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Boo Hewerdine - 'My Name Is In The Brackets tour' Saturday 13th September at Bristol Folk House, Park St BS1 5JG cost £12.00 advance doors 7.30pm music from 8pm

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My Name In The Brackets is a new recording that's subject is song or rather, the writing credit that follows the title of each song.

A diverse array of artists including KD Lang, Heidi Talbot, Kris Drever (Lau), Chris Difford (Squeeze), Suggs (Madness) and Kim Richey have recorded his songs but Boo's most popular work has been as collaborator, producer, songwriter and guitarist for Eddi Reader (for over two decades).

Boo Hewerdine met Eddi Reader after his band The Bible split in the late eighties and ever since Boo Hewerdine and Eddi Reader (formerly of Fairground Attraction)  have been on an incredible musical adventure. In 2014 Eddi Reader released her tenth studio album (Vagabond) and the Boo produced classic Songs Of Robert Burns was re-mastered and re-issued. 

He says "I'm looking forward to singing songs from throughout my writing career and also new songs from “My Name In The Brackets”, this will be the first opportunity for fans to hear the new material and buy a CD"


Kris Drever and Eamonn Coyne 19th September Bristol Folk House, Park St Bristol BS1 5JG doors 7.30pm £12.00

f you’re a big music fan, you’ve probably already caught Kris Drever as part of 

the acclaimed group Lau, perhaps on that trio’s recent TV performances on 

Later…With Jools Holland (BBC 2 TV), Edinburgh’s Hogmanay (BBC 1 TV News), 

BBC Folk Awards (BBC Red Button TV / iPlayer), or on stage during their 

sold‐out London mini‐festival Welcome To Lau‐Land or at a gig on their 

national UK tour of 2012. You may well also have seen and heard Éamonn 

Coyne with the equally captivating and critically lauded Treacherous Orchestra 

(whose album Origins’ came out last year) or with Salsa Celtica.

Ewan McLennan / Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith  on 5th October - Bristol Folk House, doors 7.30pm cost £10.00

Ewan McLennan first emerged onto the UK folk scene with the release of his debut album ‘Rags & Robes’. The recording gained much critical praise, described by Maverick as 'a collection of truly captivating songs', and featured in MOJO’s top ten folk albums of 2010. After an appearance on the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show and a televised performance for the Celtic Connections Festival at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, his debut was capped by winning the BBC Folk Award’s Horizon Award in 2011.

Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith

Sid and Jimmy are an emerging duo who play traditional folk music predominantly from the British Isles. They tell stories of hardship, joy, murder and celebration held together with driving banjo and guitar arrangements and close vocal harmonies.

4Square - 3rd October, £8 (advance) Bristol Folk House, Park St BS1 5JG 

"Manchester's ferocious folk foursome" 

4Square play their music with zest, fire and virtuosity, yet an understated maturity which has grown throughout their seven year journey as a band.

The sight and sound of simultaneous fiddle and clog dancing and virtuosic mandolin will stir the senses and quicken the pulse, galvanised by an engine-room of driving piano and percussion. 

By contrast, the listener is then stirred and softened by 4Square's mellow, melancholic three part-harmony singing.

An outright musical journey, all in an acoustic setting.

The Hut People - Bristol Folk House - Sunday 9th of November 7.30pm £8.00 advance

The Hut People are constantly gaining more of reputation as one of the most entertaining acts to appear on the folk scene in a long while. In their surprisingly engaging and often hilarious show, they perform a truly unique high-octane blend of folk music from around the world - perfectly formed & embellished with a foot stomping accordion and mind-boggling array of exotic percussion (with some Quebecois foot percussion & dancing thrown in for good measure too!).  A hugely entertaining duo getting unbelievable feedback from audiences, festival organizers and music press alike.

The Old Dance School - 14th November 7.30 pm  Bristol Folk House, Park St Bristol £12.00

Duelling fiddles, soaring brass crescendos, and irresistible grooves, The Old Dance School's genre defying live show charts their remarkable journey from ballet school basement jam sessions and cowshed rehearsals, to remote lighthouses, to headline appearances at international festivals. 

This November, the septet from Birmingham bring their expansive, cinematic sound to Bristol as part of their autumn tour. Championed by BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris, expect provocative songs of Gannet hunters, taxidermists and windfarms delivered with an extraordinary virtuosity and vitality that has received plaudits throughout the UK, including Songlines Top Of The World, and The Scotsman's Album of the Year.

Jim Causley and Lukas Drinkwater - 7th February 2015, 7.30pm at Bristol Folk House, Park St Bristol BS1 5JG cost £11 (adv)

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! 

Chris Wood - 6th March, St Stephen's Church, 21 St Stephen's Street Bristol BS1 1EQ, cost £12 adv

Nominated Best Original Song ‘None the Wiser’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2014

Songwriter of the Year – Spiral Earth Awards 2014

Folk Singer of the Year & Best Original Song ‘Hollow Point’ BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2011

Criticised by an art school lecturer as having “a remarkable eye for trivia” Chris Wood’s love of small things has made him one of England’s most vivid and arresting song writers. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. Hollow Point is his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezez and Wood's feel for the sheer "one thing after another-ness" of life allows us, for the first time, to see the event through the eyes of the victim.

Chris Wood - 12th March - Rook Lane, Frome,  Rook Lane Chapel, Bath St, Rook Lane Chapel, Frome BA11 1DN £14.00 adv

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker - (support from Roseanna Ball)  13th March 2015 , 7.30pm (doors) Start 8pm, cost £10 (adv) Bristol Folk House, Park St Bristol BS1 5JG                             

Double BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker infuse ageless stories of love and loss with their exquisite command of many instruments.

Whether interpreting words centuries old or singing her own authentic lyrics, Josienne's jewel-like voice finds the nuance in the simplest phrase and sends it, effortlessly, straight to your heart. Ben's musical tact and flair for arrangement provide the perfect setting, allowing the song centre-stage.

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Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman  27th March 2015, doors 7.30, start 8pm Bristol Folk House, Park Street, BS1 5JG, £12.50 advance

Twin daughters and a folk-rock whirlwind forced Kathryn Roberts (Vocals / Piano / Woodwind), and Sean Lakeman (Guitar), to sideline their popular duo performances in the mid noughties. Now the timing is right for a return to form from the Dartmoor based couple.

Two of the British folk scenes most accomplished performers, Kathryn and Sean have graced stages the world over in a number of guises, however, the intimacy and strength of passion shown as a duo, combined with an eclectic repertoire ensures a rare treat for any listener.

Andy Cutting (with Tony McManus) - Saturday 28th March, £10.00 (adv) 7.30pm Bristol Folk House, Park St Bristol BS1 5JG

Nominated Musician of the Year 2012

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.

Sunjay - 25th April - Bristol Folk House, BS1 5JG  7.30pm Cost £8.00   

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.

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan - 24th October, Bristol Folk House, Park Street Bristol BS1 5JG Cost £12/14


Winners in 2011 BBC2 Folk Awards for Best Duo

Winners of two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards: Best Duo 2003, Horizon Award 2000

Nominated again for Best Duo 2007

One of folk music’s great partnerships, Nancy and James celebrated 15 years on the road in 2012. In that time they have won three BBC Folk Awards including the very first Best Duo award in 2003, a feat they repeated in 2011. In December 2011 Gareth Malone chose their arrangement of “Dance To Your Daddy” as his Radio 4 inheritance track.