Harry & Chris Save The World

After sell-out runs of their 2016 and 2017 shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, Harry Baker and Chris Read have been featured three times on ‘The Russell Howard Hour’ (Sky) and have been touring regularly around the UK. Last year they prevented a apocalypse and got a panda pregnant, so they are now drunk on comedy-rap-jazz power, intent on bringing love and laughter to a world that needs both more than ever.

“Amazing, fabulously entertaining.”
Jonathan Ross

“A wonderful blend of infectious songs packed with sharp, clever wordplay… Harry and Chris’ family friendly
set leaves the audience with a smile on their face and the catchy tunes stuck in their head for the rest of the
day.”
★★★★★ The Sunday Post

“The numbers are upbeat and feel-good, and all of them are about surprising and inventive subjects or points
of view.”
★★★★★ Fringe Guru

“The pair are inspiring Instagram posts in human form.”
Chortle

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Rivertown 2018: The Grahams

The Grahams, traveling troubadours, always itching for the next ride out of town guitars and whiskey in tow. In 2013 their wanderlust took them down the Mississippi to the Atchafalaya swamp in Louisiana, then in 2015 it was the American rails, and a cross-country odyssey that resulted in not only a new album but an award-winning film. In 2017, with the country reeling from a seemingly unstoppable vortex of disorientation, The Grahams embarked on perhaps their most adventurous journey yet, pointing their Harleys west to explore the “Mother Road” and the concept of “real” America with the eccentric and notorious characters who live and work in the strange and mysterious world that is Route 66. What they discovered was both heartening and heartbreaking, an America torn, but aching to come together, the culmination of decades of manhandling of the so called American Dream.

Rivertown: Bristol’s Americana Festival
Now in its fourth year, Rivertown brings the music of America’s heartland to Bristol. This year’s festival promises a vibrant programme of blues, bluegrass, country and gospel, performed by global icons and rising stars.

Rivertown 2018: Jess & The Bandits

Having wowed the likes of Terry Wogan, Gaby Roslin and Bob Harris with their high-energy pop-Americana, Jess & The Bandits deliver infectious “country with zing and sparkles” (Renowned For Sound). Performing new tracks and favourites from their debut album – “a fun, melodic rollercoaster mix of country rock and ballads.” (Nashville Over Here) – Rivertown is excited to welcome “one of the most exciting live acts on the circuit” (Louder Than War).

Jess & The Bandits are back with a brand new album and UK tour. Following a successful couple of years with the release of their debut album ‘Here We Go Again’ the band have been busy in the studio writing and recording what is set to be their most exciting release to date.

Rivertown: Bristol’s Americana Festival
Now in its fourth year, Rivertown brings the music of America’s heartland to Bristol. This year’s festival promises a vibrant programme of blues, bluegrass, country and gospel, performed by global icons and rising stars.

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Alabaster DePlume (plus RHAIN)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

ALABASTER DEPLUME
Following 12 monthly development residency concerts and 3 viral video clips, this ruthlessly creative approach to experimental pop music delivers eastern-influenced anthems, under spoken elements that attempt to challenge and address divisive rhetoric recently prevalent in society. Ahead of an LP release on Lost Map produced by Danalogue (Comet is Coming) and Kristian Capitol K in early 2018, the show described in the Guardian as “a reminder of how vital and adventurous music can be” enjoys an emphasis on candid interaction, humility and warmth. Based in underground East London’s Total Refreshment Centre, saxophonist and spoken word artist Alabaster creates a new band each month in his development residency Peach. PRSF has funded his forthcoming 4th LP The Corner of a Sphere, following recent performances for BBC Radio 3, National Theatre and clubs festivals and theatres around UK.

“Totally unique… Very, very brilliant indeed.”
Max Reinhardt, BBC Radio 3

“One of the most thrilling performances I’ve seen this year; a reminder of how vital and adventurous music can be.”
Laura Barton, The Guardian

RHAIN
the Isle of Wight native, is a bold, powerful and honest performer, whilst her songwriting is acutely fragile, mythical and overwhelmingly melodic. 2018 sees brave new territory covered for RHAIN with adventures arrangements, ambitious production and charming lyrics.

