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Ange Hardy & The Bare Foot Band.

Saturday, 5 December 2015
Ticket price: 
£12.50 Adv £15.50 on the door. Inc admin fee

“She performs with a warmth that is both disarming and inspirational. Her songs of life and the countryside feel traditional, and she augments voice and guitar with very effective use of a loop pedal to add harmonies or extra instruments. It is a great feat of perfect timing.”- R2 Magazine, January 2015

Ange Hardy, Lukas Drinkwater (bass/vocals), Archie Churchill-Moss (melodeon) and Jo May (percussion).

Nominated for the Horizon Award for best emerging talent at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Ange Hardy is a folk singer, songwriter and recording artist from West Somerset, England. Ange performs original contemporary songs written in a traditional style with an emphasis on vocal harmony.

Shortly after winning FATEA Female Vocalist of the Year award in January 2014 she was referred to by veteran folk broadcaster Mike Harding as “one of the bright stars of the new wave of folk singers” and since then Ange Hardy has established an enviable reputation as one of the fastest emerging folk acts in the UK. She released her third studio album ‘The Lament of The Black Sheep’ to a packed theatre audience in September 2014.

 “She perfectly balances the strengths of traditional folk music with fresh writing. There is not a weak track amongst the 14 on this album” - The Telegraph

"I cannot find fault with her songs at all, they had me gripped to my seat, hanging on to every word."
- Maverick Magazine

the changing room

Sunday, 6 December 2015
Ticket price: 
£8.50 advance / £10.50 door inc admin charge

“Beguiling. Behind the Lace will ensnare folk fans.★★★★ ” The Telegraph
“It feels like a little musical magic happened.★★★★ ”  R2 Magazine
“A brilliantly recognised slice of modern folk music. A small gem of an album.
Highly recommended.★★★★ ”
Bright Young Folk

THE CHANGE ROOM ‘Behind the Lace’ Tour


A rare opportunity to catch up with The Changing Room on tour. The phenomenally busy Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain will be joined on stage by Jamie Francis (Stark), Evan Carson (The Willows) and harpist Morrigan Palmer-Brown for a two week sweep of the UK this winter.
The Changing Room are planning a winter tour to promote their extraordinary debut album
which hit The Telegraphlist of ‘Best Folk Albums of 2015’ upon release,  with a ★★★★ review from Martin Chilton.

“A bit like a Mr Benn adventure ... The Changing Room is where the magic happens.” UK Folk Radio

Rootsy, Celtic-infused, original folk. Heavily influenced by the industrial heritage of Cornwall, the Looe-based band are ambassadors for collaboration and social singing. Their songs feature rousing choruses and catchy hooks that will keep you swaying and humming all week. Accordion, guitar, bodhran,harp and banjo plus award winning vocals deliver a winning combination, and unique sound. In the short time that they’ve been r
ecording together The Changing Room have built up a significant catalogue of music, and clocked-up some impressive airtime on BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 3

“It feels like something you know from way back.” Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

Supporters of The Changing Room include Mark Radcliffe, Mike Harding,Hardeep Singh Kohli, Clare Balding and Mary Ann Kennedy and the band are regulars on BBC regional folk shows such as Frank Hennessy’s BBC Radio Wales programme Celtic Heartbeat and Colum Sands’ Folk Club show on BBC Radio Ulster. We’re hoping to see them in the nominations for BBC Folk Awards 2016. 

“I’m mightily impressed.” Mike Harding

“Swiftly seizes and grips your attention.” FolkWords
“Traditional story telling at its best.” FATEA Magazine

Said the Maiden

Saturday, 19 December 2015
Ticket price: 
£9.50 Advance £11.50 Door inc dmin fee
7:30 pm
Recent winners of Bristol Folk Festival's Isambard Folk Award 2015, Said The Maiden announce this performance at Bristol Folk House - their first-ever major headline show, closely follow their recently announced date at The Great British Folk Festival!

This all-female trio comprise Jess Distill (vocals, flute, whistles, ukulele), Hannah Elizabeth (vocals, violin, accordion, mandolin) and Kathy Pilkinton (vocals, guitar, clarinet). They sing traditional and contemporary English, Irish and American folk songs, creating their own arrangements - often in acapella three-part harmony.

Having honed their craft at their local folk club back in Hertfordshire, word of their beautifully delicate yet highly resonant compositions quickly spread, giving way to support slots for Fisherman's Friends, Jim Moray, Megson, Martin Carthy, Hannah James & Sam Sweeney, Clannad and, most recently of course, The Full English.

Their 2014 debut album 'A Curious Tale' received glowing reviews from the likes of R2 magazine, Fatea, and Bright Young Folk, and 2015 now sees them starting to cement themselves as some of the best of the UK's emerging contemporary folk artists.

Bristol Winter Ceilidh with The Brewery Band

Friday, 29 January 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 Adv £12.50 On the door

Get warmed up in the dead of winter at the Bristol Winter Ceilidh with The Brewery Band.

