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Upcoming live music

Kris Drever and Eamonn Coyne

Friday, 19 September 2014
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If you’re a big music fan, you’ve probably already caught Kris Drever as part of
the acclaimed group Lau, perhaps on that trio’s recent TV performances on
Later…With Jools Holland (BBC 2 TV), Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (BBC 1 TV News),
BBC Folk Awards (BBC Red Button TV / iPlayer), or on stage during their
sold‐out London mini‐festival Welcome To Lau‐Land or at a gig on their national UK tour of 2012. You may well also have seen and heard Éamonn Coyne with the equally captivating and critically lauded Treacherous Orchestra (whose album Origins’ came out last year) or with Salsa Celtica.

The Chalk Circle collective

Sunday, 21 September 2014
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£10 concessions £8

The Chalk Circle Collective presents Revolutionary Ballads! New original settings of songs from Bertholt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle by vocal composer Kirsty Martin Combining spine tingling, close harmony a cappella with a foot stomping, riotous orchestra, Revolutionary Ballads breathes new life into Brecht’s classic story of social unrest, loyalty and justice.

The Chalk Circle Collectiveare Helen Chadwick Sally Davies Pauline Down Joanna Foster Kirsty Martin Martina Schwarz and Rowena Whitehead

The Collective will be joined by internationally renowned folk singer FRANKIE ARMSTRONG
& multi-instrumentalist IKEY PRICE, with a specially chosen set of Brecht’s songs, in settings by Kurt Weill and Hans Eisler.


Friday, 3 October 2014
Ticket price: 
£8 advance
"Manchester's ferocious folk foursome"

4Square play their music with zest, fire and virtuosity, yet an understated maturity which has grown throughout their seven year journey as a band.

The sight and sound of simultaneous fiddle and clog dancing and virtuosic mandolin will stir the senses and quicken the pulse, galvanised by an engine-room of driving piano and percussion.

By contrast, the listener is then stirred and softened by 4Square's mellow, melancholic three part-harmony singing.

An outright musical journey, all in an acoustic setting.

Julie Felix

Saturday, 4 October 2014
Ticket price: 
£12 adv £13 on the door
Throughout her remarkable career, Julie has recorded with artists such as Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Paul Simon John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Danny Thompson of Pentangle, and the late superstar drummer Cozy Powell. In 1966, Julie headlined Croydon’s Fairfield Hall, and later became the first British-based folk singer to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. In 1969, and was one of the main artists to appear at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Ewan McLennan / Jim Causley and Lukas Drinkwater

Sunday, 5 October 2014
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Ewan McLennan first emerged onto the UK folk scene with the release of his debut album ‘Rags & Robes’. The recording gained much critical praise, described by Maverick as 'a collection of truly captivating songs', and featured in MOJO’s top ten folk albums of 2010. After an appearance on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and a televised performance for the Celtic Connections Festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, his debut was capped by winning the BBC Folk Award’s Horizon Award in 2011.

Jim Causley Young Devon folk singer Jim Causley became involved with traditional music from an early age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple, East Devon.

Dean Friedman

Saturday, 11 October 2014
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£22.50 / £17.50 concession
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.

The Cuban Guitar - Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas

Friday, 31 October 2014
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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.

"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.

  • Ticket information

    Tickets are available from:

    The Bristol Folk House
    40A Park Street
    BS1 5JG

    0117 926 2987

    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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