands hit Bristol on their European tour!
The Cloak and Dagger
Open Mic hosted by Graeme Moncrieff
Monthly Open Mic 1st Tuesday of the month
The White Rabbit
Down The Rabbit Hole
An all day music, poetry and performance festival at The White Rabbit Bristol
The Swan With Two Necks
Stanley Brinks & Freschard
Unique, Playful and insightful anti-folk
Exchange
Shovels & Rope
Colston Hall presents at Exchange
Frenchay Village Hall
Hannah James & Toby Kuhn + Cooper & Toller
Hannah James & Toby Kuhn headline Downend Folk Club's June concert
St George's Bristol
The Secret Sisters
Colston Hall Presents at St George's Bristol
The Thunderbolt
Taynee Lord and the Crookes + Part Time Models
Taynee Lord and the Crookes + Part Time Models
Faithspace
Bristol Contra
High energy American style Contra Dances with gender free calling held in Bristol.
The Hare on the Hill
Hare on the Hill traditional folk music session
A friendly folk music session for styles from across the British Isles
Wincanton Racecourse
Wincanton Country
The inaugural Wincanton Country, a family festival, will be headlined by British duo The Shires with Los Pacaminos and Rich Hall’s Hoedown.
The Cloak and Dagger
Open Mic hosted by Graeme Moncrieff
Monthly Open Mic 1st Tuesday of the month
Exchange
AJJ
Phoenix, Arizona folk / punk / rock legends come to Bristol on their UK tour!
The Forge, Bristol
Toby Hay and Jim Ghedi
Two current masters of landscape guitar bring their music of place, nature and history to The Forge, Bristol for our summer gig.
Frenchay Village Hall
Luke Jackson + Pearl Fish
Luke Jackson headlines Downend Folk Club's July concert.
Exchange
Danny & the Moonlighters / Man & the The Lake
A Spooktacular night of jumping music at Exchange
The Hare on the Hill
Hare on the Hill traditional folk music session
A friendly folk music session for styles from across the British Isles
The Cloak and Dagger
Open Mic hosted by Graeme Moncrieff
Monthly Open Mic 1st Tuesday of the month
Crofters Rights
Agata Single Launch
Agata Single Launch at The Crofters Rights
The Trinity Centre
Postponed - Richard Dawson
Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle, returns to release his sixth solo album 2020.
Fiddlers
Andy Shauf - POSTPONED
Canadian songwriter Andy Shauf makes his much-anticipated follow-up to 2016’s breakthrough record The Party.
Exchange
Nadia Reid
The award winning NZ based folk artist returns to Bristol
Exchange
Douglas Dare
Colston Hall Presents at The Grain Barge
Exchange
Dana Gavanski
BBC 6 Music approved, Toronto based Dana Gavanski returns to Bristol
Bristol Folk House
Faeland
Faeland: Folk-inspired acoustic song medicine to soothe mind and spirit.
Frenchay Village Hall
India Electric Co. + support TBC
India Electric Co. headline Downend Folk Club's April concert at Frenchay Village Hall
Crofters Rights
Luke Marshall Black
Crosstown Concerts presents... Luke Marshall Black at Crofter's Rights, Bristol
Exchange
Fishstock 2020
DIY punk all dayer
Jam Jar
Daoirí Farrell - Rescheduled
Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2017: The Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track
The Grain Barge
Chris Webb 10th anniversary party
Celebration of 10 years since the first Chris Webb EP
Jam Jar
Sam Brookes
Brookes is reminiscent of Tim Buckley as he glides between the lower and upper registers of his four-octave range.  His pure voice, evocativ
Bristol Folk House
Calan
Bringing infections rhythms and high voltage routines, Wales’ greatest folk supergroup Calan return to Bristol with fiddles, accordions, gu
Jam Jar
Ewan McLennan - Rescheduled
From a BBC Folk Award to his work with Transatlantic Sessions through to his recent critically-acclaimed collaboration with the author Georg
Bristol Folk House
Urban Folk Quartet
“A sizzling hot ensemble who fuse folk with elements of dub, house and rock with an ease that shouldn’t naturally follow that list of genres
The Hen & Chicken
Bob Wayne THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED
This show is part of a record breaking tour where he performs 365 shows across the globe without a day off.
The Louisiana
Pictish Trail - POSTPONED
Colston Hall presents at The Louisiana
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