The 2018 programme has been announced for the latest regular folk music offering in Bristol – Folk at the New Room – kicking off on 18 January with international duo I Fratelli Tarzanelli, supported by Bristol folk musician Dragoman.
Folk at the New Room is a monthly concert series held in the 18th century John Wesley’s Chapel in the heart of Bristol’s Broadmead. Buy tickets online here.
I Fratelli Tarzanelli are Hungarian accordianist Baltazar Montanaro-Nagy and Italian violinist Pablo Golder, who have been playing together since 2007, offering a wide range of dance music in the ‘Balfolk’ tradition.
Their repertoire includes many of their own compositions, plus traditional songs from France and Italy. Characterised by steady rhythmic undertones, the duo’s toe-tapping music inspires an energetic response in their audience.
Support artist, Bristolian folk musician Dragoman, aims to ‘provide a beacon’ for those craving something more than what he sees as today’s ‘soft, unrelentingly cautious music.’ On a personal quest to push sonic boundaries, Dragoman devotes much of his time to producing original folk music in his Bristol studio, and where his debut album, Underbelly, was recorded in early 2017.
Other acts so far lined up for Folk at the New Room concerts in 2018 are Hannah Cummings and Jon Dyer, with support from Ian A Anderson (Thursday 22 February); Jon Swayne and Becky Price (Thursday 8 March); Travelling with Thomas – Laurel Swift’s new project including Paul Sartin, Harriet Riley, Sarah Moody and Deborah Chalmers (Thursday 12 April); and US folk duo, Stray Local (Thursday 31 May).
All gigs take place on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm, with doors opening at 7pm. The New Room café is open beforehand from 6.30pm serving drinks, soup, and a delicious selection of homemade cakes.
Tickets are available from the New Room’s shop and café – £12 adult, £10 concessions – or online through Eventbrite (online booking fee applies). Pre-concert refreshments will be available from 6.30 in the New Room’s café, and doors open at 7pm for a 7.30 start.
For further information visit www.newroombristol.org.uk . Potential attendees can sample I Fratelli Tarzanelli’s music here: http://vi.be/ifratellitarzanelli or here: https://www.facebook.com/I-fratelli-Tarzanelli-120209104710121/ and Dragoman’s music here: http://www.mrdragoman.co.uk/ or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/misterdragoman/?hc_ref=ARR_6ZIq0KuYoqqZU8eSSHhI_NqJNqbXAj5Lr8n9gv3jYaB5zhmCUzZuCwUdtGfSQuQ or Twitter: https://twitter.com/misterdragoman