Grain Barge


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



Friday 30th January, 8pm
Free Entry / Donations welcome

Errol's Kitchen are a funk quartet who pay homage to acts such as The Meters, Grant Green and Lou Donaldson... "Live lounge funk jazz with teeth......"

Neil Smith, guitar.
Dino Christodoulou, sax.
Anthony (Errol) Flynn, drums.
Stef Manfredi, bass.




Friday 6th February, 7pm
Free Entry

MEDICINE CREEK are a foot stomping old time string band featuring Nuala Honan (vocals, guitar, harmonica) of the Alchemy Quartet, with Aaron Catlow (violin, percussion, vocals) and Dorian Sutton (double bass, vocals) from Sheelanagig. The band specialise in rootsy bluegrass and Americana, with sweet harmonies and dark tales. Audiences are are advised to sing loud, dance fast and drink heavily.



Separated from the source of their material by a Century and nearly 4000 miles, The Ninetree Stumblers live in Bristol, England and perform Old Time String Band music.



Jim Evans is a folk singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, with a lyrical approach to the genre, draws in elements from a vast scope of roots music. He has firmly set up camp in a tradition of songwriters who discover, borrow and then take the genre to a new place, often vivid or surreal imagery with the British disposition at its centre.



Saturday 7th February, Winter Beer Festival, from 3pm
Free Entry

Using a collection of traditional, country, 50s and more recent tunes the Redhillbillies create warm nostalgic, foot tapping, partner swinging and sunshine smile on your face music. Staying true to what they do best – which is having a whole lot of fun! They have insurgent Rhythms, heartbeat stops and five part harmonies and a democratic attitude which allows all in the band to take lead vocals. Most importantly a band chemistry that is unshakeable



A harmonica player, blues shouter and guitar picker, Boxcar Joe sings songs from his travels from Newcastle to New Orleans and a hell of a lot of places in between and, of course, gives the occasional impression of a freight train...



Drawing influence from past and present folk, blues and country musicians from both sides of the Atlantic. Leo’s music has been described as soulful mix of no nonsense honest song writing, warm husky vocals, intricate finger style and shimmering lap steel guitar work.



Friday 13th February
£4 entry on the door

Four slick hepcats gammin straight outta the west with the swinginest rocknrollinest righteous riffs a Jumpin Jack or Jill can jive to. No jibber jabber here, just straight up ice cold jams!



Friday 27th February
£4 entry on the door

Heg & The Wolf Chorus are an exciting blend of folk and dramatic pop, using dynamic violin and percussion, all overlaid with Heg’s flamboyant piano playing and a rich wash of vocal harmonies to tell their dark stories. Their 'other-worldy' breed of new folk music uses these lavish vocal arrangements to create drama and atmosphere in their theatrical sound. The songs, written by Heg, draw inspiration from traditional fairy tales and the twisted roots of her own family tree, taking the listener on a journey from Grimm’s fantastical forests, across the stormy Atlantic to the black, dangerous coal mines of Illinois and far beyond.





Friday 6th March, 8pm
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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.



Thursday 12th March, 7.30pm
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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.



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



Thursday 26th March, 7.30pm
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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.



Friday 27th March
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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.



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 in April 2013 and was shortlisted for the Welsh Music Prize that year.


Previously on our stage...

Sam Amidon, Tim Eriksen, Alasdair Roberts, Tiny Ruins, Kate Tempest, Andy Sheppard, Bob Lind, Emily Portman, Diane Cluck, Curtis Eller, Gravenhurst, David Thomas Broughton, 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, Two Wings, Landslide Purist, Jack Cheshire, Duotone, John E Vistic Experience