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A One-day Song-writing and Guitar Workshop with Steve Tilston

Saturday, 6 September 2014
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The price is just £150 for the day – available from
10 am
Steve shares a wealth of experience...

Steve Tilston ran his very first one-day guitar and song-writing workshop in his hometown of Hebden Bridge back in May. It was a huge success and due to popular demand, he’s decided to run another, this time in his second home, Bristol.

Aimed at developing and experienced guitar players and aspiring songwriters, the workshop will start at 10.00 a.m. and run throughout the day finishing around 6.00 p.m. The sessions will be relaxed and informal, but provide opportunities to work on specific aspects of both guitar and songwriting. Steve will share his approach, drawing on his extensive back catalogue and wide ranging musical influences. The day will wind down with a relaxed open-mic-style-session, to give everyone an opportunity (not compulsory!) to showcase their talents.

After the workshop, there will be an option to share an evening meal together somewhere nearby (details TBC).

The price is just £150 for the day –

To reserve a place/further enquiries Steve or contact him via the form on his website
A deposit of £50 (non returnable) will be required
You cannot book through the Bristol Folk House, as this separate from the
workshops  run each term.

Steve’s looking forward to seeing you in Bristol!

Boo Hewerdine - 'My Name Is In The Brackets tour'

Saturday, 13 September 2014
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My Name In The Brackets is a new recording that's subject is song or rather, the writing credit that follows the title of each song.

A diverse array of artists including KD Lang, Heidi Talbot, Kris Drever (Lau), Chris Difford (Squeeze), Suggs (Madness) and Kim Richey have recorded his songs but Boo's most popular work has been as collaborator, producer, songwriter and guitarist for Eddi Reader (for over two decades).

Boo Hewerdine met Eddi Reader after his band The Bible split in the late eighties and ever since Boo Hewerdine and Eddi Reader (formerly of Fairground Attraction)  have been on an incredible musical adventure. In 2014 Eddi Reader released her tenth studio album (Vagabond) and the Boo produced classic Songs Of Robert Burns was re-mastered and re-issued.

He says "I'm looking forward to singing songs from throughout my writing career and also new songs from “My Name In The Brackets”, this will be the first opportunity for fans to hear the new material and buy a CD"

Coope Boyes & Simpson In Flanders Fields

Sunday, 14 September 2014
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The more we learn about war,
the more important it becomes to sing about peace.

Peace has been a recurring theme of the powerful and distinctive singing and songwriting of the English a cappella trio Barry Coope, Jim Boyes and Lester Simpson.  Haunting and irreverent, the words and music of In Flanders Fields catch the indestructible spirit that defied one of the greatest human tragedies of the twentieth century.  Bringing together eye-witness accounts, contemporary poetry and songs specially commissioned for the town of Passchendaele’s Peace Concerts, In Flanders Fields takes its name from the poem written by John McCrae who was killed on the Western Front in the First World War.  Coope Boyes and Simpson have established a justifiable following for the quality of their singing, the subtlety of their harmonies and the sharpness of their observations.  Not afraid to prick the bubble of the pompous they are able to convey their message with cutting precision tempered by humour when necessary. With superb a cappella singing and evocative songs, this internationally acclaimed trio hauntingly bring home the humour and courage of those who took part in the War to end all Wars.

“The incomparable Coope Boyes and Simpson,” Mark Radcliffe

 “It was, in turn, sad, funny, ironic, whimsical, horrific, poignant – tears of sorrow were immediately replaced by tears of laughter.” Folk on Tap

“As passionate a tour de force of unaccompanied singing as you can imagine.” MOJO

“Coope Boyes & Simpson are currently our most inspiring vocal harmony group. Few can compete live with their voices, whether singing an unaccompanied traditional song or one of their own.”

Colin Irwin, BBC Radio2

Kris Drever and Eamonn Coyne

Friday, 19 September 2014
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If you’re a big music fan, you’ve probably already caught Kris Drever as part of
the acclaimed group Lau, perhaps on that trio’s recent TV performances on
Later…With Jools Holland (BBC 2 TV), Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (BBC 1 TV News),
BBC Folk Awards (BBC Red Button TV / iPlayer), or on stage during their
sold‐out London mini‐festival Welcome To Lau‐Land or at a gig on their national UK tour of 2012. You may well also have seen and heard Éamonn Coyne with the equally captivating and critically lauded Treacherous Orchestra (whose album Origins’ came out last year) or with Salsa Celtica.

The Chalk Circle collective

Sunday, 21 September 2014
Ticket price: 
£10 concessions £8

The Chalk Circle Collective presents Revolutionary Ballads! New original settings of songs from Bertholt Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle by vocal composer Kirsty Martin Combining spine tingling, close harmony a cappella with a foot stomping, riotous orchestra, Revolutionary Ballads breathes new life into Brecht’s classic story of social unrest, loyalty and justice.

The Chalk Circle Collectiveare Helen Chadwick Sally Davies Pauline Down Joanna Foster Kirsty Martin Martina Schwarz and Rowena Whitehead

The Collective will be joined by internationally renowned folk singer FRANKIE ARMSTRONG
& multi-instrumentalist IKEY PRICE, with a specially chosen set of Brecht’s songs, in settings by Kurt Weill and Hans Eisler.

Julie Felix

Saturday, 4 October 2014
Ticket price: 
£12 adv £13 on the door
Throughout her remarkable career, Julie has recorded with artists such as Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, and Paul Simon John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin, Danny Thompson of Pentangle, and the late superstar drummer Cozy Powell. In 1966, Julie headlined Croydon’s Fairfield Hall, and later became the first British-based folk singer to perform at the Royal Albert Hall. In 1969, and was one of the main artists to appear at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Ewan McLennan / Jim Causley and Lukas Drinkwater

Sunday, 5 October 2014
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Ewan McLennan first emerged onto the UK folk scene with the release of his debut album ‘Rags & Robes’. The recording gained much critical praise, described by Maverick as 'a collection of truly captivating songs', and featured in MOJO’s top ten folk albums of 2010. After an appearance on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and a televised performance for the Celtic Connections Festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, his debut was capped by winning the BBC Folk Award’s Horizon Award in 2011.

Jim Causley Young Devon folk singer Jim Causley became involved with traditional music from an early age via his family, the local folk scene and an historical tradition of wassailing in his home village of Whimple, East Devon.

  • Ticket information

    Tickets are available from:

    The Bristol Folk House
    40A Park Street
    BS1 5JG

    0117 926 2987

    For artists wishing to play at the Folkhouse please see our demos page.

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


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