Grain Barge

Music

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."
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APRIL




HOLD BAR / RELAUNCH

KEIRAN & THE IGUANAS

+ DJ PAULO FERNANDEZ

Friday 17th April, 6pm
Free Entry / RSVP here

We kick things off in our refurbished hold bar with a night to remember featuring live music from Kieran And The Iguanas, DJ Paulo Fernandez and some surprises.

Plus, we get to show off our new and (we think) impressive line-up of beers to wet your whistles.

KIERAN AND THE IGUANAS alt-world tropi-delic sound
combines a multicultural mix of musical genres; ripping influences from around the world to produce a dense ball of exotic rhythms played to the backdrop of grey skies and dark alleyways.

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MOONBOW

Wednesday 22nd April, 8pm
Free Entry
21 year old artists Eleanor Hardwick and Beau Hulse formed Moonbow in 2013 with the desire to approach pop music with the same careful intention found within conceptual art. Hardwick, based between Oxford and London, has worked in the visual arts from a young age, gaining attention from BBC Radio 4, The Independent, Dazed & Confused, The Guardian, Vogue, i-D and many more after she uploaded her work online as a teenager. Meanwhile, Reading-Bristol based Hulse experimented in making music from childhood, and has always found a deep love in combining his passion for visual art with his various musical projects.
Using a mixture of electronic hardware and found organic instruments, the songs sit in a middle ground between trippy pop and transcendental soundtracks. Their live shows are often based around a loose narrative that is reenforced through the use of visuals, set design, costume and smell - whilst video projects are presented as narrative short films, and releases accompanied by zines of visual artwork by members of the project.


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+ SPECIAL GUESTS


PHIL KING

Friday 24th April, 8pm
£4 on the door

"Bristol based singer songwriter immediately captivates the crowd with his pure yet powerful vocals and his charming vulnerability. His accomplished set is a mixture of Damien Rice style heartfelt balladry, John Martyn guitar picking melancholia and the raw energy of a busker. Here is a man laying his heart wide open, with nothing but his guitar and harmonica for company, to a room full of strangers and that in itself is worthy of respect. The fact his music is also so heartwarmingly good makes being in the crowd a thoroughly enjoyable experience."


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+ CLAYTON DENWOOD

“He flies the flag for UK Americana in fine style, there’s a Woodstock vibe going on which is unsurprising since he’s been there and done that (no, literally – he used to live there). There is sufficient diversity in the tunes to keep everybody happy…folksy, bluesy, funky, country stuff…”

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MAY


A TRIBUTE TO THE METERS

Friday 1st May, 8pm
£4 on the door
All the hits, all night. Details tbc.


HAIKU SALUT

Weds 6th May, 7.30pm
£5 advance. Buy tickets here from Bristol Ticket Shop

Haiku Salut are an instrumental trio from the Derbyshire Dales who describe themselves as a ‘Baroque-Pop-Folktronic-Neo-Classical-Something-Or-Other’.

Influenced by the evocative film soundtracks of Yann Tiersen and Benoît Charest, the genre-melting electronica of Ametsub and early Múm, and the impressionistic writing of Haruki Murakami, the band’s debut album Tricolore came out last year, to critical acclaim. The album was awarded four stars by The Guardian, Uncut, Drowned In Sound, Artrocker, Rock’N’Reel and many more, and songs from the record were played on BBC 6 Music by Jarvis Cocker, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe.

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+ JILK

Bristol based Jilk fuses a bewildering collage of home-found sounds with the ambient soundscapes of washy synths, insect-like clicks & cuts, and basslines to get any heads bobbing.

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WAITRESS FOR THE BEES

Friday 8th May, 8pm
£4 on the door

Emma Hooper uses her viola, accordion, saw, the glock from the Finnish farm auction, electronics and her voice to play you songs about Dinosaurs and make your heart hurt.

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+ CAJITA

Jay makes music using acoustic instruments, synths, computers, voices and loop pedals. He is a one man band. His music makes you swoon. You won't be dissapointed.

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RUMBLE O'S

Friday 15th May, 8pm
£4 on the door

“Taking their cues from Tarantino’s surf selections, Joe Meek’s New World, Budd and Bizet, The Rumble-O’s project their intergalactic instro’s into the heart of ‘62 and return aboard Dick Dale’s reverb tank. They blend high energy, authentic sixties sounds with a contemporary edge…”

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+ THEE MANATEES

Thee Manatees have surfaced from beneath the railway arches of Cardiff to play their dynamic mix of bluesy, rootsy, garagey goodness. A unique trio with cactus juice running through their veins. Float through the night and join them for a shot of spaghetti western, a hint of Lynch and a fistful of Tarantino


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HARLEM RHYTHM CATS

Friday 22nd May, 8pm

Boogie Woogie & Blues Band playing the very best smokin' hot classics from the 40's & 50's.

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CYMBIENT

Friday 29th May, 8pm

Cymbient is the musical entity of psychedelic artist Andy Fung. The music is psych-surf-rock with a twist. Arced, his fourth album, is the second released on Folkwit Records. Andy was the front man and main songwriter of Peel favourites Derrero, and is one half of Welsh duo No Thee No Ess, who received press attention and radio play on BBC 6Music. Andy has also played drums for Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Richard James, Martin Carr, Cate Le Bon, and is currently on tour with H. Hawkline.

Beautiful melodies and wonderfully orchestrated arrangements from a very special band!"
- Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

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+ MARTIN CALLINGHAM

Autumnal, intelligently constructed alt-folk from one-time Joyce The Librarian.

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