Folk at the New Room: Owen Spafford & Louis Campbell

Join our April folk music gig with folk duo Owen Spafford and Louis Campbell !

Attention Folk Music Enthusiasts! Secure your spot for an extraordinary evening filled with soulful tunes and a community of kindred spirits. Your gateway to a captivating musical journey awaits!

This April, immerse yourself in an enchanting folk music gig featuring the brilliant folk duo Owen Spafford & Louis Campbell.

Owen Spafford (The Weaving) and Louis Campbell (Sam Sweeney) met as teenagers, as part of the first cohort of the National Youth Folk Ensemble. Since forming their duo in 2018, they have been nominated for the BBC Young Folk Award and received play on BBC Radio 2,3 and RTE1. Their EP ‘102 Metres East’ was be released on Peter Gabriel’s Real World X in March 2024.

A shared musical ‘true north’ and lasting friendship enable the duo to make two instruments seemingly sound as one; creating subtle and emotive textures that re-calibrate the fiddle and guitar duo idiom.

The duo allows Owen and Louis to distill their love of traditional and experimental music into powerful, intricate and intimate music. Their debut album ‘You, Golden’ manages to orbit many different sound-worlds while staying within acoustic English folk music; seamlessly blending traditional tunes with their own material.

Improvisation, humour and musicality make each live performance unique.



“Rising stars of the folk scene” – Katie Derham, BBC Radio 3

“Beautiful, swirling, modern English folk music” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

“They display a mastery and vision that, for a debut, is truly remarkable.” – Folk Radio UK


Award-winning Cafe Bar Before the Folk Gig Open

Before the gig starts, treat yourself with drink and refreshments at our award-winning cafe.

Indulge in our daily array of homemade cakes and desserts, lovingly crafted to add a sweet touch to your day. Savour a hot drink, a locally crafted beer, or a bowl of delicious soup as you anticipate the upcoming performance!


There’s even an opportunity to engage in informal music sessions and chat with our talented musician before the main event! Prepare to immerse yourself in a night of heartwarming folk melodies that will leave an indelible mark on your memory.

Folk Gig Information

  • Folk Gig Date: Thursday 18 April, 2024

  • Folk Gig Venue: John Wesley’s New Room

  • Tickets: £14 advance / £16 on the door

  • Cafe Bar opens 6pm, Doors 7pm



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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.

Learn more