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Upcoming live music

Sam Kelly and Jamie Francis + Special Guests Said the Maiden

Friday, 16 December 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 Advance £12.50 On the door

"Sam has such a beautiful voice and sings with so much soul. I've seen him perform live a few times and he's amazing" Cara Dillon

"One of the most interesting voices on the folk scene...He has a fine and powerful voice but with subtle delicacy too...I think this guy is absolutely brilliant" Mike Harding

"Really fabulous stuff" Mark Radcliffe

"A captivating performer, Sam Kelly has one of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music. Seriously...Check him out!" Sean Lakeman Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning Cornwall-based singer, song-writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. As a young child Sam spent many a night enraptured, listening to his Irish grandfather tell folk tales, sing folk songs, and play folk tunes on his melodeon. Having caught the bug, Sam has dedicated his life to rediscovering and renewing the sounds of his gaelic heritage, and creating exciting new music that transcends the boundaries of traditional and popular music.

Bristol Ceilidh presents Christmas ceilidh

Saturday, 17 December 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc admin fee
Bristol Ceilidh are proud to present a Chrismas Ceilidh with the Mole Catchers

Paul Jones and Dave Kelly acoustic duo

Friday, 13 January 2017
Ticket price: 
£20.50 Advance £22.50 On the door

P&D.jpgThe reviews say it all:"A spell-binding evening of intense country blues, passionately performed".
"These guys transport you to another time, another place - they sure know where their hearts lie"

These long standing co-vocalists with The Blues Band get a big buzz out of taking things down a level, simplifying the music a little, and plying their trade as a duo, thus imbuing their very own personal and individual approaches to a dynamic,  rootsy and exhilarating set of Country Blues. Venues large and small have been hushed and then enraptured by the sense of ‘old times’ in the Mississippi Delta.

Balfolk with Duo Tanghe Coudroy (Dance event)

Saturday, 14 January 2017
Ticket price: 
£10.50 Advance £12.50 On the door inc admin fee
One guitar. One accordion. Two night owls who'll quickly draw you up on to the dancefloor. Martin Coudroy and Aurélien Tanghe are beautiful musicians from France who play with oodles of energy, finesse and a deep connection to the dancers in front of them. We're incredibly excited to welcome them to Bristol and hope you'll join us - come and dance off any January blues!

Balfolk basics workshop 7.30pm
Bal: 8.30pm

Dempsey Broughton

Friday, 20 January 2017
Ticket price: 
£10.50 advance £12.50 Inc admin fee
Since forming in 1999 this incredible duo have recorded three albums and toured extensively in over 20 countries round the world. Combining emotive songs, unrivalled instrumental capability and a spectacular high energy show, they never fail to create a spellbinding atmosphere.

The list of musicians they have played with is impressive...

Whippersnapper, Mary Black, Joss Stone, Dando Shaft, The Urban Folk Quartet, Fairport Convention, The Albion Band, Dave Swarbrick, Percy Sledge, Bellowhead....

but it can't prepare you for this unique partnership.

To pigeon hole their style of music would be to do them a disservice. They draw on Folk music from all corners of the world but their experience in Jazz, Soul, Classical, Pop and Rock music takes the result into original and uncharted territory.

What you'll notice at their concerts is not only the originality of what this acoustic duo plays, but also the simple fact that they do it so well. Kevin has a fantastic voice and is widely regarded as one of Europe's greatest acoustic guitar players, whilst Joe is simply unmatched in the world of fiddle pyrotechnics.

To top it all, the Dempsey Broughton show is playful and entertaining, you almost have to pinch yourself and remember to take it all in as they swoop from beautiful song to mind blowing tune via a stream of hilarious banter. Two hours with Kevin Dempsey and Joe Broughton can seem like 10 minutes.

“Superb musicianship, brilliant conception and execution…all you people who think you can jazz-up folk music - hear this and weep!”
Flos Headford

Kettle Of Fish

Saturday, 21 January 2017
Ticket price: 
£10.50, £8.50 in advance, £6.50 for 13-16 year olds All inc admin fee
Doors 7:30 pm Show starts 20:15

The Fish return for an evening of quirky and melodious a cappella singing.


Bristol’s own a cappella combo, Kettle Of Fish, are back!  Following their spectacular performance last January, they’ve been busy working on brand new material.  They will be joined on stage by all-new special guest star singers.

Kettle of Fish were born from David Yapp’s desire to arrange and sing the more unusual songs of the popular idiom.  He enlisted his singing friends Adam Barber (co arranger), Neil Bett, John Drowley, Jorge Sved, and more recently, newest member, Tom Allen.  Having added many new arrangements during their musical evolution, their repertoire now ranges from the well-known and well-loved to the comical and the undiscovered gems, the witty and the moving, the sublime and most definitely the ridiculous.  Tom Waits, John Grant, Sister Sledge, Prince, They Might Be Giants, Dean Martin and other lesser known artists form the strangest line-up that would ever be seen at Glastonbury but will quite probably all make appearances at a Kettle Of Fish gig.
At times strangely beautiful, at other times beautifully strange and often just silly, this is a night of a cappella wonders.

Last years gig sold out so book early to avoid disappointment!

“One word - Brilliant !”
“A really great evening of beauty, comedy and originality all in good measure! Loved it”


Sunday, 5 February 2017
Ticket price: 
£12.50 Advanced £14.50 on the door inc admin fee
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. 

  • 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

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