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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 Loco Klub
Insight Ensemble's Winter Dreams
Exploring the classical sounscapes of winter...
The Canteen
Shishko Disco
Shishko’s global nomad music started in the foothills of the Himalaya before spreading around in the world
The Room Above
Milk Christmas Open Mic w/Byron Vincent
Bristol's Cult Poetry Night returns with festive open mics, singers, Yule gifts and more!
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf’s presents Bo James / Damian Michael Polley / Ady Johnson
Tue 19th/12/2017
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Ballina Whalers
Using just their incredible voices, Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of w
The Canteen
Fiddler Lucy Razz and guitarist James Tomlinson started busking as a duo
Wed 20th/12/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift Trio - Featuring Rob Pemberton
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Canteen
Boudica Boogaloo
The mighty Nuala Honan, songstress extraordinaire and lover of old-time Americana
Kingsdown Vaults
Sheelanagig Christmas party
Thu 21st/12/2017
Salt Café
Three Cane Whale
A renowned multi-instrumental cinematic folk trio
Fri 22nd/12/2017
The Attic Bar
The Carny Villains
The Carny Villains at The Attic Bar
Mr Wolfs
The Bare Souls EP Launch // DJ Nino
The Bare Souls launch their EP with us!
Kingsdown Vaults
Gris Sanderson and the Radial Band
Weaving together European, Scandinavian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean styles and occasionally reaching into North and West Africa.
Cafe Kino
Moody Will & The Roll Christmas Show at Cafe Kino
Festive Celebration With Bristol's Most Exciting Country Pop Band
Sat 23rd/12/2017
Rachael Dadd, ICHI and The Balky Mule
Special intimate show from three of Bristol's most beloved DIY experimental folk pop artists at the radio/ON pop-up shop
The Golden Lion
Tea For Two!! Christmas Eve Bonanza!!
Baby It's Cold Outside!! Come On In And Get Cozy With A Cup Of Tea For Two!!
Wed 27th/12/2017
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift Trio - Featuring Migs Andrews
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Canteen
Lazy River Band
Easy, breezy acoustic swing quartet playing classic jazz numbers
Fri 29th/12/2017
Sat 30th/12/2017
No.1 Harbourside
The Bare Souls
Blues based rock with strong undercurrents of soul and funk 7-piece outfit
Racks Bar & Kitchen
New Years Eve Midnight Party
The best New Year's Eve Party in Bristol!!!
Tue 2nd/01/2018
The Canteen
Ben Jordan
If you were down in Cornwall this summer and caught the sound of a smoky-voiced busker
Wed 3rd/01/2018
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift Trio w/ Toby Perrett
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 4th/01/2018
The Canteen
What made Buckfastleigh famous may not be early swing and classic pre-war jazz but this six-piece outfit are out to change that.
Fri 5th/01/2018
Hydra Bookshop
Taco Hell penultimate show!
donations entry DIY indie/pop/emo show!
Sat 6th/01/2018
Sun 7th/01/2018
The Tobacco Factory
Medicine Creek
Beautifully rendered old-time americana
The Canteen
Brook Tate
Upbeat singer/songwriter Brook Tate’s songs somehow compress big drama into tiny tales whose whimsical subjects actually speak of the big...
Tue 9th/01/2018
The Canteen
Twelve Months of Summer feat. Claire Ji
Soulful singer/songwriter Claire Ji took her tales of life’s vagaries around the world to much acclaim
Wed 10th/01/2018
The Canteen
Detox From Grey
The name is a clue for their philosophy, aiming to bring more colour into the monochrome world of the everyday.
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Soundscapes and Spoken Word
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 11th/01/2018
The Canteen
Two women, two x’s, one big sound … Hannah Pidduck’s raw-rubbed vocals come from the hard end of soul where it tips into gospel
Fri 12th/01/2018
The Canteen
Livewire songwriter Sam Evans is on a mission to make the world a better place through upbeat lyrics....
Sat 13th/01/2018
The Cube
Snails + support
An evening of pop pleasures and wonky wonders
Tue 16th/01/2018
The Canteen
Bella Kardasis
After learning the usual way to play the guitar Bella Kardasis started to wander from the straight and narrow,
Wed 17th/01/2018
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Open Collaboration
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Canteen
James Paton
Well-established Bristol drummer James Paton has outed himself as a singer/songwriter
Sun 21st/01/2018
Crofters Rights
Jilk & Solarference
A fresh Sunday night of tantalising glitchy electronic textured folk music at The Crofters Rights featuring Jilk and solarference + support
The Canteen
Kate Griffin and Ford Collier
Kate Griffin and Ford Collier are a contemporary duo fusing folk genres from around the world.
