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Without music life would be a mistake .....

Our intimate venue creates an enjoyable atmosphere for both performer and audience.






MAY 2017

Saturday 6 May. FREE ENTRY. 9pm


The Old Bookshop proudly presents Bristol's own Celtic folk punks.

Blackwater Banshee are a new to the scene 5-piece, Bristol based, Irish folk/rock/punk band gaining respectable comparisons to The Pogues, Planxty, and The Dubliners. Join us for a good old fashioned knees up and sing-a-long!

"What you get is some expertly played Irish trad that promises much much more for the future." - London Celtic Punks



Saturday 13 May.. FREE ENTRY. 9pm


The Model Folk are a six piece band, hailing from the deepest darkest reaches of North Somerset. We play rumbustious balkan inspired original folk. Entirely acoustic, from the humble washboard and the throb of the double bass via the wheezing of the harmonium and the shriek of the clarinet. With a chorus of voices telling tales of steam, soviet farming machinery, 1930s drag queens, circuses and tea. A ramshackle troupe of musicians, unafraid to fraternise with the audience, whipping them into a frenzy of folk and roll.

The band have played a string of summer festival slots, including Purbeck Valley Folk Festival, Folk on The Quay and Sidmouth Folk Festival where they ended up in a butchers shop.



Thursday 18 May. FREE ENTRY. 9pm


Mark J. Lee is joining Ags Connolly and Pat Reedy for two nights on their Co Headliner UK tour.

Pat Reedy is the front man of Pat Reedy & The Longtime Goners, an independent country band based, at varying times, in Nashville and New Orleans. Their critically-acclaimed album 'Highway Bound' was released in 2016. Saving Country Music says,Reedy will take you on a journey of broken hearts, soul searching, and adventure for the sake of adventure. Reedy has toured the US for the past eight years playing festivals, bars, venues and listening rooms. Although normally backed by the Longtime Goners, his shows are known for their energy, honesty and humour whatever the line-up. This is his first trip to the UK and Ireland

A singer/songwriter from Oxfordshire whose songs are mainly in the style of traditional country. SInce attending a workshop with Nashville super-musician, Darrell Scott, Ags has been writing seriously and performing regularly including sharing the stage with Dale Watson in Austin, Texas. His influences mainly come from hardcore country including David Allan Coe, Johnny Cash, Johnny Paycheck, Robert Earl Keen and Chris Knight. However, he also takes major non-country influences from the likes of Loudon Wainwright III and Ron Sexsmith.

A Country singer, guitar player and producer from South Devon UK. Inspired by classic country sounds from Nashville to Bakersfield with a style that is both original and in step with the golden era of country music.
As well as taking cues from Willie Nelson, Gram Parsons, Buck Owens and Hank Williams Snr. he reaches further to the writings of Leonard Cohen, Ernest Hemmingway and Kurt Vonnegut for thematic and poetic guidance. The result is a clear and distinct voice laced with hope, humour and a cathartic cynicism..



Saturday 20 May. FREE ENTRY. 9pm


The Man and The Lake is a four piece Balkan Folk band from Bristol. Their sound is inspired by Balkan music from southeastern Europe mixed with traditional folk music. The band is composed of Mattia Maragno, singer and guitarist; Jack Cookson, double-bassist and backing vocals; Nic Burn on the drums; and Celeste Cantor-Stephens on the trumpet. The Man and The Lake started as a singer-songwriter project in 2012 when Mattia moved to Bristol and released the first EP: 'Another Wolf'. During his time in Bristol he met Jack, and after a few months as a duo Nic and Celeste joined them. The band's first single 'Gypsy Heart' was released on the 3rd of June 2016, with 'In the Name of a Bullet' as a B-side. The Man and The Lake is working on a full album and performing regularly in Bristol and UK.



Saturday 27 May. FREE ENTRY. 9pm


Classic melodic Pop Rock songs with a nod to the 80's.











































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