“I saw her play a couple of weeks ago. …she’s got the most beautiful voice, reminds me of Bjork & Joanna Newsome.”
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Isn’t that special!!”
Lauren Laverne, BBC Radio 6 Music

“Voice shimmers and soothes; remember her name.”
The Independent

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Brennen Leigh & Noel McKay

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay craft story songs with equal measures heart (“Before the World Was Made”) and humor (“Breaking Up And Making Up Again”). Evidence: Before the World Was Made. The Austin-based songwriters’ debut collaboration spotlights celebrated troubadours in peak form (“Before We Come to Our Senses”). “These are modern day country duets à la George Jones and Melba Montgomery,” producer Gurf Morlix says, “but with very sophisticated songwriting.”

Before the World Was Made began taking shape three years ago right as Leigh’s solo high watermark The Box stirred waves far and wide. (Lee Ann Womack, Sunny Sweeney and the Carper Family have covered her defiantly traditional country songs). By that point, Leigh was well rooted in Austin, where she moved after growing up playing in a family band in Minnesota. “I was attracted to the scene in Austin,” she says. “It’s a great place to learn and get better at what I do.”

Meanwhile, McKay fronted the regionally popular McKay Brothers (Cold Beer and Hot Tamales), a band legendary songwriter Guy Clark had been championing for years. “Noel and Brennen are great songwriters,” says Clark, whose new album My Favorite Picture of You contains the McKay co-write “El Coyote.” The album went on to win a Grammy for best Folk album in 2014.

Everyday conversation suggests Leigh and McKay indeed share a single mindset. The pair simply compliment each other in every way. “Brennen’s really great at melodies,” McKay says. “She’s always kicking around a melody around the house and it’s great and she’ll attach it to a lyric idea that’s equally great. She writes characters in her songs like a novelist.” “Noel always has the line,” Leigh counters. “It’s like, How are we gonna wrap this up? How are we gonna bring it around so it makes sense? He always ties it up. He always knows. Noel’s a poet.”

“Before the World Was Made is a delicious mix: raw, retro country plus sweet irony. That’s apparently the speciality of Brennen Leigh and Noel McKay, the Austin-based duo whose debut is hilarious, sentimental and profound, usually all at the same time.”
CMA Close Up

“Before the World Was Made is a witty, heartfelt record of dusty barroom shuffles, sassy two-steps and ethereal country-folk. It’s informed by the vintage duets of George Jones and Melba Montgomery, as well as the more modern pairing of John Prine and Iris DeMent.”
Chicago Tribune

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Dallahan (plus Kate Griffin & Ford Collier)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

DALLAHAN
Dallahan call on their mixed Irish, Scottish and Hungarian heritage to create a unique and seamless musical montage, drawing in influences from jazz, funk, pop and classical music. Dallahan will push and pull you along on a musical journey, artistically transcending from tender and delicate songs from Transylvania, to relentlessly punchy Irish dance tunes littered with funk grooves and everything in between.

Following the release of their debut album ‘When The Day Is On The Turn’ in 2014, which was highly praised by audiences and critics alike, described by fRoots magazine as “the most exciting Irish music I’ve heard in a long time…Lunasa for the new generation” ­the band toured extensively in North America and Europe, establishing themselves internationally as one of the most enthralling live shows, captivating audiences at such prestigious international events as Milwaukee Irish Fest, Celtic Connections and countless others.

The following year, 2016 saw the Dallahan’s continued ascent with the release of their second album, ‘Matter Of Time’, and a most intensely busy touring schedule, playing 103 gigs across 7 countries, including travelling to Kathmandu, Nepal to on behalf of the British Council to collaborate with Nepalese band Kutumba at the British/Nepalese bicentenary celebrations. In 2016 their second album was shortlisted for ‘Album of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards and they were awarded ‘Instrumental Cut of The Year’ at the LiveIreland Awards 2016.