Mon 22nd/01/2018
The Wardrobe Theatre
Leeroy Stagger + Mark J. Lee
Setting himself apart from mainstream pop-country Leeroy Stagger has an uncanny skill at crafting “beautiful and lush melodies with insightf
Wed 24th/01/2018
The Canteen
All the way from Boston, Mass, yet The Aerialists’ music has as much that is deeply Scottish as any transatlantic Celt could claim.
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Reworks: Four Tet
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 25th/01/2018
Sat 27th/01/2018
The Canteen
Bamako Overground
It was the hypnotic rolling grooves of Malian music that brought three musicians from Kentish Town together
Sun 28th/01/2018
The Canteen
Prinz Grizzley
Is this the first country rocker from Austria we’ve welcomed?
Mon 29th/01/2018
The Canteen
Amodou Diagne
Destined from birth to be a Griot musician, Senegalese singer and percussionist learned his trade in Dakar as part of l’orchestra National..
Wed 31st/01/2018
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift w/ James Beckwith Trio
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Sat 3rd/02/2018
The Louisiana
Fenne Lily + Oro Swimming Hour + many more...
Fenne's first full band headline & Chiverin's IVW mini festival at The Louisiana.
Totterdown Baptist Church, Wells Rd, Bristol BS3 2AX
Saltcellar Folk Club: Guest Steve Turner
Folk singer who accompanies himself on English concertina, cittern, mandolin and banjo.
Tue 6th/02/2018
The Wardrobe Theatre
Lindsay Lou
With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan and current home in Nashville, Lindsay Lou and her band have been on the road almost non-sto
Fri 9th/02/2018
1532 Performing Arts Bristol Grammar School
Miranda Sykes at 1532 Performing Arts Bristol
Miranda Sykes at 1532 Performing Arts Bristol Grammar School
Sat 10th/02/2018
Cafe Kino
San Eco/SNO/Marco Woolf
Three Manchester based acts play Bristol for the very first time...
Sun 11th/02/2018
The Attic Bar
Reggae Take Over | Bob Marley birthday celebration
Reggae Take Over Presents Bob Marley birthday celebration tour 2018
Colston Hall
Lefty Scum
Josie Long, Grace Petrie and Jonny & The Baptists join forces for a night of comedy, music and socialism
Fri 2nd/03/2018
Salt Cafe
Lonely Tourist + support
Hyperactive and cerebral indie-pop from nationally revered songwriter
Sat 3rd/03/2018
Totterdown Baptist Church, Wells Rd, Bristol BS4 2AX
Saltcellar Folk Club: Guest Brian Peters
Compelling singer, squeezebox player and guitarist with traditional songs , ballads and tunes.
Tue 6th/03/2018
The Wardrobe Theatre
Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys Plus The Drystones
Super double header of epic folk proportions
Tue 20th/03/2018
The Wardrobe Theatre
Martin Carthy
For more than 50 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at time
Sat 7th/04/2018
Totterdown Baptist Church, Wells Rd, Bristol BS4 2AX
Saltcellar Folk : Jimmy Aldridge / Sid Goldsmith
Highly acclaimed young duo. "One of the top must see acts at the moment"
Tue 10th/04/2018
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Little Unsaid
Echoing the melancholic power of Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave, The Little Unsaid specialise in “songwriting of a real rich quality, all held t
Sat 5th/05/2018
Sun 20th/05/2018
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Young Waters (Album Launch)
Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acousti
Sat 2nd/06/2018
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.
Sat 7th/07/2018
Totterdown Baptist Church, Wells Rd, Bristol BS4 2AX
Saltcellar Folk Club: Open Stage
Performers and Audience Welcome. A lovely acoustic venue.
Sat 1st/09/2018
Sat 6th/10/2018
Totterdown Baptist Church, Wells Rd, Bristol BS4 2AX
Saltcellar Folk Club: Flossie Malavialle
French born singer with eclectic repertoire and numerous Franglaise banter