Grain Barge


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"



Thursday 22nd September, 8pm, Free Entry

Groovelator' finds freedom and elation in the groove. The band features virtuosic Hammond Organist John Paul Gard, Tom Gilkes on drums and Mark Lawrence on guitar with repertoire taken from funk and soul classics, pop hits, sizzlin' fusion, gospel and jazz.



Sunday 25th September, 8pm, £8 on the door

Matt Woosey’s time is now. His eighth studio album, Desiderata, captures the most daring and progressive music of his career. His acclaimed solo shows dart between folk, roots, ambient and electronica. He’s an artist who slips the creative straightjacket of the modern industry, a trailblazer with no reverse gear, a performer who drags the acoustic guitar kicking and screaming into fresh relevance.

"Lighting up the British blues and R&B scene" Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

"Acoustic Artist of the Year" Blues & Soul Magazine

"Solo Artist of the Year" Blues Matters



Thursday 29th September, 8pm, Free Entry

Soaring vocals echo accross soundscapes of intricate guitar, running piano and exciting, atmospheric drums. If London Grammar and Kate Bush collaborated, this would be the beautiful outcome.



Thursday 6th October, 8pm, Free Entry

The Gentle Good is also known as Cardiff born Gareth Bonello, a Welsh folk singer and songwriter. His honest and tender vocals are well matched to an intricate guitar style that owes much to the great guitarists of the 60s folk revival. A dedicated multi-instrumentalist his recordings are layered with subtle string arrangements as well as banjos, mandolins and glockenspiels.



Thursday 13th October, 8pm, Free Entry

The hot-club style outfit travels through desert caravans, mediteranian vibes and 40s swing-dance halls, depending on where the crowd, and the band, want to go! Their fresh sound and variety of instruments and rhythms keeps any audience interested. Gypsy Jazz, classic songs, mellow clarinet tones, and driving Bari sax , all under pinned by the tight swing of vibrant guitar and Bass



Thursday 20th October, 8pm, Free Entry

Bristol based Blues/Rock band, playing high energy classics from the great blues vault, as well as material from their three album catalogue. One of the hardest working three pieces around, and arguably Bristol's wildest guitar slinger, catch these guys in the fabulous setting of the Grain Barge!



Thursday 27th October, 8pm, Free Entry

"Silky vocals jangle towards rousing harmonies between beautiful violin solos and finely mastered acoustic guitar from twisted neo-folk band Snufkin. Expect exhilarating toe-tapping rhythm and lifting intricate melodies."
Winners of Bath Folk Festival New Shoots competition 2016, Snufkin are a kind-of choral, twisted folk band performing their own material alongside their own versions of traditional and contemporary material.



Thursday 3rd November, 8pm, Free Entry

This is the new roots blues you’ve been waiting for - edgy and innovative and rooted in rock, soul, punk, Americana and -of course- rock ’n roll. Formed by Joe Cribb, Spencer Brown and Matt Jones. Inspired by legends such as Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and Sea Sick Steve, and drawing influences from punk-blues artists such as Jack White and garage rock band The Jim Jones Revue; Joe Cribb and the Seed Drills are here to revolutionise the UK blues scene with their very loud sound



Thursday 10th November, 8pm, Free Entry

“I was raised by the sounds and the words of redemption song.”
Samuel Jack. A unique, intelligent and emotive storyteller with a rugged soulful vocal that commands the room. Raised on a diet of Blues, Motown, soul and roots music, Samuel was born in London, before moving to Johannesburg at the age of 12.
Last year Samuel Jack had the privilege of opening The Avalon Stage at Glastonbury Festival and he’s been wowing audiences at a string of private clubs in Los Angeles & London.
This year Samuel has appeared at a number of Sofar Sounds shows as well as performing at the Innocent Unplugged and Larmer Tree Festivals. He has been championed by both BBC Introducing, Robert Elms and did a live session for BBC London in July.