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 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.



Friday 9th January, 8pm
£4 on the door

Americana that combines the best of modern country and old-time mountain music, with an emotional intensity that is all their own. But if you are looking for reference points you could do worse than triangulate Gillian Welch Steve Earle and the Band. Tonight they play two sets of pure Dylan songs



Friday 16th January, 8pm
£4 + BF from Bristol Ticket Shop / £5 on the door

Duotone is the alias of songwriter Barney Morse-Brown, cellist with multi-platinum artist Birdy and BBC Folk Award winners the Imagined Village, Chris Wood, Eliza Carthy and Jackie Oates.
Duotone’s new album Let’s Get Low, written at home on his narrowboat, reveals a songwriter who is unafraid to explore real-life experiences that are often hidden from view. His debut album Work Harder & One Day You’ll Find Her (2009) and critically acclaimed second LP Ropes (2011) saw Duotone navigating his way through the loss of his wife; Let’s Get Low, after two years in the making, presents a new perspective on his experiences and explores the meaning of home and his sense of place. He has made a remarkably optimistic collection of songs.



Daisy's voice, her most powerful instrument, soars above classical piano to almost choral proportions, whilst the melodies are supported by dramatic fiddle and swelling cello.
Eight years since going it alone, Daisy has proved herself as a talented and shrewd songwriter in demand. Two albums have been recorded by renowned producer Ali Chant at Toybox Studios (PJ Harvey, Gruff Rhys, Giant Sand, Seasick Steve) including her latest release, “Shameless Winter”.



Friday 23rd January, 8pm
Free Entry / Donations welcome

Conjuring up the mood of 1930’s Paris, fused with the energy of a gypsy campfire jam session, these are a group of musicians with a passion for gypsy swing music.

Irresistible rhythms,  lyrical melodies and their own little bit of ‘special sauce’ give them the ingredients for a heart warming, hip swinging sound.

Based in Bristol (UK), The Schmoozenbergs are Sam Stennett (Guitar), Tom Brydon Smith (Guitar), Alex Taylor (Violin) and Ron Phelan (Double Bass).



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.


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