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Tithe Barn Roof

Upcoming Events

Ewan McLennan
Nailsea Tithe Barn 8pm

Paul McKenna Band
Nailsea Tithe Barn 8pm

Coig (Cape Breton Quartet)
Nailsea Tithe Barn 8pm

Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar
Nailsea Tithe Barn 8pm

Billy Mitchel and Bob Fox
Nailsea Tithe Barn (TBC) 8pm

What else is coming?



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Highlights of our concert programme this Autumn include:

Fri 20 Sept  Georgia Lewis Trio: Young, exuberant and highly talented folk singer from Wiltshire.  Tithe Barn

Fri 25 Oct Tim Brine and Sue Franklin: Very popular and accomplished duo.    Ring of Bells

Fri 1 Nov  Gypsy Swing Quartet: Virtuosity from the bow of Ben Holder (organised by Nailsea Tithe Barn Trust)

Fri 8 Nov Granny's Attic: One of the most popular and talented trios around today. Tithe Barn

Fri 22 Nov Tannahill Weavers: Hailed as Scotland's finest traditonal band. Tithe Barn

Sun 1 Dec Causley Christmas: Jim Causley entertains with West Country and medieval carols. Tithe Barn

Tues 31 Dec: New Year ceilidh in the Barn. Tithe Barn

Spring 2020:

17/1 Ewan McClennan: Intimate, moving and spellbinding.

7/2 Paul McKenna band: “The best band to come out of Scotland in 20 years”  Tithe Barn

16/2 Coig:  Infectious Cape Breton music and more all the way from Canada. Tithe Barn

13/3 Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar: Powerful vocals, driving guitar combines with sublime fiddle. Tithe Barn

17/4 Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox: Great songs, stories and humour from the North East. Tithe Barn tbc

17/5 Miranda Sykes: Acclaimed bassist and singers with Show of Hands returns to her roots. Tithe Barn

 We look forward to seeing you!

Calendar View

17 Jan 20 Ewan McLennan
location: Nailsea Tithe Barn 8pm
Ewan McLennan

Ewan McLennan  

From a BBC Folk Award to his work with Transatlantic Sessions through to his recent critically-acclaimed collaboration with the author George Monbiot, Ewan McLennan has come to be known as one of the finest troubadours, singer-songwriters and balladeers of his generation.  

Whether singing self-penned works that speak to our modern times, centuries-old traditional ballads or drinking songs, his intimate and moving performances are renowned for their ability to weave narratives that span centuries and continents.

 As well as some of the favourites from his previous albums, this solo tour will feature tracks from his forthcoming EP - with songs that touch on issues from Windrush to the loss of our natural world, as well as traditional shanties, lullabies and ballads. 

'Ewan McLennan has realised his potential on a wonderful album

of traditional folk' The Telegraph 

‘Breaking the Spell of Loneliness is a powerful, poignant set’

 **** Guardian 

'McLennan continues his evolution into a major figure on the folk scene. An artist whose music lives and breathes.' **** Songlines

Tickets £12

7 Feb 20 Paul McKenna Band
location: Nailsea Tithe Barn 8pm
Paul McKenna Band

The Paul McKenna Band

“The best band of their generation” (The Living Tradition)

“A band with the potential to dominate the Scottish/Irish traditional scene for the next twenty years” (Fatea Magazine)

Scotland’s Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters, armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs, a combination that’s brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan. 

He and his band – comprising Robbie Greig (fiddle), Conal McDonagh (pipes/whistles), Conor Markey (banjo/ bouzouki/mandolin) and Ewan Baird (percussion) – draw on both Scottish and Irish roots, in a dynamic, full-bodied array of original and traditional material, along with songs by like-minded authors including Peggy Seeger, Alistair Hulett and Jim Reid. Following 2016’s tenth anniversary release Paths That Wind, they’re currently at work on their fifth album.

 Tickets £15

16 Feb 20 Coig (Cape Breton Quartet)
location: Nailsea Tithe Barn 8pm
Coig (Cape Breton Quartet)

Còig is one of Atlantic Canada’s most exciting Celtic traditional groups made up of four accomplished multi-instrumentalists, Chrissy Crowley, Rachel Davis, Darren McMullen, and Jason Roach. With the fiery Celtic high-energy style as its musical core, Còig easily shifts between century-old tunes of past generations to original and upbeat compositions, featuring the band's range of over a dozen instruments (vocals, fiddles, piano, guitars, banjo, mandolin, viola, bouzouki, whistles, and more). With driving tunes, haunting songs and infectious energy, Còig is an unparalleled music force. 

 This really is one not to be missed!  Spotted headlining at Orkney they were described simply as "brilliant".

Tickets £15

13 Mar 20 Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar
location: Nailsea Tithe Barn 8pm
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar

Two time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar combine Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with the latter’s All-Ireland Championship winning fiddle playing. 

 Since joining forces the duo have become one of the most sought after acts on the folk scene touring extensively in the UK, Denmark, Germany, France, Spain, Belgium and The Netherlands. Their fourth and latest (2018) studio album, Utopia & Wasteland, was described as ‘a big step forward’ (RnR Magazine), established them as ‘the golden boys of Brit-Folk’ (MOJO) and raised the pair to being ‘one of the most exciting duos in any genre’ (FRUK).  

As well as touring as a duo, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar have been involved in some of the leading artistic collaborations to have come out of the UK folk scene in the last ten years including The Transports (5 Stars, The Guardian) and Shake the Chains (4 Stars, The Guardian).

 Combining original, contemporary songwriting with traditional material the pair have earned the following praise:


**** The Telegraph

**** The Sun  ***** The Daily Star


“folk at its very best”  Maverick

“invigorating…infectious joy”  Songlines

Tickets £14

17 Apr 20 Billy Mitchel and Bob Fox
location: Nailsea Tithe Barn (TBC) 8pm
Billy Mitchel and Bob Fox

Billy Mitchell and Bob Fox

Probably one of the most entertaining nights out that you will ever experience, this unique combination continues to entertain people of all shapes and sizes with their wonderful selection of northern songs that can span Jimmy Nail's 'Big River' to Lindisfarne's 'Meet Me On The Corner' - and delivered with consummate musicianship. BILLY MITCHELL has done it all as a performer and songwriter. He spent eight years as front man of the legendary Lindisfarne till their retirement in 2003.

One of Britain's most respected internationally-acclaimed musicians, Ralph McTell recently said of BOB FOX: “As soon as I heard Bob Fox sing I realised that he must have one of the best voices in England. I have always regarded him as an artiste of great integrity and ability.” Bob has twice been nominated as Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and was invited to sing and play at Celtic Connections as part of a performance of the New Radio Ballads. Songman in the West End production of Warhorse he has presence and the ability the charm and entertain.

Tickets £15

17 May 20 Miranda Sykes
location: Nailsea Tithe Barn 7.30
Miranda Sykes

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she is touring as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar. Building on the success of her Borrowed Places tour, Miranda Sykes is back with a completely new project: Behind The Wall. Where Borrowed Places opened a window into the past, explaining where she had been, physically & spiritually, Behind The Wall is a Roller Coaster Ride exploring where we are going; Miranda, you, me, all of us. What does it mean to be human today, living in our communities & societies & where will our actions lead us? Powerful and hard-hitting but also poignant & beautiful, this show gives us all a chance to reflect & maybe even empower us.

Tickets £12