Grain Barge


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



Wednesday 23rd April ~
£8 + BF Adv Tickets available from Bristol Ticket Shop. Click here to Buy

Emily Portman is a singer, writer and concertina player originating from Glastonbury and hailed ‘one of the new British folk scene’s most beguiling presences’ (Uncut). Her BBC Folk award-winning album ‘Hatchling’ is described as “Marvelous” (The Observer) ‘Eerily magnificent’ (fROOTS) and “One of the year’s most distinctive folk releases” (Songlines).
With her debut album ‘The Glamoury’ also gaining her two BBC Folk Award nominations, Emily is fast gaining a reputation for her ‘remarkable and original’ songwriting (The Observer). Not only has her music propelled Emily onto the front cover of FRoots, she has received widespread international radio-play and tours the UK extensively, recently supporting The Be Good Tanyas in a sell-out tour culminating at London’s Barbican. Inspired by the darker underbelly of folklore and balladry, Emily weaves harmony-rich narratives alongside Lucy Farrell (viola) and Rachel Newton (harp).

Thursday 24th April ~
£9 Adv
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It is said that no (wo) man is an island, entire of itself, but if Liz Green's highly acclaimed debut album O, Devotion! says anything it's that she exists in a certain kind of isolation, as a uniquely exceptional, “eccentric and rather magical” artist, (to borrow words from The Guardian). One does not just stumble across her music to be left unmarked. She gives too much for that.
Haul Away! is about Communication. Language. The Insufficiency of Words. Home. How to Fit in. Escape. Sea. Elemental Forces. The Edge of Something. Travel. The End of Something. Mythology. Love Lost. And Death. Her second album then continues to speak to her unique character (as droll as it is dark) while it also finds her becoming a piece of the continent, a part of the main by realising that these “Lonely little songs need some company”. Luckily they have it in the form of a band of friends, who accompany her voice – a wonderfully warm melange of styles - and newly grounded piano compositions, surrounding them in bass, saxophone, drums, tuba, trombone, cello and flute “like a life raft or armbands.” Some of them even sound like her “most cheerful” songs to date.

Friday 25th April

£5 on the door

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Moon Club are a Bristol new wave 4 piece, citing influences from The Police, The Cure, and Peter Gabriel amongst many others. Their social commentary disguised with irresistible choruses and heavy set groove, make them unique and stand out against other artists.

Stemming inspiration from the likes of Jeff Buckley, Arcane Roots and The Smiths, Ranger Camero are a young 3 piece that combine reverb saturated guitars, fuzzy bass tones and upbeat drumming to amalgamate old-skool conventions with modern day rhythm and blues.

One of Bristol’s best singer/songwriters, Sarah Proudfoot opens the Locatune night with a signature set ahead of her upcoming album, currently being recorded!


Friday 2nd May ~ 8pm
£3 adv / £4 door

“Awesome... like The Allman Brothers meets the Seeger Sessions” -­ LAURA MARLING

Bluegrass, Folk and Soul explosion blending “joyously melodic” songwriting with a soulful intensity, The James Riley Band weave a tapestry of styles, fusing influences from the guitar led song craft of John Martyn, the swooning strings of Bill Withers and the jubilant abandon of Springsteen, all compounded into an electrifying live experience.

New underground alternative pop band, Itchy Teeth, have been causing a bit of a stir with the likes of Ronnie Wood congratulating them on their ability to produce, “Stupendous pop rock in the style of real bands from the 60′s. Itchy Teeth are the only band doing it right these days. If you think anyone is writing a better song then you’re surely wrong. I can’t get enough of these lads.”

Friday 9th May ~ 8pm
£4 Adv / £5 Door

As a songwriter Jonny Velon comes from a musical tradition of story telling, picture painting and intense human experience. In the mold of Lou Reed, David Bowie or Jeff Buckley the songs combine lush melodies with complex structures and big waves of emotion while embracing rhythms from funk and soul, folk and jazz.

