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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 Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift w/ Zeitgeist
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Zak Abel
Zak Abel, Thekla
The Canteen
Emma Holbrook & Fiona Barrow
Improvising duo that harnesses the stunning violin of Fiona Barrow to the considerable rhythmic powers of Emma Holbrook (drums/percussion).
Mr Wolfs
The Man and The Lake + Invincible Pigs
Wild and poetic world folk, balkan and European party
The Bristol Fringe
Remi Harris - Internationally Acclaimed Guitarist
Spanning the breadth of the Britain Isles -  don't miss your opportunity to attend and experience this thrilling performance for yourself. “
The Lansdown
The Happening presents Sarah Larkham/Ian O'Regan
Legendary intimate acoustic music sessions
Crofters Rights
Yazmin Lacey
Yazmin Lacey sings with the directness and emotional clarity of classic soul.
Fri 23rd/03/2018
Salt Café
Rosalind Moreno-Parra
A passionate fusion of Latino, Tango, Flamenco & folk
Mary Spender
Mary Spender, Thekla
El Rincon Bristol
Mitchell And Vincent
Delightful acoustic folk duo
Sat 24th/03/2018
Crofters Rights
Black Water County + Imprints
Folk-punk from two fast-rising young bands
O2 Academy
Vance Joy
Vance Joy - O2 Academy Bristol
Myles Kennedy
Myles Kennedy, Thekla
Sun 25th/03/2018
The Grain Barge
Sailing Stones (w/ Faeland)
Bristol-based songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. Bladerunner meets Laurel Canyon.
The Canteen
Birlinn Jiarg
Distinctive acoustic folk music of multi instrumentalist Beccy Hurst and her three pals. Features an unusual yet beautiful combination of wh
The Station
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman (in The Lantern)
Two-time winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award
Colston Hall
Lady Maisery (in The Lantern)
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winners
No.1 Harbourside
HARK on the Harbourside Folk Jam
Folk Jam led by Hands of the Heron!
Kingsdown Vaults
Irish Sunday Sessions
Traditional Irish Music Session
The Station
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman at The Station
The Golden Lion
Kate Griffin and Ford Collier
Contemporary duo fusing folk genres from around the world
Mon 26th/03/2018
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft Luke Dyde / Miles Goodall / Cloud Thieves
Hy-Brasil Music Club
Olden Yolk
Former Quilt member Shane Butler's new project
Tue 27th/03/2018
Family Tea presents Kriss Foster
with support from Static Queen and Martin Chitty
Seedling Sessions
Introducing 3 acts per session
Colston Hall
Sarah Darling (in The Lantern)
A night of true American Country.
Wed 28th/03/2018
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Open Collaboration
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Colston Hall
Brigid Mae Power (in The Lantern)
A night of two incredibly talented singer songwriters
Thu 29th/03/2018
Eliza and the Bear
Eliza and the Bear, Thekla
Fri 30th/03/2018
Rough Trade
Cabbage | Live & Signing
Rough Trade | Cabbage live in-store
Sun 1st/04/2018
Easter Everywhere!
Psychedelic folk from around the world
Mon 2nd/04/2018
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith fMatt Reynolds/Where The Night
SongSmith @Mr Wolf's ft Matt Reynolds / Where The Night Falls / One Last Thrill
Tue 3rd/04/2018
Crofters Rights
Laucan (at The Crofters Rights)
Singer/songwriter with a unique take on folk
The Gallimaufry
Sam Evans
'Scrapbook of the Soul' album launch
Sunflower Bean
Sunflower Bean, Thekla
Wed 4th/04/2018
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift Trio
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 5th/04/2018
The Canteen
My Octopus Mind
We're really excited and intrigued by these guys' debut at The Canteen! Come sit and absorb these octopus minds.
