Every Friday night we showcase quality LIVE music from established and up-and-coming acts. Doors open at 8pm.
"..the Grain Barge is hot on The Theklas heels for nailing some of those local musicians on the cusp of stardom." (Bristol 24-7)
Artists who have played Grain Barge
Sam Amidon, Alasdair Roberts & Olivia Chaney, Andy Sheppard, Bob Lind, Emily Portman, Diane Cluck, Curtis Eller, Gravenhurst, Dan Michaelson, Dan Haywood, Beth Porter & The Availables, Myshkin, Joseph Arthur, Rene Lopez, Ottersgear, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp, Goan Dogs, Howlin' Lord, Schnauser, Glis Glis, Joyce The Librarian, Boxcar Aldous Huxley, Annette Berlin, Clayton Blizzard, Daisy Chapman, Robin Nolan Trio, Sheelanagig, Hinkley Veltones, The Dukes of Mumbai, Ant Noel & The Peabody Drakes, Matt Alber, Twin Falls, I Am Horse, SJ Esau, Thomas Ford, Medicine Creek, Gerard & The Watchmen, Snowapple, The Duckworths, Stevie-Jo Dooley, The Veees, Eyebrow, My Two Toms, Phil King, War Against Sleep, Jim Evans, Lonely Tourist, Jilk, Snorkel, Three Cane Whale, Pete Roe, Duotone, This is The Kit, Message to Bears, Protest Crayon, Pepino, The Rumble O's, Hot Feet, Ygnve & The Innocent, Bert Miller & The Animal Folk, The Liftmen, Georgia Ruth, French for Rabbits, Eastpole Orchestra, Coppe, Woodpecker Woooliams, Empty Pools, Crowhailer, Burgess & Slide, The Bad Joke That Ended Well, The Relay Rips, Menage a Trois, The Brackish, The Rin Tins, Shambolique, Rachael Dadd, Ichi, Rozi Plain, The Kestor String Band, The Weary Band, Something Anorak, The May Birds, Sam Brookes, Anne Janelle & James Hill, North Sea Navigator, Mizizi, RM Hubbert, Mama Nice, Liz Green, Rita Lynch, Lisa Knapp, Ruth Gordon, Gavin Osborn, MJ Hibbett, Grace Petrie, Tiny Ruins, Kate Tempest, Two Wings
Friday 25th July ~ 8pm
£3 on the door
Errol's Kitchen are a dynamic and danceable funk quartet who pay homage to acts such as The Meters, Grant Green and Lou Donaldson...
We call it "Live lounge funk jazz with teeth......"
Neil Smith - Guitar.
Dino Christodoulou - Sax.
Anthony (Errol) Flynn, drums.
Stef Manfredi, bass.
Friday 1st August ~ 8pm
£4 on the door
Vibey 3 piece, jazzy, progressive Jeff Buckley/PJ Harvey offspring. Strong and kicking in places, gentle in others, a melodic melange born in the Canterbury scene.
JESSIE MAY TRUST CHARITY GIG
Friday 8th August ~ 8pm
Musical fundraiser for the much loved Jessie May Trust, come down for some amazing band experience for a good cause.
“Ali George is one of Bath’s finest Troubadours. Whether solo, as a duo, or surrounded by musicians, Ali's music and songs cut through and grab your attention. Ali's shows are entertaining, enthralling and uplifting. we expect great things from this man!”
THE GREAT SEA CHOIR
Euphoric A cappella community folk choir whose name refers to the idea that when voices come together in harmony, the sound is like a great sea; ebbing and flowing, crashing and turning. It is also a nod to the uplifting, free-spirited energy of sea shanties and other folk songs.
DEXTER SELBOY & THE SHONKY TRIO
Dexter Selboy & The Shonky Trio blend their individual influences of soul, folk, hip hop, gypsy jazz, country and reggae into a unique musical smoothie of grooves and melodies topped with a generous helping of not taking themselves too seriously.
Friday 15th August ~ 8pm
£4 on the door
Fat Pedro are a fresh new collective of funk, soul, jazz and Latin inspired musicians from Bristol. They have bundles of energy and love to play incredibly groovy music to incredibly groovy people. Big and brassy, get yer dancing' shoes on and come out tonight!
FIRE ISLAND PINES
Friday 22nd August ~ 8pm
Six strong indie collective from Cornwall. With trumpets...
here's some good things that they say....
