Milk Teeth

Like penguins and icebergs, like Batman and Robin, like you and your best friend, they belong together.

Come on down and let your ears be hum-dinged with hilarious haikus, your imaginations be inced and winced by stunning storytelling and your heart be fizz-whizzed by our fine hosts!

Hosted by Malaika Kegode and Stephanie Kempson, with storytelling from Katie Storer, poetry from Roisin Crowley Linton, theatre from Sharp Teeth and more TBA…

All for PAY WHAT YOU DECIDE! (Though £3-4 per person is our usual guide!) No need to pre-book!

50mins-1 hour

Juan Vesuvius: I Am Your Deejay

Superstar disc jokey Juan Vesuvius brings his turntables to Bristol to deliver the greatest and strangest DJ set you’ve ever experienced. Explore the heady days of early 90s house music with a bona fide musical legend. But why does he need so much towelling? And what really happened between him and David Guetta? Vesuvius is an eruption that cannot be plugged. Just ask the bees.

“Doctor Brown, the Mighty Boosh & Sacha Baron Cohen in one man.”
The National

Nominee: Best Newcomer, Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Winner: Skinny Fringe Genius Award
The List: Best Late Night Shows of the Fringe

“Deserving of comedy superstar status… a hilarious and genuinely enlightening hour. If you’re a fan of comedy, music or history then this show has all three so you can’t lose. It’s one of the most entertaining shows I’ve seen.”
★★★★★ Broadway Baby

“Hugely enjoyable and gleefully surreal in equal measure”
★★★★ The List

“Impressive vinyl mixing, a knowledgeable history of house music, serious socio-political bits plus a lengthy takedown of David Guetta. Well, who wouldn’t want to see that?”
Clash Magazine

“The most enjoyable music history lesson I’ve had… do yourselves a favour, come party with Juan.”
★★★★★ The 13th Floor

An Evening with Gecko

Expect songs about Tooth fairy admin, long haired folk heroines, ignored characters from Italian renaissance paintings and lots of animals. Gecko has taken two successful shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and appeared at Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1 & BBC 6 Music.

“It made me instantly happy.”
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Guaranteed to put a smile on even the grumpiest of faces…an absolute favourite.”
Gary Crowley, BBC London Introducing

“Raising a laugh and a lump in the throat all at once is a good trick – possibly the best. Gecko makes it look easy. A gifted young comic songwriter with charm and style to spare…what sets him above many of his contemporaries is his restlessly inventive approach to character. One song offers what may well be the defining chorus of a generation.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Ballina Whalers

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

The Ballina Whalers (pronounced Bal-en-a) are Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes – three musical barnacles clinging to the creaking hull of a musical tradition stretching back over hundreds of years. Using just their voices they explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of whaling ships, lost loves, roaring storms and hardship out at sea.

Fast becoming one of the most sort after shanty bands around, known as much for their heart rending three part harmonies as their lusty approach to singing shanties, the last few years have been extremely busy for the boys, seeing them playing folk clubs, harbour sides, beaches, boat sheds and festivals up and down the country. Particular highlights include being invited to perform in Holland at the International Sea Shanty Festival in Appingedam and the Naar Zee, Naar Zee Festival in Leiden where they met and exchanged songs with legendary shanty men, Stormalong John, Andy Kenna from Liverpool and Les Souillés de Fond de Cale from Brittany.

“Definitely love at first hearing for me.”
Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

“Stunning voices that blend so beautifully, a real knock out.”
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith (plus Anna Kissell)

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

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their combination of outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation, and a powerful social conscience has brought them widespread critical acclaim.

“To be a great folk singer, you have to be a great storyteller, as Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith are clearly aware. The duo are both fine singers and multi-instrumentalists.”
The Guardian

The songs themselves are always given centre stage but they are brought to life with stunning musical arrangements and vocals. There is an integrity that shines through their performances and a common thread of political struggle, resistance, and justice.

Their critically acclaimed second album ‘Night Hours’ was released in December 2016 on Fellside Recordings. Described as ‘exhilaratingly diverse and full of impeccably crafted songs’, it has cemented the duo’s reputation as two of the most exciting musicians and social commentators on the scene.

“Making common cause between antique songs and present circumstances is one of the grails of modern folk, one this young duo pull off impressively… Rousing stuff.”
The Guardian

“Everyone at fRoots is certainly pretty excited about Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, and for good reason. Their honest and arresting songs manage to speak with tender nostalgia whilst civilly calling for change. When you listen, prepare to feel the heat of empathy and the kindling of resistance.”

Anna Kissell

Anna Kissell is a singer songwriter whose music marries a tender openness with a fierce soul. Hushed and dark, her folk-lullabies unfold slowly with melodies that linger long after the song’s end.

Born in the village of Eye, then thrust into the London suburbs, Anna’s childhood was a series of musical awakenings. Beginning with the violin she found her own, deeply expressive way of playing at a young age. Later she discovered singing during a torrid teenage rebellion spent in rowdy churches. Having devoted her voice and violin to accompanying various folk and acoustic artists over the years since, Anna has now turned her hand to writing her own material.

