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Brookes Williams and Keith Warmington

Friday, 1 July 2016

Many appologies fridays gig has had to be canceled.

Beth Porter & The Bookshop Band + Very Special Guests: Threepenny Bit

Sunday, 3 July 2016
Ticket price: 
£12.50 Advance £14.50 on the door
The Bookshop Band are Beth Porter and Ben Please. Highly regarded wherever they tread, they write songs inspired by books and play them (mostly!) in bookshops.

This performance, though, is special: it marks the release of one of their as-yet-untitled 9 albums that are set for unveiling this year. Their plan is to release one per month from April onwards, drip feeding the musical world with the mesmerising material they have amassed and fine-tuned since 2010, most of which was written for their author events at the wonderful Mr.B's Emporium Of Reading Delights in Bath.

However, another twist in this gig's tale is that attendees will have access to all 9 albums at once. Therein lies a courtesy Beth and Ben felt more than happy to extend to their loyal fans!

Beth Porter is of course one of the UK's foremost cellists, having recorded with a huge array of artists - including The Proclaimers, Peter Gabriel, The Heavy, Royal Blood, Kula Shaker, and Newton Faulkner.

When not working in The Bookshop Band, Ben Please writes music primarily for film alongside his animator brother Mikey. In 2010, they won a BAFTA together for Best Animation for The Eagle-man Stag!

Joining them for this album launch will be very special guests Threepenny Bit, who will by then be fresh from their performance at Bristol Folk Festival 2016. This Hampshire-based collective have built themselves a sterling reputation since their emergence in 2011. Their diverse influences and instrumental composition enable them to explore traditional music without restraint - using saxophone, clarinet, drums, flute, violin, guitar, and bass guitar to create an unparalleled wall of sound. Their highly energetic, dynamic approach has seen them earn endless praise nationwide. Be prepared for an 'all-out musical bombardment'!


Friday, 5 August 2016
Ticket price: 
£9.00 inc admin fee

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Ian Anderson & Maggie Holland Favourite 1970s duo, reuniting Summer 2016 for the first time in 32 years, for one season only!

Southern English duo Hot Vultures – Ian Anderson on guitar, slide guitar and vocals and Maggie Holland on bass guitar, banjo, guitar and vocals – were one of the hardest working and popular outfits on the UK and European folk and college circuits of the 1970s. They mixed up a naturally Anglicised selection of old American roots musics from the 1920s, ’30s and before – early blues, pre-country, old-time music – with UK traditional music, acoustic R&B and a few originals, all played with energy, taste, enthusiasm and a genuine love of the sources.
They worked everywhere from smoky Continental dives to the Copper Family’s monthly Sussex folk nights, from college rock gigs to early Cambridge Folk Festivals, and even had a bit of a following among people from the emerging mid-’70s punk scene as well as adventurous folk fans, possibly because they tended to play things rather fast and (acoustic) loud!
They made three albums in the UK, the first of which was also released by EMI Belgium and the third (Up The Line) in the USA, very unusual for UK folk names in that era. They collaborated on them with guest musicians like Martin Simpson (with whom they also toured as The Scrub Jay Orchestra), Pete & Chris Coe, Al Jones and many more. Eventually the duo expanded into the English Country Blues Band and later the ’80s electric ceilidh band Tiger Moth. Their albums were anthologised on the ‘best of’ CD compilation Vulturama.
Ian Anderson had begun his career in the late ’60s blues boom before releasing three solo LPs as Ian A. Anderson on the now cult ‘psych folk’ label Village Thing; in more recent years – when his day job permits – he has been in the duo The False Beards with Ben Mandelson. Maggie Holland subsequently blossomed as a solo artist and songwriter, whose songs have also been recorded by June Tabor and Martin Carthy (her A Place Called England was a Song Of The Year winner in the BBC Folk Awards) and is also currently playing in The Broonzies with Jez Lowe and others.
In 2016 they are re-uniting for one summer only, for the first time (apart from a few one-off command performances) since 1984.
Vultures live! Hear a radio broadcast from KPFK Santa Monica in 1980 at
Vultures on record! Hear tracks from Vulturama at

Hannah Sanders Ben Savage

Friday, 2 September 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 Advance £12.50 On the door
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.

O’Hooley & Tidow ‘Shadows’

Friday, 9 September 2016
Ticket price: 
£12.50 advance, £14.50 on the door
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

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

Martin Carthy and Jim Causley

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

Jim site

Martin site

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

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