Folk at the New Room: Ben Walker and Rob Harbron with Bristol Folk Singers

Ben Walker and Rob Harbron offer audiences an evening of spellbinding music and the stories behind it, combining solo sets with a selection of traditional and original tunes played together.  With support from the fantastic Bristol Folk Singers.

Thursday 12th December 2019, 7.30pm
(doors 7pm, cafe open from 6.30pm)

Unreserved seating.
Adult £14/£12 Adv. Concessions £12/£10 Adv.
Tickets available in the New Room shop, on Eventbrite (online booking fee applies), or on the door.
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Ben Walker was recently hailed as ‘one of the best acoustic guitarists in the world’ by Total Guitar Magazine. A BBC Folk Award winner with a passion for putting old jewels in new settings, for bringing together traditional and contemporary music and for playing it like no-one else. His music has been described as ‘thoughtful’ (Guardian), ‘deft’ (Telegraph) and even ‘legendary’ (Morning Star). His first solo EP – The Fox on the Downs – was released in 2018 and reviewed as ‘jaw-dropping’ (Folk Radio UK) and ‘almost obscenely good’ (Fatea).

Rob Harbron is a uniquely skilled player of the English concertina, described by the Guardian as a ‘concertina wizard’ and renowned for his highly individual and harmonic style of playing. He is a member of Leveret (alongside Sam Sweeney and Andy Cutting – both of whom have played at the New Room), and released three landmark albums. Having worked with a wide range of artists including Jon Boden, Emma Reid and The Full English, he is now exploring solo playing with a repertoire that includes settings of rediscovered traditional tunes as well as many of his own fine compositions.

With Bristol Folk Singers:

The Bristol Folk Singers returns to the New Room for our Christmas Folk Special. Formed in 2014 by Matt Norman, they sing for the joy of singing, and perform formally at concerts and festivals and informally in pubs. The group’s repertoire is Matt’s arrangements of traditional English folk songs. Expect to be uplifted and moved by the glorious four-part harmonies and fuguing entries. This is English folk song as you’ve never heard it before.

Bristol Folk Singers

John Wesley's New Room

John Wesley’s New Room is a heritage site in the heart of Bristol. It houses a museum, library, café, events and hire space. It is home to the original 18th century chapel that started the Methodist movement.

It also houses an award-winning Café and a vast reference Library. John Wesley’s New Room hosts a range of art, music and family events and is also available to hire.

Explore the Museum of John & Charles Wesley’s life and work in Bristol.

John Wesley’s New Room is the oldest Methodist building in the world, located right in the heart of Bristol city centre. Founded in 1739 by John Wesley, the New Room became the cradle of the worldwide Methodist movement.

This is the place that completes the story of Bristol. This is the Room that changed the World.

It is a place where everyone is welcome to explore, step back, take time, reconnect and recharge.

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