Grain Barge

Music

Every Thursday night (and sometimes on other days) we showcase quality live music from established and up-and-coming acts.

Doors open at 8pm.
Most nights, free entry.

"...Grain Barge is hot on Thekla's heels for nailing some of those local musicians on the cusp of stardom."
Bristol 24-7

Supported by Korev"Cornish Lager With Soul"


JUNE





SLOTH METROPOLIS

Thursday 15th June, 8pm


Sloth Metropolis is a musical mythology & ongoing sloth-themed rock opera told in prog, psych, folk and paper mache.

Their debut album ‘The Sloth Cycle (Volume 1)’ introduced us to the Sloth, as he woke up and explored the city. In the EP ‘Move’, the Sloth was forced to go flat hunting, but found a mysterious manuscript whilst clearing out his old house. In the latest album, ‘Origins’, the Sloth opens the manuscript and reads the story of Aengus Rudach—a seventeenth-century alchemist and outlaw who is transformed into a sloth in a botched attempt to create utopia and human perfection.

Sloth Metropolis will be bringing their set to life with their usual mix of storytelling, ritual, props and sloths

Listen

+ AT THE HEART OF IT ALL + CARNIVORRRR


JULY


FIREWOODISLAND

Thursday 6th July, 8pm, £4adv

Uplifting indie-folk-rock from Bristol, via Norway.

“They sound festival-sized, delivering uplifting anthems that would fit as comfortably on the radio as around the campfire.” Q Magazine

“They’ll be pillaging (in a good way) our playlists and camping out on our computers for the foreseeable future.” Earmilk

 

GURDAN THOMAS

Thursday 20th July, 8pm, Free Entry


Chaotic Alternative Folk freefalling somewhere between World Music & Pop. Guitar, voices, accordeon, Tuba, Ukuleles, charango and percussion.

Comparisons have however been drawn to Beirut, Ben Folds, The Band, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Andrew Bird, Colin McIntyre, The Divine Comedy, The Housemartins and The Beautiful South.

The band currently has one remaining Englishman, Gurdan Besrywan Thomas (lead vox, guitar, ukulele, piano, cornet) along with a ‘pot-pourri’ of Germanic musicians collected during the band leader’s musical and geographic explorations – Sandra Hollstein (accordeon, voice, melodika), Regine Wüst (Helikon) and Michael Hohm (ukulele, voice, charango, cornet, horn, melodika, tuvan throat singing).


Listen

Special guests : Münchner Kneipenchor (Munich Pub Choir) + Sandra Hollstein


ANNA KISSELL & THE UNSUNG CHORUS

Thursday 27th July, 8pm.

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.

Listen

+ ANDY SKELLAM




SEPTEMBER




SCOTT HIRSCH + MICHAEL CHAPMAN

Wednesday 6th September, 7.30pm, £10 adv


Two artists who share a musical cosmos but who’s orbits hadn’t yet collided: Scott Hirsch, California native and bassist with Hiss Golden Messenger and veteran British songwriter and guitar sage, Michael Chapman, a peer of legends such as Bert Jansch, John Renbourn and Roy Harper. Don't miss what is undoubtably going to be a beautiful evening.

MICHAELA FEDECZKO 'NOTHING' Single Launch

Thursday 28th September, 8pm, £4adv/£5door

 
Motown, Soul and Pop music were always going to be a big influence on this hardworking vocalist's first release. With an acute ear for a close harmony and some song-writing chops to boot, we are expecting to be floored tonight by her silky tones and full backing band.