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HOT VULTURES + Ninetree Stumblers

Friday, 5 August 2016
Ticket price: 
£9.00 inc admin fee

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Ian Anderson & Maggie Holland Favourite 1970s duo, reuniting Summer 2016 for the first time in 32 years, for one season only!

Southern English duo Hot Vultures – Ian Anderson on guitar, slide guitar and vocals and Maggie Holland on bass guitar, banjo, guitar and vocals – were one of the hardest working and popular outfits on the UK and European folk and college circuits of the 1970s. They mixed up a naturally Anglicised selection of old American roots musics from the 1920s, ’30s and before – early blues, pre-country, old-time music – with UK traditional music, acoustic R&B and a few originals, all played with energy, taste, enthusiasm and a genuine love of the sources.
They worked everywhere from smoky Continental dives to the Copper Family’s monthly Sussex folk nights, from college rock gigs to early Cambridge Folk Festivals, and even had a bit of a following among people from the emerging mid-’70s punk scene as well as adventurous folk fans, possibly because they tended to play things rather fast and (acoustic) loud!
They made three albums in the UK, the first of which was also released by EMI Belgium and the third (Up The Line) in the USA, very unusual for UK folk names in that era. They collaborated on them with guest musicians like Martin Simpson (with whom they also toured as The Scrub Jay Orchestra), Pete & Chris Coe, Al Jones and many more. Eventually the duo expanded into the English Country Blues Band and later the ’80s electric ceilidh band Tiger Moth. Their albums were anthologised on the ‘best of’ CD compilation Vulturama.
Ian Anderson had begun his career in the late ’60s blues boom before releasing three solo LPs as Ian A. Anderson on the now cult ‘psych folk’ label Village Thing; in more recent years – when his day job permits – he has been in the duo The False Beards with Ben Mandelson. Maggie Holland subsequently blossomed as a solo artist and songwriter, whose songs have also been recorded by June Tabor and Martin Carthy (her A Place Called England was a Song Of The Year winner in the BBC Folk Awards) and is also currently playing in The Broonzies with Jez Lowe and others.
In 2016 they are re-uniting for one summer only, for the first time (apart from a few one-off command performances) since 1984.
Vultures live! Hear a radio broadcast from KPFK Santa Monica in 1980 at
Vultures on record! Hear tracks from Vulturama at

Hannah Sanders Ben Savage

Friday, 2 September 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 Advance £12.50 On the door
Huddled around a single microphone, singing intimate duets with just mountain dulcimer, dobro and guitar, Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage (The Willows)  are a folk duo that look and sound classically timeless, yet feel refreshingly unique. Fleetingly, they may evoke a memory of Gram and Emmylou, Shirley and Davey or Gillian and David, but their warm distilling influences from both sides of the big pond produces a refined sound that is decidedly their own.

Asian Arts Agency presents Barmer Boys‏

Sunday, 4 September 2016
Ticket price: 
£8.00 in advance and £10.00 on the door.

Barmer Boys.jpg21st century folk with attitude. Barmer Boys are the next generation of performers carrying forward the centuries-old musical traditions of the Manganiyars, and the global ambassadors of contemporary Rajasthani folk and Sufi music combined with beatboxing. The band's versatility of styles and bubbling energy infuses each performance - from soulful Sufi kalaams to uplifting wedding and celebratory songs, songs of love and remembrance, to boisterous jams.

The group made their international debut in 2014 with shows at Roskilde Festival ’14, Borneo World Music Expo ’14, a US debut with a coast-to-coast tour in April ’14, and have been wooing audiences on television screens, cinema halls and festivals in India including MTV CokeStudio Season 3, NH7 Weekender ‘14, IIT Mood Indigo ’14 and Jaipur Literature Festival ’15

O’Hooley & Tidow ‘Shadows’

Friday, 9 September 2016
Ticket price: 
£12.50 advance, £14.50 on the door
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as ‘one of British folk’s mightiest combinations’ (Mojo). Their forthcoming new album Shadows (released Summer ’16) is the follow up to groundbreaking album The Hum, which earned them a place in Mojo’s Top 10 Folk Albums of 2014 and a nomination for ‘Best Duo’ in last year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and soulful performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm the hardest of heart.

* * * * * The Guardian

‘Formidably brilliant.’ Independent

‘Brave, beautiful and full of love.’ Martin Simpson

‘In the leading ranks of the new wave of folk music aristocracy.’

Tom Robinson, 6 Music

Ceilidh with The Molecatchers

Saturday, 24 September 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 Advance £12.50 On th door inc admin charge

Bristol Ceilidh are proud to bring another high energy ceilidh band to the Folk House! This time, The Molecatchers

Julia Turner album pre-release gig

Friday, 30 September 2016
Ticket price: 
Tickets £8 advance/£10 on the door (including booking fee)

Due for release in autumn 2016, Fifteen Times the Moon is a collection of original songs that explore the weather patterns of life, our fears, hopes and relationships with both ourselves and each other. The album title was inspired by the incredible true story of a Mexican fisherman, who one quiet afternoon set out on a fishing trip but was then caught up in a huge storm. He was not heard of again for fifteen months, at which point, after all hope was lost, he was discovered on a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean.

A number of Julia’s well-played songs such as Stormy Skies and Fear of Music  feature on the album as well as lots of new material including two tracks co-written with Swedish songwriter Sunniva Brynnel. Julia’s passionate and fluent vocals paint her lyrics with intricate and engaging melodies supported deftly by finger picking guitar. With accomplished double bass player Pasquale Votino, violinist Annalise Lam playing both virtuosic solos and sympathetic backing lines and Roberto Nappi holding it down with drums that can both sing and groove Julia’s quartet is simultaneously tight and engaging.

This is a night not to be missed with the debut of their new material, pre-release albums for sale and a special guest or two for good measure. Come and help them celebrate their latest creation.

Julia is a jazz musician and poet at heart and this comes through in her music. She says ‘The songs on this album are very story based and I wanted to expose our vulnerability as musicians and people in the recordings because that’s what makes music really come alive’.

Martin Carthy and Jim Causley

Saturday, 1 October 2016
Ticket price: 
£16.50 Advance / £18.50 On the door inc admin fee

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For more than 40 years Martin Carthy has been one of folk music's greatest innovators, one of its best loved, most enthusiastic and, at times, most quietly controversial of figures. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from within the folk scene, but also far beyond it.  Trailblazing musical partnerships with, amongst others, Steeleye Span, Dave Swarbrick and his award-winning wife (Norma Waterson) and daughter Eliza Carthy have resulted in more than 40 albums, but Martin has only recorded 10 solo albums, of which the much anticipated Waiting for Angels (Topic TSCD527) is the latest.

Jim Causley Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is a singer/musician who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Westcountry.
As one third of The Devil's Interval he toured with Waterson:Carthy for seven consecutive years as part of their annual Frost & Fire Christmas show and joined them in the studio for on their last album ‘Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man’ (Topic).
Causley has recorded with several respected artists including Show of Hands, John McCusker and David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame. In recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby

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