Bristol Folk House

Adult education centre on Park Street.


Through a doorway on Parkstreet, down a narrow corridor and across a sunny (sudject to weather) courtyard, the unexpectedly large building of the Bristol Folk House has stood since 1963, and is still being discoverd in its bs1 hiding place by life long Bristol dwellers to this day. It's an adult education centre, venue, meeting space and cafe, providing courses in arts and crafts, creative writing, languages and more.

As a venue the BFH has been long famous for live music in Bristol. Running a weekend program of music featuring Folk, acoustic, roots, Americana and music of all flavours with both local, national and international acts. As an adult education centre,the BFH provides variety of part-time day and evening courses and workshops for over 18's.The Folk House is a welcoming environment in which to explore your creativity and learn new skills.

What's On At Bristol Folk House

Julie Abbé at Bristol Folk House
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folk jazz
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow at Bristol Folk House
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folk
The Kahunas at Bristol Folk House
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folk
Bluegrass/Americana Festival at Bristol Folk House
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country bluegrass blues folk
Dallahan at Bristol Folk House
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world folk
John Robb at Bristol Folk House
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folk
Tarren at Bristol Folk House
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folk
Eliza Carthy  + Jennifer Reid at Bristol Folk House
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folk
The Poor Box Brothers at Bristol Folk House
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blues-rock new orleans blues blues delta blues
Rachel Newton + Lon Dubh at Bristol Folk House
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folk
The Brothers Gillespie at Bristol Folk House
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folk
Charm of Finches + Mia Kelly at Bristol Folk House
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folk folk-pop

Get a feel for Bristol Folk House

Our recent recommendations for Bristol Folk House

Totally intoxicating mix of chanson, trad folk and swing jazz in a stylistic melting pot somewhere between 30s Paris and 00s campfires. Julie’s hushed, soulful voice carries these songs swirling into the nighttime walks of your mind. A stellar local talent that’s essential FFO: Nina Simone, Madeleine Peyroux, Cassandra Wilson, Angeline Morrison. Julie Abbé at Bristol Folk House.

Real deal Irish folk exactly as you’d want it - full of charm, honesty, intricate trad. musicianship and tales of the Emerald Isles. ‘Daoirí Farrell is singlehandedly spearheading a resurgence of the authentic in Irish folk music…he is rightly in demand all over the world.

Trans-Atlantic collab where American roots meets British folk at its finest. With every virtuoso pluck of the guitar and bow of the fiddle, Brooks Williams and Aaron Catlow (Sheelanagig) reshape and pay homage to the 20th century songbook of bluegrass, blues, ragtime, folk, Gypsy Jazz and music hall. Essential FFO: Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy, Django Reinhardt, Stéphane Grappelli. Trans-Atlantic Fiddle & Guitar Duo

British folk music at it’s most beautiful. With every pluck of the guitar and bow of the fiddle, Kit and Aaron’s music beams humble integrity and inimitable prowess. One of the most exciting duos to emerge from the UK in recent times, with heartfelt musicality, unparalleled virtuosity and vocal harmony

Gorgeous folk-noir awash with bowed chamber strings and otherworldly harmonies. Aussie sister duo Charm of Finches summon an indie-baroque heartache of epic proportions FFO: Kate Bush, Gillian Welch, Agnes Obel, Sufjan Stevens. Haunted tunes about love, grief and whispering trees; indie folk with many stringed things.