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Circes Diner

Friday, 23 January 2015
Ticket price: 
£8.50/£7adv inc booking fee
Circe’s Diner are a Bristolian five piece that weave wondrous tales of love, loss, friendship and tigers against a backdrop of Americana, Roots and Folk music. These acoustic alchemists, with their amalgamation of endearingly honest songwriting and instrumentation, will echo heartbeats, blending infectious melodies and dreamy harmonies for a most intoxicating journey that will leave you thoroughly charmed.
With an impressive back catalogue of original material and performances in some of Bristol’s most nostalgic venues (The Fleece, The Folk House and The Thekla), Circe’s Diner are set to release their first EP in the spring next year, fortuitously coinciding with the premier of ‘High Tide’, a new indie film staring Melanie Walters, which features one of their songs on the soundtrack.

Rosina Buck – Vocals/Guitar
Bronte Kirkby – Vocals

Eko Collective Presents Julia Turner, Lauren Bradford and Isolde

Friday, 30 January 2015
Ticket price: 
£7 inc booking fee

The Eko Collective Presents…

An evening of musical tapestries woven by 3 independent female artists who also come together to share the stage in a capella harmony.

A jazz loving singer/songwriter Julia Turner draws from a large repertoire of original songs and old but thrillingly fresh standards. Julia studied jazz at Leeds College of Music and then flew half way around the world to explore her paternal homeland of Australia. After romantic notions of being a waitress in Melbourne fell flat she busked her way out of a dead end job and started writing all about it. She spins her stories through intricate vocal melodies and deft finger picking guitar. Back home in Bristol Julia continues to write and perform both as a solo musician and with back up from the many musicians she meets along the way. She has a keen passion for vocal harmony and spends much of her time arranging for and directing large and small vocal
Isolde is a singer-songwriter from London, based in Bristol. Her early influences were the colours, fabric and clay of her artist family, a cappella Gospel music, and 90s pop. Oddly for a Londoner, she always felt the strong call of the wild, and often felt more like a mythical creature trapped inside a city-kid. This might explain the delicious mix of natural and electronic sounds that meet in her work, echoing influences such as Fourtet and Bjork. Isolde crafts her songs more like sound paintings that drip with world-spiced harmonies and sit in a collage of found sounds and stories of the everyday. Isolde's work has been compared to Hanne Huckleberg, Tune-yards, Cosmo Sheldrake and Coco Rosie, and has been flavoured as a jazzy-experimental-folktronica. Whatever you make of it, her music is sure to envelop you in a cocoon of sensual treats.

Lauren Bradford is a folk singer/songwriter from the San Francisco Bay area, based in London. Lauren grew up on a healthy diet of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, and the Temptations, which explains the brazen soulfulness that seeps through into her delicately picked folk songs. The otherworldly sound she creates is comparable to a female Nick Drake, with more vocal runs. Lauren explores life the way her melodies explore notes, she is a lover of travel and movement and has lived in Liverpool, Leeds, Bristol, and London since arriving in the UK in 2010, soaking up their music along the way. Her story-rich lyrics draw you in close to her warm and inquisitive worldview, while her hypnotic guitar patterns create a bed on which her voice sets sail. Listening to Lauren provides you with one of your musical 5 a day, she brings you down to earth, while her playful sweetness is sure to entertain and charm.

Patrick Duff

Friday, 6 February 2015
Ticket price: 
£13 inc booking fee
Patrick Duff’s gift is for creating dark and intriguing pop music. His vivid lyrics, graceful melodies and powerful emotionally intense performances continue to deepen and progress as he perfects his art.

After dropping out of school and living as a street busker, Patrick became lead singer of the alternative rock band Strangelove, who were signed to Food, Parlophone/EMI. The band released three critically-acclaimed albums between 1991 and 1998 with a series of top forty hit singles. Guitarist of Radiohead Ed O’Brien said of the band, “we toured with Strangelove and changed quite a bit after. They were inspirational.”

Following Strangelove, Patrick continued as a solo artist and toured the world with WOMAD Festival. As a result he met and began a collaboration with 81-year-old African musician Madosini; living and working with her in the black township of Langa, Cape Town. Patrick and Madosini toured across Europe, Africa, The Far East, Australia and New Zealand.

In 2005 on his return to the UK Patrick released his first solo album Luxury Problems on EMI’s Harvest label, the songs were produced by Adrian Utley of Portishead and Alex Lee of Goldfrapp. The Mad Straight Road, produced by Massive Attacks’ Stew Jackson, was released in 2010. Patrick then released two solo albums in 2013; firstly Visions Of The Underworld which was recorded in a cottage on Dartmoor and released on vinyl through crowdfunding. Followed by Seven Sermons To The Dead which was commissioned by Bristol City Council as a choral mass to be performed in Bristol Cathedral and was later recorded in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Patrick currently performs a one-man show of songs and stories to loyal audiences throughout Europe. He is presently working on material for his fifth solo album.

Jim Causley and Lukas Drinkwater

Saturday, 7 February 2015
Ticket price: 
£11.50 inc booking fee
Five times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee Jim Causley is singer/accordionist who is passionate about traditional song and particularly that of his native Devon. Previous incarnations include The Devil's Interval and Mawkin:Causley and he has recorded with the likes of Waterson:Carthy, Show of Hands, John McCusker and David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame. In recent years, projects have included touring with Steve Knightley and Kate Rusby.

Jim has recorded an album of the poems of his distant relative to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the death of this celebrated Cornish poet. Jim has set to music a diverse selection of Causley’s poems to give the audience a taster of the poet’s great body of work. The album ‘Cyprus Well’ was recorded live in Causley’s house in Launceston, Cornwall and many of the tracks feature Causley’s own piano. Jim aims to bring wider attention to Causley’s poems and raise awareness of the Charles Causley Trust and their mission to preserve Causley’s house as a writers’ retreat. Jim will be joined on stage by talented guitarist Lukas Drinkwater.

JIm is reknowned for his warm and jovial stage presence and his rich singing voice has been likened to the fruitiest of ciders!

International Women's Day Folk Concert‏

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

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.

  • Ticket information

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    The Bristol Folk House
    40A Park Street
    BS1 5JG

    0117 926 2987

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