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The Hut People

Friday, 24 February 2017
Ticket price: 
£8.50 advance, £10.50 on the door
Doors: 
7:30pm
Taking the audience on a musical journey around the World, English instrumental duo The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) have over the last 4 years proved to be one of THE most unique, entertaining and best-loved acts on the UK folk scene today.

Mixing global rhythms with folk tunes from Quebec to Spain, Scandinavia to Sussex and everywhere in between, this is a quirky celebration of our rich musical heritage – and it works so well!

This is a show like nothing you’ve ever seen before – expect feel-good dancing tunes, audience participation, step dancing, Quebecois foot-percussion (whilst playing the accordion!) and humour aplenty.

With 2017 already looking to be their biggest year to date, don’t miss this fantastic duo!

“a bewildering array of percussion and accordion-fired compositions….truly infectious!” R2

“Remarkable. .”  THE LIVING TRADITION

“The festival season is nearly upon us, and with The Hut People gracing many of this years bashes, their infectious ‘World Folk’ will surely be winning them many new fans” SONGLINES

MARRY WATERSON & DAVID A. JAYCOCK

Saturday, 25 February 2017
Ticket price: 
£10.50 advance £12.50 Inc admin fee
Doors: 
7:30pm

“’Two Wolves’ is more than two fine English folk dynasties meeting. This is proper song brainfood.” *****fROOTS

“A more ambiguous trajectory than before, bringing ‘Two Wolves’ into line with the psych-folk lineage of the late 1960s. Most attractive.”
****INDEPENDENT on SUNDAY

“Perfectly balances traditional & contemporary [folk]…echoes of Nick Drake, Vashti Bunyan and Sandy Denny while Woolgathering Girl is more reminiscent of latter-day Kate Bush.”
****METRO

Inheriting the legacy of one of British folk's most revered families, it took a long time for Marry to step centre stage. Although she had made her recording debut on her mother Lal and aunt Norma Waterson’s A True Hearted Girl back in 1977 and later under the name The Waterdaughters formed an occasional singing partnership with them and cousin Eliza Carthy, appearing on numerous Watersons and Waterson/ Carthy recordings to boot - it wasn’t until two crucial shows in 2007 that the idea of making music herself really took hold.

That year Marry and brother Oliver Knight appeared with the Waterson family at a special Royal Albert Hall concert entitled A Mighty River of Song, and again later the same year at the BBC Electric Proms concert Once in a Blue Moon: A Tribute to Lal Waterson in which they both played key roles as performers and curators.

So encouraged, in 2011 came the pair’s hugely acclaimed debut The Days That Shaped Me (“the potential to be a lifelong companion. It’s that good.” 5/5 Independent On Sunday). Nominated for a BBC Folk Award, the record - born out circumstance rather than design, and part homage to mother Lal – was full of beautiful, evocative, mysterious songs that included collaborations with Kathryn Williams, James Yorkston and Eliza.

ben glover

Sunday, 26 February 2017
Ticket price: 
£10.50 advance £12.50 on the door Inc admin fee
Doors: 
7:30pm
When an ocean separates the two halves of your whole, it's worthy of contemplation. For Irish-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ben Glover, that consideration comes in the form of his new album, The Emigrant, which folds his two worlds into one.

Co-produced by Glover and Neilson Hubbard, the album features six traditional folk songs and four original compositions (including co-writes with Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier, and Tony Kerr) as Glover addresses the universal theme and personal challenge that is immigration. Though that hot topic lies at the heart of this pseudo-concept album, The Emigrant also concerns itself with how we deal with change, loss, and hope, as well as how we ultimately survive when faced with the trials and tribulations of life.

“Over the past couple of years, I have been going through the process of getting my U.S. Green Card, so the reality of immigration was very present in my world,” Glover says. Not only did he have to slice through web of bureaucratic issues, he also found himself face-to-face with the bigger questions posed by the process. “Contemplations like 'What and where is home?' were never far from my thoughts,” he adds.

To work through it all, Glover turned to music. “Around the same time, my interest in Irish roots music and folk ballads was rekindled. My head and heart were back in that musical world. Having to deal with the issues of immigration while going back to the music I grew up playing is how this record was born. The project is my story — it’s who I am at this time in my life,” he explains.

