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."
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MAY


THE MILLI-METERS

Friday 1st May, 8pm
£4 on the door
The Milli-meters authentically perform songs from New Orleans’ seminal Funk pioneers The Meters. Capturing the sound and feel of those timeless records are some of Bristols finest players. Performing their Funk Classics and lesser known gems are Matt Brown (Drums), Luke Cawthra (Guitar), TomKuras (Bass) and Dan Moore (Keys).


HAIKU SALUT

Weds 6th May, 7.30pm
£5 advance. Buy tickets here from Bristol Ticket Shop

Haiku Salut are an instrumental trio from the Derbyshire Dales who describe themselves as a ‘Baroque-Pop-Folktronic-Neo-Classical-Something-Or-Other’.

Influenced by the evocative film soundtracks of Yann Tiersen and Benoît Charest, the genre-melting electronica of Ametsub and early Múm, and the impressionistic writing of Haruki Murakami, the band’s debut album Tricolore came out last year, to critical acclaim. The album was awarded four stars by The Guardian, Uncut, Drowned In Sound, Artrocker, Rock’N’Reel and many more, and songs from the record were played on BBC 6 Music by Jarvis Cocker, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe.

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+ JILK

Bristol based Jilk fuses a bewildering collage of home-found sounds with the ambient soundscapes of washy synths, insect-like clicks & cuts, and basslines to get any heads bobbing.

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+ ELSPETH ANNE

“Elspeth's songs...have all the charm and creak of a Jan Svankmajer animation, all twigs and cloth puppets.”

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WAITRESS FOR THE BEES

Friday 8th May, 8pm
£4 on the door

Emma Hooper uses her viola, accordion, saw, the glock from the Finnish farm auction, electronics and her voice to play you songs about Dinosaurs and make your heart hurt.

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+ CAJITA

Jay makes music using acoustic instruments, synths, computers, voices and loop pedals. He is a one man band. His music makes you swoon. You won't be dissapointed.

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RUMBLE O'S

Friday 15th May, 8pm
£4 on the door

“Taking their cues from Tarantino’s surf selections, Joe Meek’s New World, Budd and Bizet, The Rumble-O’s project their intergalactic instro’s into the heart of ‘62 and return aboard Dick Dale’s reverb tank. They blend high energy, authentic sixties sounds with a contemporary edge…”

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+ THEE MANATEES

Thee Manatees have surfaced from beneath the railway arches of Cardiff to play their dynamic mix of bluesy, rootsy, garagey goodness. A unique trio with cactus juice running through their veins. Float through the night and join them for a shot of spaghetti western, a hint of Lynch and a fistful of Tarantino


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HARLEM RHYTHM CATS

Friday 22nd May, 8pm

Boogie Woogie & Blues Band playing the very best smokin' hot classics from the 40's & 50's.

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CYMBIENT

Friday 29th May, 8pm

Cymbient is the musical entity of psychedelic artist Andy Fung. The music is psych-surf-rock with a twist. Arced, his fourth album, is the second released on Folkwit Records. Andy was the front man and main songwriter of Peel favourites Derrero, and is one half of Welsh duo No Thee No Ess, who received press attention and radio play on BBC 6Music. Andy has also played drums for Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Richard James, Martin Carr, Cate Le Bon, and is currently on tour with H. Hawkline.

Beautiful melodies and wonderfully orchestrated arrangements from a very special band!"
- Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

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+ MARTIN CALLINGHAM

Autumnal, intelligently constructed alt-folk from one-time Joyce The Librarian.

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JUNE


SEFRIAL

Friday 5th June, 8pm

Drawing influences from Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman, David Newman, Stan Getz and John Zorn, Sophie Stockham has put together a brand new band: Sefrial. This inventive new project performs music with an eclectic range of music from The Tin Hat trio, avant-rockist composer John Zorn and post-boogaloo experimentalists Medeski, Martin & Wood. This project features some of Bristols top players including the brilliant Jake McMurchie on tenor sax, Joe Wilkins on guitar, Greg Cordez on bass and Matt Brown on drums.


THE MODEL FOLK

Friday 12th June, 8pm
£4 Adv
Entirely acoustic, from the humble washboard and the throb of the double bass via the wheezing of the harmonium and the shriek of the clarinet.
With a chorus of voices telling tales of steam, soviet farming machinery and 1930s drag queens.
A ramshackle troupe of musicians, unafraid to fraternise with the audience, whipping them into a frenzy of folk and roll.
The Model Folk are a six piece band, hailing from the deepest darkest reaches of North Somerset.


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+ THE ROARING TROWMAN

A group of men who sing sea shanties and songs of the deep

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+ MARK ROGERS & MARY BYRNE

From Brooklyn, NY, Mark and Mary create a brooding, plaintive and lyrically vivid folk noir.

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