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Upcoming live music

The Hot Potato Syncopators

Saturday, 20 February 2016
Ticket price: 
£8.50 inc admin fee
Doors: 
7.30pm

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!"

Kelly Oliver

Friday, 26 February 2016
Ticket price: 
£9.50 Advance £11.50 On the door
Doors: 
7:30pm

With suport from Felix M-B

“getting on everyone’s radar...someone pretty special” Spiral Earth

Folkwords’ Best Album By A Female Artist 2014, “This Land” by singer/songwriter Kelly Oliver is an exciting, contemporary take on the acoustic folk tradition. It’s a genre Kelly is fast establishing herself in since winning an Emerging Excellence Award from Help Musicians UK in October of last year. Alongside acoustic guitar melodies and notes of Irish storytelling, Kelly includes harmonica, self-taught, which has led to sponsorship from leading brand HOHNER.

This Land, released in October 2014 by Folkstock Records, features legendary fiddle player Dave Swarbrick, as well as BBC Folk Award Nominees Sunjay and Luke Jackson. Kelly has appeared live on BBC regional stations, including BBC London radio in an interview with Gaby Roslin. Her singles 'Diamond Girl', 'Jericho', 'Rio' and 'Same World'  have enjoyed numerous regional BBC and local radio plays, including on BBC Radio 2’s Folk Show with Mark Radcliffe, Bob Harris’ BBC Radio 2 Sunday show and Chris Hawkins' BBC 6 Music show.

Tony Hazzard

Sunday, 28 February 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 adv £12.50 on the door inc Admin charge
Doors: 
7:30pm
The Hallicombe Sessions - New album preview

Iconic songwriter Tony Hazzard wrote international hits ‘Ha Ha Said the Clown’ and ‘Fox on the Run’ for stars ranging from The Hollies to Manfred Mann, from Cliff Richard to Andy Williams. Tony’s own singer songwriter albums Loudwater House and Was That Alright Then are cult collectors items.

This is the West Country preview of a remarkable new album The Hallicombe Sessions; the result of extraordinary musical collaboration that spans two continents and half a century of song. Tony recorded the album at his home studio in Cornwall with the American songwriter, performer and producer Matt Harding.

Tony’s gigs have an intimate, club-like atmosphere. Playing solo, Tony brings electric and acoustic guitar, mandolin and ukulele, interspersing recent songs and hits from his extraordinary back catalogue with a series of winning anecdotes harvested from half a century at the top of the music industry.

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"What a wonderful evening. Relaxed, intimate, and truly memorable."

"This was a journey into the storytelling songwriting of Tony Hazzard. A warm, funny, and moving evening of songs that reminded me of so much."

8th Bristol Bluegrass and Americana Festival

Friday, 4 March 2016
Ticket price: 
See below
Doors: 
Friday 7:30 Saturday All Day

Two days of Blue grass music with workshops an open mic and two concerts with an incredible line up of act.

The Ben Somers String Band
The Grass Snakes
Heather Bristow and Friends
The Hogranch
The Jolenes
The Kentucky Cow Tippers
The Vanguards

FRIDAY  CONCERT:
HEATHER BRISTOW & FRIENDS  +   HOGRANCH   +  THE GRASS SNAKES 
 doors 19.30  music 20.00


SATURDAY:

WORKSHOPS (adv. booking only): 10.00 – 13.00
 [Fiddle - Laura Carrivick, Guitar - Charlotte Carrivick,
Banjo - John Breese]
OPEN MIC    13.00 – 15.00  JAM SESSION    15.00  – 17.00
EVENING CONCERT :    doors 17.30  start 18.00  
THE VANGUARDS + THE BEN SOMERS STRING BAND + THE JOLENES +
 THE KENTUCKY COW TIPPERS  

Friday evening ticket:  £15    Saturday only ticket:  £17
2 days ticket:  £29 [or £26 with workshop] Workshop:  £25

Matt Woosey

Sunday, 6 March 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc admin fee
Doors: 
7:30pm
“One of the acts that is currently lighting up the British scene”, Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

“What makes Matt rather special is the sheer originality of his playing and singing”
, Music-News.com

“Completely convincing and a master at what he does – Matt is the real deal.”
Tom Robinson – BBC 6 Music

Matt Woosey’s refreshing song writing and playing style has acoustic, roots-based music at it’s heart but is not limited to a particular genre. His self-penned songs are conveyed with an accomplished vocal delivery which has gained him praise from sources such as Paul Jones (BBC2), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) and a variety of respected publications in the UK and around the globe.

With his consistent touring of The UK and Europe as well as South African and Australian tours under his belt, Matt has expanded his fan base considerably in the last couple of years and has managed to make a big impact on a variety of different music scenes.

Wildest Dreams is Matt’s most recent studio album and is his seventh full length release since 2008. This album is similar to his previous material in that it contains a certain number of blues and/or blues influenced songs although the overall spectrum of his song writing is broader and more mature than before. Ranging from ethereal folk to trippy vibes and from sun drenched West coast pop to full-on blues riffage, Wildest Dreams takes Woosey fans and new listeners alike on a journey through the man’s soul and musical heritage.

COVEN: INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY CONCERT WITH O’HOOLEY & TIDOW, LADY MAISERY & GRACE PETRIE

Friday, 11 March 2016
Ticket price: 
£14.50 inc admin fee
Doors: 
7:30pm
BelandHeidi_crop.jpgCoven is a collection of three of the British folk scene’s finest, most formidable and forthright female acts, taking to the stage to celebrate International Women’s Day in a week of unforgettable concerts.. 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 on one stage.

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

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY CELEBRATION IN SONG

Saturday, 12 March 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 / £8.50 concessions inc admin fee
Doors: 
7:30pm

COME AND JOIN US FOR AN INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY CELEBRATION IN SONG

With Debi Withers with Bellies! & Friends and Frankie Armstrong with Variegated Women

BELLIES! & FRIENDS will play an acoustic set to begin the evening, featuring songs from their album Sinister World Music, which explores issues such as digital waste, precarious work and surveillance.
VARIEGATED WOMEN is a feisty, folky voice and instrumental ensemble, with a passion for singing to promote change.  With women’s songs and songs speaking for peace and social justice, old and new, our hope is to communicate power, tenderness and fun involving the audience both as listeners and participants. Variegated Women is Frankie Armstrong, Sarah Harman, Pauline Down, Laura and Ruth Bradshaw.

  • 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

    For artists wishing to play at the Folkhouse please see our demos page or send info to  richmusic@live.co.uk

    If you're looking for information about a past gig please see the music events archive.


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