BRISTOL BLUEGRASS AND AMERICANA FESTIVAL

Friday, 3 March 2017
Ticket price: 
Friday concert £15 Saturday concert£17 Fri + Sat £29 Work shops £25 each
Doors: 
7:30pm

Two nights of concerts, jams and workshops celebrating bluegrass and americana.

FRIDAY


Evening Concert
Doors open 19.30
Music starts 20.00
Johns & Novac
The Hogranch
Buffalo Gals

SATURDAY

Instrument Workshops
10.00 to 13.00
Fiddle - Laura Carrivick
Guitar - Charlotte Carrivick,
Banjo - John Breese

Open Mic:
13.00 - 15.00
Open Jam Session
15.00 to 17.00

Evening Concert
Doors open 18.30
Music starts 19.00
Jacey and Dan
Scuttle Shake
Assembly Lane
Hot Rock Pilgrims

Chris Wood

Sunday, 5 March 2017
Ticket price: 
£14.50 Advance £16.50 On the door
Doors: 
7:30pm
“Chris takes a traditional song and has you absolutely gripped…. He makes it really obvious why it is of contemporary relevance. On the flip side, he has managed this magical thing, writing songs on contemporary themes, or putting music to Hugh Lupton’s words, that absolutely fit hand in glove with traditional songs, but are totally modern.” — Ian Anderson

Chris Wood started out as a choirboy and much of his music bears the influence of those years spent with the likes of Bach, Handel, Gibbons and Boyce: he describes the album Handmade Life as “church music with drums.”

Self-taught on guitar and violin, he is a lifelong autodidact — and his independent streak shines through in his composition and studio work. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. His work is typified by his trust in the space music can create and a gift for lyrical understatement. He cites his major influence as “Anon”.

Throughout his career independence has been balanced by collaboration. The artists he has worked with include Billy Bragg, Andy Gangadeen, Andy Cutting, Jean François Vrod and Hugh Lupton (Wood and Lupton’s “One in a Million” won Best Original Song at the BBC 2 Folk Awards in 2006). Recently he has worked alongside Martin and Eliza Carthy and others in The Imagined Village: “Cold Haily Rainy Night”, performed by Wood and Eliza Carthy, took the award for Best Traditional Song at the Folk Awards in 2008.

The Strawbs acoustic trio

Saturday, 11 March 2017
Ticket price: 
£20.50 Advance £22.50 On the door
Doors: 
7:30pm
It is still difficult to categorise the unique sound that has made the Strawbs Britain's most successful international progressive folk-rock band.

David Cousins, who leads the group, has been described by the influential All Music Guide as: "the most talented Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of England". Strawbs are often mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands like Yes, King Crimson, and the Moody Blues. It is well documented that Rick Wakeman left Strawbs to join Yes but returned to appear at Strawbs 40th Anniversary Celebration.

However, beyond progressive rock, Strawbs have another key component in their in their complex and intricate songs, in that they emerged out of the British Folk movement of the mid-1960s. The band started life as the Strawberry Hill Boys playing bluegrass, before moving into the mainstream by making the first Strawbs album with Sandy Denny in 1967, a year before she recorded her first album with Fairport Convention. The recording with Sandy attracted the attention of A&M Records in Los Angeles who signed Strawbs as the first British band on the label!

Strawbs has a devoted fan base that continues to grow on the strength of albums like Grave New World, Bursting At The Seams, Hero And Heroine, and Ghosts, and classic songs such as Lay Down, A Glimpse Of Heaven, and Benedictus.

Acoustic Strawbs comprise David Cousins, along with lead guitarist Dave Lambert, and the astonishingly versatile Chas Cronk, who together formed the front-line of the classic 1970s line-up of Strawbs which had a remarkable seven consecutive albums in the Billboard Top 200 in the USA.

Barry Walsh Band

Sunday, 12 March 2017
Ticket price: 
£10.50 advance £12.50 on the door Inc admin fee
Doors: 
7:30pm
The band recieved rave reviews following their support slot to Fairport Convention at Colston Hall in 2012 with critics proclaiming that their performance alone was worth the ticket price. They have since won the hearts of Bristol crowds with high profile appearances at Bristol Harbourside Festival  supporting The Wurzels in Wellington, and at 'The South West Country Trade Fayre' , turning heads on the BBC Radio Bristol and the country circuit in general. In 2016 the band will be filming for Sky TV.

  • 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  richmusic@live.co.uk

    If you're looking for information about a past gig please see the music events archive.


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