“Some of the most exciting trad musicians to emerge in recent years.”
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

KATE GRIFFIN & FORD COLLIER
Kate Griffin and Ford Collier are a contemporary duo fusing folk genres from around the world. Driving and intricate Clawhammer banjo tunes and heartfelt, powerful songs are thrown in the melting pot with solid, subtle Celtic guitar, dexterous Irish Whistle and the spellbinding Tabla drums of North India.

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Three Cane Whale ‘At The Pictures’

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

A return booking for this acclaimed multi-instrumental acoustic trio and their magnificent film project, which involves the band performing live to 12 specially-commissioned short films made by 13 filmmakers and visual artists in response to 3CW tunes of their choice – including cutting-edge animations, lo-fi shadow-puppetry, alfresco contemporary dance, and slowly shifting landscapes. Last year’s sell-out performance at The Wardrobe Theatre was one of only two in 2017. This year, the band are taking the project out on the road, from Dartmoor to Edinburgh, and this is its only Bristol performance.

Paul Bradley – acoustic guitar, miniature harp
Pete Judge – trumpet, rotary-valve tenor horn, dulcitone, harmonium, glockenspiels, chimes, lyre
Alex Vann – mandolin, bouzouki, tenor banjo, bowed psaltery, zither, hammered dulcimer

“Impressively original.”
The Guardian

“Their delicate acoustic constructions combine ancient folk and contemporary classical ideas to weave an entirely original new musical tradition.”
Bristol 24/7

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Martha Tilston (plus guests)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

“Martha Tilston has carved her niche with sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. It is an engrossing set.. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life, with the salt of sea air almost palpable.”
The Guardian

Includes special screening of The Clifftop Sessions: Eight musicians and a camera crew collide with guitars, a grand piano and a roaring fire; The art of song captured like never before on film. Watch the film and be taken away to this spine-tingling night in Cornwall, followed by performances from Martha & guest musicians from the film including Nuala Honan, Clayton Blizzard and many more.

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Young Waters (plus Spindle Ensemble)

YOUNG WATERS
Young Waters’ twisted neo-folk is a tapestry of emotionally powerful vocals, stirring harmonies, lyrical strings and finely mastered acoustic guitar. Their exhilarating rhythms and intricate melodies, coupled with a repertoire that combines startling original material with traditional folk songs, makes for a captivating stage presence. 2017 has seen the band record a full length album at Peter Gabriel’s legendary Real World Studios which will be released in April 2018 to coincide with their UK tour.

“Energetic, original … excellent stage presence and varied, enchanting material … extremely deserving winners of the Bath Folk Festival New Shoots Competition 2016.”
Bath Folk Festival

SPINDLE ENSEMBLE
Spindle Ensemble are an experimental instrumental quartet from Bristol’s music collective ‘Bloom’. They perform original compositions by Daniel Inzani that hover cinematically somewhere between jazz, folk and classical idioms, taking inspiration from artists such as Moondog, Eric Satie and Mulatu Astatke. Their debut album, Bea, was released as a luxury gatefold vinyl edition via new label Adderwell Music in Nov 2017.

“Beautiful sounds, definitely a band to watch.”
Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3, Late Junction

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Little Unsaid

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Echoing the melancholic power of Leonard Cohen or Nick Cave, The Little Unsaid specialise in “songwriting of a real rich quality, all held together by an intensity of approach” (Clash). Having spent the last year touring Europe and garnering critical acclaim, the band are touching down at The Wardrobe for an intimate night of “extraordinary music” (Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2) that harnesses rock, folk, electronica, jazz and lead man John Elliott’s powerful vocals.

“Entrancing… songwriting of a real rich quality, all held together by an intensity of approach, by a focus on the emotional weight music can carry.”
Clash

“Extraordinary music. This is an amazing act.”
Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2