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Bristol Folk Festiva-The Mole Catchers Ceilidh

Friday, 1 May 2015
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc booking fee


Boasting the most incredible, star-studded line up to date, and offering a diverse array of folk festival activities, May Day Bank Holiday 2015 promises to be bigger than ever.

We kick off the Bristol Folk Festval with hi energy ceilidh band The Mole Catchers The Molecatchers are a lively 4-piece ceilidh band from Bristol with a line-up of fiddle, accordion, guitars, stomp box and mandolin.  For 6 years they have been supplying the south west with a heady mix of English and European dance music with swirling harmonies and a driving beat.  Some people come expecting to just sit and listen, but everyone ends up dancing.

Bristol Folk Festival 2015

Saturday, 2 May 2015
Ticket price: 
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@ St. George’s Bristol & Bristol Folk House

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd May 2015
Earlybird Weekend Tickets: £60
Online Tickets: St.George’s

More artists announced for Bristol Folk Festival line up!

Boasting the most incredible, star-studded line up to date, and offering a diverse array of folk festival activities, May Day Bank Holiday 2015 promises to be bigger than ever…

The Full English
– Winners of the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Group and Album of the Year, The Full English are the UK’s premier folk supergroup. This legendary outfit comprises our patron Seth Lakeman, Sam Sweeney, Fay Hield, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Ben Nicolls, and Rob Habron. Following a completely sold-out debut tour and ubiquitous whirlwind reviews, their status is forever growing as we approach BFF 2015.

Home Service
– Originally formed from John Tam’s Albion Band, their inaugural years saw them headline Cambridge Folk and Cropedy, and release 3 highly coveted albums – one of which included music they produced for a National Theatre production, later being used on TV during The Millennium celebrations. Stemming from an emphatic live album release, their 2011 reemergence has given rise to a non-stop string of highly lauded tours.

Leveret – This exciting new collaboration features three of England’s finest traditional musicians (Andy Cutting, Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron), each regarded as masters of their instruments and involved in collaborations with numerous artists. Ancient English tunes sit beside new compositions in sophisticated, honest, and measured yet spontaneous performances. Take it from us, there’s nothing quite like Leveret.

Sam Lee TFIT1 by Frederic Aranda.jpgSam Lee - Since bursting on to the folk scene at the end of the Noughties, Sam Lee has blazed a trail as an outstanding singer and song collector, the driving force behind the eclectic, award-winning folk club The Nest Collective, which has brought traditional music to all kinds of new stages and venues, and founder of a burgeoning song collectors’ movement that inspires a new generation of performers to draw on living source singers rather than books and records.

ST promo - photo_2014_23 (c) Shay Rowan.JPGSteve Tilston – Steve Tilston has long been a treasured English songsmith with serious roots in Bristol. His most recent acclaimed album – The Reckoning – garnered 4-star reviews in The Guardian, The Observer and The Scotsman, as well as guest appearances on Later with Jools Holland and BBC R4 Songwriters’ Circle, plus a BBC R2 Folk Awards ‘Best Original Song’ win.

The Gasworks Choir
– Over 150 Bristolians of all ages and from all walks of life happily descend on our Festival! Performing folk, pop, soul, gospel, jazz, funk, world music and classical numbers, their original arrangements are sought out by choirs around the country and their fortnightly St.Werburghs workshops have become locally famed.  

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar – Both highly trained classical musicians, these two young guns’ debut album earned them the BBC R2 Young Folk Award in 2013; their second being rewarded with 2014’s Horizon Award, and glowing critical acclaim in fRoots and The Telegraph. These guys really are one of the future’s great folk duos.

Lady Nade Single launch

Friday, 15 May 2015
Ticket price: 
£8 inc booking fee

Lady Nade releases new single ‘Minds Made Up’ at Bristol Folk House

"What a great voice with a very distinctive and original sounding quality. Another hidden treasure from Bristol.” Roni Size
Lady Nade is launching her new single ‘Minds Made Up’ at the Bristol Folk House on Friday May 15th.
Minds Made Up will be the latest single release by Bristol based singer-songwriter Nadine Gingell, known as Lady Nade.
Lady Nade’s sound has been described as vintage acoustic soul and folk. Her songs sketch moments of emotional transformation - love and loss, arranged with care and filled with emotion, delivered with a powerful authority that belies her young age.
Her influences include Nina Simone, Joan Armatrading and Amy Winehouse.

At the event Lady Nade will preview other recent material ahead of her album launch in October 2015. She will be accompanied by Seb Gutiez on electric guitar and Dan Everett on double bass.

Lady Nade’s 2011 release of her EP ‘Wrap me up, pick me up, take me home’ was followed by festival performances at Glastonbury, The Secret Garden and BBC Radio 4’s More Than Words Festival.
Her March 2012 EP ‘All I Am’ was acclaimed by local press gaining airplay on both BBC Bristol’s Introducing Show and Jack FM. Venue Magazine awarded the EP 4/5 stars and hailed it ‘another promising milestone in the development of a considerable talent’.
In 2013 Lady Nade collaborated on releases by Ewan Hoozami (Pedigree Cuts- (EMI/Warner) and Joe Volk (Invada Records).
When not performing Lady Nade works on a variety of youth music projects across the southwest. In 2014 one such project supported The Kinshasa Sympathy Orchestra at The Colston Hall.

