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Hannah Sanders Ben Savage

Friday, 2 September 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 Advance £12.50 On the door
Doors: 
7:30pm
Huddled around a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage (The Willows)  are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique. Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram and Emmylou, Shirley and Davey or Gillian and David, but their warm distilling influences from both sides of the big pond produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.

Asian Arts Agency presents Barmer Boys‏

Sunday, 4 September 2016
Ticket price: 
£8.00 in advance and £10.00 on the door.
Doors: 
7:30pm

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21st century folk with attitude. Barmer Boys are the next generation of performers carrying forward the centuries-old musical traditions of the Manganiyars, and the global ambassadors of contemporary Rajasthani folk and Sufi music combined with beatboxing. The band's versatility of styles and bubbling energy infuses each performance - from soulful Sufi kalaams to uplifting wedding and celebratory songs, songs of love and remembrance, to boisterous jams.

The group made their international debut in 2014 with shows at Roskilde Festival ’14, Borneo World Music Expo ’14, a US debut with a coast-to-coast tour in April ’14, and have been wooing audiences on television screens, cinema halls and festivals in India including MTV CokeStudio Season 3, NH7 Weekender ‘14, IIT Mood Indigo ’14 and Jaipur Literature Festival ’15

O’Hooley & Tidow ‘Shadows’

Friday, 9 September 2016
Ticket price: 
£12.50 advance, £14.50 on the door
Doors: 
7.30pm
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as ‘one of British folk’s mightiest combinations’ (Mojo). Their forthcoming new album Shadows (released Summer ’16) is the follow up to groundbreaking album The Hum, which earned them a place in Mojo’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2014 and a nomination for ‘Best Duo’ in last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of heart.

* * * * * The Guardian


‘Formidably brilliant.’ Independent

‘Brave, beautiful and full of love.’ Martin Simpson

‘In the leading ranks of the new wave of folk music aristocracy.’

Tom Robinson, 6 Music

Ceilidh with The Molecatchers

Saturday, 24 September 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 Advance £12.50 On th door inc admin charge
Doors: 
7:30pm

Bristol Ceilidh are proud to bring another high energy ceilidh band to the Folk House! This time, The Molecatchers

Julia Turner album pre-release gig

Friday, 30 September 2016
Ticket price: 
Tickets £8 advance/£10 on the door (including booking fee)
Doors: 
7:30pm

Due for release in autumn 2016, Fifteen Times the Moon is a collection of original songs that explore the weather patterns of life, our fears, hopes and relationships with both ourselves and each other. The album title was inspired by the incredible true story of a Mexican fisherman, who one quiet afternoon set out on a fishing trip but was then caught up in a huge storm. He was not heard of again for fifteen months, at which point, after all hope was lost, he was discovered on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean.

A number of Julia’s well-played songs such as Stormy Skies and Fear of Music  feature on the album as well as lots of new material including two tracks co-written with Swedish songwriter Sunniva Brynnel. Julia’s passionate and fluent vocals paint her lyrics with intricate and engaging melodies supported deftly by finger picking guitar. With accomplished double bass player Pasquale Votino, violinist Annalise Lam playing both virtuosic solos and sympathetic backing lines and Roberto Nappi holding it down with drums that can both sing and groove Julia’s quartet is simultaneously tight and engaging.

This is a night not to be missed with the debut of their new material, pre-release albums for sale and a special guest or two for good measure. Come and help them celebrate their latest creation.

Julia is a jazz musician and poet at heart and this comes through in her music. She says ‘The songs on this album are very story based and I wanted to expose our vulnerability as musicians and people in the recordings because that’s what makes music really come alive’.

Martin Carthy and Jim Causley

Saturday, 1 October 2016
Ticket price: 
£16.50 Advance / £18.50 On the door inc admin fee
Doors: 
7:30pm

Jim site www.jimcausley.co.uk

Martin site www.watersoncarthy.com/id22.htm

For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.  Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) is the latest.

Jim Causley Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Westcountry.
As one third of The Devil's Interval he toured with Waterson:Carthy for seven consecutive years as part of their annual Frost & Fire Christmas show and joined them in the studio for on their last album ‘Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man’ (Topic).
Causley has recorded with several respected artists including Show of Hands, John McCusker and David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame. In recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

Friday, 7 October 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 Advance £12.50 On the door
Doors: 
7:30pm
Double BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments.
Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne's jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart. Ben's musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage.
They met in July 2009 and together they have resolutely forged their own path through traditional music.
The live performance is a thing of delight - enchanted reviewers have spoken of shimmering cathedrals of sound - and its purity will stay with you long after the last note fades
Critical recognition soon followed, along with the Isambard Folk Award, and the FATEA Award for Best Album and Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Spiral Award for Best Duo.
In 2013 their debut release on Navigator Records - Fire and Fortune - reached No.1 on the Amazon folk chart within three months, garnered rave reviews and a constellation of stars across the board, and brought them coveted BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations for Best Newcomers and Best Duo in 2014.
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker's next album Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour is one of the most anticipated releases of the year.
www.josienneclarke.co.uk

  • Ticket information

    Tickets are available from:

    The Bristol Folk House
    40A Park Street
    BS1 5JG

    0117 926 2987

    There is 50p Administration fee on all tickets

    For artists wishing to play at the Folkhouse please see our demos page or send info to  richmusic@live.co.uk

    If you're looking for information about a past gig please see the music events archive.


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