Friday (2019)


9:45 pm

A rare gem. Spiro blend exquisite classical training with raw punk energy to bring us the dark side of folk. Complex and stunning.

‘Genuinely unlike anything else. Exciting, rewarding and gorgeous in equal measure.’ fRoots

Kim Lowings
8:30 pm

Using piano, guitar and trademark mountain dulcimer, Kim Lowings sings songs of love, loss and rebellion; tales old and new. Best known for her work with The Greenwood, Kim brings a modern twist to tradition.

‘Absolutely captivating.’ R2 magazine

Ian A Anderson
7:30 pm

Veteran deathfolk, blues, psych-fi, traditional and world guitarist and singer Ian A Anderson opens the festival on Friday night at St Stephen’s.

Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys
9:15 pm

Leading the folk charge for the next generation, Sam Kelly is a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist.

‘One of the best folk bands on the scene.’ Seth Lakeman

‘Amazing, thrilling music.’  Mark Radcliffe

The Longest Johns
8 pm

The Longest Johns are a Bristol-based a capella folk band born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties. Expect a rollicking opening to the Bristol Folk House stage.