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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 Barr Brothers
The Barr Brothers perform at Thekla
The Barr Brothers + Mount Joy
Colston Hall Presents The Barr Brothers
The Canteen
Multi-talented Tammy Payne's collection of smartly-written original songs each finding its own artful voice with the lounging shades of clas
Emersons Green Library
Henry V
A rapid retelling by Librarian Theatre
Cafe Kino
Bettella & Stabler: EP Launch
Bettella & Stabler EP Launch w/ Maaike Siegerist & Jonni Slater
Emersons Green Library
Henry V
A rapid retelling by Librarian Theatre
The Wardrobe Theatre
Jess & The Bandits (Part of River Town)
a fun, melodic rollercoaster mix of country rock and ballads.” (Nashville Over Here)
The Wardrobe Theatre
Jess and The Bandits
A melodic rollercoaster mix of country rock and ballads.
West Street Kitchen
Three Rivers with support from Zander Sharp
A summer evening of music, food and drink at West Street Kitchen
Estate of the Arts
Estate of the Arts Fair
A creative showcase for Bristol, by Bristol
The Star Fishponds
Martin Furey
Martin Furey at The Star
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Grahams (Part of River Town)
The Grahams’ blend of rootsy folk will bring to life their unconventional journey across a country in turmoil, and the characters they met a
The Wardrobe Theatre
Jade Bird, Holly Macve and Emily Barker
A seamless mix of soul, blues, country and folk in Bristol's River Town festival.
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Grahams
A rootsy blend of 'real' folk Americana
The Canteen
Wesley Randolph Eader
The Tennessee roots of WR Eader dig deep into the classic Americana of his music. The results are a timeless country and bluegrass mix.
The Redgrave Theatre
Kelly Willis
Austin-based singer/songwriter Kelly Willis makes a welcome return to the spotlight.
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft Goodall / Holly Morwenna / Danielle Celeste
Mr Wolfs
JOY + ENNOR // Mr Fitz
Indie Grunge & Folk-rock
Cafe Kino
Clang Sayne & Yama Warashi (Duo)
Experimental folk night with Irish band Clang Sayne and Stripped back duo set from Yama Warashi
Crofters Rights
Gravy Train x Pop Or Not present: Juniore, plus guests.
The Canteen
Hasmat Sultana Sisters
Popularly known as ‘the Sufi Sisters’ in India, Hashmat and Sultana have been winning the hearts of audiences throughout South Asia with the
The Lansdown
The Happening
cult acoustic music sessions this time featuring Moody Will & The Roll and Bob Gallie. Hosted by songwriters Larkham & Hall
Bristol Folk House
Pierre Bensusan
Described by the L.A. Times as "one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today",
At the Well Cafe & Laundrette
Hallelugenia and Jacques, A Robin Live for Khora
Hllelugenia and Jacques, A Robin Live At the Well Fundraising for Khora
No.1 Harbourside
Young energetic and soulful musos with electric guitars, beautiful harmonies, smooth jazzy saxophone and powerful rhythm section making infe
The Canteen
Spirited folk-pop with a Celtic edge.
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
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft Sophie Hosken-Taylor / Anna O’Mally / Jericho Noguera
The Canteen
This young London trio recently released their debut single ‘Superhero’, a catchy R&B-pop number. Their UK tour brings them to us at The Can
Mr Wolfs
Tugboat Captain + Support (IT x UNC)
Imagine That and We are Uncollective present a night of night of indie pop and folk
Mr Wolfs
Tugboat Captain, Ead Wood + Support
Nautical dreampoppers Tugboat Captain return to Bristol with local support
Hamilton House
Three Acres and a Cow
A History of Land Rights and Protest in Folk Song and Story
The Golden Lion
IT presents LOUD WOMEN
A glorious celebration of women in music!
Bristol Folk House
Roddy Woomble, John Mccusker & friends
colston hall presents at the folk house - an evening with Roddy Woomble, John Mccusker & friends
St George's
John Moreland
Springsteen-inspired alt-country blues fresh from Oklahoma
Crofters Rights
The Grey Area presents: Brushy One String
Honest and heartfelt music from Jamaica played on a 1 string guitar
Darlingside perform at Thekla
Cafe Kino
Rob Noyes, Jon Collin, Winter Ghost
An evening of American primitive, Drone and soundscapes
Alma Tavern & Theatre
Alma Vale Street Fayre
Annual charity street party with music, games, competitions and more!
