Live Music Wed & Thur from 9.30pm, Fri & Sat from 11pm
Free Entry – But please give generously to the collection bucket!
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Fri 1 Baraka – Fronted by the great Ben Baddoo’s vocals and percussion, Baraka make vibrant pan-African music with a Caribbean undertow, plenty of rhythm and a rich instrumental sound that takes you from Kingston to Kinshasa and back again.
Sat 2 Cool Beans – Cool by name but hot by nature, this is a fresh-from-the-oven collaboration between drummer Jason Newman and the flying bass of Eric Atofo. Expect funkiness but be prepared for surprises.
Wed 6 Leo James – As much a guitarist as a singer/songwriter, Leo James draws on the roots of English and US folk in writing his material before adding impeccable finger-picking and swooping steel guitar and delivering it all in a nicely polished package.
Thur 7 Kit Hawes – Phenomenal guitarist with folk, jazz and contemporary music at his fingertips and a fine sense of what’s properly musical. Well-known as a member of the Carney Villians and Sheelanagig, Kit’s solo acoustic shows are a must for lovers of fine fretwork.
Fri 8 Into The Moon - Wowsers! This little trio makes a big, big impact by covering all the angles – psychedelic raga rock guitar, slinking desert drumbeats and firework fiddling in the finest gypsy style. All that and they look so good! It’s just not fair.
Sat 9 Me & My Friends - Not sure who’s the ‘me’ in this quintet- could be floaty-voiced singer/guitarist Nick Rasle, but could be any of the other four contributing clarinet, cello, bass and percussion to their rather stylish chamber-folk tapestries and elusive songs.
Wed 13 Guy Calhoun – This versatile singer/songwriter, best known as a guitarist and bass player in outfits like Dub From Atlantis, Jazz Reggae Sessions and Roots Prescription, draws on a definitely English heritage with echoes of Nick Drake and Richard Thompson in his original acoustic tunes.
Thur 14 Jimi Can & Cuffy – A strongly Spanish twosome, for all that accomplished Flamenco guitarist Cuffy’s roots lie firmly in Scotland. Jimi ‘Can’ Cantera has brought the rich Barcelonian ‘mestizo’ mix of Spanish, Latin and African music to Bristol and this duo meet in a shared love of Flamenco culture.
Fri 15 Stackshakers – Combining a cool casualness and a snappy sense of 2-tone beats this lot give out a whole lot of rocksteady ska energy and a good-humoured vibe. Classic Friday Fun, then.
Sat 16 Crinkle Cuts – Lively 8-piece combo making a fine mix of old-school chops and modern musical ideas shaking up ska, funk and reggae into a snappy and satisfying ridge-cut snack feast.
Wed 20 Sam Green & Joe James – Ridiculously good lap-steel guitar player Sam Green rolls out his own contemporary folk songs of freewheeling wisdom interspersed with classic blues tunes and and fine double bass accompaniment from Joe James.https://soundcloud.com/samgreenmusic
Thur 21 Al Fresco Trio – Another quirky offshoot from the sizzling musical cauldron that is Sheelanagig, this street-corner threesome of Aaron Catlow (violin), Kit Hawes (guitar) and Dorian Suitton (bass) pick’n'mix their way through a riotous grab bag of jazz and swing standards, Balkanised campfire dance tunes and the odd slice of Celtic tradition all spiced up with the kind of fun-loving virtuosity we’ve grown to expect from them.
Fri 22 Jazz Reggae Sessions – It’s swing meets reggae in the classic 60s and 70s style set up by Tommy McCook, Ernest Ranglin and the original jazz stars of the Kingston studio scene. Top class 6-piece line-up, too, and all faces we know and love.
Sat 23 Kirris Riviere – A big man with an even bigger voice, Kirris Riviere is soaked in the blues of B.B.King, Buddy Guy and other greats of the Chicago style. He’s got a rocking band, too, and they’re not afraid to let it rip in the time-honoured style.
Wed 27 Dale Hambridge – Dale Hambridge’s keyboard skills add a distinctive flair to all manner of bands from Bristol Afrobeat Project to the Nick Malcolm Quintet’s contemporary jazz via Mankala’s cruising African grooves. He’s a skilled jazz player with an ear for contemporary soul and R’n'B that gives his music an accessible buzz.
Thur 28 Julia Turner – Finding herself on a street corner in Melbourne pushed Bristol singer-songwriter Julia Turner to take the plunge and busk. It worked, thanks to a natural aptitude for jazzy vocals and a degree in music from Leeds University, but it was the honesty of her lyrics and deftness as a tunesmith that won them Aussie hearts. Now she’s home again there’s an album’s worth of numbers at her fingertips and she’s happy to be sharing them with you.
