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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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Cafe Kino
Martin Callingham / Jeremy Tuplin / Static Queen
Martin Callingham / Jeremy Tuplin / Static Queen
The Gallimaufry
Tamu Massif
Music to get lost in
The Square Club
Eliza's Open Mic Night
Open Mic night for Eliza and her teachers' students and anyone else who wants to perform!
The Wardrobe Theatre
Phil King + Emily Davis
Phil King has a beautiful, soulful voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs.
Hy-Brasil Music Club
Bristol Live with Kadeem Tyrell
Headlined by UK soul singer Kadeem Tyrell with performances from Anna Lisa, Chikaya and D£DW8
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft Place of Kings / T.E. Yates / Eddie Mole
The Three Tuns
Irish folk Night with Gypsy Kiss
Our Weekly Famous Irish Folk Night!
The Lansdown
The Happening at the Lansdown
Glastonbury jazzers Iseley-Perry and outstanding young talent Bethany Pill
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
El Rincon
BraveColourNature
Part-accompanied vocal harmony trio
Exchange Basement
Schwet with Bamya & Dr. VZX Moist
Experimental post-punk/art-rock in a Schwetty basement
Hy Brasil Music Club
AT: My Name Is Ian // Quiet Marauder // Smudges (F
Audiophiles team up with Bubblewrap to bring three of their top bands from Cardiff - expect a weird and wonderful time.
Bristol Folk House
Rory McLeod
Rhythmic storyteller, multi-instrumentalist,…telling unpalatable truths about broken hearts…social injustice
Bristol Folk House
Tuulikki Bartosik
A master international musician from Estonia, whose work ranges from introspective and beautiful solo pieces to projects and collaborations
SouthBank
Lady Nade - Album Launch Party
Lady Nade - Album Launch Party
The Hare on the Hill
The Clay Pit String Band at the Hare on the Hill
Bluegrass trio the Clay Pit String Band are back!
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft Wine Morals / Zoe Newton / Matthew North
The Three Tuns
Irish folk Night with Gypsy Kiss
Our Weekly Famous Irish Folk Night!
Rough Trade Bristol
Black Country, New Road
Speedy Wunderground 7-piece return to Bristol
St Ambrose and St Leonard, St. George BS5 7AW
Rising Voices & Bristol Recovery Orchestra
Bristol Drugs Project Creative Communities present a celebratory and uplifting evening of music.
Chocolate Factory- Centrespace Gallery
C Joynes + Paul Bradley + Friendly Records DJs
Adventurous individualism from instrumental finger picker from C Joynes
Fiddlers
Jesca Hoop
A sensual, esoteric singer/songwriter taking inspiration from Americana and Folk music.
O2 Academy
Richard Hawley
O2 Academy Bristol
Zed Alley
Art For Our Sake: Kooks Kabaret ft GoDBowie
Art For Our Sake: Kooks Kabaret The Genius of David Bowie, George Clement, Becky Evans, Lady Amp and further support
The Director's Cut, Horts Bar
Tonic 013: Selke
Bristol's Music & Poetry party to involve everyone!
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
Kathryn Williams
While her best-known work is characterised by rich and honest songwriting, inspired by the greats - from Nick Drake to Joni Mitchell and bey
Exchange
Cheerbleederz / Me Rex
London indie pop from members of Fresh / Happy Accidents...
El Rincon
Blind Justice Page
foot-stomping Americana quartet
Bristol Folk House
Jim Moray
Award winning folk singer, guitarist and producer presents his new album The Outlander live at Bristol Folkhouse in an intimate solo show.
Rough Trade Bristol
Kathryn Williams
Live acoustic set + signing (free entry)
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
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf’s A4OS Fundraiser ft Harry Munk
SongSmith @Mr Wolf’s A4OS Fundraiser ft Harry Munk / Will Purdue / Mark Darkside / Craigi Love
The Wardrobe Theatre
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith
Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years.
