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Folk House Swing

Friday, 3 June 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc admin fee

A night of swing dancing with live band, 'Ruby Two Shoes', Bristol based acoustic trio bringing audiences smooth jazz and swinging tunes with splashes of blues and folk thrown in the mix.  
A superb floor, fabulous venue, and great DJ's will make this a fabulous evening to remember.

All proceeds go to help migrants in Calais. Tickets avaibable here

Summer Ceilidh with LUPERCALIA

Friday, 10 June 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc admin fee
Bristol Ceilidh are proud to bring another high energy ceilidh band to the Folk House! This time, 'Lupercalia' will be bringing the house down with their own brand of traditional music, and with twin fiddles they'll create a sound that is as infectious as it is lively. Experienced caller Jethro is on hand to talk you through each dance, so come and join us; no dance experience needed!

Rebetiko Carnival 2016 presents ‘Homage to Tsitsanis’

Saturday, 11 June 2016
Ticket price: 
£12.50 / £10.50 with NUS card
Arguably the greatest icon of Greek music, Vasilis Tsitsanis (1915–1984) lifted rebetiko from its underground origins, revolutionising its sound through his ingenious creativity. Combining styles and melodies from a range of backgrounds, his music claims its identity through the pain of every common Greek and in turn they honour his tribute by making his works the music of a nation.

PLASTIKES KAREKLES and MARINA DELIGIANNI are an eclectic fusion of international and Greek musicians with roots from traditional Greek folk to classical and jazz. As well as their own arrangements of music by Theodorakis, Hadjidakis and Xarhakos featuring a fusion of classical string instruments with Greek ones, they also appear as a more traditional group (as in tonight’s performance) playing a repertoire ranging from Rebetika to more contemporary composers.

They have appeared in Greece and at festivals abroad. In the UK they have performed at Purcell Room, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, St David's Hall as part of the Proms, as well as more intimate venues such as the Green Note in Camden town, London.

The musicians of Plastikes Karekles are also the founding members of the Rebetiko Carnival, a one month festival in June with rebetiko music at its heart. They are dedicated to exposing this treasured music to as many as possible, as well as bringing great artists over from Greece to perform.

A very important part of Plastikes Karekles work is also education and outreach work. This has taken them to not only mainstream schools, but also special needs homes, hospitals and prisons, throughout the UK.

Jess Vincent

Friday, 17 June 2016
Ticket price: 
£8.50 inc admin fee

Jess has performed in venues up and down the country from acoustic clubs like Rothbury Roots in Northumberland to the big stage at Colston Hall in Bristol and her festival appearances (as herself and supporting other musicians) include Manchester Pride, Cropredy, New Forest Folk Festival, Dart Music Festival, Wellyfest, Great British Folk Festival, Village Pump Folk Festival and Doncaster Folk Festival, among many others.

Jess Vincent has a highly original style which is getting noticed: “Soulful, strong and utterly engrossing” says Mick Tems, Folk Wales; “uniquely and obliquely original” Rock’n’Reel R2, her trademark subtle arrangements on guitar, baritone uke, shruti box, bass, harmonium, reveal a maturity that belies her youth, yet allowing her vulnerability to shine through.

Jess has a unique mix of ‘..accessible, tuneful folksiness, with dashes of Americana of the light-textured Appalachian variety” Folk n Roots.

Jess is currently touring with new album SHINE. At the Folk House she will be accompanied by masterful percussionist and accomplished keyboard player, Graham Brown.
A live review by Jon Eve, 365Bristol proclaimed: “Her eclectic mix of upbeat pop folk, downbeat ballads and delicate love songs hit every single emotion….In all honesty, I was sold as soon as I’d heard her pitch perfect vocals”

kim lowings and the greenwood

Friday, 24 June 2016
Ticket price: 
Early bird tickets £8.50 until 10/6/16 Full price £10.50 inc admin fee

"Absolutely captivating"
R2 Magazine  ★★★★

"British folk music continues to remain in very good hands."
Folk Radio UK

"Beautiful singing"
Jackie Oates

Described as having "a beauty of spirit that transcends in her lovely songs", Kim is an Appalachian mountain dulcimer player, pianist and songwriter. She sings with an enchantingly pure voice and The Greenwood create a harmonious backline of hypnotic guitar, bouzouki, double bass and percussion. It transports you away and will get you singing along and tapping your feet. Working with traditional folk song and their own original material, they weave musical stories inspired by both fables and everyday life.

The Midlands based four piece have been touring at venues, folk clubs and festivals around the country. They have been making an mpression on the British folkscene, sharing stages with musicians such as Dougie MacLean, Martin Simpson, Lucy Ward and Jackie Oates among others. Their highly anticipated 2nd album Histoira* features special guests Ange Hardy, Dave Draper, Leon Gormley and Ami Oprenova.

Brookes Williams and Keith Warmington

Friday, 1 July 2016
Ticket price: 
£15.50 Including food
Brookes Williams and Keith Warmington are together for an evening of Blues and Americana at the Folk House cafe. Brooks is a veteran of some twenty albums and is rated amongst the top American blues players, but he's a great writer , singer and entertainer as well.

Keith will be blowing harp throughout the set and is delighted to be reuniting with Brooks after collaborating on Brooks' Baby O album 3 years ago. Continuing the American theme , and our chef will be cooking something lovely for the interval and it's all included in the ticket price.

Beth Porter & The Bookshop Band + Very Special Guests: Threepenny Bit

Sunday, 3 July 2016
Ticket price: 
£12.50 Advance £14.50 on the door
The Bookshop Band are Beth Porter and Ben Please. Highly regarded wherever they tread, they write songs inspired by books and play them (mostly!) in bookshops.

This performance, though, is special: it marks the release of one of their as-yet-untitled 9 albums that are set for unveiling this year. Their plan is to release one per month from April onwards, drip feeding the musical world with the mesmerising material they have amassed and fine-tuned since 2010, most of which was written for their author events at the wonderful Mr.B's Emporium Of Reading Delights in Bath.

However, another twist in this gig's tale is that attendees will have access to all 9 albums at once. Therein lies a courtesy Beth and Ben felt more than happy to extend to their loyal fans!

Beth Porter is of course one of the UK's foremost cellists, having recorded with a huge array of artists - including The Proclaimers, Peter Gabriel, The Heavy, Royal Blood, Kula Shaker, and Newton Faulkner.

When not working in The Bookshop Band, Ben Please writes music primarily for film alongside his animator brother Mikey. In 2010, they won a BAFTA together for Best Animation for The Eagle-man Stag!

Joining them for this album launch will be very special guests Threepenny Bit, who will by then be fresh from their performance at Bristol Folk Festival 2016. This Hampshire-based collective have built themselves a sterling reputation since their emergence in 2011. Their diverse influences and instrumental composition enable them to explore traditional music without restraint - using saxophone, clarinet, drums, flute, violin, guitar, and bass guitar to create an unparalleled wall of sound. Their highly energetic, dynamic approach has seen them earn endless praise nationwide. Be prepared for an 'all-out musical bombardment'!

  • 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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