Grain Barge

Music

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."
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AUGUST



WILL MCNICOL & LUKE SELBY

Thursday 27th August, 8pm
£5 adv from Bristol Ticket Shop and Wegottickets
Since their formation as a duo in mid 2013, multi award-winning acoustic guitarist Will McNicol and drummer Luke Selby have been gaining rave reviews for their live performances up and down the country. Both highly respected and in-demand instrumentalists in their respective fields, the combination of Will’s intricate melodic fingerstyle playing on both steel and nylon string guitars and Luke’s explosive rhythms on kit and percussion has been making a unique impression.

Setting themselves a mission of traversing the globe in their live performances, the duo draw on influences from Brazilian sambas through to driving West-African rhythms, Celtic folk melodies to North American foot-stamping blues numbers. Combining this worldwide diversity with Will & Luke's virtuosic instrumental aility and sensitive musicaility has created an exhilerating live show, full of surprises which have gained them more than a few standing ovations. Their passion for musical traditions from around the world has culminated in a collection of diverse original compositions, as well as-reworkings of seminal works in a vareity of genres, which have been released as their debut album "Hitchhiker".

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+ LEO JAMES



SEPTEMBER





THE MANDALAS

Thursday 3rd September, 7:30pm

New Bristol based ensemble that fuses "Wicker Man" Folk with Klezmer and African flavours. They are armed with kora, clarinet, percussion and assorted folk acoustic instruments along with atmospheric vocal harmonies to bring an intoxicating of the introspective and the rhythmic.

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+ SPECIAL GUESTS


SENNEN TIMCKE

Thursday 10th September, 7:30pm, £3 Entry

A deft fingerpicking style that recalls The Tallest Man on Earth and prime James Taylor, Sennens new show is dynamic, engaging and deeply heartfelt. Sennen says: "Honest songs about truth, love and the questioning of the head and heart - plus girls, being skint and drinking too much".

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+ DAVID GREEN + FRASER ANDERSON

RM HUBBERT

Thursday 19th September, 7:30pm, £8 adv tickets available here

RM HUBBERT is a guitarist from Glasgow in Scotland. He writes music about love, death, friendship, mental illness and occasionally a dog called D Bone. It’s not as depressing as the previous sentence suggests.

Hubby’s technical prowess, combined with the intimacy of his shows has secured his reputation as an unmissable live performer – a fact not lost on the likes of Mogwai and Godspeed You! Black Emperor who have invited Hubby to support them on tour.

“Emotionally gripping.” // MOJO

“Hubbert’s live shows provide the rare spectacle of a noisy rabble falling instantly silent to marvel at both his technical ability and the emotional impact of his music” // The Scotsman


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+ MARTIN CALLINGHAM

THE BRACKISH

Friday 18th September, 8pm, £3 entry

The Brackish are a thrillingly unique instrumental band formed in 2013, featuring alumni of This is the Kit, Zun Zun Egui and The Liftmen. At the core of the music are tight arrangements combined with improvisation, featuring interplay between two distinctive guitar voices. The broad vocabulary of the music - psychedelic, metal, jazz, kraut … - echoes Steve Reich, Sabbath, Can and Tortoise.

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+ PORT ERIN

Despite having a Manx inspired name, Port Erin are proud to call themselves a West Country band. Formed in a tiny Wiltshire village back in early 2007 these inauspicious origins have not hindered the band at all, serving more to generate a genuine gang mentality and impressive work ethic. Drawing on influences such as Talking Heads, XTC, Syd Arthur, Talk Talk, Miles Davis, Cowtown, Sigur Ros, Frank Zappa, Oceansize and Prefab Sprout the band’s constant and relentless writing and touring has developed their unique sound, with no limitations put on genre or style.

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HOWLIN' LORD

Thursday 24th September, 8pm, £3 entry

Country loving rock'n'rollers Howlin' Lord hail from Bristol UK combining down home barroom rock'n'roll with from the heart, well crafted songwriting..
The band revolves around songwriter, guitar slinger and lead singer Mark Legassick who has taken the band from a one man guitar-drums-harmonica combo through multiple personel changes to the current lineup including Mandrake Fantastico on keys and banjo, drummer Dan Clibery, guitarist Marc Griffiths and Guy Fowler on bass guitar.


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+ SUPPORT

OCTOBER





SEFRIAL

Thursday 1st October, 8pm, £3 entry

Dakhla's alto saxophonist Sophie Stockham's new project featuring Jake McMurchie on tenor sax, Joe Wilkins on guitar, Greg Cordez on bass and Matt Brown on drums. This inventive new project performs music with an eclectic range of influences including The Tin Hat trio, avant-rockist composer John Zorn and post-boogaloo experimentalists Medeski, Martin & Wood


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THE IMPRINTS

Thursday 8th October, 8pm, £3 entry

With influences ranging from heavy metal to dubstep to classical Imprints have grown over their 4 year period, harnessing a uniquely original hard-hitting sound. Blending classical training and self teachings in a folk - rock mix, combined with a love for pushing the standards of the traditional act of 'cover songs' Imprints have set out to have a truly original live experience.


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SCREAMING MISS JACKSON & THE SLAP YA MAMA BIG BAND

Thursday 15th October, 8pm, £3 entry

UK take on the New Orleans street sound, elements of Country, Skiffle, Jazz, Western Swing all mixed up together.
The band consists of: April Jackson (washboard and vocals) Marc Griffiths (Banjo and vocals) Mark Legassick (Mandolin, Guitar and vocals) Rebecca Philip (Guitar and vocals) Henry Slim (Harmonica and vocals) Mandrake Fantastico (Double Bass) and Robert William Alexander III (Drums).

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Previously on our stage :
Alastair Roberts, Sam Amidon, RM Hubbert, Gravenhurst, Bob Lind, Tiny Ruins, David Thomas Broughton, This Is The Kit, Liz Green, Laura Moody, Haiku Salut, Duotone, Jilk, Howlin' Lord,