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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. 

Bristol Ceilidh presents the Brewery band

Saturday, 11 February 2017
Ticket price: 
£10.50 Adv £12.50 on the door


Sunday, 12 February 2017
Ticket price: 
£10.50 advance £12.50 on the door Inc admin fee
Following the huge acclaim of their 2014 award-winning album ‘Tincian’ – which saw them win ‘Best Album’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (the first Welsh act to win an award in the competition’s 15-year history – 9Bach will release their new album ‘Anian’ on April 29th.

Like its predecessor, ‘Anian’ begins in North Wales but broadens out through Greek and Near Eastern influences into an emotional tour de force. While ‘Tincian’ commemorated stories from the past, ‘Anian’ explores more contemporary themes. Angry, sad, but most of all passionate at the state of the world, ‘Anian’ taps into a universal language. The trademark ethereal Welsh language vocals shimmer alongside swamp guitar, harp, brooding dub beats and a pounding rhythm section. The eleven songs move from the gently rolling rhythms of ‘Llyn Du’ to the piano settings of ‘Ifan’ and ‘Deryn’, the layered voices of ‘Brain’ and ‘Si Hwi Hwi’ to the full band Near Eastern climax of ‘Cyfaddefa’.

‘Anian’ was recorded in Real World Studios by Lisa Jên (vocals, piano), Martin Hoyland  (guitars, hammer dulcimer), Ali Byworth (drums & percussion), Dan Swain (electric bass guitar & double bass), Esyllt Glyn Jones (harp, vocals), and Mirain Roberts (piano, vocals, hammer dulcimer). Recording live in the studio - with just a touch of overdubbing - the musicians were able to respond to each other emotionally, to react to the anger and sadness in some of the songs, the band responding to the vocals, and vice versa.

‘Anian’ will be available on digital download, CD and vinyl. The CD version includes an extra disc of vocal re-interpretations: ‘Yn Dy Lais/In Your Voice’. It features writers, actors, poets and singers - Peter Gabriel, Maxine Peake and Rhys Ifans among them - giving their own interpretations of the songs as a way to convey the meaning to a non-Welsh speaking language. Lisa explained what each song was about and the writers were asked to retell the story using the emotion, sentiment, themes, and, sometimes, parts of the original story.

Reg Meuross

Friday, 17 February 2017
Ticket price: 
£10.50 advance £12.50 on the door Inc admin fee
December album cover hi res (pls credit Peter James Millson)(1).jpg

Tickets available here

Reg Meuross, Fatea Best Male Vocalist 2013, FolkWords Best Album 2014

If you haven’t already experienced the warmth, humour and depth of Reg’s performances then you are in for a treat. “Reg doesn’t write lines of lyrics. He writes short stories then sets them to some of the most captivating melodies you’ll ever hear…” (PennyBlack Music).

Reg is an extraordinary singer songwriter at the top of his game, accompanying himself on guitar and, as The Times says, bringing ‘Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully made and skilfully delivered’.

The Hut People

Friday, 24 February 2017
Ticket price: 
£8.50 advance, £10.50 on the door
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have over the last 4 years proved to be one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.

Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!

This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.

With 2017 already looking to be their biggest year to date, don’t miss this fantastic duo!

“a bewildering array of percussion and accordion-fired compositions….truly infectious!” R2


“The festival season is nearly upon us, and with The Hut People gracing many of this years bashes, their infectious ‘World Folk’ will surely be winning them many new fans” SONGLINES

  • 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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