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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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Kingsdown Vaults
Peter & the Wolves
Country Blues, Soul and a whole lot more!!
The Cube
HCM// Darren Hayman: Thankful Villages
Darren Hayman brings his Thankful Villages project to Bristol
Cafe Kino
Ed Dowie/Josie Blakelock/Robin Allender
Lost Map's Ed Dowie returns to Bristol!
The Canteen
Rock of Eye
Here’s something ancient and modern conjured up by three of the best musical wizards around these parts.
The Gallimaufry
Open Mic
Hosted by Mike Dennis
The Wardrobe Theatre
Rachel Baiman
Baiman found music to be a welcome escape from worrying about global politics. “I often found the constant discussion of seemingly unsolvabl
The Gallimaufry
Seedling Sessions
Pocket Sun & Steve from Work
The Canteen
Jausme
A must see, eloquent, bilingual musician who infuses luscious tones throughout.
The Shakespeare Totterdown
SCOTTISH BURNS NIGHT @ THE SHAKEY
Scottish Burns Night, Live Ceilidh band & haggis!
The Old Bookshop
Coyote Blue
Down-home dusty blues and Americana
The Gallimaufry
Open Mic
Hosted by Mike Dennis
The Lanes
BLG Presents: Tiffany Pieces of Me Tour (acoustic)
BLG Presents: Tiffany - Pieces of Me Tour (acoustic)
Exchange
THE WAVE PICTURES
The WAVE PICTURES in BRISTOL
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Once
Indie-folk trio The Once bring together their Newfoundland roots with something altogether modern. Pure, understated but never lacking in he
The Gallimaufry
Maybug
Only Bristol show of 2019
Alchemy 198
Open Mic Night
New cosy open mic night!
The Louisiana
John Paul White + support
Join John Paul White for an evening of the finest folk balladry, swampy southern rock and dark acoustic pop.
Cafe Kino
Into The Woods + Friends
Upbeat, Melodic Indie-Folk
The Canteen
Forest of Fools
We are really excited to welcome Forest of Fools to The Canteen!
Bristol Folk House
Martyn Joseph
"Intelligent and enlightened songs are both energising and provocative…from subtle tenderness to growly indignation. A Welsh national treasu
HOURS Space
Jamie Cruickshank EP Launch
An intimate gig by Breakfast Records to celebrate the launch of Jamie Cruickshank's new EP 'Worn Through'
St. George's Bristol
Eduardo Niebla – Stunning flamenco jazz
Eduardo Niebla – Stunning flamenco jazz -the formidable virtuoso Eduardo Niebla presents his amazing repertoire of “stunning flamenco jazz”
Anson Rooms
The Bristol Suspensions Present - Maroon 5: Five Y
This one-of-a-kind show is in support of Off The Record, a mental health social movement by and for young people
The Golden Lion
The Good Boys
Folk and Blues ensemble
The Gallimaufry
Open Mic
Hosted by Mike Dennis
The Wardrobe Theatre
Chance McCoy / Eli West
Special double bill of two of the most inspiring visiting american folk artists of the moment.
The Wardrobe Theatre
Chance McCoy + Eli West
Double headline of bluegrass, trad folk and Americana
The Canteen
Ben Jordan
Oozing soulful delights with every twang.
The Canteen
FFTP
One of the finest musical acts to come from the traveller community.
The Cube
Cinema of Imagination: Aye, Coyote!
Crick Crack Club performance storytelling brings its wild haven of fairytales for grown-ups, myth & epic at the Cube.
The Bristol Fringe
Rearranged Songs of Kate Bush and Scott Walker
Rearranged Songs of Kate Bush and Scott Walker
Crofters Rights
Leah Senior
Voice of King Gizzard's "Murder of the Universe" Leah Senior to be doing her Debut show at the Crofters Rights!
O2 Academy
The Dead South
O2 Academy Bristol
The Gallimaufry
Open Mic
Hosted by Mike Dennis
Crofters Rights
Michael Clark + Stanlaey
MICHAEL CLARK will be touring across the UK this February in support his debut EP 'Something To Be Won'.
