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The Drystones

Sunday 5 May – St George’s Bristol

The Drystones combine fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, a ‘brave experimental bent’ and an unexpectedly large live sound. They’ve been described as ‘indecently talented’ by Mike Harding, and earned themselves a 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nomination.

Since forming in 2011 to play at their local folk festival in Priddy, The Drystones have played festivals across the country, including Glastonbury and Sidmouth Folk Week. The duo have supported Seth Lakeman and Steeleye Span, produced two albums and, somehow, squeezed in their music degrees.

The Drystones headline Sunday Afternoon in the glorious St George’s Bristol.

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Friday 3 May –  St Stephen’s Church

Bristol’s own Spiro present an exhilarating take on the swirling, dark side of folk. Mixing traditional tunes charged with the ecstatic influence of the clubbing scene.

“Dazzling instrumental quartet Spiro’s gyroscopic sounds swirl guitar, mandolin, violin and accordion lines… inspired by minimalist classical music and punk as well as folk music.” – Time Out

Hugely popular and critically acclaimed, the band began life in 1993 at the instigation of violinist and composer Jane Harbour. An accomplished quartet of mandolinist Alex Vann, guitarist Jon Hunt, accordion savant Jason Sparkes, Spiro live are a must-see experience.