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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!

Tom McConville

Sunday, 8 February 2015
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc admin fee

 Tom McConville, was born and brought up ion Tyneside in the North East of England. He’s one of the leading fiddle players of our time. A virtuoso musician and fantastic singer, his rich and warm voice makes his interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs greatly admired by singers throughout the world.

In great demand as a performer, session musician and teacher; playing the fiddle is his lifelong passion and he has achieved every player’s dream of creating his own unique, instantly recognizable sound.

His live performances combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes , through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing. All presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style

Katey Brooks

Sunday, 15 February 2015
Ticket price: 
£8.50 consessions/£10.50
7:30 pm


To celebrate the love weekend, Katey will be performing a special candlelit concert with a selection of her own work, old songs and new, as well as some of the world’s most beautiful love songs.

“ this lady’s voice...she really means what she’s singing. Lovely.” Joss Stone

“We’d even compare it to the impact of  Jeff Buckley” Supajam

"Blown away" Jazz FM

Born and raised in a commune setting between Bristol, London and Arizona, to hippy music-loving parents, Katey’s unique sound and style epitomizes the culturally diverse environment in which she grew up. Drawing influences from artists like Johnny Cash and Kate Bush, her voice is often compared to the likes of Joan Armatrading, and Annie Lennox, and has best been described as a voice “ melt glaciers” (Venue Magazine 2012).

Katey released her debut album ‘Proof Of Life’ on her label True Speaker Records in March 2010, the album reaching No1 in the Amazon Folk Chart soon after and has had radio plays on BBC Radio 1 and 6.

Since then Katey has gone on to play at the London Paralympics, Glastonbury, WOMAD, a BBC Introducing Stage headliner at Wychwood, and support a host of credible artists such as Newton Faulkner, Mercury nominee Lou Rhodes, Mike and The Mechanics, Grammy nominees Cutting Crew, and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Chris Wood.

Besides her own works, Brooks’s “John Martyn-esque” (Manchester Evening News 2011) lamenting tones have earned her features on BBC Radio 2 Children in Need album ‘Bandaged Together’, recorded at Abbey Road with artists such as Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), and Paloma Faith, as well as compilations with Ane Brun and Anais Mitchell.

Last year was incredible with Brooks being added to the Starbucks playlist worldwide, and signing an endorsement deal with American guitar makers Alvarez, joining the ranks of Grammy Award winner Ani Difranco, and Joe Bonamassa. Katey recently released a brand new EP ‘I Fought Lovers’ which has been highly praised by critics. The lead single from the EP was chosen by Tom Robinson for his special 6 Music Mix Tape – it’s haunting, ethereal sound being a great first taste of what’s to come off the second album in 2015.  

Listen to EP

Martin Callingham - Album launch

Friday, 20 February 2015
Ticket price: 
£6.50 on the door inc booking fee
Martin Callingham will release his debut solo album ‘Tonight, We All Swim Free’ on 16th February via Folkwit Records. Recorded at Bristol’s legendary Toybox Studios, the album was co-produced by Ali Chant whose credits include Gruff Rhys, PJ Harvey, Perfume Genius, Seasick Steve and Yann Tiersen. The Joyce the Librarian singer/songwriter’s 2012 album ‘They May Put Land Between Us’ won critical acclaim and airplay from the likes of BBC6’s Lauren Laverne, Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson as well as BBC Radio 1’s Phil & Alice Show along with some rather high praise from the world’s music press.

Martin Callingham now presents his first solo release after a short hiatus, “It feels odd to put this out under my own name. Partly because it’s comfortable to separate your musical self from other aspects of life; it feels sort of like coming out in some way. But also because there have been more people involved in the making of this album than last time around. Some who I’ve played with for a few years now, but also great talents like Gareth Bonello (The Gentle Good) and Anna Kissell who I’ve met since the release of the Joyce the Librarian record.”

After a somewhat nomadic childhood and spells in Herefordshire, Birmingham and London, Martin now calls Bristol home. The album, written between a short solo tour of Italy last December and the first studio sessions in April is a collection of acutely melodic and affectingly personal songs, interspersed with the occasional instrumental interlude, field recording and heartening slice of lo-fi pop. The arrangements are sparse in places, lush and expansive elsewhere, with Martin’s delicate guitar and soothing vocal at their core.

‘Tonight, We All Swim Free’ is a record of refreshingly consistent superlative songs guaranteed to vie for space in your best albums of 2015 and quite possibly your best of all time!

Bristol Bluegrass Day

Saturday, 28 February 2015
Ticket price: 
See below
10:00 am

Workshops by The Bath Bluegrass School

10.00am to 1.00pm
£25 (advance booking only)

Fiddle with Laura Carrivick

Guitar with Charlottoe Carrivick

Banjo with John Breese

Open Mic1.00pm to 3.00pm £Free

Led Jam session in the cafe1.00pm to 5.30pm £Free

5-Band Evening Concert


Doors 5.30pm Starts 6.00pm Tickets £18 (£15 for workshop participants)


The Goat Roper Band 

Cardboard Fox 

Acoustic Bridge 

Thunderbridge Bluegrass Band

The Hodranch


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