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



Monday 20th October, 8pm
£7.50 Advance tickets: 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. Listen


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. Listen


Friday 24th October, 8pm
£6 Advance tickets: click here to buy

Operating well beyond the remit of alt-folk, Cocos Lovers (pronounced Co-Coss) are a distinctive musical force, seamlessly channeling 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. Listen


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. Listen


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. Listen


Friday 31st October, 8pm
£4 on the door

"Rompin', Stompin', Thrill Seekin', Bar Brawlin', Gum Chewin', Jive Talkin', Party Crashin' Rock & Roll!"
This ace Rockabilly trio take the classic 50's song and twist it into a brash, boisterous and modern beat.




Friday 7th November, 8pm
£5 on the door

Crow hailer are a small collective of Bristol musicians who have for years been making interesting and arresting music together through various projects. Now working, writing and recording in their studio located in west Somerset, their debut is filled with exquistite pieces, blending experimental instrumentals, film scores and psychedelic rock, country and folk tinged pop classics. Breaking from tradition has enabled Crow hailer to create an album of rare beauty.

  "A wonderful album" Cerys Matthews, BBC 6 Music




Tuesday 11th November, 7.30pm
£6 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop and Grain Barge

Songs, stories, comedy from the legendary star of BBC Radio Four’s hit series The Lach Chronicles. True tales of testing acid for the mob, beating Joey Ramone in a moshing contest, being saluted by Kiss and loved by Dylan. Free digital download of a Lach album or T-Shirt for each ticket buyer!

‘5 Stars! NYC's living legend! The roots of modern songwriting: Dylan, Barrett, Drake and Lach!’ (Time Out)

'5 stars! Magical!'  (The Herald)

‘5 stars! Face-ache funny, beat-punk unplugged joy!’ (The Guardian)

'Incredibly bright, influential, funny, poetic. Part of NYC folklore.’ (Suzanne Vega)

‘Best punk guitarist since Johnny Ramone.’ (Billy Ficca of Television)

'Best songwriter I know' - (Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches)

'Brilliant, Antifolk kingpin!" - (Thomas Truax)

'My hero and mentor.' - Hamell on Trial



Friday 14th November, 8pm
£5 on the door

They’re back! After more then a decade of self-imposed exile, the Dukes of Mumbai are back together once more in the UK, but now with a new line-up!

You can expect the same mix of high energy 60’s surf pop instrumentals, classically influenced by the likes of Dick Dale and Link Wray, with a few surprise nuggets thrown in from further afield. This time around the band have a harder edge to their sound.

Avoid disappointment. Don’t miss the Dukes of Mumbai!



Friday 21st November, 8pm
£5 on the door

Rockin', soulful blues from the powerhouse voice of Kirris Riviere and his band of hard edged, musicians. This is funky, danceable and as authentic as Tennessee whisky!!!



Singing harmonica and boogie-woogie piano led New Orleans jazz and blues strollers with a twist!


Thursday 27th November, 7.30pm
£5 adv tickets. Click here to buy

Titanic yet ethereal, chaotic yet haunting, Matthew & Me create alternative pop like no other band. Their songs see beginnings of contemplative hush transform into leviathan choruses, capable of filling cathedrals. Lead singer, Matthew Board’s haunting vocals evoke a magical quality to their music, adding an otherworldly layer to the band’s sound.

"The band have the air of a project which exists so far from the metropolitan mainstream that it has been allowed to grow in whichever direction it likes.” - THE CLASH



Friday 28th November, 8pm
£4 on the door

Mr Tea and the Minions blend genres such as Balkan Beats, Gypsy Swing, Ska, Dub and Funk with an infusion of soulful melodies, cheeky Eastern riffs and booming beats and Bass! They are known to infect audiences with dancing and silliness.


Previously on our stage...

Sam Amidon, 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