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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 - (support from Paul Armfield) 6th March, 7.30pm doors. St Stephen's Church, 21 St Stephen's Street Bristol BS1 1EQ, cost £12 adv  (also 12th March at Rook Lane, Frome, BA11 1DN)

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.

Paul Armfield - supporting Chris Wood at both Bristol and Frome concerts - web page under construction at time of writing

Discover this unique songwriting talent who Ash Keys Music are pleased to now be representing in the UK - see Agents Roster page

Paul has recently received radio play by several dj's on BBC radio 6

LIsten to Paul Here on Soundcloud

Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker -with 4 piece strings  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 - support Roseanna Ball 

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.

Dick Gaughan -10th April - Bristol Folk House Park Street BS1 Cost £14.00 7.30pm doors

At the lovely 14th Church with bar and snacks on offer

Dick Gaughan has been at the cutting edge of Scottish music for over 4 decades. Guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor, musical director, composer, arranger, producer, engineer, he's been there, done it.

A full list of his musical collaborations would run to several pages and the huge range of diverse musicians he has played and sung with, both live and recorded, over the years reads like some manically eclectic Who's Who of the worlds of Celtic, Folk, Blues, Rock, Country and way beyond - Scottish Opera, 7:84 Theatre, Billy Bragg, Emmylou Harris, Tom Paxton, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Sean McGuire, Deacon Blue, Dan Crary, Alex Campbell, Maya Angelou, The Dubliners, Loudon Wainwright III, Holly Near, Ken Hyder, Dundee Rep Dance Company ... the list just goes on and on ... and on and on ... he's even step-danced a duet onstage with Cherish the Ladies' Joannie Madden.

Throughout his various incarnations as a member of Boys of the Lough, Five Hand Reel and Clan Alba, in occasional duos with Aly Bain, Andy Irvine, Johnny Cunningham, Brian McNeill and Allan Taylor, and as one of the hardest-working solo performers in any area of music, Dick Gaughan's work has consistently been innovative and challenging.

Sunjay - 25th April -cancelled   

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.

Bob Fox - The War Horse Songman - Saturday 9th May at St Stephens Church,   21 St Stephen's Street Bristol BS1 1EQ Cost £10.00  7.30pm doors

In the lovely 14th C Church with bar and snacks on offer.

Stand-To! The WarHorse Songman

Bob Fox has played the role of songman in WarHorse for the past three years, both in the

West End and currently in the UK/Ireland and South Africa touring production.

Join him as he performs the songs from the multi award winning smash hit WarHorse, with

additional material from his own personal repertoire – a number of stories and songs built up

from his forty year career in the music industry.

This event is a great opportunity to see one of the finest exponents of storytelling through song.

“The most complete male artist in English Folk” Colin Randall, The Daily Telegraph

Since the early seventies Bob Fox has lovingly developed his skills in the performance of folk

song in all its various forms. Hailing from County Durham in the North East of England – his

music is deeply influenced by the working class culture and industrial folk song from that area.

Kathryn Williams - Saturday 4th July 2015 - Bristol Folk House, BS1 5JG Cost 12.50 (adv) doors 7.30pm 

New album out ion One Little Indian n June -  'Hypoxia'.  Inspired by Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar'. 

In October of last year, Kathryn performed five original songs inspired by The Bell Jar at Durham Town Hall - alongside writer Andrew Wilson reading from his (then forthcoming) book ‘Mad Girl's Love Song - Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted’ – “it was a surreal experience to share these songs that felt like secrets,” she says of the show.

Sonically the album utilises textures first explored by Kathryn on her Adrian Utley produced project, ‘The Pond’ (2011). There are surprises to be found here too, like the dramatic glam rock guitars that suddenly erupt in lead single ‘Mirrors’ and in Kathryn’s deliciously idiosyncratic lyrics & delivery – her gentle voice loaded with an underlying edge and steeliness that has never seemed more apposite.

Blackbeard's Tea Party - 10th October 2015 - Bristol Folk House - £11.00 doors 7.30pm

Voted best band at last year’s Cropredy Convention, and named THE band to see at Glastonbury by the Huffington Post, 2014 also saw Blackbeard's Tea Party make a huge impact at festivals as diverse as Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Costa Del Folk in Spain, and the Rainforest World Music Festival in Borneo. With this growing reputation, it’s hardly a surprise that they are one of the most in-demand bands on the folk circuit.

Traditional songs and folk tunes are given a heavy rock edge with playful arrangements and driving dance rhythms. This is all mixed up in an engaging, high-octane stage show that frequently leaves audiences cheering for more.

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan - 23rd October St Stephen's Church, Bristol BS1 1EQ Cost £12.00 advance 7.30pm doors

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.

Gilmore & Roberts - 1st November 2015 at Bristol Folk House, Doors 7.30pm cost £11.00 (support - The Lost Art)

Twice-nominated at BBC Folk Awards, contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound. Their third album The Innocent Left, recorded in London with producer Julian Simmons (Guillemots, Ed Sheeran, Albert Lee), explores many and varied topics but remains consistently bound by Gilmore & Roberts' passion for stories.

support - The Lost Art

Calan - 8th November 2015 - Bristol Folk House, Park Street, BS1 5JG, Doors 7.30pm Cost £10.00 adv
"...there’s nowt as dear as folk – especially when played with the grace, daring and sheer joy this multi-instrumental five-piece bring to a winning selection of reels, jigs and hornpipes."
The Daily Mirror

Fiddles, guitar, accordion, bagpipes and step dancing explode into life as Calan perform songs and tunes from their 2015 release ‘Dinas’.  Infectious guitar rhythms and high-voltage routines give way to beautiful and haunting songs as they begin touring throughout 2015 to celebrate their latest release.  Amongst the traditional Welsh melodies and brand new original material, they breathe fire into the folk tale of new single ‘Merlin and The Two Dragons’ - that tells the story of why there is a dragon on the Welsh flag.