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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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Downend School
Talisk + Calum Gilligan
Talisk headline Downend Folk Club's November concert at Downend School
Exchange
Sheer Music Present - Tom Jenkins & The Screamdogs
Former Straight-Lines frontman goes solo
Bristol Folk House
Bella Hardy
'Postcards & Pocketbooks: The Best of Bella Hardy'
Kingsdown Vaults
The Harrisons Trio
Blues and Country Blues, R & B and soul originals and covering songs from the likes of The Eagles, Creedence Clearwater Revival &The Band
Bristol Folk House
FolkLaw
A seven piece folk band known for their crowd-surging fiddle antics...
Kingsdown Vaults
Moody Will & The Roll
Moody Will & The Roll in Bristol
Kingsdown Vaults
Moody Will & Bros
Soul searching Country Folk
The Wardrobe Theatre
Stick in The Wheel
Known for their fierce, raw delivery, this is culturally and politically switched-on Folk music
The Gallimaufry
Sun Sessions w/ Two Day Coma
+ Alexander Sun, Kimbo Nice & Watching Paint Dry
The Hare on the Hill
Kitchen Kapelye
Kitchen Kapelye play klezmer and Eastern European folk
Fiddlers
Lankum
Interpretations of traditional Irish music...
Exchange
Nikki Lane
Country music filled with potent lyrics and unbridled blues guitars...
St George's Bristol
Cass McCombs
+ Katy J Pearson (at St George's Bristol)
The White Rabbit
Polish Your Pistols - Open Mic Night
PREPARE FOR THE WILDEST, MOST CAMP AND MOST DIVERSE OPEN MIC NIGHT
Cafe Kino
Fourth Page
Improvised songs and soundscapes from unique acclaimed quartet.
St George's Bristol
Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings
Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings - Rose In June
Fork n Ale, 18 Walliscote Road, Weston-super-Mare
The Steepholmers - Sea Shanties at Fork n Ale
The Steepholmers back playing traditional and original sea shanties
The Thunderbolt
JESSICA BOSWELL ‘Alive UK Tour’ + Danny McMahon
JESSICA BOSWELL ‘Alive UK Tour’ + Danny McMahon
El Rincon
Holly Carter
Engaging multi-instrumentalist
Friendly Records Bar
Toby Hay (live)
New music for the 12 String Guitar
St George's Bristol
Aly Bain, Ale Möller and Bruce Molsky
Three cultures, three master musicians: a dazzling collision of virtuosity.
The Cube
QWAK club #5: Graham Lambkin + Mark Vernon
An evening of free improv, experimental sound art and performance.
Zed Alley, Bristol
Make Mine Country
Celebrating the Diversity that is UK Country Music
Rough Trade Bristol
YUNG SHAM
Philadelphia DIY community
El Rincon
John Pearce & Friends
New songs and virtuosic violin in a one-off sit down concert
El Rincon
JOHN PEARCE AND FRIENDS
Amazing violin virtuoso plays solo and in new quartet format
The Hare on the Hill
Cooper and Toller
Folk duo Cooper and Toller play traditional English folk on fiddle and guitar
The Grain Barge
Dana Gavanski
Toronto based songwriter / Full Time Hobby signee makes her first visit to Bristol
The White Rabbit
Polish Your Pistols - Open Mic Night
PREPARE FOR THE WILDEST, MOST CAMP AND MOST DIVERSE OPEN MIC NIGHT
Exchange
The Jesus Bolt, Frances Pylons + Support
A night of freak folk to launch the debut LP by Frances Pylons
Rough Trade Bristol
Omni
Freshly signed to Sub Pop and prepping their third record, Omni return to Bristol!
The Trinity Centre
Jade Bird
British singer-songwriter
The Golden Lion
Open mic @ The Golden Lion
All styles and abilities welcome!
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
Easton Community Centre
Fire in The Mountain Barn Dance
Fire in the Mountain festival presents a Winter Warmer Barn Dance, plus much more...
El Rincon
Slippery Slope
Foot-stomping acoustic quartet based in Hereford
Swan with Two Necks
Between the Breaks
Gothic Folk String Band from Bristol
The Grain Barge
Chris Webb (full band) album launch
Chris Webb releases new album with full band
The Cube
Nanoplex presents - (((On Pa)))
A show for all ages. A playful and joyous a celebration of sounds and objects from our everyday lives.
The Old Market Assembly
Mr Tea and the Minions: End of Tour Party
Mutiny Album Release Tour Closing Party! Free Entry/On Donation
Glitchbristol Info
ISOLDE: 'Elements' EP Launch Party
Singer-songwriter/producer, ISOLDE, releases 2nd EP + support from Claire Northey.
St George's
Emily Magpie
Multi-instrumentalist Emily Magpie fuses a spellbinding mix of folk, electronica and pop.
Bristol Folk House
A Night at the Movies - Fair Saturday
with Westerly Winds and The Fantasy Orchestra
The Hare on the Hill
La Madrastra
Chilean blood, Bristol heart, Latin sound.
The Wardrobe Theatre
Katherine Priddy + Steph Grace
Priddy’s original works are delivered with an emotional maturity, depth and a vulnerable tenderness that still carries a darker edge.
Crofters Rights
IT: Anna Colette & The Average Men + Support
Anna Colette & The Average Men bring their debut single release show to Crofters!
The Golden Lion
Open mic @ The Golden Lion
All styles and abilities welcome!
Exchange
Ead Wood Single Launch
Ead Wood Single Launch
Crofters Rights
Imprints & Cut Throat Francis Christmas Party
Join us for a night of Folk-Pirate-Rock Mayhem and Balkan-Swing-Barmyness!
