Grain Barge

Music

Every Friday night we showcase quality live music from established and up-and-coming acts.
Doors open at 8pm.

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

MARCH


CLAYTON BLIZZARD & THE BOYS FROM MARKETING

Friday 6th March, 8pm
£4 advance. Buy tickets here from Bristol Ticket Shop
Government officials faced outrage last night as controversial rapper Clayton Blizzard was given indefinite leave to remain in the country, on the technicality that he has "done nothing wrong".
Blizzard, 26, was said to be "over the moon" with the decision, as he is now free to claim lavish benefits for his asthma and eczema.  "He would have been sick as a parrot had the decision gone against him", said a source close to the Bristolian rapper-singer-guitarist.

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JOUIS

Thursday 12th March, 7.30pm
£5 advance. Buy tickets here from Bristol Ticket Shop
Jouis (Jhew-ee) are a 5 piece band based in Brighton, UK. Combining Jazz, Psychedelia and Progressive Rock, their sounds are designed to open your mind, and spirit you away to new lucid dimensions. Jouis is a French word roughly translated as 'high enjoyment' (derived from 'Jouissance'), a philosophy the band has upheld since its inception in 2008 at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music. Playing regular shows across the UK, they quickly began cultivating a dedicated fan base, releasing 2 EPs and a 7” single, and drawing the attention of BBC 6 Music.

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"Fully ace Bristol four-piece mix psych-prog influences to whimsically arch effect." VENUE

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ORGAN3MAN

Friday 13 March, 8pm
Free Entry
From the Bristol melting pot, Organ3man are a three man organ combo with groovepower. With a line up of choice is organ, double bass and drums. They play live interpretations of some of the sweetest 60s soul jazz and heaviest 70s funk, all of which are high energy, improvised dancefloor killers.





AARON FYFE / THE TIXX

Friday 20 March, 8pm
Acoustic showcase.
Dunblane born troubadour Aaron Fyfe is a 26 year-old singer-songwriter (and skateboarder-surfer) currently on his own never-ending ‘Grass Routes Tour’ in a beat up customized camper van playing wherever he can, connecting with real fans of real music.

A passionate heart-on-his-sleeve performer who loves to play. In his own words “I get to make music, travel play to people – not much better in life.“





LAURA MOODY

Thursday 26th March, 7.30pm
£5 advance. Buy tickets here from Bristol Ticket Shop
Laura Moody is a wildly alternative cellist, vocalist and avant-singer-songwriter. Fascinated not only with words and songwriting but also with sounds, noises and textures she eschews laptops and loop pedals to explore what is possible using only solo cello and voice. She creates emotive songs that reveal a multitude of influences and inhabit a unique space between the contemporary avant garde, classical music, experimental pop and singer-songwriter tradition.

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+ JESS HALL

Jess Hall grew up near the coastline of North Devon and started writing songs about the quirks of love and life just before moving to the starkly landlocked Oxford five years ago. Since that time she has established herself on the local scene with her simple stunning clarity of voice and images of coastal love and loss.

"Elegantly melodic....captivatingly-voiced English singer" FRoots

"a quite frankly astonishing songstress." Irregular Folk

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I AM HORSE

Friday 27th March
£5 advance. Buy tickets here from Bristol Ticket Shop

I Am Horse are Magda Conway and Suzi Lamb. They are a Bristol based 2-piece who are supported by local string players Rebecca (violin) and Sally (cello). Their sound is diverse, with pop song structures juxtaposed with unexpected arrangements and instrumentation, which alongside Conways’ vocals leaves a haunting and beguiling impression.

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+ WINTER VILLIANS

The brainchild of Josef Prygodzicz and Faye Gibson, Winter Villains are a chamber pop outfit based in Cardiff. Their debut album ‘February’ was released on Barely Regal Records


APRIL


WASUREMONO

Friday 3rd April, 8pm
Wasuremono are a dream pop outfit from Bradford-on-Avon, Likened to Nick Cave, Slowdive and Arcade Fire, their music is described as "Rich sky-scraping pop with beautiful melancholic lyrics...Bringing together aspects of pop, indie and dreamscape." Their ever developing live show incorporates intricate guitar styles and soundscapes, synths played by hands and feet and choral harmonies.

"The music washes over me like a warm shower, in a beautiful field, on a sunny day whilst having you feet kissed by angels" - Fresh on the Net.

"Creepy and intelligent" - Sam Bonham, BBC Introducing in the West.

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ANT NOEL & THE PEABODY DRAKES

Friday 10th April, 8pm
Jersey born singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist leads this big sounding sextet, full of the textures of European folk, Weimar cabaret, Cotton County country and roots-infused rock.

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KEIRAN & THE IGUANAS

Friday 17th April, 8pm
Free Entry.

KIERAN AND THE IGUANAS alt-world tropidelic sound
combines a multicultural mix of musical genres; ripping influences from around the world to produce a dense ball of exotic rhythms played to the backdrop of grey skies and dark alleyways.

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PHIL KING

Friday 24th April, 8pm

"Bristol based singer songwriter immediately captivates the crowd with his pure yet powerful vocals and his charming vulnerability. His accomplished set is a mixture of Damien Rice style heartfelt balladry, John Martyn guitar picking melancholia and the raw energy of a busker. Here is a man laying his heart wide open, with nothing but his guitar and harmonica for company, to a room full of strangers and that in itself is worthy of respect. The fact his music is also so heartwarmingly good makes being in the crowd a thoroughly enjoyable experience."


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Previously on our stage...

Sam Amidon, Tim Eriksen, Alasdair Roberts, Tiny Ruin