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Upcoming live music

O'Hooley & Tidow + Lady Maisery + Grace Petrie

Friday, 6 March 2015
Ticket price: 
£14.50 inc booking fee
Three of the British folk scene’s finest, most formidable and forthright female acts take to the stage to celebrate International Women’s Day. The exquisitely harmonic songwriting duo and BBC 6 Music favourites O’Hooley & Tidow will be joined by the enchanting BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Finalists Lady Maisery and the irrepressible Leicester songwriter, activist and performer Grace Petrie. A rare opportunity to experience these thought provoking, heartfelt, entertaining and enthralling women in one, unrepeatable performance.

O’Hooley & Tidow: ’Defiant, robust, political, northern, poetical folk music for the times we live in.’ Independent

Lady Maisery are women with ideas, purpose and urgency. They [create] powerful, enthralling work.’ Songlines

Grace Petrie: ‘A powerful new songwriting voice.’ Guardian

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival Workshops

Saturday, 7 March 2015
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Funk legend Pee Wee Ellis presents this interactive workshop open to instrumentalists and singers of all ages and abilities. Participants will create their own versions of one of Pee Wee’s classic songs, concluding with each group performing their piece. An unmissable opportunity to learn from and play with an international funk and jazz legend.

SATURDAY 7 MARCH | 10:00  | £20



Multi-instrumentalist Tcha Limberger, “The polymath king of Gypsy music” (The Times), will demonstrate the unique method of music making among Europe’s Gypsy population and how they’ve absorbed the jazz tradition into their music. Tcha will talk, sing and play using violin, guitar and anything else he can lay his hands on!

SATURDAY 7 MARCH | 14:45  | £20



Star of TV show ‘The Voice’, Celestine Walcott-Gordon presents a workshop for choirs. Accompanied by pianist Anders Olinder, participants will learn correct warm-up techniques, group harmony and interplay, phrasing, dynamics and many other secrets from one of the UK’s most celebrated vocalists.

SATURDAY 7 MARCH | 16:30 | £20

Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival Workshops

Sunday, 8 March 2015
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A workshop with Andy Sheppard exploring his forthcoming book on how to master the saxophone – a concise method giving step by step information on developing your sound, understanding chord/scale relationships and improving your knowledge. Bring your horn!




Dom Pipkin is the regular keyboard player for Paloma Faith and tours with his own group the Iko’s. Specialising in the New Orleans piano tradition of Professor Longhair, James Booker and Dr John; Dom will demonstrate the unique left and right hand approaches of the Crescent City keyboard masters.

SUNDAY 8 MARCH | 13:30 | £20



Matt will discuss his philosophy and approach to blues guitar, and the secrets behind his amazing tone and technique. Topics covered include: tone, tone production and technique; synthesising your influences; extended chord voicings and blues harmony; rhythm, groove and timing; fitting your solos to the song; where “the blues” is found in your playing.

SUNDAY 8 MARCH | 15:00 £20




Evan will discuss and demonstrate his own philosophy and approach to drumming and the art of drumming. He will share some tips and insight into his amazing style and technique. Topics covered will include influences, groove, the approach to rhythm, and timing and all in-between.

SUNDAY 8 MARCH | 16:00 | £20

Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker

Friday, 13 March 2015
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc booking fee

Double BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments.
Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne's jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart. Ben's musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage.
They met in July 2009 and together they have resolutely forged their own path through traditional music.
The live performance is a thing of delight - enchanted reviewers have spoken of shimmering cathedrals of sound - and its purity will stay with you long after the last note fades
Critical recognition soon followed, along with the Isambard Folk Award, and the FATEA Award for Best Album and Female Vocalist of the Year, and the Spiral Award for Best Duo.
In 2013 their debut release on Navigator Records - Fire and Fortune - reached No.1 on the Amazon folk chart within three months, garnered rave reviews and a constellation of stars across the board, and brought them coveted BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominations for Best Newcomers and Best Duo in 2014.
Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker's next album Nothing Can Bring Back the Hour is one of the most anticipated releases of the year.

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Friday, 27 March 2015
Ticket price: 
£13 inc booking fee

K+S thumb.jpgTwin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (Vocals / Piano / Woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. Now the Dartmoor based couple return to the fray with a new album, 'Hidden People', to bring their own mix of traditional, self-penned songs and covers back to the stage.

Two of the British folk scene’s most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat.

With a story that includes music making with the likes of Seth Lakeman, Cara Dillon, Levellers, Kate Rusby and Show of Hands, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman have established themselves as pillars of modern British folk.

Andy Cutting (with Tony McManus)

Saturday, 28 March 2015
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc admin fee

Nominated Musician of the Year 2012

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Musician of the Year 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician's musician (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Best Musician 2008 & 2011): a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. There are few melodeon players who put so much feeling into their playing, whether it is a set of dance tunes, or accompaniment to a slow English ballad.

David Grubb

Sunday, 29 March 2015
Ticket price: 
£6.50 inc admin fee

“Emotionally charged and touching… Highly melodious, appealingly catchy” -The Living Tradition

Fiddler and composer David Grubb presents his debut album High Rise, featuring an eclectic mix of Jazz and Blues underpinned by David's Scottish traditional roots. Accompanied by Corben Lee (piano), Daniel Whitting (guitar) and Anna Perry (clarinet and flute), David guides the listener through city streets with a selection of original music incorporating intriguing melodies and improvisation.

Hailing from Fife, David travelled to Cardiff to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from where he graduated in 2013. There he developed his musicianship in a variety of genres which, together with his passion for folk music, influenced his unique style of composition.

Although he graduated with a classical music degree, David’s natural enthusiasm for folk andtraditional music has led him to pursue a number of ambitious projects. ‘Fiddle Tune a Day’ featured a new tune every day for a year through Youtube and Social Media. The project accumulated 80,000 views worldwide and was recognised by local papers, roots magazine Rock and Reel, popular websites The Strad and Musicroom, and by mainstream folk musicians Mike Vass and Kris Drever. A version of the project continues today and has reached over 230,000 views and over 1,200 subscribers.

High Rise recieved an extremely complimentary review The Living Tradition magazine and is due to be reviewed by Fiddle On and online folk enthusiasts Bright Young Folk. Popular internet radio station Folk Radio UK will also be reviewing the album, as well as airing it on their station.

  • Ticket information

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    The Bristol Folk House
    40A Park Street
    BS1 5JG

    0117 926 2987

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