Fri 29 Moonshot – One of Bristol’s longest established ska outfits with a fine evocation of the classic Studio 1 sound. Combining spirited brass arrangements, authentic vocals and that all-important beat Moonshot can take any party back to Kingston circa ’64 – and what a place that was.
Sat 30 Chicken Shed Zeppelin - Hillbilly campfire acoustic mayhem straight from Brighton and ready to wear out your boots in a good ol’ time knees-up sort of way.
Sun 1 Traditional Music Session – Hosted by Fitty Gomash Bristols ceilidh champions who bring ripsnorting traditional folk dance from the Celtic fringes!
Wed 4 Emily Teague – Emily Teague’s that rare thing – a folky who’s equally at home in the bleep-bursting world of electronica. But it’s likely to be her acoustic side you’ll see if you catch this set of highly personal tales about navigating the troubled seas of life and love.
Thur 5 Longest Johns – A cappella foursome with a seaward eye and unafraid to admit to a row-ho-ho every now and then, probably because their lively arrangements and easy attitude keeps them well entertaining.
Fri 6 Brass Junkies – The Brass Junkies are a dynamic 8 piece brass band inspired by the funky Mardi Gras sounds of the New Orleans street bands. Two trumpets, two saxophones, trombone, drums/percussion and tuba keeping it funky at the bottom end this high-energy, good-time music will bring some carnival atmosphere to the place!
Sat 7 Soul Ingredients - This powerful gang of seven packs a big band punch thanks to its all-star line-up of seasoned players and the mighty vocals of Pete Coggins. Expect original soul and R’n'B with slick grooves and big brass flourishes.
Wed 11 Good Biscuits – Hey, here’s a thing! The wonderfully wayward singer/guitarist/banjoista Leonie Evans turns out to be a classic belter of the blues and swinger of the jazz and Mangho Factory crooner’n'plucker Ben Sayer is too! So here they are, dusting their brooms with Memphis Minnie and her ilk, and generally making whoopee for your general delectation.
Thur 12 Cathy Jones & Tristram Cox – Cool and collected vocalist Cathy Jones explores hip Brazilian classics with deft guitarist Tristram Cox. This seasoned duo know their way round a wide repertoire of Brazilian folk/jazz from Bossa Nova to street samba as well as material from contemporary Brazilian artists.
Fri 13 Contraband Breaks Ensemble
Here come the B-Boys, led by the great DJ Skint, and creating a fine frenzy of old school hip-hop from the golden age thanks to a full-on live rhythm section and relentless MC action.
Sat 14 Hot Tin Roofs – Stylish sextet exploring the point where swing met jump blues and rock and roll began to take shape – think Slim Harpo, Ruth Brown and that kind of hipster.
Sun 15 Traditional Music Session – Hosted by Fitty Gomash Bristols ceilidh champions who bring ripsnorting traditional folk dance from the Celtic fringes!
Wed 18 Harriet Rock – Art-full ideas are always bubbling up in Harriet Rock’s mysterious sound world, so naturally she’s at home with Tom Waits. But who ever expected “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” to get such a lovingly Gothic deconstruction? Be ready to be taken to a place of shadowy surprises.
Thur 19 Marie Lister & James Ladd – Duval Project vocalist Marie Lister somehow catches all the soul of great R’n'B in the most stripped down acoustic setting, thus blending perfectly with the whiff of bluesy N’Awlins that wreathes around James Ladd’s guitar and voice.
Fri 20 Paruski – If you liked the two-man version of Paruski with their dazzling fiddle and guitar exploits and fire-starting delivery of Celtic and Russian folk dance tunes you’ll probably love their expanded line-up featuring percussion and double bass and, naturally, the kind of attention seeking antics that always make their shows spectacular.
Sat 21 Fromage en Feu – Lively bunch of Europhiles romp their way through tunes from Klezmer to café culture via the Balkans. In pursuit of giving audiences a good time Bristol-based acoustic 6-piece Fromage En Feu are unafraid to tackle even the most challenging of European traditional music. They’re a bunch of very talented musicians, however, so success is guaranteed.
Fri 27 Stone Cold Hustle – There’s nothing fancy going on here, just backroom funk from the good old days of ‘your mama’s tape collection’ rolled out of the garage and headed straight for a dancefloor. Guy Calhoun (guitar), Ev Newman (keys), Joe Allen (bass) and Arj Magee (drums) play it Sly, Kool and everywhichway else.
Sat 28 Emma Harris – Never afraid to unleash the full power of her vocals, Soul Sessions singer Emma Harris gives added fire to classic soul, funk, blues and jazz