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Sunday, 5 February 2017
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Mercury nominated and critically acclaimed folk artist Kathryn Williams doesn't stick to a tried and tested formula when she writes a new album. Last year saw the celebrated musician release "Hypoxia" - an album inspired by Slyvia Plath's The Bell Jar, to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Plath's life and work. The singer-songwriter collaborated with trailblazing musician Ed Harcourt and also wrote a track (Cuckoo) on the album. This year, Williams has teamed up with revered jazz musician and vibraphone player Anthony Kerr, to create a complete re-imagining of classic jazz standards.

Williams' forthcoming album 'Resonator' strips away the bombast of previous versions of much loved songs such as "My Funny Valentine" and "Stormy Weather", leaving them exposed and yearning – exuding a dream-like and hypnotic luminosity. The intent was to 'reclaim' these wonderful songs that have seen multiple cover versions over the years, and rearrange them, bringing them back to their most rudimentary state. Rebuilding them to make fresh of what has been heard so much.  Kathryn and Anthony have revealed true beauty in these old songs, with their fragile delivery both vocally and instrumentally; Williams' signature vocals enriched by soft, lush vibraphones, distant jazz trumpet and double bass. 

Bristol Ceilidh presents the Brewery band

Saturday, 11 February 2017
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Sunday, 12 February 2017
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Following the huge acclaim of their 2014 award-winning album ‘Tincian’ – which saw them win ‘Best Album’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (the first Welsh act to win an award in the competition’s 15-year history – 9Bach will release their new album ‘Anian’ on April 29th.

Like its predecessor, ‘Anian’ begins in North Wales but broadens out through Greek and Near Eastern influences into an emotional tour de force. While ‘Tincian’ commemorated stories from the past, ‘Anian’ explores more contemporary themes. Angry, sad, but most of all passionate at the state of the world, ‘Anian’ taps into a universal language. The trademark ethereal Welsh language vocals shimmer alongside swamp guitar, harp, brooding dub beats and a pounding rhythm section. The eleven songs move from the gently rolling rhythms of ‘Llyn Du’ to the piano settings of ‘Ifan’ and ‘Deryn’, the layered voices of ‘Brain’ and ‘Si Hwi Hwi’ to the full band Near Eastern climax of ‘Cyfaddefa’.

‘Anian’ was recorded in Real World Studios by Lisa Jên (vocals, piano), Martin Hoyland  (guitars, hammer dulcimer), Ali Byworth (drums & percussion), Dan Swain (electric bass guitar & double bass), Esyllt Glyn Jones (harp, vocals), and Mirain Roberts (piano, vocals, hammer dulcimer). Recording live in the studio - with just a touch of overdubbing - the musicians were able to respond to each other emotionally, to react to the anger and sadness in some of the songs, the band responding to the vocals, and vice versa.

‘Anian’ will be available on digital download, CD and vinyl. The CD version includes an extra disc of vocal re-interpretations: ‘Yn Dy Lais/In Your Voice’. It features writers, actors, poets and singers - Peter Gabriel, Maxine Peake and Rhys Ifans among them - giving their own interpretations of the songs as a way to convey the meaning to a non-Welsh speaking language. Lisa explained what each song was about and the writers were asked to retell the story using the emotion, sentiment, themes, and, sometimes, parts of the original story.

Reg Meuross

Friday, 17 February 2017
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Reg Meuross, Fatea Best Male Vocalist 2013, FolkWords Best Album 2014

If you haven’t already experienced the warmth, humour and depth of Reg’s performances then you are in for a treat. “Reg doesn’t write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you’ll ever hear…” (PennyBlack Music).

Reg is an extraordinary singer songwriter at the top of his game, accompanying himself on guitar and, as The Times says, bringing ‘Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully made and skilfully delivered’.

The Hut People

Friday, 24 February 2017
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£8.50 advance, £10.50 on the door
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have over the last 4 years proved to be one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.

Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!

This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.

With 2017 already looking to be their biggest year to date, don’t miss this fantastic duo!

“a bewildering array of percussion and accordion-fired compositions….truly infectious!” R2


“The festival season is nearly upon us, and with The Hut People gracing many of this years bashes, their infectious ‘World Folk’ will surely be winning them many new fans” SONGLINES


Saturday, 25 February 2017
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“’Two Wolves’ is more than two fine English folk dynasties meeting. This is proper song brainfood.” *****fROOTS

“A more ambiguous trajectory than before, bringing ‘Two Wolves’ into line with the psych-folk lineage of the late 1960s. Most attractive.”

“Perfectly balances traditional & contemporary [folk]…echoes of Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Sandy Denny while Woolgathering Girl is more reminiscent of latter-day Kate Bush.”

Inheriting the legacy of one of British folk's most revered families, it took a long time for Marry to step centre stage. Although she had made her recording debut on her mother Lal and aunt Norma Waterson’s A True Hearted Girl back in 1977 and later under the name The Waterdaughters formed an occasional singing partnership with them and cousin Eliza Carthy, appearing on numerous Watersons and Waterson/ Carthy recordings to boot - it wasn’t until two crucial shows in 2007 that the idea of making music herself really took hold.

That year Marry and brother Oliver Knight appeared with the Waterson family at a special Royal Albert Hall concert entitled A Mighty River of Song, and again later the same year at the BBC Electric Proms concert Once in a Blue Moon: A Tribute to Lal Waterson in which they both played key roles as performers and curators.

So encouraged, in 2011 came the pair’s hugely acclaimed debut The Days That Shaped Me (“the potential to be a lifelong companion. It’s that good.” 5/5 Independent On Sunday). Nominated for a BBC Folk Award, the record - born out circumstance rather than design, and part homage to mother Lal – was full of beautiful, evocative, mysterious songs that included collaborations with Kathryn Williams, James Yorkston and Eliza.

ben glover

Sunday, 26 February 2017
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When an ocean separates the two halves of your whole, it's worthy of contemplation. For Irish-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ben Glover, that consideration comes in the form of his new album, The Emigrant, which folds his two worlds into one.

Co-produced by Glover and Neilson Hubbard, the album features six traditional folk songs and four original compositions (including co-writes with Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier, and Tony Kerr) as Glover addresses the universal theme and personal challenge that is immigration. Though that hot topic lies at the heart of this pseudo-concept album, The Emigrant also concerns itself with how we deal with change, loss, and hope, as well as how we ultimately survive when faced with the trials and tribulations of life.

“Over the past couple of years, I have been going through the process of getting my U.S. Green Card, so the reality of immigration was very present in my world,” Glover says. Not only did he have to slice through web of bureaucratic issues, he also found himself face-to-face with the bigger questions posed by the process. “Contemplations like 'What and where is home?' were never far from my thoughts,” he adds.

To work through it all, Glover turned to music. “Around the same time, my interest in Irish roots music and folk ballads was rekindled. My head and heart were back in that musical world. Having to deal with the issues of immigration while going back to the music I grew up playing is how this record was born. The project is my story — it’s who I am at this time in my life,” he explains.

  • Ticket information

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    The Bristol Folk House
    40A Park Street
    BS1 5JG

    0117 926 2987

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