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Upcoming live music

Andy Cutting (with Tony McManus)

Saturday, 28 March 2015
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc admin fee

Nominated Musician of the Year 2012

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Musician of the Year 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards
Andy Cutting is a rarity. A musician's musician (BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Best Musician 2008 & 2011): a soulful and technically outstanding melodeon practitioner with an ear for a fine tune. Many of his tunes have been purloined along the way: some considered contemporary classics on the folk scene. But then, Andy is also a warm and emotive performer, modestly engaging his audiences with his self-deprecating wit and then flooring them with downright staggering musicianship. There are few melodeon players who put so much feeling into their playing, whether it is a set of dance tunes, or accompaniment to a slow English ballad.

David Grubb

Sunday, 29 March 2015
Ticket price: 
£6.50 inc admin fee

“Emotionally charged and touching… Highly melodious, appealingly catchy” -The Living Tradition

Fiddler and composer David Grubb presents his debut album High Rise, featuring an eclectic mix of Jazz and Blues underpinned by David's Scottish traditional roots. Accompanied by Corben Lee (piano), Daniel Whitting (guitar) and Anna Perry (clarinet and flute), David guides the listener through city streets with a selection of original music incorporating intriguing melodies and improvisation.

Hailing from Fife, David travelled to Cardiff to study at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama from where he graduated in 2013. There he developed his musicianship in a variety of genres which, together with his passion for folk music, influenced his unique style of composition.

Although he graduated with a classical music degree, David’s natural enthusiasm for folk andtraditional music has led him to pursue a number of ambitious projects. ‘Fiddle Tune a Day’ featured a new tune every day for a year through Youtube and Social Media. The project accumulated 80,000 views worldwide and was recognised by local papers, roots magazine Rock and Reel, popular websites The Strad and Musicroom, and by mainstream folk musicians Mike Vass and Kris Drever. A version of the project continues today and has reached over 230,000 views and over 1,200 subscribers.

High Rise recieved an extremely complimentary review The Living Tradition magazine and is due to be reviewed by Fiddle On and online folk enthusiasts Bright Young Folk. Popular internet radio station Folk Radio UK will also be reviewing the album, as well as airing it on their station.

Michael Messer, Manish Pingle & Gurdain Rayatt

Sunday, 5 April 2015
Ticket price: 
£12.50 - £10.50 consessions inc booking fee

East meets West in this new musical meeting between two virtuoso players of both slide and steel guitar.

Formed in 2013 after Michael Messer and Manish Pingle met during a festival in Mumbai, this trio is a not only a coming together of like-minded musicians, each with high profile reputations in their own spheres, but also an inspired exploration of the ground between Michael’s blues and steel guitar and Manish’s classical Indian slide guitar. 
Adding the polyrhythmic virtuosity of the highly regarded tabla player Gurdain Rayatt, the two guitarists have created a unique trio that appeals to everyone interested in instrumental brilliance and the musical connections that flow from the Ganges to the Mississippi Delta.      

Pete Webber is a virtuoso guitarist & songwriter from Bristol. From the age of fourteen he was sharing stages with many renowned British and American musicians and at seventeen he was featured with Michael Messer on the front cover of Total Guitar Magazine. After what he describes as a "period in the wilderness", Pete recently recorded and released his debut album of twelve original songs with a dark, roots-tinged musical feel, titled 'Until The Water Runs Clean'. The album has been featured on BBC 6 Music and is receiving fantastic reviews in the British music press. For this show at the Bristol Folk House Pete Webber will be accompanied by the excellent and renowned percussionist, Jack Carver.

"Acoustic guitar the high-precision grooving" - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

“This debut album certainly calls the changes. A rolling acoustic firestorm..weird and fascinating. Unlike anything else this side of the Severn.” - Acoustic Magazine

“Really impressive…His music speaks for itself. I don’t know what genre it is, but who cares? This is a rollicking good track.” - Ian Freedman, Blues & Roots Radio

Dick Gaughan

Friday, 10 April 2015
Ticket price: 
£14.50 inc booking fee
Dick Gaughan has been at the cutting edge of Scottish music for over 4 decades. Guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor, musical director, composer, arranger, producer, engineer, he's been there, done it.

A full list of his musical collaborations would run to several pages and the huge range of diverse musicians he has played and sung with, both live and recorded, over the years reads like some manically eclectic Who's Who of the worlds of Celtic, Folk, Blues, Rock, Country and way beyond - Scottish Opera, 7:84 Theatre, Billy Bragg, Emmylou Harris, Tom Paxton, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Sean McGuire, Deacon Blue, Dan Crary, Alex Campbell, Maya Angelou, The Dubliners, Loudon Wainwright III, Holly Near, Ken Hyder, Dundee Rep Dance Company ... the list just goes on and on ... and on and on ... he's even step-danced a duet onstage with Cherish the Ladies' Joannie Madden.

