Grain Barge


Every Thursday 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



Thursday 18th February, 8pm, Free Entry

LET SPIN consists of MOSS FREED (guitar), RUTH GOLLER (bass), CHRIS WILLIAMS (saxophone) and FINLAY PANTER (drums). Their spectacular eponymous 2014 debut announced them as ‘a significant new UK jazz force’ (John Fordham, The Guardian) and followup LET GO is the album that confirms them as one of the most exciting new bands in Europe.

Featuring members of Melt Yourself Down, Led Bib, Beats & Pieces Big Band and Moss Project, Let Spin is a band confident enough to explore both individual and group aesthetics in composition and performance. It is this hard earned group empathy that gives them the rare ability to move between thrashy punk, wistful reflection and more complex, quirky territory so effortlessly.

“British Punk Jazz with a wiry electrical crackle”

“A new prog-jazz supergroup”



Harry Furniss christened "Iceman" is a "punk art jazz" cornet player and improvising musician. A drafter of Bristol's most in-demand musicians each show is exceptionally different to the next. Deep rooted grooves with a whole fantasy world of modal textures



Thursday 25th February, 8pm, Free Entry

A versatile and fluid guitarist who has worked with the likes of Malachai and Beth Gibbons and toured 50 states of America in 50 days with Kevin Montgomery, is also a songwriter of super melodic proportions.

"Harmony-laden, melancholic Pop" - NME






Thursday 3rd March, 8pm

Tim Crabtree began Paper Beat Scissors after a move from the UK to the windy isolation of Canada’s East Coast. The Paper Beat Scissors live show is an intense and intimate experience – solo finger-picked laments interweave with a haunting voice that slips into the music, then darts back out to pull the listener in. Having caught the attention of his adoptive homeland with the eponymous debut (mixed by Arcade Fire drummer Jeremy Gara), attention has been swelling on this side of the Atlantic with BBC plays and captivating sets at festivals across Europe (including Wilderness and Rolling Stone Weekender). No stranger to touring, Paper Beat Scissors has shared the stage with the likes of Sun Kil Moon, Great Lake Swimmers and Clogs & My Brightest Diamond. The electronically-tinged new album “Go On”, recorded by Dean Nelson (Beck, Bat for Lashes), will be released in the UK in February 2016.



Poetic folk inspired by artists such as Leonard Cohen, Sybille Baier, Paul Simon & Vashti Bunyan.


Thursday 10th March, 8pm

Trip The Switch combine soulful vocals with catchy melodies. A modern blend of funk and soul, Trip The Switch are full of energy, heart and stellar vocals. Their songs are about love, life and politics with playful lyrics and heartfelt sentiments. Influences include classic artists such as Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers and contemporary musicians such as Jason Mraz, John Mayer and Jamie Lidell.



VICTORIA KLEWIN & THE TRUETONES are the sweet-spot where great things meet: where tradition meets with originality and retro nostalgia gets down and dirty with musical fusion. Originally conceived as a cross between vocal jazz and blue-eyed soul, the Bristol 7-piece is all that and more, gracefully merging genres and styles to create music that is as unique as it is engaging and accessible. Their live shows pack a punch with front-woman, songwriter and powerhouse vocalist Victoria Klewin at the helm.



Thursday 17th March, 8pm, £5 Adv

Pepper's Ghost are an indie-folk explosion combining talented musicians and songwriters to create dynamic and anthemic music. Their sound effortlessly shifts between deep, ethereal soundscapes and addictive tunes that will stay stuck in your head. Their music refreshes the traditions of folk whilst staying true to the roots of the genre, adding the youthfulness of indie-pop for a sound to drive out the doldrums.



The After Hours are an upbeat jazzy, folky, country 6 piece band with harmony, melancholy and hope.



Thursday 24th March, 8pm

After what he describes as a period in the wilderness Pete Webber wrote a collection of songs in an abandoned and dilapidated mansion in the forest near Bristol, and teamed up with drummer and percussionist Jack Carver to record the roots-tinged album, ‘Until The Water Runs Clean’ which was released in November 2014 to excellent reviews in the British music press as well as airplay on BBC 6 Music and many other stations worldwide.

One year on and Pete and Jack have a new co-written album reflecting an enriched, darker sonic environment with stories of control, obsession, freedom and the human condition, set to a soundtrack of cinematic, heavy blues/americana. Written and recorded over three months in summer 2015 the duo self produced the album, recording their obsessively crafted sounds to tape in search of the sonic world they wanted the songs to inhabit. The adoption of the band name BLACK SEVERN and the eponymously titled new album are statements of the duo's continuing development.

The band's dynamic live set features film projections, found sounds and an eclectic collection of equipment to reproduce the spirit and atmosphere of the album on stage.



Thursday 31st March, 8pm, £5 Adv from Wegottickets
and Bristol Ticket Shop £7 on the door

Matt Woosey’s time is now. His eighth studio album, Desiderata, captures the most daring and progressive music of his career. His acclaimed solo shows dart between folk, roots, ambient and electronica. He’s an artist who slips the creative straightjacket of the modern industry, a trailblazer with no reverse gear, a performer who drags the acoustic guitar kicking and screaming into fresh relevance.

"Lighting up the British blues and R&B scene" Paul Jones, BBC Radio 2

"Acoustic Artist of the Year" Blues & Soul Magazine

"Solo Artist of the Year" Blues Matters




Thursday 7th April, 8pm, Free Entry

Calico Jack are a band of boat dwellers based on the Kennet and Avon canal. Their accordion-led, stomping folk-fusion grew up around towpath campfires and has taken them around the UK festival circuit. Expect a melodic mashup of Eastern European folk, sea shanties and carnival chaos driven by galloping beats. With costumes as flamboyant as their music, the band weave strange and enchanting worlds on stage where pirates, fortune tellers and carnies roam through the landscape of a dark and twisted fairytale.



Having both kora and clarinet amongst their multi-instrumental repertoire gives The Mandalas all sorts of opportunities, global influence-wise. Klezmer, natch, and African flavours feature in their ‘Wicker Man Folk’ fusion, with Greg White’s nifty drums always catching the drift.



Thursday 14th April, 8pm, Tickets available here

Daniel Kemish is an Americana/Outlaw Country artist. His warm, gruff voice and style portray a sound that is not often found in people of his age. Daniels Debut album was recorded at the World Renowned “Ocean Way” Studio A in Nashville and promises to deliver a sound that is true of the music and songs that is so hard to find in today’s world of over produced and polished music.

“With a refreshing sound, a name to watch in the future – RTP



Combining genres such as blues, folk and punk whilst blending charming lyrics of his roots, of life and of love, Jack is truly a relevant and important young act on the scene.

"beautifully laced folklore and fiery, foot stomping tones" - Fred Perry Subculture



Thursday 21st April, 8pm, Free Entry

MEDICINE CREEK are a foot stomping old time string band featuring Nuala Honan (vocals, guitar, harmonica) of the Alchemy Quartet, with Aaron Catlow (violin, percussion, vocals) and Dorian Sutton (double bass, vocals) from Sheelanagig. The band specialise in rootsy bluegrass and Americana, with sweet harmonies and dark tales. Audiences are are advised to sing loud, dance fast and drink heavily.