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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

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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 Johnedis' - Sat 21st June - Bristol Folk House, 7.30pm  Cost £10.00 support The LIttle Unsaid 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.

David Bromberg and Larry Campbell, The Lantern, 8pm, Thu 31 Jul 2014
£18.50.   Colston St, Bristol BS1 5AR

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Muti-instrumentalist David Bromberg started in the Greenwich Village folk scene in the mid ’60s. He's recorded with Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson and Carly Simon. Then, after a successful solo spot at The Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, Bromberg landed a solo deal with Columbia Records. On his debut album he collaborated with George Harrison.  In 2007 he released his first album since the hiatus, the Grammy nominated ‘Try Me One More Time’. Well and truly back, Bromberg released his next album ‘Use Me’ in 2011, and continues to tour and record.

Larry Campbell moves freely between rock, blues, country, folk and Celtic, playing guitar, fiddle, mandolin, pedal steel, cittern, dobro and banjo. He has been playing recording with some of the most respected artists in music since the seventies, including Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, Judy Collins, Sheryl Crow, B. B. King, Willie Nelson and The Black Crowes, Cyndi Lauper, K. D. Lang,and Rosanne Cash just to name a few.  He is probably best known for playing with Dylan,  as part of his ”Never Ending Tour” band from 1997 until 2004.

Since Larry’s departure from Bob Dylan’s band, he has continued to make guest appearances with various artists including Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Phil Lesh, Rosanne Cash, Litte Feat and Levon Helm. In 2005, he released his first solo acoustic guitar album called Rooftops.In 2008, Larry was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for his instrumental work from the Americana Music Association.

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 - 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.

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.