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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.

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.

Gren Bartley Band- Sunday 11th October Bristol Folk House, BS1 5JG. 7.30pm doors £10.00 advance

Listen to new album here www.gren-bartley-band-magnificent-creatures

Gren Bartley is a prolific and exceptional songwriter. Releasing a new album in 2015 from producer Gavin Monaghan (Robert Plant, Ryan Adams, Nizlopi, Paolo Nutini etc...), the new record has already  been described as “A superb piece of work” (FATEA Magazine).

Stunning harmonies, driving percussion and intricate string arrangements for cello and violin, Bartley’s new band line up has been captivating audiences across the UK. Showcasing his “phenomenal” guitar playing and poetry driven lyrics, the Gren Bartley Band will be touring at venues and festivals throughout the UK and Europe. 

Gren is truly the future of folk songwriting, using his influences from folk and world music traditions to bring something unique to this modern day troubadour. He is an artist not to be missed.

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.

Chris Smither - 30th October - Bristol Folk House, BS1 5JG Tickets £14.00 advance

Having distilled his own signature sound of blues and folk for 50 years, Chris Smither is truly an American original. Chris continues to draw deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets and philosophers. From his early days as the New Orleans transplant in the Boston folk scene, through his wilderness years, to his reemergence in the 1990s as one of America’s most significant acoustic performers, Chris Smither continues to hone his distinctive sound. He has always traveled his own road, eschewing sophisticated studio tricks and staying true to his musical vision. He has developed and maintained loyal friendships over the years with kindred-spirited musicians like Bonnie Raitt and the late Stephen Bruton while at the same time throughout his career been inspired by and inspiring to today's next-generation of musicians.

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.