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Upcoming live music

Ahmed Dickinson & Maria Camahort

Friday, 31 October 2014
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc booking fee

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A concoction of lively, fresh repertoire combining traditional Cuban and Latin American genres with classical styles and a hint of jazz. Ahmed will be joined by Spanish guitarist Maria Camahort playing some of the coolest and most exhilarating contemporary works by Eduardo Martín and Hector Angúlo.

"You are left with the sensation of being touched to the core by exquisitely played pieces" -

"Dickinson's finger work and rhythmic drive are compelling throughout" -

Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas was born in Havana, Cuba and studied at Superior Institute of Arts, Havana, Guildhall School of Music the Royal College of Music, London.

A sophisticated virtuoso on his instrument, he specialises in a repertoire by Cuban composers, from classical works to the more contemporary "filin" movement.
A strong solo artist, Dickinson Cardenas has appeared at major international festivals and concert venues such as the Havana Guitar Festival, Cuba; Hispanic American Guitar Festival, Tijuana, Mexico; Philharmonic Hall, Belarus; Guitar Festival of Ireland; Amadeo Roldan Theatre Karl Marx Theatre, Havana, Cuba; The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, Queen Elizabeth Hall ; the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Neil Innes

Friday, 7 November 2014
Ticket price: 
£14.50 Advance / £16.50 on the door. inc booking fee
Dubbed the seventh member of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Neil Innes has made people laugh, sing and think since forming The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band with Viv Stanshall in the early 60s, while still at Goldsmiths College in London.

In 1968 the Bonzos worked with Monty Python on the TV series “Do Not Adust Your Set” and  Neil continued to collaborate with them musically, on stage and on film throughout the 70s and 80s.  A talented artist, musician and raconteur Neil wrote over one hundred episodes of the long - running children’s TV series ‘Raggy Dolls’, after writing and performing his own hugely popular TV series ‘The Innes Book of Records’ in 1979 – 1981.

In 1975 he worked with Eric idle to form The Rutles – a hilarious musical parody of the Beatles story – ‘The Legend That Would Last A Lunchtime’. Somehow amongst all this Neil has managed to write a humourous book on economics ‘Gloom Doom and very Funny Money’ and write and present a TV series on the English language called ‘Away With Words’  Since the mid ‘90s and up to the present day, Neil has and is entertaining enthusiastic audiences in America, Japan, New Zealand, Australia and the UK with a mixture of music, comedy, and comment.
He has recently released 3 new CDs and a DVD. “Impossible to label”, as he says himself, “If I could describe what it is I do on stage in a sentence or two,  then there would be no need for me to go on stage and do it”.


Saturday, 8 November 2014
Ticket price: 
£8.50 inc booking fee
The Hot Potato Syncopators

Hilarious Rip-roaring Musical Mayhem!

Straight from the golden era of the roaring twenties, these three phenomenally talented eccentric English gentlemen present a side-splitting musical revue of tip top jazz and classic vaudevillian comedy.

Be astounded and confounded by the heart melting sound of Mr. Dennis Teeth’s musical saw!  Gasp in amazement at the lightning speed of the Duke of Nostalgia’s galloping ukulele!  Thrill to the electrifying rhythms of Maris Piper’s tea chest bass!  Swoon to the charming harmony singing of these dashing daredevils of swing!

A sure fire hit wherever they play the Hot Potato Syncopators combine virtuosic musicianship with mind bendingly silly visual gags, delightful humour and hilarious novelty moments…

Absolutely top-hole entertainment!

The Hut People

Sunday, 9 November 2014
Ticket price: 
£8.50 advance, £10.50 on the door
The Hut People are constantly gaining more of a reputation as one of the most entertaining acts to appear on the folk scene in a long while. In their surprisingly engaging and often hilarious show, they perform a truly unique high-octane blend of folk music from around the world - perfectly formed & embellished with a foot stomping accordion and mind-boggling array of exotic percussion (with some Quebecois foot percussion & dancing thrown in for good measure too!).  A hugely entertaining duo getting unbelievable feedback from audiences, festival organizers and music press alike.

The Old Dance School

Friday, 14 November 2014
Ticket price: 
£12.50 inc booking fee
Duelling fiddles, soaring brass crescendos, and irresistible grooves, The Old Dance School's genre defying live show charts their remarkable journey from ballet school basement jam sessions and cowshed rehearsals, to remote lighthouses, to headline appearances at international festivals.

This November, the septet from Birmingham bring their expansive, cinematic sound to Bristol as part of their autumn tour. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris, expect provocative songs of Gannet hunters, taxidermists and windfarms delivered with an extraordinary virtuosity and vitality that has received plaudits throughout the UK, including Songlines Top Of The World, and The Scotsman's Album of the Year.

An evening of sensational, award-winning a cappella!

Saturday, 15 November 2014
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc booking fee

Original Sing

 “A unique ensemble - full to the brim with the finest and most essential qualities for any creative group” Dominic Peckham, Artistic Director of The Royal Opera House’s ‘RM19’ Youth Chorus

Bristol’s own Original Sing is an extraordinary 12 piece vocal group with an eclectic and life-affirming repertoire. Appealing to all ages, they take their audience on a musical and emotional journey that moves effortlessly from Jacques Brel to Radiohead, from Norwegian-Irish folk fusion to Jason Mraz, and from modern classical choral work to Earth Wind & Fire. Using only the human voice, they will fill your heart, stir your soul, and even move you to tears.

Formed in 2009 from members of the legendary and much-missed Naked Voices, the group has built an enviable reputation on the UK a cappella scene, winning both the Community Champions and Outstanding Soloist awards at the 2013 Voice Festival UK, and the title of Choir of the Day at the Bristol heat of Choir of the Year 2014. Don’t miss your chance to see them on their home territory.

In The Smoke

2012 Winners of the Voice Festival UK Community Competition and 2013 Winners of the Ward Swingle Award for Originality.

Since 2007, award-winning a cappella sensation In the Smoke has been bringing the cream of London’s vocal talent to audiences across the capital and beyond.

Our members have sung with the finest of the UK University a cappella groups; we boast among our ranks choral scholars, opera singers, madrigal enthusiasts and singer-songwriters; and our day jobs range from teachers, doctors, scientists and lawyers to arts and media specialists, engineers and environmental consultants.

We have used our diversity and passion to create something altogether different. In the Smoke can belt out classics as well as any a cappella group, but nowhere else will you find our blend of great songs you know and great songs you don’t. One smokin’ hell of a show. @inthesmokeuk

Love Street (Acoustic set)

Friday, 21 November 2014
Ticket price: 
£8.50 inc booking fee
Blood, sweat, tears, laughter and all that life can throw at you has finally given birth to  LOVE STREET - a five piece, multi-instrumental and vocal band, described as, 'a unique combination of everything from wailing rock guitar to beguiling fiddle and mandolins, resulting in a musical experience that both draws from the past and yet has something new and fresh to say'.

Is it folk, rock, blues or something else - who needs labels? It's get down and boogie, life changing, tear drawing, laughter, creating magic - that grabs hold of you from the first bars and doesn' t let you go.

  • 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.

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


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