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Kettle of fish

Saturday, 26 April 2014
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An evening of quirky, mellifluous, humorous a cappella singing.

Have you ever heard 5 men singing Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Paolo Conte, David Bowie and Ian Dury in one night?
If the answer is yes, then you must be familiar with Bristol’s own a capella combo, Kettle Of Fish.

Looking for an opportunity to arrange and sing the more unusual songs of the popular idiom, David Yapp enlisted his singing friends Adam Barber (co arranger), Neil Bett, John Drowley and Jorge Sved.  Having added many new arrangements during their musical evolution, their repertoire now ranges from the well-known and well-loved to the comical and the undiscovered gems, the witty and the moving, the sublime and most definitely the ridiculous.  Elvis Presley, Ivor Cutler, Ben Folds, The Bee Gees, Icelandic Folk Singers, Michel Legrand, Seal and other lesser known artists form the strangest line-up that would ever be seen at Glastonbury but will quite probably all make appearances at a Kettle Of Fish gig.
The 5 men will at times be joined by their female accomplices, The Shoal Sisters, for the slightly more epic numbers.
At times strangely beautiful, at other times beautifully strange and often just silly, this is a night of a capella wonders.

Bristol Folk Festival

Saturday, 3 May 2014
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Weekend ticket £68.00 adv. stbf /Day tickets - £35 adv. stbf

Tickets available from the BFF website

Bristol Folk Festival is one of the UK’s best known and loved May-Day-Weekend Festivals. Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May 2014 will be moving to a new home at two of the best and most respected venues in Bristol: St George’s and Bristol Folk House – placed almost next door to each other.The Folk House Main Hall will play host to some of the biggest acts of the Folk Festival including Martha Tilston.

More information about the 2014 Bristol Folk Festival, including this years headliners, full line up, running times, workshops and much, much more will be available soon.

In the mean time, to read about past Bristol Folk Festivals and see examples of previous years line-ups please visit Bristol Folk  Festival 2011 and Bristol Folk Festival 2012 pages.

You can find out information on Where to Stay and How to get here along with lots more the BFF website, which will be updated regularly until the festival.

Saturday 3rd May: RSVP, Jim Moray, Bhangra & Morris Dance, John Spiers & Jon Boden, Peter Knight’s Gigspanner, Martha Tilston, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, The Hut People, Fabian Holland, Folklaw, The Willows, Matthew & Me, The Black Feathers, The Cadbury Sisters.
Sunday 4th May: Fairport Convention, Roddy Woomble, Bhangra & Morris Dance, Lucy Ward Band, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Sam Sweeney and Hannah James, The Longest Johns, Lonely Tourist, Paper Aeroplanes, Baxter Rhodes, Bad Cardigan, Gaz Brookfield, Ninebarrow, Cole Stacey & Joseph O’Keefe, Hattie Briggs.

a Cots for Tots fundraiser Katey Brooks + Claudia Aurora

Saturday, 10 May 2014
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A night of music to raise money for Cots for Tots.

Cots for Tots supports the vital work of the Special Care Baby Unit at St Michael's Hospital, Bristol. We fundraise to provide life-saving medical equipment and our Cots for Tots House, a 'home from home' for families of babies staying on the Unit.

Claudia Aurora


With a following to rival flamenco, the haunting melodies of Portuguese fado have always held listeners spellbound; Claudia Aurora is its powerful new voice. Claudia Aurora sings fado – traditional Portuguese folk-blues – like no one else. The singer-songwriter's debut album, "Silêncio" (released in the UK by World Village/Harmonia Mundi on 31 October 2011), is the first collection of original fado songs to be recorded in the UK since the great Portuguese Fado diva Amália Rodrigues recorded at Abbey Road Studios in 1952.

“It was a fantastic gig!” Janie Wheeler, UK
“you are great.” Porfirio Dias Santos, UK
“So proud the beautiful Claudia Aurora did a marvellous concert last night!!!” Ana Baldaia, UK

Katey Brooks


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. Katey has now settled in the UK where she wrote, composed, arranged and produced this majestic EP.