Anna lives in Bristol and is in the process of recording her debut album. She remains busy writing, performing and collaborating with other local artists. In her live performances, Anna is often joined by friends whose voices make up ‘The Unsung Chorus’. Her own voice rides naturally over hypnotic guitar picking, drawing listeners into otherworldly dreamscapes, inviting them to lie down, stretch out and forget time.

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow (with Saskia Griffiths Moore)

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

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music. Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, they draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow’s debut album The Fox explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point. The product of decades of musical experience, the track listing combines self penned tunes and folk tales, all intricately arranged and heartfelt.

“Fleet fingered and ingeniously arranged… Deserve to be thought of as up there with the best of them.”

“Such dexterity, energy and passion… mightily impressive.”
R2 Magazine

“The pair demonstrate an eclectic approach that lifts them head and shoulders above the rest.”
Acoustic Magazine

“Never a dull moment, with imagination firing throughout and an abundance of creative energy.”
Living Tradition

Saskia Griffiths Moore

Saskia is a 24 year old independent English singer songwriter from London who tours the folk and acoustic scene year round. Frequently compared to Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Eva Cassidy for her pure, clear voice and nu-folk style repertoire, her music blends the classical simplicity of folks songs with contemporary moods, melodies and meaning.

Previously one of the worlds youngest Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapists with a practice on Harley Street London, in 2014 she left it all behind to pursue a career in music. She has since had three releases, run three successful crowdfunding campaigns and won a substantial arts council grant to tour her debut album Gentle Heart (2016).

She is currently working on a second album at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio with her new 5 piece folk super group due for release on October 27th 2017.

“Her pensive and positive songs exhibit a clarity of both thought and expression.”
Living Tradition Magazine

“A fine singer-songwriter, wonderful voice and great guitar playing.”
Johnny Coppin, BBC Radio Gloucestershire

How To Win Against History

Henry Cyril Paget was one of the Earth’s wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. 5th Marquis of Anglesey blew his family’s colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-dyed poodles and putting on simply amazing plays to which nobody came, causing a very 19th century scandal. His fabulous flame burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely until he died at just 29, after which his outraged family destroyed every record of him ever having had existed.

Seiriol Davies’s fierce, hilarious, tragi-gorgeous, ripped-up new musical is a true story of being too weird for the world but desperately not wanting it to forget you. A frothy, glossy costume drama musical about expectations, manliness, disappointment and the stories we tell to convince ourselves it’s all going well, and the moments we realise it’s not.

How To Win Against History was the solid gold, sparkly-diamond-studded hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

“A work of genius.”
★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

“Gleeful, ludicrous – a larky collision of Gilbert & Sullivan and Monty Python.”
★★★★ Time Out

“Deliriously entertaining.”
★★★★★ What’s On Stage

WINNER: The Stage Edinburgh Award & Broadway Baby Bobby

Seiriol Davies is a composer, writer and performer from Anglesey, Wales. He trained with Thomas Prattki at LISPA, and has made work with companies like Punchdrunk, You Need Me, One Tenth Human, Giant Bird, Kristin Fredricksson & Beady Eye, Rififi and Boileroom, with whom he won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award. “Mess”, which he created with Caroline Horton & Co, premiered at the Traverse, Edinburgh in 2012, winning awards including The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and an Argus Angel. He was Cyril Millions in the cult retro-punk time-travelling music hall act Underbling & Vow, wrote and performed with Weimar-glam art band Temper Temper and was a founder member of the Brighton-based performance collective Beatabet.

No performances on 4th or 5th November.

Nick Cope

Nick Cope is a professional singer and songwriter and has over 20 years of experience in music, including international success as lead singer and songwriter with The Candyskins in the 1990s. He now writes and records music for children and has established a fanatical army of little people and their parents, from all over the world.

His five CD’s of original songs for children have become a must have for thousands of young families. Nick performs all over the UK at all the major art and music festivals including Edinburgh Fringe and Book Festival, Hay and Cheltenham literary festival and hundreds of theatre and arts centres.

“Funny, profound, educational, our children have talked about everything from gravity to grieving thanks to Nick Cope’s songs. Our family’s favourite singer/songwriter.”
Lucy Porter

“A brilliant show.”
★★★★★ Edinburgh Reporter

“Even the shyest of kids will warm to his unpretentious style.”
★★★★ Fest Magazine

Sharp Teeth

For the last three and half years Sharp Teeth Theatre have been bringing together theatre, storytelling, poetry and music to create a night of riotous Sunday fun. They’ve had raps about stolen bikes, poems about cottaging, performances from drag kings, new writing about women who climb the shard, and improvised storytelling about Lance Armstrong getting lost in a bathtub of meat, amongst many other things.

Each night features four acts, recently including Spindle Ensemble, Malaika Kegode, Ellie Showering, Craft-D, Madeline Shann, Lucy Harrington, Claire Murphy, Katie Storer, and more – the best of local and not so local talent. And it’s all Pay What You Decide!

Check out line-ups online, and come on down for an evening of joyous art, like a variety show, but better, better, better!

“We were spoilt as the bill threw up outstanding humourous and thought provoking acts.”
The Fix Mag

Our recommended donation is £4 (that’s 1 quid per act), but many people give more. Remember there is no cash point at the Wardrobe Theatre or immediately nearby.