The Canteen
Ben Catley
Holy moly! What’s all this? Quite how one bloke with guitar and stomp box kicks up so much high-energy metal-hop blues grooving music
Rising Appalachia
Rising Appalachia perform at Thekla
King Creosote
King Creosote perform at Thekla
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band perform at Thekla
Mr Wolfs
IT: Breakout Blues Band & The Harry Miller Band
Debut headline show from the Breakout Blues Band!
Bristol Folk House
The Fitzgeralds
Three siblings from Canada that fiddle, step dance, sing, joke, and even seem to get along!
Bristol Folk House
Rory McLeod
Rhythmic storyteller, multi-instrumentalist,…telling unpalatable truths about broken hearts…social injustice…in songs, that are
Charlie Worsham
Charlie Worsham performs at Thekla
Crofters Rights
Joshua Hedley + support tba
Soaring, velvety vocals in a 60s-era sound - solid country gold
Cafe Kino
Spend An Evening With Oliver Wilde
Bristol native Oliver Wilde hosts an intimate evening with special guests.
The Cube
Marisa Anderson + Aughisky + Lorcán Thompson
An epic guitar journey thru American folk, blues + minimalsim + film scores and Tuareg styles
Albert Hammond Jr
Albert Hammond Jr performs at Thekla
The Wardrobe Theatre
Alasdair Roberts
One of a rare breed of musicians whose work has found favour with aficionados of both experimental/avant-garde music and traditional/folk mu
Catherine McGrath
Catherine McGrath performs at Thekla
The Cube
DEAD MAN'S MONEY + Post + Don Mandarin + DJS
DEAD MAN'S MONEY is a documentary film about FAT PAUL being premiered tonight.
Cafe Kino
Ma Polaine's Great Decline
fRoots: “think a moody Mary Margaret O’Hara…”
The Lanes
Gravy Train present: Laurel + guests
The Cube
Haiku Salut Lamp Show + Support
blending folk, electronica, post rock and neo-classical, has been described as folktronica
The Wardrobe Theatre
Ewan McLennan
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
Kingsdown Vaults
Tom Moore & Archie Churchill-Moss
Widely regarded as two of the best players, innovators and performers in traditional folk amongst a precociously gifted generation.
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
Chatham County Line
Organic, open bluegrass with jaw-dropping picking and home-grown harmonies
Drake White and the Big Fire
Drake White and the Big Fire perform at Thekla
The Wardrobe Theatre
Bella Hardy - Hello Sammy Acoustic Tour
“Inspired by feminism, racism, and international travels, this is an accessible proposition, reaching out, standing tall”
Yellow Days
Yellow Days performs at Thekla
A journey through Tunng's pioneering folktronica back catalogue
Sophie Hunger
Electronic minimalism with smoky vocals + Laura Marling-esque jazz/folk influence
Crofters Rights
Marc O'Reilly Live + support
Marc O'Reilly Live + The Wood Burning Savages + Megs Emrys
Goat Girl
Goat Girl perform at Thekla
Dead Meadow '20th Anniversary Show'
Fuzzy, garage-psych rockers DEAD MEADOW celebrate their '20th Anniversary'.
The Trinity Centre
The Breath
The Breath tour their new LP
Cate Le Bon & Tim Presley bring their freak folk project to Bristol.
The Wardrobe Theatre
Mairearad Green & Anna Massie
Two of Scotland’s most revered multi-instrumentalists, Mairearad Green (accordion and bagpipes) and Anna Massie (guitar, banjo, fiddle) are
Crofters Rights
Olden Yolk
Dystopian folk duo return to Bristol for a full band show.
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!
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees perform at Thekla
The Wardrobe Theatre
Bruce Molsky
Bruce Molsky seduces audiences with a combination of rhythmic and melodic virtuosity and relaxed conversational wit