The ‘I Fought Lovers EP’ is the follow up release to her debut album ‘Proof Of Life’ which reached No.1 in the Amazon Folk chart along with favourable press reviews and 6 music airplay.  The first single and title track from the EP has been featured on Dermot O’Leary’s BBC Radio 2 show, while two tracks were chosen for 6 Music’s Tom Robinson’s mixtape.

“We’d even compare it to the impact of Jeff Buckley” Supajam
“Blown away” Clare Anderson Late Lounge Show (Jazz FM)
“Such a lovely song” Baylen Leonard (Amazing Radio)
“A devastating vocal talent” Just Music That I Like

The Cuban Guitar - Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas

Friday, 23 May 2014
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A concoction of lively, fresh repertoire combining traditional Cuban and Latin American genres with classical styles and a hint of jazz.

"You are left with the sensation of being touched to the core by exquisitely played pieces" -

"Dickinson's finger work and rhythmic drive are compelling throughout" -

Ahmed Dickinson Cardenas was born in Havana, Cuba and studied at Superior Institute of Arts, Havana, Guildhall School of Music the Royal College of Music, London.

A sophisticated virtuoso on his instrument, he specialises in a repertoire by Cuban composers, from classical works to the more contemporary "filin" movement.
A strong solo artist, Dickinson Cardenas has appeared at major international festivals and concert venues such as the Havana Guitar Festival, Cuba; Hispanic American Guitar Festival, Tijuana, Mexico; Philharmonic Hall, Belarus; Guitar Festival of Ireland; Amadeo Roldan Theatre Karl Marx Theatre, Havana, Cuba; The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle, Queen Elizabeth Hall ; the Royal Albert Hall, London.

Pilot Whale Research, Clayton Blizzard and The Short Life of Gracie

Saturday, 31 May 2014
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Pilot Whale Research

A two, 3, 4, or sometimes 5, piece band that play quiet songs quite loud and quite loud songs quite quiet. They like playing music for people who want to hear them but, like a Pilot Whale themselves, they are often out of their depth and occasionally the subject of horrendous torture.


Clayton Blizzard

An acoustic Folk Rapper, beguiling of lyric and intricate of instrumentation, mashing Folk and Hip Hop like the long-lost cousins they are.  He has been described as a “lyrical genius” by several reviews; come and find out why.

The Short Life of Gracie

A 4 piece, alt country band from Bristol who, after forming in 2010 have been fortunate enough to open sold out shows for amongst others The Handsome Family, The Acorn, Port o’ Brien and The Cave Singers.

Thomas McCarthy

Friday, 13 June 2014
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Thomas McCarthy supported and performed alongside the Sam Lee concert we held in 2013.

Thomas McCarthy has spent his life travelling around Britain. He grew up on the Travellers' site under the elevated A40 – the Westway – in west London, though he often spent months at a time with his grandfather in Birr, in central Ireland. "Lots of songs passed through his house. I've heard thousands of songs. It was a stop-off for many people, not just travelling people, but tradespeople, and my grandfather used to travel and picked up a mountain of songs. He wrote songs about the travelling way of life and he'd tell stories. He was a great storyteller, what you call a seanachi.
Catch this unique singer and storyteller in the cosy environs of the Bristol Folk House
Read full Guardian article here

The Anti Capitalist Roadshow

Saturday, 14 June 2014
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The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow is a collective of singers and songwriters: Frankie Armstrong, Roy Bailey, Robb Johnson, Reem Kelani, Sandra Kerr, Grace Petrie, Leon Rosselson, Janet Russell, Peggy Seeger, Jim Woodland plus one socialist magician, Ian Saville.

We are part of the resistance to a capitalism that functions only on behalf of the wealthy, that aims to shrink the public sphere and privatise public services, including the NHS, and that is destructive to the planet. We are part of another way of looking at the world.

  • 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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