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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 Cube
QWAK club #3: Jerusalem In My Heart
A carefully curated night at the Cube bringing the far reaches of sound, vision and performance together with a fun and inclusive atmosphere
Hy-Brasil Music Club
AT - Harbour Festival Takeover (Free Event)
12 hours of live music from the brightest and best new talent, Bristol, London and Brighton, all genres covered
The Golden Lion
Pushy Mothers + Zendium Moon
Pushy Mothers and Zendium Moon live at the Golden Lion
Kingsdown Vaults
Jenny Wren & Her Borrowed Wings
Heartfelt Acoustic Rhythm and Blues
The Attic Bar
Swing'n'Tingz Presents...
Featuring Tarantola, Electro Swing & Gypsy DJs
The Canteen
Chicken Shed Zepplin
Acoustic quirkiness all the way from Brighton.
Fiddlers
The Long Ryders
Alt-country pioneers perform with first new material in 30 years
The Wardrobe Theatre
Tim Eriksen + Mama's Broke Rivertown 2019
Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospe
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft Part Time Models / Writer’s Rain Nigel G. Lowndes
The Three Tuns
Irish Night at The Three Tuns
Irish Night with The Gipsy's Kiss
SWX
Kiefer Sutherland
Whiskey-sodden country music at it's best
The Canteen
Joe Strouzer
The country blues played with dustbowl simplicity and freight train remorselessness.
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
El Rincon
Athea
Improvising guitar / drums duo
Bristol Folk House
Robyn Hitchcock
Witty, moving and seriously catchy songwriter
The Hare on the Hill
Slippery Slope at the Hare on the Hill
Slippery Slope are a four piece acoustic band combining an unusual mix of instruments and musical styles
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft Michael Ashdown Band / Richard Craine Band / Joshu
The Three Tuns
Irish Night at The Three Tuns
Irish Night with The Gipsy's Kiss
The Lanes
Dakhabrakha Live
The Grey Area, Erratic Batting and BLG Promotions very proudly present to you the return of the incredible Dakhabrakha to The Lanes.
Friendly Records Bar
Songs for Yemen: An evening of Bob Dylan songs
Songs of Bob Dylan: charity fundraiser for the children of Yemen
The Hare on the Hill
Traditional folk music session
A chance for performers and viewers alike to enjoy traditional songs from across the British Isles
The Canteen
OBT
Messrs Oakes, Bews and Thorpe are young stars of the Scottish folk scene.
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
Redfest, Bristol
Zendium Moon @ Redfest Market Stage
Zendium Moon acoustic set at the Redfest '19 Market Stage
Kingsdown Vaults
The Rosellys plus support from Lauren May
The Rosellys return to their Bristol home from home with their original little-bit-Country music plus support from the amazing Lauren May
The Canteen
The Diamond Family Archive
Acoustic songwriter with heart-tugging music.
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
Mr Wolfs
Amun-Ramen & Dubi Dolczek // Mr. Fitz
Egyptian psychedelic country and noodle-rock
Mr Wolfs
The Minke Whales EP Launch w/ Jack Humphries and R
Twisted Folk telling tales of revenge and lost love.
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.
The Canteen
Desperate Measures
Ideal Sunday night entertainment.
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
No.1 Harbourside
The Railway Sleepers
The Railway Sleepers are coming to No.1!
The Lanes
TAU
Music for the single law of all occurrences FFO: Transcendental Psychedelia
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
Crofters Rights
Living Body
BLG Promotions Presents: Living Body + Support
The Hare on the Hill
Traditional folk music session
A chance for performers and viewers alike to enjoy traditional songs from across the British Isles
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
The Rope Walk
Rope Walk Open Mic'
Open Mic' at the Rope Walk, Bristol
St George's
The John Martyn Project at St George's
Featuring Blythe Pepino, Kit Hawes, Pete Josef and Sam Brookes - This is a special project where four artists come together to celebrate the
The Bristol Fringe
Around About Dusk
Afternoon Jazz at the Fringe - seated concerts for mature audiences
Downend School
Midnight Skyracer (support from Charlie Limm)
Midnight Skyracer headline Downend Folk Club's September concert at Downend School
Exchange
THE EX
Gravy Train proudly present: The Ex, plus guests.
We The Curious
Frameshifter One
A Musical Environmental Fundraiser
The Hare on the Hill
Traditional folk music session
A chance for performers and viewers alike to enjoy traditional songs from across the British Isles
Bristol Folk House
Rory McLeod
Rhythmic storyteller, multi-instrumentalist,…telling unpalatable truths about broken hearts…social injustice
O2 Academy
Richard Hawley
O2 Academy Bristol
the Forge
The Kate Luxmoore Group ft Pritam Singh
A clarinettist with a big English sound
Jam Jar
Mutiny Album Launch: Mr Tea & the Minions + more!
Launch Party for Mr Tea and the Minions' 2nd Album 'Mutiny'
Bristol Folk House
Zervas and Pepper , Acoustic set
Zervas and Pepper are singer/songwriters that have been crafting songs and capturing imaginations with their previous critically acclaimed a
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
Frenchay Village Hall
Georgia Lewis Band (support from Rosie Hodgson)
Georgia Lewis headlines Downend Folk Club's October concert at Frenchay Village Hall
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
The Bristol Fringe
Leonie Evans
Afternoon Jazz at the Fringe - seated concerts for mature audiences
Bristol Folk House
Ewan McLennan at Bristol Folk House
Ewan McLennan has come to be known as a guitarist at the very forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in th
The Hare on the Hill
Traditional folk music session
A chance for performers and viewers alike to enjoy traditional songs from across the British Isles
Kingsdown Vaults
Ye Vagabonds at The Kingsdown Vaults
Brothers Brían and Diarmuid Mac Gloinn grew up playing music together around their hometown of Carlow, a small town in the southeast of Irel
Exchange
Xiu Xiu
Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Jamie Stewart brings Xiu Xiu back to Bristol.
Downend School
Talisk (support from Calum Gilligan)
Talisk headline Downend Folk Club's November concert at Downend School
The Trinity Centre
Jade Bird
British singer-songwriter
The Hare on the Hill
Traditional folk music session
A chance for performers and viewers alike to enjoy traditional songs from across the British Isles
The Grain Barge
Chris Webb (full band) album launch
Chris Webb releases new album with full band
Fiddlers
Sheelanagig & Friends at Fiddlers
Back for another Xmas extravaganza of Folk Mayhem Sheelanagig take this opportunity to invite a bunch of friends for an evening of foot stom
The Gallimaufry
The Matt Woosey Band
“Matt Woosey’s guitar playing is simply brilliant”, AmericanaUK
The Hare on the Hill
Traditional folk music session
A chance for performers and viewers alike to enjoy traditional songs from across the British Isles
Christ Church Downend
Jackie Oates Band (support from Thom Ashworth)
The Jackie Oates Band present a special Christmas Concert for Downend Folk Club at Christ Church Downend