The Brewery Band has a wealth of experience playing mainly English dance music – bouncy, d

riving and lively – and is equally happy playing both for ceilidhs/barn dances and country dance clubs.

The line-up

Dave Byett – melodeons – has played for nearly every kind of traditional English dance, and was musical director for NYFTE (National Youth Folklore Troupe of England) for several years;
Nigel Hall – mandolin, cittern, guitar – also plays with Pendragon, Rapscallion and Old Fox Band;
Helen Brock – fiddle – studied violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama;
Andy Brewer – bass – ex. Dr Bowser’s Brown Bowel Oil Band and Brewer’s Troupe;
Glyn Owen – drums and all things percussive.

KETTLE OF FISH with special guests

Saturday, 30 January 2016
Ticket price: 
£8.50 in advance, £10.50 on the door, £6.50 for 13-16 year olds inc admin fee
Bristol’s most entertaining flowery-shirted quintet returns to the Folk House this January for an evening of quirky, mellifluous and humorous a cappella singing.  Featuring songs old and new, big and small, funny and sad, magnificent and peculiar - this new year gig also includes some very special guest singers.
Dee Jarlett, Ali Orbaum, Julia Turner and Laura Pearson join David Yapp and Adam Barber (musical arrangers), Neil Bett, John Drowley and Jorge Sved for a repertoire that ranges from the well-known and well-loved, to comical and undiscovered gems.  You're unlikely to find the work of Peggy Lee, Michael Jackson, Paolo Conte, Marvin Gaye, They Might Be Giants and Daft Punk on any stage together except at a Kettle Of Fish gig.
Dee and Ali were responsible for setting up the Gasworks Choir, Bristols longest running and most highly respected community choirs and were both members of Sweet Soul Sisters and Naked Voices.  Julia now runs Gasworks with Ali and writes and performs her own songs as a solo artist and as part of the Eko Trio. Laura is a member of Gasworks Choir and also performs as a solo artist.
At times strangely beautiful, at other times beautifully strange and often just silly, this is a night of a cappella wonders from the witty and the moving to the sublime and most definitely the ridiculous.

Charlie Dore with Julian Littman

Saturday, 6 February 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 adv £12.50 on the door inc Admin charge


Charlie Dore met Julian Littman when she was 16 years old. The pair were training to be actors, but music was never far from the agenda and they started playing in folk clubs and pubs whenever they could. Several decades later, it’s easy to see why Charlie calls Julian her honorary brother as the vibe onstage has a natural, sparky, off-the-cuff energy to it.

With eight albums’ worth of songs to mine, no two nights are the same and the array of instruments  - guitars, piano, mandolin, harmonium, autoharp & ukulele is constantly swapped as they dip into last year’s Milk Roulette album, followed perhaps by a couple from 2011’s award-winning Cheapskate Lullabyes, their version of Charlie’s first ever single, Fear of Flying (covered by George Harrison) and maybe even a new take on Pilot of the Airwaves - still a Radio 2 favourite.

Charlie Dore’s own music is hard to label, but eclectic, contemporary folk is the nearest-accurate description - and Julian Littman, fresh from touring with his ‘other’ band, Steeleye Span, is always up for an improvised solo or two. Charlie is a multi-award-winning writer and although she has written for the great and the good, her live show reveals that actually she keeps the best songs for herself.     

‘A gift for melody, brave, poignant, entertaining, original‘ Guardian ★★★★
‘Beatific of voice, fragrant of melody and lyrically fearless’ MOJO ★★★★
‘Still stretching boundries’ - Telegraph/Featured in  Telegraph’s Best Albums of 2014  ★★★★
‘Charlie Dore has made the album of her life’ - Ricky Ross. Deacon Blue/BBC Radio Scotland

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The Hot Potato Syncopators

Saturday, 20 February 2016
Ticket price: 
£8.50 inc admin fee

The local legends are back!

Straight from the golden era of the roaring twenties, these three phenomenally talented eccentric English gentlemen present a side splitting musical revue of tip top jazz and classic vaudevillian comedy.

Be astounded and confounded by the heart melting sound of Mr. Dennis Teeth’s musical saw!  Gasp in amazement at the lightning speed of the Duke of Nostalgia’s galloping ukulele!  Thrill to the electrifying rhythms of Maris Piper’s tea chest bass!  Swoon to the charming harmony singing of these dashing daredevils of swing!

This impeccably dressed and quintessentially English comedy band have been causing astonishment and hilarity in equal measure since 2004 and are a sure-fire hit wherever they play.  The Hot Potato Syncopators combine virtuosic musicianship with mind bendingly silly visual gags, delightful humour and hilarious novelty moments…

"Musical mayhem at its finest!"

"ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT!... Wowed the audience from start to finish!"

"I have been trying, and failing, to describe just how funny these chaps are."

"...had the audience roaring..."

"...a finale to blow your socks off!"

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