"A reason to dance around your bedroom" - Gold Flake Paint
“Fire Island Pines clearly know their Smiths, Pulp and Felt... " - sweepingthenation.blogspot.com
"finely appointed, gentlemanly pop" - Clicky Clicky Music
“An uplifting jangle of intricately woven melodies“ - Art is Hard Records Blog
“The shy sophisticate sensitivity of Felt meets the swoon of early Postcard jangle” - Folly of YouthT
+ PAPER BEATS SCISSORS
Tim Crabtree’s voice burns at the centre of the Paper Beat Scissors sound with an honesty and rawness that skirts discomfort. The Paper Beat Scissors live show is an intense and intimate experience – solo finger-picked laments are paired with live loops and a haunting voice that slips into the music, then darts back out to pull the listener in
“Absolutely stunning… wonderful… startling and beautiful” – ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Crabtree’s voice yearns… Soon you’ll be drawn deep inside these enormously powerful layers of sound” - ★★★★ – Rolling Stone Magazine
“This isn’t merely indie folk music: Paper Beat Scissors is a genuine work of effortless art.” – Pop Matters
Friday 27th August ~ 8pm
Zeitgeist are a contemporary jazz / progressive rock band formed in
Leeds in 2011. They play original music with the improvisation and
rhythmic complexity of jazz, yet with the high energy delivery and big
sound of modern rock and metal. They have been performing across the
country over the past three years and are currently in the process of
releasing their debut self-titled album.
Monday 20th October ~ 8pm
£7.50 Advance tickets available from Bristol Ticket Shop. click here to buy
"stark songs and breakneck picking" - New York Times
"among the world's finest folk practitioners" - Toronto Star
"one of the best voices in music" - T Bone Burnett
Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia. He combines hair-raising vocals with inventive accompaniment on banjo, fiddle, guitar and bajo sexto - a twelve string Mexican acoustic bass - creating a distinctive hardcore Americana sound that ranges from the bare bones of solo unaccompanied singing to lush, multi-layered arrangements.
Eriksen's other notable work has included extensive contributions to Anthony Minghella's 2004 Oscar-winning film Cold Mountain as well as collaborations ranging from hardcore punk and Bosnian pop to symphony orchestra and the 2010 Grammy-nominated album Across the Divide with Afro-Cuban world-jazz pianist Omar Sosa.
+ NUALA HONEN
Nuala Honan, country singer-songwriter from rural South Australia releases her debut album The Tortoise in May 2013, the first to come out of Bristol studio ‘The Woodshed’, bringing the fireside honesty of country back to her music community.
Nuala’s lyrical honesty and the fiercely independent environment that the album has emerged from combine to ensure that The Tortoise has an authenticity that commercial country so often lacks.​
Nuala has that uncanny ability to write new songs that sound like they have been written before, somehow conjuring the sense that the lyrics have been worn smooth by the passage of time.
Friday 24th October ~ 8pm
£6 Advance tickets available from Bristol Ticket Shop click here to buy
well beyond the remit of alt-folk, Cocos Lovers (pronounced Co-Coss)
are a distinctive musical force, seamlessly channelling influences from
Africa, the US Deep South and several other real and imagined corners of
the globe, while staying ever faithful to their Kentish roots. Hailing
from the small but musically rich town of Deal, they are a close-knit
7-piece band of family, friends and former au pairs. Their music swells
with powerful choir-like harmonies and glorious widescreen melodies, and
they’ve earned a reputation for fantastic live performances with an
ever-changing instrumental line-up of mandolin, banjo, acoustic and
electric guitars, harmonica, violin, musical saw, flute and a unique
blend of drums and percussion.
+ HOT FEET
Hot Feet are a folk rock band from Stroud, Gloucestershire, made up of
Marianne Parrish (vocals), Jack Page (guitar), Lachlan McLellan (bass)
and Rob Pemberton; (drums).
The band draw together a range of musical influences including delta
blues, sixties folk and world rhythms. Clamorous in places, delicate in
others; sometimes offering raucous, earthy uproar and a wistful,
yearning narrative within the same song.
+ THE MAGIC LANTERN
The Magic Lantern is the moniker of London based musician Jamie
Doe who writes and sings songs that sound deceptively spare and starkly
beautiful, but which open up to reveal a warmth, humor and wisdom that
belies his age. With an immediately arresting voice that has been
compared variously to Jeff Buckley and Chet Baker, The Magic Lantern’s
first album ‘A World In A Grain of Sand’ (Hectic Eclectic Records)
garnered much praise for its bewitching mix of folk, jazz and shades of
contemporary classical music. His second album ‘Love of Too Much Living’
is a record stripped back to the essentials, and is due to be released
on Smugglers Records in the Autumn of 2014