Colston Hall
Julia Biel
'The best British vocalist to emerge in an age’
Fri 6th/04/2018
The Old Market Assembly
Holly Holden
Inspired by language, Holly often combines English and Spanish in her lyrics, so that her songs are spaces where anything goes.
Colston Hall
Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker (in The Lan
Vocals that “immediately grab your soul”
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"
Sun 8th/04/2018
Salt Café
Seitz / Falling Dan
Experimental pop quartet / Superb singer songwriter evoking 60s pop and modern folk
Mon 9th/04/2018
Tue 10th/04/2018
The Canteen
A three-piece of voices, percussion and bass. They balance intensity and lightness through their creative use of instrumentation,
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
The Gallimaufry
Hands of the Heron
A fledgling folk collective from Bristol
Wed 11th/04/2018
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Reworks: System of a Down
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Thu 12th/04/2018
Fri 13th/04/2018
Salt Café
Shallow Roots
Six piece playing melodic danceable world music
Sat 14th/04/2018
Sun 15th/04/2018
The Tobacco Factory
Michaela Fedeczko
Dazzling Soul & Pop vocalist
The Canteen
The Lowest Pair
A brace of banjos don’t have to duel, when they fit like this, harmonies and honest lyrics, it’s a thing of joy.
Tue 17th/04/2018
The Gallimaufry
From The Forest presents Jausme
Unique folk, jazz and soul infused sounds
Wed 18th/04/2018
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift: Open Collaboration
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
The Dark Horse-
The Horse Loom + SWIR
Northumbrian guitarist and singer
Fri 20th/04/2018
O2 Academy
The White Buffalo
Songs featured in the Sons Of Anarchy hit series
Ferocious Dog - The Enemy Within"
Ferocious Dog , at each gig, organize a Charity Food Drop for the homeless,
St Francis Church
Ian M Perry live
A lunchtime concert featuring original songs and music by Ian M Perry
El Rincon Bristol
Owl Light Trio
Oxford-based "feral folk" trio
Sat 21st/04/2018
Cafe Kino
Full Band Album Launch
Mon 23rd/04/2018
Isaac Gracie
Isaac Gracie, Thekla
Colston Hall
Blanco White (in The Lantern)
Bringing together traditional Andalusian, Latin American and Western sounds.
Tue 24th/04/2018
The Wardrobe Theatre
Martha Tilston Plus Guests
A special night hosted by songstress Martha Tilston showcasing rare performances and the premiere of a beautiful music film
The Canteen
Men Diamler + theskyisthinaspaperhere
Head down to The Canteen for a night of wavy, woozy dark melancholic song/stories ☁️☁️
The Gallimaufry
Samba, hi-life, afrobeat and bossa
Colston Hall
Josh Rouse (in The Lantern)
A sound forged in Nashville, Josh Rouse is enjoying a “streak of excellence”
Wed 25th/04/2018
The Thunderbolt
SongSmith @The ‘world famous’ Thunderbolt presents Sound and Vision:The Genius of David Bowie plus The Elton John Experience
The Gallimaufry
Waldo's Gift w/ Sol O.B.
Out of this world musicianship combines Hip-hop, Math, Jazz, Groove & Electronica
Cosmo Sheldrake + support
Wonderfully eccentric multi-instrumentalist hero
Justin Nozuka
Justin Nozuka, Thekla
Colston Hall
Bryan Ferry
Roxy Music frontman and pop icon Bryan Ferry returns to Colston Hall
Colston Hall
Grant-Lee Phillips (in The Lantern)
Poetic, sardonic and perfectly crafted alt-country
Thu 26th/04/2018
Mr Wolfs
SongSmith Xtra ft Makala Cheung/Hana Piranha/Act O
SongSmith Xtra ft Makala Cheung/Hana Piranha/Act On Impulse
The Cube
Cinema of the Imagination - Where the Bear Sleeps
Crick Crack Club performance storytelling brings its wild haven of fairytales for grown-ups to the Cube
El Rincon Bristol
Rock Of Eye
Exceptional acoustic improv-folk trio
Fri 27th/04/2018
The Louisiana
HER'S + Guests
Gravy Train Presents: Her's + Support
El Rincon Bristol
Bastoune Duo
Sparkling gypsy-jazz guitar and double-bass duo
Sat 28th/04/2018
The Forge
Live Music | Albert Jones
Albert Jones and his band.
