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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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Kingsdown Vaults
The Silken Same
Galway based Folk Duo - Irish & Balkan Roots
El Rincon Bristol
Bomba Nova
Acoustic tropicalia & samba duo
Kingsdown Vaults
Joe Strouzer's Three Piece Chicken Orchestra
Leonie Evans
A truly one of a kind voice
No.1 Harbourside
Karşilama & the Featherweight Space Biscuit
Acoustic Balkan Swing Space Klezmer at it’s finest. Rock until all of your socks have been meticulously obliterated. All of them. Off. Rocke
Cafe Kino
Modern Studies
Scottish/Lancastrian chamber pop band
The Canteen
Faith Mussa
Malawian spiritual singer-songwriter Faith Che Muphuwa Mussa's jazz-influenced guitar blends with loops and beats to conjure up a soundtrack
No.1 Harbourside
Hark ft. Hands of the Heron + Folk Session
Led by Hands of the Heron's mandolin toting Bethany Roberts
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft Hallelugenia / Sam Brothers / Matt Finucane
No.1 Harbourside
Acoustic Session w/ Jausme
This sunny Bank Holiday Monday afternoon we're welcoming Lithuanian songstress Jausme with her silky 'n' dreamy voice accompanied by the eth
The Canteen
Henry Slim Blues Session
- When harmonica guru Henry ’Slimline’ Slim blows his mean ol’ harp the best roots blues merchants sho’ nuff come a-runnin’.
The Canteen
The Silken Same
Imaginative Irish singer/songwriter Mossy Nolan meets eloquent guitarist Colm McGowan. Folk traditional overtones balance fresh sounds with
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift w/ Adam Betts (Shobaleader One)
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The New Room
Folk@TheNewRoom Presents Stray Local
Folk band from the United States on their U.K tour
Wildwood Kin
Wildwood Kin perform at Thekla
El Rincon Bristol
French jazz/folk trio
Kingsdown Vaults
The Hogranch
Bluegrass and Americana including some self-penned numbers.
Kingsdown Vaults
The Savannahs at the KDV
All Female Americana n Country 3 piece
Totterdown Baptist Church, Wells Rd, Bristol BS4 2AX
Saltcellar Folk Club: Guest- Iron and Oak
Americana/Folk. Sarana and Heather from the USA plus Saltcellar regular James Slater.
Alma Tavern & Theatre
Sunday Sessions: Larkham & Hall + Tom Glover
Country folk in the bar and stand-up comedy in the theatre
Kingsdown Vaults
Irish Sunday Sessions
Traditional Irish Folk Session
The Wardrobe Theatre
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay craft story songs with equal measures heart (“Before the World Was Made”) and humor (“Breaking Up And Making Up
Tom Clarke (The Enemy Acoustic)
Tom Clarke performs at Thekla
The Greenbank Pub, Easton
OneAcre Music: Dusty Stray/Stuart Cullen/ Septimus
An evening of off-kilter international Folk and Americana
The Cheese & Grain Bar, Frome
OneAcre: Dusty Stray/Stuart Cullen/Emily Magpie..
An evening of off-kilter and international folk & americana to raise money for Frome's Missing Links Project
The Folk House
Joe Broughton's Conservatoire Folk Ensemble
50 Musicians On Stage At Bristol Folk House
To The Moon
IT: Jake Morgan, Ben Cooling & Night Ride DJs
Imagine That brings together two very talented songwriters for a Saturday evening session followed by Night Ride DJs
To The Moon
Imagine That Present: Ben Cooling & Night Ride DJs
Imagine That Present: Ben Cooling & Night Ride DJs
Laura Veirs
Laura Veirs, Thekla
Cafe Kino
Mikey Burton (+ support)
Fresh off supporting Joe Dolman, Mikey Burton, returns to Café Kino, Stokes Croft, with some fantastic special guests.
The White Rabbit
Magoo: Dom Saad Album Launch w/ Green Hands & more
A glimpse into Dom Saad's off-kilter, confounding yet beautiful soundscape
Cafe Kino
Spindle Ensemble
Spindle Ensemble at Cafe Kino
St Paul's Crypt, Southville
Daniel Higgs, Ashley Paul & Wenonoah
Three artists working within and beyond folk and improvised music at the subterranean crypt on Coronatio
The Wardrobe Theatre
Dallahan is one of the most thrilling forces in the international folk music scene; heavily rooted in traditional Irish music
The Cube
Michael Hurley + Ashley Paul + Gwenifer Raymond
In tune with everything and out there connecting. Magical musics.
Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen performs at Thekla
The Fleece
The Wave Pictures + Snails & more TBC
One of the UK’s most prolific and beloved bands,
C.W. Stoneking
C.W. Stoneking performs at Thekla
Wapping Road, Bristol, England
Husky Tones EP Launch at The Louisiana
Bristol's finest Punk Blues Duo Husky Tones EP Launch at the Louisiana
The Wardrobe Theatre
Three Cane Whale 'At The Pictures'
A return booking for this acclaimed multi-instrumental acoustic trio and their magnificent film project, which involves the band performing
Zed Alley
Laetitia Sadier + The Lovely Basement
Ex-Stereolab frontwoman brings her beautiful solo music to Zed Alley
Totterdown Baptist Church, Wells Rd, Bristol BS4 2AX
Saltcellar Folk Club: Open Stage
Performers and Audience Welcome. A lovely acoustic venue.
Hans Chew
Hans Chew performs at Thekla
Mr Wolfs
IT: Mitch Sanders (Full Band) & The Getsettes
Mitch Sanders headlines Mr Wolf's with his brand new band!
The Redgrave Theatre
Josh Rouse
Josh Rouse is an American folk/roots pop singer-songwriter.
The Cube
Trembling Bells
Leading psych-folk band
The Barr Brothers
The Barr Brothers perform at Thekla
Cafe Kino
Bettella & Stabler: EP Launch
Bettella & Stabler EP Launch w/ Maaike Siegerist & Jonni Slater
The Redgrave Theatre
Kelly Willis
Austin-based singer/songwriter Kelly Willis makes a welcome return to the spotlight.
Crofters Rights
Gravy Train x Pop Or Not present: Juniore, plus guests.
The Louisiana
The Burning Hell
Alter-ego of Canadian songwriter Mathias Kom
St Stephens Church
Ian M Perry live
A lunchtime concert featuring original songs and music by Ian M Perry
The Golden Lion
IT presents LOUD WOMEN
A glorious celebration of women in music!
Darlingside perform at Thekla
Rising Appalachia
Rising Appalachia perform at Thekla
King Creosote
King Creosote perform at Thekla
Striking Matches
Striking Matches perform at Thekla
Catherine McGrath
Catherine McGrath performs at Thekla
Cafe Kino
Ma Polaine's Great Decline
fRoots: “think a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara…”
The Lanes
Gravy Train present: Laurel + guests
Okkervil River
Okkervil River perform at Thekla
Totterdown Baptist Church, Wells Rd, Bristol BS4 2AX
Saltcellar Folk Club: Flossie Malavialle
French born singer with eclectic repertoire and numerous Franglaise banter
Stick In The Wheel
Stick In The Wheel perform at Thekla
Goat Girl
Goat Girl perform at Thekla
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees perform at Thekla