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 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.



Mama Nice are an eight piece curiosity-shop swing band from Bristol, playing a mix of upbeat vintage, gypsy and folk tunes fronted by soulful female vocals. Sweet harmonies tell winding tales of curious people and places. Bittersweet yet delectable.



Friday 5th December, 8pm
£4 on the door

Jackson Hill are a folk band from Bristol, Their music is compelling and often unusual with Banjo, Melodica, guitar, ukulele and soulful harmonies.



Friday 12th December, 8pm
£5 on the door

A Green Rock River Band show will promise loud, brash string band music; banjos, fiddles, guitars and washboards all over-scored by melodic trombone and soaring three part harmonies. This London based outfit are a hybrid of old time sounds that universally connects with audiences all over, a sound that has echoed throughout decades of music history, in music hall, Americana, folk tradition and jazz. All this blended with a contemporary sound. Modern songwriting and original arrangements for 21st century audiences wanting to connect with a music that runs a little deeper, a little more primitive than the clean over produced sound of modern folk and pop.



Friday 20th December, 8pm
£5 on the door

Upbeat horn-fuelled folk-rock, skiffle-punk, country-soul & rock n roll troupe curate a special festive bonanza. Line-up TBC

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