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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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Cloak and Dagger, The
Open Mic hosted by PHAT
Free Entry - All genres welcome, DJs, spoken word, comedy, musicians, drag, magic etc!
El Rincon
Carmina3
Legendary folk-jazz combo with glorious vocal harmonies
El Rincon
Carmina3
Legendary folk-jazz combo with glorious vocal harmonies
Outer Space
Breabach in Outer Space
Multi award winning Contemporary Folk Music from Scotland
El Rincon
JOW
Quietly uplifting cello and trumpet duo
Crofters Rights
YAMA WARASHI + MERMAID CHUNKY
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Beard and Sabre, 22 Denmark St, Bristol, BS1 5DQ
Indie Cider Producer Showcase
Meet the Indie producers carrying the Bristol Cider Scene. It's Bristol Cider Week!
Cloak and Dagger, The
Open Mic hosted by PHAT
Free Entry - All genres welcome, DJs, spoken word, comedy, musicians, drag, magic etc!
The Loco Klub
FIREJAM PRESENTS LOCO KLUB GARDEN LIVE SESSIONS
JOHN E VISTIC ROCK N ROLL SOUND STSTEM, RITA LYNCH, MISS KILL, MOLLY SAMPSON
Oxwick Farm
Inglefest 2021
Intimate & Independent Music Festival
Strange Brew
Schwet with Laila Sakini, The Sprigs & Ocean Floor
An evening intimate and minimal pop, folk and electronics.
Outer Space Bristol
DJ John Stapleton & Circus Performances
£5 per person strictly vinyl set & exciting pop-up circus performances
Outer Space
Honey Feet
This week in the garden features the highly reputed Honeyfeet
Crofters Rights
De Anima | Launch Party
Celebrating the launch of Creative Media & Production Company: De Anima
Cloak and Dagger, The
The Part Time Models
An evening of folk-rock with the Part Time Models.
El Rincon
Rookeries
Riveting ambient folk guitar duo
The Golden Lion
Music for Changes
Music event to support mental health charity - Changes Bristol
Lost Horizon HQ
Benjamin Zephaniah and The Revolutionary Minds
The musician & socio-political commentator Benjamin Zephaniah and the Revolutionary Minds join us on in Bristol this month!
Boiling Wells Amphitheatre
Nick Hart with Tom Moore
Join us for an evening of Traditional English Folk Music in a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre
Mr Wolfs
Mr Tea & The Minions + Horses On The Beach
Big Bank Holiday Bananza at Mr Wolfs
Crofters Rights
Agata Single Launch (New Date TBC)
Agata Single Launch at The Crofters Rights
Rough Trade Bristol
Aoife Nessa Frances
Aoife Nessa Frances’ songwriting paints a luscious, dream-like landscape
Strange Brew
Schwet with Dead Space Chamber Music & O.G. JIGG
An evening of Celestial Dark Britannica & Semi-Trad Medieval Trax
The Trinity Centre
Black Midi
black midi return with the mighty Cavalcade for two intimate Bristol shows
The Trinity Centre
Black Midi
black midi return with the mighty Cavalcade for two intimate Bristol shows
Boiling Wells Amphitheatre
Mikey Kenney (with Band) and Young Waters
Join us for an evening of Folk Music in a beauitful outdoor Amphitheatre
Exchange
ALICE BOMAN + CLARA MANN
Presented by Gravy Train.
The Trinity Centre
Richard Dawson
Poetic folk musician from Newcastle upon Tyne
Boiling Wells Amphitheatre, Boiling Wells Ln, Bristol BS2 9XY
Norfolk Broads (Album Launch) and Tarren
Join us for an evening of Traditional English Folk Music in a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre
New Room, John Wesley's Chapel
Magpie22 Live at the Asbury 250 Celebration
Magpie22 – The Asbury Crossing celebrations - an evening of Americana, Folk, Country & Blues
Mr Wolfs
Amun-Ramen
Psychedelic folk-rock, americana and blues.
Crofters Rights
GRIMM GRIMM + DOG IN THE SNOW
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
The Louisiana
Skullcrusher
Freshly signed to Secretly Canadian
The Cube
Broadside Hacks
Featuring Katy J Pearson, Naima Bock + members of Goat Girl, Sorry and caroline.
Boiling Wells Amphitheatre
Ríoghnach Connolly and Ellis Davies
Join us for an evening of Trad Folk Music in a beauitful outdoor Amphitheatre
Downend Folk Club @ Christ Church Downend
The Magpies
The Magpies kick off our Autumn/Winter Programme
Exchange
Fishstock 2021
DIY punk all dayer
The Canteen
The Drystones live
Experimental folk from energetic fiddle and guitar duo the Drystones
Boiling Wells Amphitheatre
Whiskey Moon Face
Join us for an evening of Folk & Jazz music in a beautiful outdoor amphitheatre
Jam Jar
Stick In The Wheel
Stick In The Wheel’s work is rooted in traditional music and song, informed by the modern electronic music that grew out of their hybrid
The Old Market Assembly
Rura live - Assembly Nights
Assembly Nights presents: Rura live
Crofters Rights
Luke Marshall Black
Crosstown Concerts presents... Luke Marshall Black at Crofter's Rights, Bristol
Boiling Wells Amphitheatre
Land rights talk with Nick Hayes & Guy Shrubsole
Join Nick Hayes & Guy Shurbsole for a talk about land rights and tresspass & GUEST BAND!
