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Upcoming live music

Daisy Chapman

Friday, 7 August 2015
Ticket price: 
£8.50 inc admin fee
Shameless Summer - In honour of all things 'August', Daisy Chapman - known best for her 2013 wintry album 'Shameless Winter', has hung up her scarf and hat to present an evening of 'slightly happier music'. In stark contrast to her dark tales of melancholia this musical U turn will be performed with Daisy's tongue firmly in her cheek. Expect the same beautiful melodic piano, sublime vocals and sweeping violin and cello (Daisy will perform as a quartet), however this time her self-penned tales of woe will stand side by side with some out of character cover tunes, giving a nod to the warmer seasons, using her own stark and unique arrangement. Daisy tours frequently throughout Europe, both as a member of the 'International Songbirds Collective' and UK post-rock supergroup Crippled Black Phoenix. She is best known for her cover of Rihanna's 'Umbrella' which won an Independent Music Award in 2011, gaining her recognition in the USA.
Special guest opening act (undisclosed).

Kiran Ahluwalia

Sunday, 6 September 2015
Ticket price: 
£10.50 advance / £12.50 door.both inc admin fee

"She has a voice destined to enchant more than one generation". fRoots

"A powerful woman who has a depth of character in her wonderfully pliable, expressive voice".
The Observer UK

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Asian Arts Agency is delighted to present Kiran Ahluwalia on her UK tour, performing at the Folk House in Bristol.

Kiran Ahluwalia is a multi-award winning Indo-Canadian singer whose music centres on love in all its shades: yearning romantic love, burning passionate love, and profound spiritual love - all rooted in Sufi mysticism. Her new album, Sanata : Stillness is a tribute to the many shades that make up this talented artist: contemplative and rollicking, traditional and innovative, a hybrid of Indian and Pakistani grooves, Saharan blues and jazz.

Having spent over a decade studying with India's classical guru Padma Talwalkar and ghazal guru Vithal Rao, Kiran sings in Hindi, Urdu, and Punjabi and has a wide scope of musical influences. She says, "For me, it's important to blur the musical boundaries between my Indian background, influences from Western sounds, and the things I love from the Sahara."

This intimate show at the Folk House will highlight Kiran's extraordinary voice and ability to connect with all audiences.


Saturday, 12 September 2015
Ticket price: 
£14 .50 Adv £16.50 On door both inc admin fee
An evening with two stalwarts of the British R&B scene, two great voices, two great reputations. A wonderful evening of acoustic blues, soul and good times, with a little humour on the side.

Scotland’s Queen of Soul and founder member of Stone the Crows, Maggie went on to enjoy an incredibly successful solo career on both sides of the Atlantic. Now back on the road, she was a resounding hit at the Led Zeppelin reunion concert.

We loved Dave Kelly’s performance at Calstock Arts with Paul Jones back in January. Having learned his trade in the backing bands of, and recording with Son House, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, as well as a founder member of The Blues Band, Dave is still wowing audiences after nearly 30 years.

Roving Crows

Friday, 18 September 2015
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc admin fee

Described by BBC’s Andy Hare as “the next big thing on the folk scene”, this powerful, unique 5-piece have played alongside Kate Rusby, Steeleye Span, Levellers, and Bellowhead. Setting both their live and recorded material at the very highest level, they have been the recipients of many coveted awards. After a sensational performance at Bristol Folk Festival 2015, Roving Crows bring their beautifully crafted, upbeat traditional music back to Bristol Folk House this autumn. An absolute must-see.

Autumn Ceilidh with The Molecatchers & Caller Jethro

Saturday, 19 September 2015
Ticket price: 
£10.50 Inc
The Mole Catchers The Molecatchers are a lively 4-piece ceilidh band from Bristol with a line-up of fiddle, accordion, guitars, stomp box and mandolin.  For 6 years they have been supplying the south west with a heady mix of English and European dance music with swirling harmonies and a driving beat.  Some people come expecting to just sit and listen, but everyone ends up dancing.

Lucy Ward

Sunday, 27 September 2015
Ticket price: 
£12.50 Inc admin fee
BBC award winner Lucy Ward with her full band performing songs from her brand new album,  ‘I Dreamt I Was A Bird’, plus everything else you expect from this favourite of the UK folk and acoustic music scene.

Singer songwriter Lucy Ward is a consummate performer who delights audiences with her beautiful voice, the depth and originality of her song writing  and her witty and warm stage persona. To celebrate the release of  'I Dreamt I Was A Bird' Lucy will be accompanied by a band of stellar musicians; giving her stunning and insightful songs the full sonic treatment. You can expect outstanding musicianship, passion and warmth from this brilliant artist and her band.

After winning the BBC Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award (Best Newcomer) in 2012, Lucy’s career has gone from strength to strength, establishing her as one of the hottest performers on the UK acoustic scene. She's played festivals and venues all over the UK, Germany and Holland as well as dates in Canada and Spain. She has played not one, but two, main stages at Glastonbury Festival and has written for film and theatre. Her elevation to the very top of the folk ladder was acknowledged with a nomination for the BBC Folk Singer of the Year Award in February 2014. Lucy is the youngest artist ever to be nominated for this award.

Dean Friedman

Friday, 2 October 2015
Ticket price: 
£25.50 inc booking fee
Dean Friedman first marked his entry into pop consciousness with the Top 20 chart success of his infectious hit single, Ariel, a quirkily irresistible and uncategorizable pop song about a free spirited, pot-smoking, vegetarian Jewish girl in a peasant blouse who lived, as the lyric goes, "...way on the other side of the Hudson".

Friedman scored again with the release of his follow up album, “Well, Well,” Said the Rocking Chair’, and the now classic hit single, Lucky Stars. This magical duet, performed with singer, Denise Marsa, zoomed to the top of the UK singles charts, going instantly gold. Lucky Stars paved the way for a slew of Friedman hits, including familiar radio staples such as Lydia, Rocking Chair, McDonald’s Girl and Woman of Mine.

Friedman’s consummate songwriting and performing, have earned him a loyal international following, devoted to the sophisticated, funny and profound work of a master songsmith.

“Stunning Musicianship” - Hot Press, "Songsmith Extraordinaire!" - Music Week , "An Amazing Talent" - The Sun, "An American Classic" - Tribune, “The Soundtrack of Our Lives” NY Times, are just of few of the superlatives used to describe Friedman's powerfully unique and original talent.

  • 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

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