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Bridie Jackson & The Arbour   (support Heg & the Wolf Chorus)
Fri 11 Apr 2014, The Lantern (Colston Hall) 8pm price £10.00

support from Heg & the Wolf Chorus 

The Lantern ie (Colston Hall 2) Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR

Newcastle based four-piece Bridie Jackson and The Arbour are an eclectic group of folk-influenced musicians. Hauntingly ethereal, yet fused with dark and powerful undertones; this eccentric ensemble inject contradictions galore, with their union of bright melody and sombre lyricism.

Sitting somewhere between the lushness of Norah Jones and quirkiness of Joanna Newsom, Bridie Jackson and The Arbour create songs that intertwine melancholy with joyful rich harmonies, often skipping down a path of dream-like rapture, before discovering the journey is beset with sorrow.

Bright Season -  Saturday 19th April, 7.30pm at  Christ Church, 57 North Street, , Downend, Bristol, Avon BS16 5SG cost £7 advance £10 Close to selling out see for details for details

Bright Season formed in 2013 bringing together the talents of singer and guitarist Michael J Tinker, fiddle-player Ella Sprung and accordionist Simon Dumpleton. Together they perform traditional and self-penned songs and tunes, displaying their own individual gifts and combining to deliver stunning arrangements and harmonies.

A newly formed project by musicians of fine pedigree. See  listen

Thomas McCarthy - Friday 13th June, £8.00 (adv) 7.30pm Bristol Folk House, Park St Bristol BS1 5JG

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 14th June £12.00 (adv), Bristol Folk House, Park Street, Bristol BS1 5JG doors 7,30pm

The Anti-Capitalist Roadshow is a collective of singers and songwriters:

Featuring :   (click names for links to sites)

Leon Rosselson 

Rob Johnston 

Jim Woodland 

Grace Petrie 

Reem Kelani  

Frankie Armstrong 

What they say : We’ve raised spirits, and given hope and heart and a smile or two to those angry at the ideologically driven austerity programme imposed by this millionaire government on all but the elite, and in particular on the poor, the vulnerable and  the disabled.  For more info click here - 

Catherine Feeny with Chris John- Sat 21st June - Bristol Folk House, 7.30pm  Cost £10.00 Support from The Little Unsaid

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and accomplished drummer/percussionist partner to record an adventurous modern classic.

Sometimes two artists meet at exactly the right time. And in collaborating, they transform each others' work into something different, better; somehow higher

Now we are embarking on a new journey together. Experimenting with the intersection of classic songwriting and exhilarating polyryhthms, we are creating a universe of sound that is spare, yet playful, propulsive and painterly. We plan to record an album entirely live, made only of sounds we two can produce -- heart, soul and very little studio trickery -- harkening back to the days of classic Blue Note recordings.

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"

4Square - 1st November £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.