THE LEYLINES
THE LEYLINES
THE LEYLINES PLAY THEIR DEBUT GIG AT THE THUNDERBOLT
Exchange
Sugarmoon
Sugarmoon at Exchange Basement
The Louisiana
Anna B Savage
The incredible City Slang-signed, Father John Misty supporting Anna B Savage heads to Bristol in support of her debut LP 'A Common Turn'
The Trinity Centre
Grace Petrie
Folk singer-songwriter and guitarist
Jam Jar
Inner Terrestrials - album launch (New Date)
Ska Punk legends are hitting The Jam Jar with their new album: Heart of the Free
Crofters Rights
MF TOMLINSON + DICK DENT
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions
Bristol Folk House
Brìghde Chaimbeul & Aidan O'Rourke
An acclaimed folk musician, “Hebridean piper Brìghde Chaimbeul gives Scottish folk a startlingly contemporary feel” (The Quietus).
The Wardrobe Theatre
Tom Moore & Archie Moss
Widely regarded as two of the best players and innovators in traditional folk amongst a precociously gifted generation, Moore & Moss’ finely
Jam Jar
Caroline
Rough Trade's newest signing - the ethereal London based 8-piece caroline
Downend Folk Club @ Christ Church Downend
Sam Carter
Sam Carter (finally!) brings his new album 'Home Waters' to Downend Folk Club
The Lanes
ALEX REX + VICTOR HERRERO + WE ARE MUFFY
Free entry show, presented by Gravy Train, Camemberts Box of Delights & BLG Promotions
St George's Bristol
Sam Lee
Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. He’s an acclaimed, award-winning inventive singer, a folksong collector, conservatio
Exchange
Tugboat Captain, Muffintops and Ketibu
Nautical indie popsters on their rescheduled UK tour - with local support
Jam Jar
The Jam Jar Presents: Cocos Lovers + Young Waters
Heart warming folk and roots with a tropical twist.
Redgrave Theatre
Kitty Macfarlane
Kitty Macfarlane’s songwriting is rooted in the natural world and the legacy of human connection to the land.
St George's Bristol
Courtney Marie Andrews
Using songwriting as a healing technique, Andrews preserves each memory like an emotional archaeologist.
Bristol Beacon Foyer
Lady Nade
Lady Nade’s songwriting exudes an emotive potency and resplendent grace.
Jam Jar
Sam Brookes
Black Feathers Album Launch
The Thunderbolt
JOLLYROGER
Sea-Punk Pirate band
The Wardrobe Theatre
Rowan Rheingans: Dispatches on the Red Dress
Dispatches on the Red Dress is an intimate and courageous new solo show by twice BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning songwriter Rowan Rheingans. 
Exchange
Ceitidh Mac
Ceitidh Mac at Exchange basement
Downend Folk Club @ Christ Church Downend
The Carrivick Sisters
The Carrivick Sisters bring a preview of their new album to Downend Folk Club
Bristol Folk House
Daoirí Farrell - Rescheduled
Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2017: The Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track
St George's Bristol
Blazin' Fiddles
One of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups, Blazin’ Fiddles formed for a one-off tour of the Scottish Highlands in 1999.
St George's Bristol
Blazin' Fiddles
One of the world’s most prolific fiddle groups, Blazin’ Fiddles formed for a one-off tour of the Scottish Highlands in 1999 and are still ra
Jam Jar
Moulettes at The Jam Jar
Psychedelic Art Rock // Prog // Folk
Rough Trade Bristol
Marina Allen
The latest signing to Fire Records
Crofters Rights
MUMBLE TIDE
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Jam Jar
Sheelanagig
Putting the groove into a selection of traditional and original European Folk music dating from the medieval times to present day
No.1 Harbourside
Old Baby Mackerel live
High-energy, foot-stomping Bluegrass
Downend Folk Club @Christ Church Downend
A Winter Union
Five leading lights of the British roots scene join forces to create a festive folk band like no other.
Bristol Folk House
The Young'uns
The Young'uns deliver songs of conscience with warmth and wit
The Trinity Centre
Tom Rosenthal
Gently epic, whimsical ballads
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
Jam Jar
POSTPONED Seas Of Mirth & Ushti Baba + more
Bristol big banger double headliner! Get immersed in some downright wonky delights and some sub aquatic sensory fun.
Bristol Folk House
Flook
More than twenty five years after their first gig together, Flook continue to inspire and enchant audiences of all ages.
The Louisiana
Chad VanGaalen + Kiwi Jr.
Cult Canadian illustrator / Sub Pop signed @chadvangaalen finally returns to Bristol
The Lanes
NIGHT BEATS
Presented by Gravy Train & BLG Promotions.
Exchange
Dana Gavanski
BBC 6 Music approved, Toronto based Dana Gavanski returns to Bristol
The Trinity Centre
Fink
Bristolian, low-slung groove
The Station
Joshua Radin
Joshua Radin is “one of a crop of singer-songwriters whose names became ubiquitous with a particular kind of heartstring-pulling drama”.
Downend Folk Club @ Frenchay Village Hall
India Electric Co. + support TBC
India Electric Co. headline Downend Folk Club's April concert at Frenchay Village Hall
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
The Trinity Centre
The Wandering Hearts
London-based alt-country/folk Americana