El Rincon
Andrew Slocombe
Singer/guitarist stalwart of the local folk clubs
The Cube
Polyphonic Albanian singing with Grupi Lab
Wherever you have three or more shepherds, you have this music.
El Rincon
Carmina
Long-standing and highly-regarded Celtic jazz duo
Jam Jar
Refugee Fundraiser - Mazí Housing Project
A night of great music, for a great cause!
Mr Wolfs
Mama Jerk & The Lady Fingers // Rockit Science
Fat dub bass lines, gypsy undertones, deep rumbling vocals & psychedelic guitar landscaping
Rough Trade Bristol
Jordaan Mason - Toodles & beheading. Rough Trade.
Jordaan Mason - Queer Folk singer/songwriter from Canada
St. Paul's Crypt
Ka Baird & Jacken Elswyth
Experimental folk in an atmospheric crypt
The Gallimaufry
Seedling Sessions
w/ TBA Seedling Sessions
St George's
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow St George's Glass Studio
Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music.
Crofters Rights
BLG Presents: Rose Cousins/ Paper Beat Scissors
BLG Promotions Presents: Rose Cousins and Paper Beat Scissors at The Crofters Rights
Thekla
Rose Cousins Canadian Nominated Singer/Songwriter
Rose Cousins returns to the UK Oct 2019 on the tail of a new single, a cover of Prince's I would die 4 U,
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
Cafe Kino
Family Tea Records presents Dog Daisies
with support from The Nature Centre and Watch Paint Dry
Bristol Folk House
Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay return to Bristol for a night of Americana that’s simultaneously hilarious, sentimental and profound.
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Drystones + Jim Causley
Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery
Exchange
Favela + Dyme
Vegbox proudly pres. FAVELA + Special Guests DYME
Colston Hall Foyer
Alasdair Roberts & Friends
A Scottish-rich folk quartet join us in the intimate Colston Hall Foyer.
El Rincon
Sŵyn
Excellent Cardiff-based folk duo
The New Room
Alden Patterson and Dashwood
The New Room presents: Alden Patterson and Dashwood
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
Bristol Folk House
John Smith
One of the UK's finest guitarists and songwriters plays tracks from his latest album 'Hummingbird'
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
Julu Irvine & Heg Brignall
Captivating original folk music, and unique arrangements of traditional songs
The Wardrobe Theatre
Brìghde Chaimbeul
Skye musician and piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars
El Rincon
Chai For All
Highly entertaining klezmer and beyond quintet
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
Bristol Folk House
Bella Hardy
'Postcards & Pocketbooks: The Best of Bella Hardy'
Bristol Folk House
FolkLaw
A seven piece folk band known for their crowd-surging fiddle antics...
The Wardrobe Theatre
Stick in The Wheel
Known for their fierce, raw delivery, this is culturally and politically switched-on Folk music
Exchange
Nikki Lane
Country music filled with potent lyrics and unbridled blues guitars...
Fiddlers
Lankum
Interpretations of traditional Irish music...
El Rincon
Holly Carter
Engaging multi-instrumentalist
Rough Trade Bristol
YUNG SHAM
Philadelphia DIY community
The Grain Barge
Dana Gavanski
Toronto based songwriter / Full Time Hobby signee makes her first visit to Bristol
Exchange
Frances Pylons / The Jesus Bolt / T.E. Yates
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 Hare on the Hill
Traditional folk music session
A chance for performers and viewers alike to enjoy traditional songs from across the British Isles
El Rincon
Slippery Slope
Foot-stomping acoustic quartet based in Hereford
The Grain Barge
Chris Webb (full band) album launch
Chris Webb releases new album with full band
The Wardrobe Theatre
Katherine Priddy plus Steph Grace
Priddy’s original works are delivered with an emotional maturity, depth and a vulnerable tenderness that still carries a darker edge.
El Rincon
Carter Creaven Duo
Quicksilver double-guitar duo
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 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
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.
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
Rough Trade Bristol
Smoke Fairies & guests
Rough Trade Bristol & Fantome presents
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)