Bristol Folk House presents... Two Folk Choirs - in concert.

Sunday, 17 May 2015
Ticket price: 
£8.50 inc admin fee

Two folk choirs come together for a wonderful evening of song! Both choirs, inspired by the many facets of the folk genre, join forces for an unmissable night of a cappella folk music.

The Great Sea Choir

Bristol’s own a cappella folk choir draw influence from traditional folk and contemporary music alike, injecting their unique arrangements with vibrant energy and exceptional singing. Over the three years the choir has been running they have pushed themselves with growing ambition - not only in the community choir world but within the Bristol popular music scene as well, attempting to blur away the stereotype so often attached to the word choir. Directed by Heg Brignall.

"Beautiful choir - they sound incredible"

The Lost Sound Chorus

The Lost Sound are a folk infused choir where ancient melodies reignite with contemporary twists. Multi-layered and textural, they perform with passion and commitment, deeply moving audiences with the quality of their singing. The choir supported Steve Knightley on his ‘Grow Your Own’ tour last year. Directed by Sandra Smith.

“Hearing The Lost Sound was my absolute highlight, simply stunning.”

Emily Teague & Harry Keyworth.

Friday, 22 May 2015
Ticket price: 
£5.50 inc booking fee

Listening gigs invites you to a summertime soulful and folk fuelled evening of awesome music with Emily Teague & Harry Keyworth.

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Last year Emily brought the house down here at The Folk House with the launch of her second album 'you are a pattern' in what was a truly enchanting evening. This time round she has a more intimate affair in mind with stripped back songs and some new stories to tell. Joined by the very talented Harry Keyworth who brings intricate guitar slapping skills and sweet vocal melodies to the table. In this snug setting shared by these two great artists you surely are in for a rare treat.

Praise for Emily.

"This Bristol born singer creates music that tells some extremely emotive stories. Throw in a band and some perfectly complimenting harmonies and what you get is music that portrays real emotion and personality. Many characteristics of her music resemble the sound of traditional folk ballads, but her unique touch makes something really different and relatable for all that listen". - Soundbreaking Music

"Wholesome and hugely talented. This acoustic folk artist has a sound you will want to take home and repeat forever more."
- Bristol Oxjam

Praise for Harry.

Virtuoso slap guitar technique, effortless songwriting, smooth falsetto vocals and warm rich production - what's not to like about songwriter, composer and session musician Harry Keyworth. Tom Robinson BBC6 Music

“Harry brings to mind two artists I have witnessed over the years in this venue. The legendary John Martyn….and Tommy Emmanuel. But however Harry develops, whichever choices he makes, it's evident we are witnessing the dawning of a significant talent.” – Adam Walton live review on

Pierre Bensusan

Friday, 19 June 2015
Ticket price: 
£13.00 inc booking fee
7:30 pm
The “Mozart of Guitar” is back in the UK. Over the past 40 years, finger style acoustic guitar virtuoso Pierre Bensusan has taken his unique blend of world, Celtic, jazz and folk inspired music to all corners of the globe. Winner of the 2014 Independent Music Award in the Live Performance Album category for his triple live album "Encore", Pierre is recognized as one of the great guitar players of the 21st century. Described as a ‘genius’ by the likes of Jon Gomm and Melody Maker, immortalised by the tune ‘Bensusan’ written in tribute by the late Michael Hedges, and referenced as an important inspiration to many other great musicians, Pierre Bensusan is a one-of-a-kind artist whose music transcends genre and time.

Plastikes Karekles

Saturday, 20 June 2015
Ticket price: 
£12.50 - £10.50 consessions inc booking fee
Plastikes Karekles, 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 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.

Although tonight's concert is dedicated to Rebetiko, Plastikes Karekles will present music that also goes beyond Rebetiko...into more Laiko and music of the islands asa well as Endehno.  Music by the greatest Greek composers...Skarvelis, Toundas, , Hadjichristos,  Vamvakaris, Tsitsanis, Mitsakis, Pappaioannou and Hiotis to Hadjidakis, Theodorakis and Hadjidakis.

Marina Deligiani-vocals
Pavlos Carvalho-bouzouki/baglama,vocals
Manolis Taouxis-bouzouki/vocals
Alexandros Koustas, violin
Sarah Carvalho-Dubost, guitar

REBETIKO...what is it?
Rebetiko is the “underground” music from mainland Greece, with early influences from Smyrna from the 1920s onwards. It is sometimes referred to as the “Greek Blues” and was made illegal due to the controversial themes of it's lyrics. Over a 30-year period it also absorbed influences from American swing, Latin and Indian music, creating a rich and varied repertoire of songs and dances.  The music expresses the pain and suffering of the people at the time, through war, poverty and incarceration, as well as other deeply felt sentiments and aspects of everyday life. It is an intoxicating mix of musical colours from Asia Minor  to Western Europe and America, with the “get up out of your seat”, heart pumping rhythms and energy of Greece and the Balkans.

  • Ticket information

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    The Bristol Folk House
    40A Park Street
    BS1 5JG

    0117 926 2987

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