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Bristol Folk Festival Ceilidh

Sunday, 1 May 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 Festival ticket holders get in free
We're celebrating May Day in the best way possible: with a ceilidh at the Folk House. And the fantastic band leading the dance is The Brewery Band. Join them from 2 til 4 on Sunday 1 May.

The Brewery Band has a wealth of experience playing dance music – mainly English, bouncy, driving and lively – and is equally happy playing both for ceilidhs/barn dances and country dance clubs.

The line-up is …

Dave Byett - melodeons - has played for nearly every kind of traditional English dance, musical director for NYFTE (National Youth Folklore Troupe of England) for several years;
Andy Brewer - bass - ex. Dr Bowser’s Brown Bowel Oil Band and Brewer’s Troupe;
Nigel Hall - mandolin, cittern, guitar - also plays with Pendragon and Rapscallion;
Glyn Owen - drums and things and
Helen Brock – fiddle.

the Roaring Trowmen with The Magnificent AK47

Saturday, 14 May 2016
Ticket price: 

For online bookings is
'The Roaring Trowmen' are a Bristol-based group of four hearty men who sing sea shanties and songs of the salty deep, delivered with passion, energy and plenty of silly banter! At times you’ll be clapping and stomping with us, next you’ll be melted by the glorious harmonies, or groaning at our bad jokes.... Come and get nautical with the Trowmen!

Special guests for the night are 'The Magnificent AK47'. Lowering the tone with their deep, Georgian-inspired harmonies and serious silliness, those Magnificent Men of Ashton Keynes and their multi-hatted singing machine love taking to the stage to prove they can truly live up to the claim of perhaps being the best all bloke singing troupe ever to escape from the depths of North, North Wiltshire.
We hope that the nautical noodlings of the Roaring Trowmen will blend seamlessly with the deep, Georgian-inspired harmonies and serious silliness of The Magnificent AK47. If not, there will be some serious sonic strife! Both groups share an intense appreciation of all things blokey, generally lower frequencies and the

Chris Wood

Friday, 20 May 2016
Ticket price: 
£14.50 adv £16.50 on the door inc admin fee
Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. His writing has been said to share the same timeless quality as Richard Thompson at his best.

Following collaborations with Martin Carthy, Andy Cutting, Jean Francois Vrod  and The Imagined Village among others, Chris moved centre stage enjoying both critical and commercial success on a far wider scale.
A multiple winner of BBC Folk Awards, Chris has toured with Joan Armatrading  and recorded four solo albums to great acclaim

Lady nade ‘Hard To Forget’ Album launch

Saturday, 21 May 2016
Ticket price: 
£5.50 inc admin fee

Ticket available from this  link

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.
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.

Rory McLeod and The Familiar Strangers

Friday, 27 May 2016
Ticket price: 
£15.50 advance £17.50 on the door inc admin fee
Rory is a one man soul-band and poet! He has a troubadour's talent for weaving magical, musical, storytelling spells. The spoons, harmonica, guitar, trombone and tap dancing shoes accompany the ‘rich, raw, deep and resonant’ voice of this ‘singular and liberating performer’  Meet the band :

Rory is playing with 3 other accomplished musicians.

Bob Morgan  has also recorded/performed with: Phil Manzanera, Sugar Minott, Jeff Nutall, Ian Seigal, Joe Strummer and Amy Winehouse.

Richard Sadler
As a founding member of the Neil Cowley Trio and has worked as a studio session musician for Ray Davies, Paul Weller and Tom Jones

Diego  Laverde  has been playing the ‘Llanera’ (low land) Harp since 1982.
In South Africa, he represented Colombia in the Ibero American Festival organised by the Colombian Embassy in Pretoria, 2004.


Saturday, 28 May 2016
Ticket price: 
£12.50 Advance £14.50 On the door
Forged from the voices of Hannah James, Hazel Askew and Rowan Rheingans, Lady Maisery explore vocal harmony to breathtaking effect, through their fresh interpretations of songs and ballads.

The trio burst onto the scene with the release of the debut album, ‘Weave and Spin’ in summer 2011, which received much critical acclaim and was declared an ‘Album of the Week’ by The Independent. Their live performances during that summer festival season created a real buzz and they were nominated for the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2012 and for Best Debut at the 2012 Spiral Awards.

Just 18 months later , Rowan, Hannah and Hazel returned with the bold and altogether darker second album ‘Mayday’, expertly produced by Andy Bell (Spiers and Boden, Fay Hield). Drawing on myriad musical influences, exploring varying meanings of the word “Mayday” and showcasing their skilled musicianship alongside their acclaimed vocal skills – Hazel on harp and concertina; Hannah on accordion and Rowan on fiddle and banjo.

Fast becoming a force to be reckoned with on the folk scene, Lady Maisery proved with this second album that they were happy to take risks and push boundaries, tackling challenging and political songs head on and highlighting their strength in getting right to the very heart of each song, be it intimate or epic. The critics agreed! ‘Mayday’ reached the no.1 album slot in BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction ‘Top 10 Releases of the Summer’ and was made a ‘Top of the World’ album by  Songlines magazine.

Folk House Swing

Friday, 3 June 2016
Ticket price: 
£10.50 inc admin fee

A night of swing dancing with live band, 'Ruby Two Shoes', Bristol based acoustic trio bringing audiences smooth jazz and swinging tunes with splashes of blues and folk thrown in the mix.  
A superb floor, fabulous venue, and great DJ's will make this a fabulous evening to remember.

All proceeds go to help migrants in Calais. Tickets avaibable here

  • Ticket information

    Tickets are available from:

    The Bristol Folk House
    40A Park Street
    BS1 5JG

    0117 926 2987

    There is 50p Administration fee on all tickets

    For artists wishing to play at the Folkhouse please see our demos page or send info to

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