Every Sunday we showcase some of the regions finest musicians during the afternoon, from 1.30pm and also in the evening at 8pm.
25th & 26th May
You thought 2012 was BIG
UPFEST BRISTOL 2013 - DETAILS COMING SOON
DUO BRUCE & SALMON
1.30pm ~ 2nd June
Duo Bruce & Salmon - trumpet maestro Jonny Bruce and virtuoso accordionist Mirek Salmon play a selection of tangos, arrangements of classical tunes and fiery mariachi polkas.
RAINY & THE DUST
8pm ~ 2nd June
Rainy's music has been described by many as G-Love meets Dave Matthews meets Paul Simon meets Crosby Stills & Nash in truth it is essences of the all above and something else entirely! The afro- Latin, rock and reggae influenced grooves, infused with the positivity of Rainy's lyrics and tied together by an eclectic and laid back musical style, makes Rainy and The Dust one of the most watchable, listenable and dynamic bands you could hope to come across. Rainy is currently performing as a duo with Rob York whilst recording a new album due for release in the summer of 2013.
CATHY JONES & TRISTRAM COX
1.30pm ~ 9th June
Acoustic Bossanova and mellow Samba to inspire a summery atmosphere.
EMILY WRIGHT & THE ROYALS
8pm ~ 9th June
Led by singer Emily Wright ("terrifically talented“ The Telegraph) Emily Wright and The Royals are a fabulous jazz quartet who have consistently delighted audiences wherever theyve played.
Drawing widespread critical acclaim following her sold-out concert at Brecon Jazz festival, Emilys unique tone brings a new freshness to the swinging sounds of the 1940s and 50s and is more than ably supported by a superb rhythm section that invokes the spirit of the Nat King Cole trio.
Previously of Sheelanagig and Moscow Drug Club, David Archer adds a touch of Django Reinhardts gypsy jazz guitar to the band while Mike Willoxs Erroll Garner inspired piano playing is a tour de force. Both these great musicians syncopate effortlessly with the bounce of Will Harris double bass, ensuring the band is always toe-tappingly swinging.
Old school good time tunes played with zippy brightness¯
Venue Magazine, 2011
MUSICAL MEETING OF NEIL SMITH & HELEN JENNER
1.30pm ~ 16th June
Neil Smith - Guitar (The Liftmen, This is the Kit)
Helen Jenner -Flute/alto/Bass (Hat In Hand, Dancing Bear Trio)
REBECCA CANT & FRIENDS
8pm ~ 16th June
Rebecca Cant is a Bristol-based singer-songwriter whose heart-felt music is inspired by the mountains of Korea, the vivid chaos of India and the slow heat of Kentucky. Warm and sincere, her sound blends blues, country, folk and soul with velveteen-smooth vocals.
HAT IN HAND
1.30pm ~ 23rd June
Acoustic music for your soul
PAPER MOON BAND
8pm ~ 23rd June
Formed in Bristol from a love of all things swing and led from the front by jazz singer Lucy Moon;
The Paper Moon Band - a quintet bursting full of high energy swing came forth onto the scene in 2011.
Lindy hoppers themselves, this band takes its swing seriously - throwing out some of the finest classics from the 1920's - 50's, whilst stealthily punctuating the sound with modern conversions.
1.30pm ~ 30th June
Gypsy Jazz and Swing from these duelling, Django inspired guitarists.
8pm ~ 30th June
Spiderbelly is Andi Skellam and friends. He makes folk music, is incredible crafty and has long fingers.
"Andi studied fine art at university and his music reflects the darkly humorous and deeply affecting absurdities of his canvasses. Sometimes billed as the Fingerless Hoodlum, Andi in fact possess some of the nimblest guitar and banjo-picking digits currently to be found pretty much anywhere. Debut long-player 'Molton Sea' captured his rich textures and baritone voice to stunning effect, drawing listener comparisons to Syd Barrett and Nick Drake - artists who similarly managed to butterfly-pin the strangeness of English life in music. The soundtrack to resting on a broken tree in mulchy woods."