I Am Horse are Magda Conway, Suzi Lamb and Anna Gravelle. They are a Bristol based 3-piece who are presently joined onstage 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.

"A legend on the Bristol scene, Rita's songs are an explosion of sexual, religious and social imagery driven by an energy that comes across just as strongly in an acoustic set as when Rita performs with a band."

Known for her insurmountable stage presence, Rita performs solo, or with her band consisting of John Langley (drums) and Mike Youe (bass). Rita is also known for her time spent as guitarist in Bristol Art-Rock band the Blue Aeroplanes, of which her accompanying musicians are current members.

Wednesday 14th May ~ 7.30pm
£8 + BF advance tickets from Bristol Ticket Shop. Click here to buy

Lisa emerged in 2007 with a remarkable debut and as a highly distinctive artist from one of the most creative and active underground music scenes of recent times. She merges a radiant style of traditional folk and self-penned song, with fiddle, hammer dulcimer, strings, banjo and sonic delights from the technological age.

“The hidden seam is unpicked and a vibrant creative force flows down the years to anoint Lisa, filling her lungs with the gift of song. The result is a masterpiece.” Folk Radio UK

"A masterful creation" Observer

Cakes & Ales singer playing her brilliant solo creations of folk songs.

Friday 16th May ~ 8pm
£4 adv / £5 door

"Where does 'whimsical comedy song' cross the line into bona-fide indie-folk? The best acousticy-singer types, from Emmy the Great to Billy Bragg are genuinely funny, while the finest comic songs, those of Isy Suttie or Tim Minchin, set the jokes amid proper tunes and real melancholy. Gavin Osborn walks that line more than most, having appeared in actual comedy clubs, the Edinburgh Fringe and a series of story-telling shows with tweecore comedy king Daniel Kitson, whilst also traversing the above-the-pub folk circuit, having Hefner's Darren Heyman produce 2009's lovely Meeting Your Heroes album and alongside Kitson, touring with Belle & Sebastian".
The Quietus

Small rambling folk singer from Leicester and beyond.She writes indie folk rock songs (a couple with an acoustic punk twist), plays the guitar and sings with a voice that has been likened by listeners to Laura Marling and Kate Nash.
Mark John ("MJ") Hibbett is an English guitarist singer-songwriter, often compared to Billy Bragg and Richard Digance.

Friday 23rd May ~ 8pm
£10 + BF advance tickets from Bristol Ticket Shop. Click here to buy

Tiny Ruins will release their second album, Brightly Painted One, on 5th May. The album is their first since signing with Bella Union in the UK/Europe.
Lyrically ambiguous and poignant, the songs roughly follow in the traditions of folk and blues that Fullbrook has drawn on in the past, engaging moods both hopeful and world-weary. Yet there is more of an expansive approach to this album - where debut Some Were Meant for Sea presented a host of characterful vignettes, Brightly Painted One follows a journey, cyclical and whole, with tones falling between dream pop and folk-blues.

The Provincial Archive are a Canadian indie folk band.
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, the band was formed by Craig Schram, Nathan Burge and Ryan Podlubny following the demise of Schram's earlier band Five O'Clock Charlie. The band subsequently enlisted drummer Dave Meagher, who was with the band briefly before being replaced by Bramwell Park. All of the band's members are multi-instrumentalists.

Friday 30th May ~ 8pm
£4 Adv / £5 Door

Emmott & The Folkestra are a six-piece modern folk band from Lancashire, north west England who have been writing and performing together since Spring 2010. Playing a mixture of original modern folk songs and covers that they have put their own stamp on, they have produced a strong mix of rousing stompers and heartfelt ballads.

Emmott Garnett - Vocals, Guitar
Robz Style - Guitar, Vocals
Matt Heap - Mandolin, Vocals
Dean Roberts - Banjo
Matt Soulsby - Bass
Tony Dixon - Drums, Percussion