Filwood Community Centre
Arts2LifeUK's End of Year Showcase
Arts2Life UK's big end of year celebration gig!
Rough Trade Bristol
Penelope Isles
+ Radators (at Rough Trade Bristol)
El Rincon
Carter Creaven Duo
Quicksilver double-guitar duo
Fiddlers
Sheelanagig Xmas Party ft. Rura + Julu & Heg
Back for another Xmas extravaganza of Folk Mayhem Sheelanagig take this opportunity to invite a bunch of friends for an evening of foot stom
Circomedia
Mesadorm + Murmuration Choir
Mesadorm return to Bristol to raise the house with the 68 voices in the name of Climate Justice.
Mr Wolfs
Bass Choir + Shunya // DJ Lune
15 strong choir belting out DnB and UK Garage Classics.
The Hare on the Hill
Carols on the Hill
Christmas carols, mulled cider and free roast potatoes!
The Louisiana
Andrew Combs & Kirby Brown
Andrew Combs, country soul singer/songwriter from Nashville comes to Bristol
The Gallimaufry
The Matt Woosey Band
“Matt Woosey’s guitar playing is simply brilliant”, AmericanaUK
The Cube
Fran & Flora / Young Waters / Daniel Inzani
'brave & classy' -The Guardian. Fran & Flora play Eastern European/Eurasian folk infused with the quiet-loud sense of post rock
The Louisiana
Jesse Marchant
Swiss-Canadian singer-songwriter Jesse Marchant is coming to Bristol with a heartbreaking new album to share with you.
The Golden Lion
Open mic @ The Golden Lion
All styles and abilities welcome!
Jam Jar
50 years of Captain Hotknives!
Celebrating 50 years of Captain Hotknives!
The New Room
Ben Walker & Rob Harbron with Bristol Folk Singers
Folk at the New Room presents Ben Walker and Rob Harbron, with Bristol Folk Singers
Crofters Rights
BLG / Wizzarding Promotions Presents: Kristof Hahn
BLG & Wizzarding Promotions Proudly Presents: Kristof Hahn (Swans) plus support
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Magic Lantern
The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of British Australian musician Jamie Doe.
Rough Trade Bristol
Vetiver
San Francisco’s Andy Cabic is known for crafting folk rock with introspective lyrics and captivating choruses under the moniker Vetiver.
The Golden Lion
Open mic @ The Golden Lion
All styles and abilities welcome!
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
The Jackie Oates Band + Thom Ashworth
The Jackie Oates Band present a special Christmas Concert for Downend Folk Club at Christ Church Downend
The Old Malthouse
LIVE Blowin' a Hooley
The Fitty Gomash christmas ceilidh special, Blowin' a Hooley
The Golden Lion
Open mic @ The Golden Lion
All styles and abilities welcome!
Frenchay Village Hall
Odette Michell + Ant Miles
Nick Hart headlines Downend Folk Club's January concert at Frenchay Village Hall
Bristol Folk House
The East Pointers
Three-piece contemporary folk
Thekla
The Milk Carton Kids Play Thekla
Critically acclaimed The Milk Carton Kids announce special select UK dates including Thekla Bristol 25 January 2020
St George's Bristol
Band of Burns at St George's
“A shimmering collection … that does full justice to the poet’s humane vision” The Times
Crofters Rights
Georgie
Georgie's rich powerful vocals come to Bristol
Rough Trade Bristol
Smoke Fairies & guests
Rough Trade Bristol & Fantome presents
Bristol Folk House
Lucy Farrell and Andrew Waite
Lucy Farrell and Andrew Waite release their debut album as a duo at the end of 2019 and will be heading out on tour in February next year to
The Cube
Red River Dialect + guests
Shifting musics, heart wenching vocals, this is wild and touched folk making songs with a burning soul
St George's
Sam Lee
The highly inventive, restlessly creative Sam Lee plays a unique role in the British music scene. He is not only a uniquely gifted artist bu
Frenchay Village Hall
Gilmore & Roberts + Matt Quinn & Owen Woods
Gilmore & Roberts headline Downend Folk Club's February concert at Frenchay Village Hall
St George's Bristol
Damien Jurado
with support from Dana Gavanski
The Louisiana
Mikal Cronin
LA native / Ty Segall collaborator returns with new album 'Seeker' via Merge
Crofters Rights
Heather Woods Broderick // Emily Isherwood // Aiko
BLG Promotions Proudly Presents Heather Woods Broderick with support from Bristol's own Emily Isherwood and Aiko (rus)
Colston Hall Foyer
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
World class duo celebrate 25 years of making folk music together
The Trinity Centre
CocoRosie
CocoRosie expertly create the kind of weird, whimsical world we can only dream of
Frenchay Village Hall
Salt House + Jon Wilks
Salt House headline Downend Folk Club's March concert at Frenchay Village Hall
SWX
Ziggy Alberts
Open-hearted and emotional songwriter Ziggy alberts comes to Bristol
Fiddlers
Andy Shauf
Colston Hall presents at Fiddlers
Fiddlers
Andy Shauf
Canadian songwriter Andy Shauf makes his much-anticipated follow-up to 2016’s breakthrough record The Party.
Bristol Folk House
Daoirí Farrell
Winner of two BBC Folk Awards 2017: The Horizon Award for best newcomer and Best Traditional Track
Colston Hall Foyer
Fly Pan Am
Fly Pan Am take over the Colston Hall Foyer with their forward-looking experimentalism
The Trinity Centre
Richard Dawson
Richard Dawson, the black-humoured bard of Newcastle, returns to release his sixth solo album 2020.
Frenchay Village Hall
India Electric Co. + JanE.B
India Electric Co. headline Downend Folk Club's April concert at Frenchay Village Hall