Colston Hall
The Dead South (in The Lantern)
‘Mumford and Sons’ evil twins’
Anson Rooms
The Dead South at the Anson Rooms
The Dead South - Colston Hall Presents at the Anson Rooms
Sun 29th/04/2018
St Stephens Church
Concert and workshop by the internationally renowned Windborne singers.
The Tobacco Factory
Claire Northey
Jazz Folk looping beats
Fri 4th/05/2018
Crofters Rights
Ciaran Lavery
“I love you baby 'till the parking ticket runs out,” sings Ciaran Lavery. “Until the lights in the street are as bright as the stars…”
Colston Hall
Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings
’Recalling Gabriel-era Genesis with a dash of Bush and Bowie’. The Observer
Sat 5th/05/2018
The Trinity Centre
Honeyfeet Fundraiser for Misfits Theatre Co
Honeyfeet, Nuala Honan, Bibbag Wisdom, Sally Reader, DJ Dad
Sam Brookes
Sam Brookes, Thekla
Sun 6th/05/2018
The Wardrobe Theatre
Alabaster DePlume Plus RHAIN
Alabaster DePlume Plus RHAIN at The Wardrobe Theatre
Thu 10th/05/2018
The Grain Barge
Raevennan Husbandes, Granfalloon, Mike Dennis
You won't find a better gig tonight! (or this year)
Wed 16th/05/2018
Crofters Rights
A singer-songwriter from South-East London whose candid lyrics tell stories weave into distinct melodies, somewhere between folk and pop.
Thu 17th/05/2018
Fri 18th/05/2018
Church of St John the Baptist
Father Murphy, Miki Yui, Mesange & Sam Weaver
an evening of ritual drone, electro-acoustic and experimental synthesis in a beautiful church
The Rails
The Rails, Thekla
Sat 19th/05/2018
Cafe Kino
IT: The Harry Miller Band & Special Guests
Imagine That presents an evening of charming soulful acoustic folk downstairs in Kino
Sun 20th/05/2018
The Wardrobe Theatre
Young Waters (Album Launch)
Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acousti
Fri 25th/05/2018
Sat 26th/05/2018
Sun 27th/05/2018
Thu 31st/05/2018
Wildwood Kin
Wildwood Kin perform at Thekla
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.
Tue 5th/06/2018
The Wardrobe Theatre
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay
Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay craft story songs with equal measures heart (“Before the World Was Made”) and humor (“Breaking Up And Making Up
Tom Clarke (The Enemy Acoustic)
Tom Clarke performs at Thekla
Sun 10th/06/2018
Laura Veirs
Laura Veirs, Thekla
Tue 19th/06/2018
The Wardrobe Theatre
Dallahan is one of the most thrilling forces in the international folk music scene; heavily rooted in traditional Irish music
Sun 24th/06/2018
Richie Kotzen
Richie Kotzen performs at Thekla
Tue 3rd/07/2018
The Wardrobe Theatre
Three Cane Whale 'At The Pictures'
A return booking for this acclaimed multi-instrumental acoustic trio and their magnificent film project, which involves the band performing
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.
Mon 9th/07/2018
Hans Chew
Hans Chew performs at Thekla
Thu 19th/07/2018
The Barr Brothers
The Barr Brothers perform at Thekla
Mon 30th/07/2018
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
Fri 17th/08/2018
Rising Appalachia
Rising Appalachia perform at Thekla
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
Thu 29th/11/2018
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees
Martin Stephenson & The Daintees perform at Thekla