O2 Academy
White Denim
White Denim bring their UK tour to Bristol
Crofters Rights
LF Presents: My Octopus Mind 'Elska' Launch
Part ambient introverted journeys of a wandering mind, part jagged crunchy riffs and soul wrenching howls!
Exchange
Rusty Shackle Launch new album at The Exchange
Welsh Folk Rock Band Rusty Shackle at the Exchange Bristol
Cafe Kino
Phonseca - Album Launch
Album launch for debut album Between A Dream from Phonseca
The Wardrobe Theatre
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow + Jacob & Drinkwater
Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music, Devon based duo Jacob & Drinkwater have been call
Bristol Folk House
Angelo De Augustine
An intimate evening of tender acoustic songs from Angelo De Augustine
The Gallimaufry
Open Mic
Hosted by Mike Dennis
Cafe Kino
Sylvette, Olive Haigh + Guests
Manchester art-rockers Sylvette come to Bristol for a night of orchestral wonder - with local support.
Arnolfini
Raise the Bar (Feat. DIZRAELI + more)
Spoken word and acoustic music combine as Raise the Bar presents DIZRAELI, plus incredible support acts.
The White Rabbit
Breakfast Records presents Langkamer + Ead Wood
A night of lush indie rock to beckon in the Spring
Colston Hall Foyer
Kathryn Joseph
“Possibly the best album we’ll hear all year.” (Clash)
The Gallimaufry
Open Mic
Hosted by Mike Dennis
Rough Trade Bristol
Yola
Yola will be live in-store at Rough Trade Bristol to perform tracks from her new album, 'Walk Through Fire'
O2 Academy
Ward Thomas
Rising UK stars Ward Thomas bring their UK tour to Bristol's o2 Academy
O2 Academy
Ward Thomas
O2 Academy Bristol
St James Wine Vaults Bath
The Hard Rain Band plus support
The songs of Bob Dylan stunningly interpreted by Sarah Larkham and her band
The Louisiana
Laura Gibson
Lush folk music with a literary heart
Exchange
Colter Wall + support
Crystal-clear Canadian country
The Wardrobe Theatre
Leveret
Leveret is a unique collaboration between three of England's finest folk musicians. Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron are each rega
Mr Wolfs
Jake Morrell // Danny McMahon // Asian Hawk
Jake Morrell brings raw authentic country bangers to Mr. Wolfs.
O2 Academy
Deaf Havana
O2 Academy Bristol
Salt Cafe
Marty Wilson-Piper
Church / All About Eve / Saints guitarist performs an intimate gig in Bristol
Crofters Rights
Breakfast Presents: Rebecka Reinhard EP Launch
An evening of indie folk, indie pop, pop, indie and folk.
The Wardrobe Theatre
The Rheingans Sisters
Winners of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Original Track, The Rheingans Sisters make playful, powerful and richly connecting music
Exchange
Fishstock 2019
DIY punk all dayer
The Lanes
Sugar Candy Mountain
Californian bubble-pop Sugar Candy Mountain back to Bristol at The Lanes!
The Wardrobe Theatre
MARSHES (featuring Beth Porter) plus STANLÆY
Marshes is the new incarnation of Beth Porter and the Availables. Stanlæy (Bethany Stenning) is primarily an artist, singer and multi-instru
Bristol Folk House
Molly Tuttle
The first ever woman to win International Bluegrass Association’s Guitar Player of the Year
Bristol Folk House
Richard Digance with special guest Eric Sedge
Richard Digance is a BAFTA Nominated entertainer and a recipient of The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters.
The Wardrobe Theatre
Moore Moss Rutter
The distinct pulse, energy and group-intuition of trad-music haunts their playing as they continue to push the creative boundaries for Engli
SWX
Showhawk Duo live at SWX
Welcome to the Acoustic Rave - Chapter 2
Bristol Folk House
William Tyler
The finest guitarist in Nashville comes to Bristol
The Station
Flook
FLOOK - The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally r
The Station
Martin & Eliza Carthy
English folk song legends
Fiddlers
Grant Lee Phillips + Josh Rouse
Touring together for the first time, the acclaimed singer/songwriters are touring in support of their newest albums
TBA
Spice Girls: Sleaze Up Your Life
Sleazy Sessions is here with the ULTIMATE Spice Girls tribute night.