Music fills the city, as Bristol Folk Festival launches


29 April 2019




We are delighted to welcome Bristol Folk Festival as a new member and to add folk to Bristol’s festival credentials, as some of the UK’s best musicians head to the city for the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

Bristol Folk Festival is brought to the city by a new team including former Bristol Festivals Chair and founder of Bristol Pride, Dr Anna Rutherford and national folk promoter and founder of Downend Folk Club, Ant Miles.

Dr Rutherford explains: ‘The West Country has always been a hotbed for folk talent and Bristol Folk Festival invites some of our brightest stars to share the stage with the world’s best musicians. As programmers, we’re excited by the folk artists speaking for a new generation – Grace Petrie, Lady Maisery, Sam Kelly – but in these divisive times, we’re also passionate about the unifying power of music. Whatever your background, folk is about finding common ground, and it is such a brilliant antidote to our high-stress, plugged-in lives.’

You can dip in and out of the festival with day tickets, join us for the whole weekend, or turn up to some of the brilliant free fringe activity, late-night sessions and workshops taking place across the city‘ Ant Miles

Taking place from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May 2019, the festival sees more than a dozen acts perform in venues across the city over the course of the weekend. The main musical showcases take place around Park Street, with performances on Friday and Saturday at Bristol Folk House and Saint Stephen’s Church and on Sunday at St George’s Bristol.

The line-up has been curated to reflect the changing face of the UK folk scene and includes BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominees Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and The Drystones, as well as local favourites Spiro, Rachel Dadd, Amadou Diagne, The Longest Johns and Bristol Folk Singers.

Multi-BBC Folk Award winners Cara Dillon and Kris Drever (Lau) headline a special Sunday at recently renovated St George’s Bristol. Behind them a host of rising stars from the UK folk scene lead the folk charge, including Lady Maisery, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, and Grace Petrie.

Headliner Cara Dillon said: ‘Bristol is a beautiful, vibrant city and deserves an equally beautiful and vibrant Folk Festival. Sunday see’s folk take over the whole of St George’s and I can’t wait to perform there.’

St George’s becomes the stage for both world-class artists and local musicians as the whole venue comes to life. Look out for sword dance, step dance, free sessions in the bar and live artists interviews, including a special conversation with the unofficial patron of the festival Peter Lord of Aardman.

Ben Spencer, Head of Programme at St George’s Bristol added: ‘We are thrilled Bristol Folk Festival is coming to St George’s Bristol in 2019. This year’s line-up captures a glorious mix of artists, big names and fresh faces, and we can’t wait to welcome festival-goers and fill our beautifully renovated performance spaces and new café bar with the best folk music from around the UK.’

Weekend tickets priced £69 and day tickets from £20. Full line-ups, festival information and tickets are now available on the Bristol Folk Festival Website.



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