Throughout his various incarnations as a member of Boys of the Lough, Five Hand Reel and Clan Alba, in occasional duos with Aly Bain, Andy Irvine, Johnny Cunningham, Brian McNeill and Allan Taylor, and as one of the hardest-working solo performers in any area of music, Dick Gaughan's work has consistently been innovative and challenging.

Blue Rose Code

Saturday, 11 April 2015
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Blue Rose Code is not folk music. Or so he’s been told.

Ross Wilson, the Edinburgh-born songwriter who performs under that name, doesn’t write folk songs. But having discovered the traditional music of the British Isles whilst in exile down south, he fell in love with what he heard. Those sounds informed what happened next.

April 2015, Blue Rose Code is touring the UK and North America with his trio. Each concert will bring a fresh show promoting the release of a new live album The Ballads Of Peckham Rye - Live At St Pancras Church, recorded by Sound On Sound Magazine at his sold out launch in London.

The Ballads Of Peckham Rye features a remarkable roll call of musicians from the folk side of the fence, including Karine Polwart, Lau’s Aidan O’Rourke and the lead single from Ballads features Mercury Music Prize Nominee, Kathryn Williams. Ross also toured as the duo, Hardy & Wilson, with the BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year, Bella Hardy

2014 has been some year for Blue Rose Code. Ross made his TV debut on the BBC. Lead single, One Day At A Time, was playlisted on BBC Radio Scotland and Ross has done sessions for BBC Radio 2 , for Another Country with Ricky Ross and for Bruce MacGregor's Travelling Folk.  But, to top it all, Blue Rose Code takes legend, long-time fan and musical collaborator, Danny Thompson out on tour this Autumn with a number of the shows already sold out.

The Blue Rose Code trio Spring tour will simply be a must-see show.
"Blue Rose Code is a major talent." Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

"This is simply beautiful, I am a folk convert." Emma Freud, BBC Radio 4's Loose Ends

"An affirmation of love that links human relationships with the natural world. As sublimely paced as Astral Weeks-era Van Morrison."
Folk Radio UK

"This rare display of soul and emption will not be boxed. A sign of something special." Spiral Earth

"A superb singer, songwriter and guitarist. Beautiful songs, a genuine pleasure to have been involved." Danny Thompson

"Awful bonnie and quietly lovely, loving that Edinburgh burr." Karine Polwart

Shawn Smith

Friday, 24 April 2015
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Shawn Smith has been heralded as one of the best Rock Vocalists of all time. (Mojo Magazine). This intimate tour will be his first solo tour in the UK since 2008.

Described by Greg Dulli (Afghan Whigs, Twilight Singers) as ‘Seattle’s Best Kept Secret’, Shawn has established himself as one of the most respected musicians from the pivotal music scene; the home of grunge and bands such as Pearl Jam and Mother Love Bone.

His music has been heard around the world. with numerous tracks featuring prominently on hit TV shows such as Sopranos and ER. He is also highly sought after for collaborations - with the Lo Fidelity Allstars remix of ‘Battleflag' becoming a hit record across continents.

Shawn Smith has cited Freddie Mercury, Prince and KISS as early influences. It is easy to hear the impact of all of these varied performers his various projects.

This tour will see Shawn performing songs from his vast catalogue of solo recordings, as well as those from his various bands such as Brad and Satchel.


Saturday, 25 April 2015
Ticket price: 
£8.50 inc booking fee

"For such a young performer, Sunjay shows real confidence, maturity and ease
on stage that it seems like he has been doing nothing else all of his life."

Folk All Magazine

You could be forgiven for thinking at first listen;singer/guitarist Sunjay is older than his 20 years.With a relaxed and confident manner, vocal style and mastery of his instrument he walks onto a stage and addresses the audience as though he is sitting down to play music with a group of close friends. A completely
natural approach for a young man who picked up the guitar when he was just four years old and hasn’t put it down since.
Drawing from a rich, musical and cultural background it is hardly surprising that Sunjay has quickly become recognised as one of the UK’s rising stars on the folk
and acoustic circuit.

Winner of the Wath Festival Young Performers Award and nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Sunjay has caught the eyes and ears of many venues and festivals across the country.

  • Ticket information

    Tickets are available from:

    The Bristol Folk House
    40A Park Street
    BS1 5JG

    0117 926 2987

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