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Wed 15th July

Undergrowth at The Greenbank with The Gentle Good and Anna Kissell

Quench your thirst for the best songs and musicianship in Bristol with:

THE GENTLE GOOD

The Gentle Good is the stage-name of Welsh songwriter Gareth Bonello. Gareth draws on the language, poetry and melodies of his native country to create beautiful modern folk music in both English and Welsh 

“…as delicate as a watercolour yet with the energy of a master calligrapher’s work” Folk Radio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1eDbJmf4Ysc

ANNA KISSELL

Ok to be honest I've only ever heard Anna's songs round a campfire by a river in Hay on Wye at 5 in the morning. But, from what I remember, her songs have the hypnotic quality that outlives those kind of dawn memories and takes on a life of its own. 

Come now, close your boozy eyes, and listen by the riverside with us...

FREE! Doors 8.30 pm

 

Wed 10th June 2015

"Shorley Wood" played on Gideon Coe 6 Music

Undergrowth artist "Shorley Wood" aka Greg Ashby had his track "Motherland" played on Gideon Coe's show on BBC 6 Music today.

You can catch up on Gideon's Show and listen and buy Shorley Wood's ep here:

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05x8nz4

https://shorleywood.bandcamp.com/track/motherland

 

Wed 17th June 2015

Undergrowth at the Greenbank with Brooke Sharkey and Martin Callingham

The Undergrowth Collective present another balmy night of startlingly good folk and alternative music. And its all free.

with

BROOKE SHARKEY

Pure of voice and seducer of song London based Brooke Sharkey has been tempting the ears of the cool cats and earning accolades all over the shop.

The Observer 

‘Brooke has an incredible voice, amazing control and Grace’

BBC Radio 6 Music 

‘ She’s sure to stop you in your tracks…Really is so beautiful…’

- Mary Anne Hobbs

http://brookesharkey.co.uk/

MARTIN CALLINGHAM

Martin will tell you that his last album was released to widespread silence. But that's just because everyone was so gobsmacked. With the hushed beguiling delivery of a man who knows his songs have the melody and haunting spirit to carry you away with the barest push, like a hang glider on a thermal, Martin will have you lost in reverie.

As heard on BBC 6 Music

Steve Lamacq, Tom Ravenscroft and Gideon Coe

http://martincallingham.com/


+ Great Ales from The Greenbank and its all FREE!

 

Wed 27th May 2015

Undergrowth at the Greenbank with Jessica Rising and Seitz

Presents another night of brilliant and bewitching music.

with 

JESSICA RISING

Wyld wymen harmonies from the Wild Welsh Hills. 

Jessica Eve Watkins and her band create exquisite harmonised songs that will have you a shiverin and a shakin. Think Sandy Denny and Joni Mitchell with added gorgeousness. Coming all the way from the "The Way the Lights Gets In Festival" in Hay on Wye just to play Undergrowth. They will make your toes go all tickly.


plus

SEITZ

An experimental pop vibe with ghostly melodic vocals and 
layered keyboards. Seitz will wrap themselves around your ears like a serpent high on Absinthe.

https://soundcloud.com/c-a-seitz

And its all FREE!

At the Greenbank Pub, Easton, Bristol 8.30pm

 

New EP from Shorley Wood

Shorley Wood aka Greg Ashby releases his new EP "Lo-Fi / No-Fi Lullabyee"

We really are proud, I mean really really chuffed to announce the release of the EP "Lo-Fi / No-Fi Lullabyee" by Shorley Wood.

Shorley Wood aka Greg Ashby has long been a legendary songwriter amongst his fellow musicians and all the audiences who hear his timeless lyrical songs.

His last release "Greg's Song" was a stone cold classic and we still listen to it day after day. With tunes like "Fighting Talk," covered by This is the Kit amongst others, it really was a stand out record, I mean top top tunes.

"Lo-Fi / No-Fi Lullabyee" if anything ups the ante. From the instant pop soul classic "To And Apple" to the unstoppable drum propelled "On Your Bike" to the heart rending lullabye "To My Lover" it is unbeatable. 

We find it difficult to put into words how much we love this record.

So download / purchase / shoplift / loot yourself a copy now.  "Lo-Fi / No-Fi Lullabyee" will be your friend for life.

You can purchase it direct from Shorley Wood at his bandcamp page for £4

Catch a listen and link to Bandcamp here:

 

New Single from Snails

Snails release a new single on the Great Pop Supplement Label

Snails, Undergrowth music outfit led by Dan Weltman. Have released another gorgeous gorgeous single.

Don't take our word for it. Check out the reviews...

"Swooning and graceful..."

http://www.adequacy.net/2015/03/the-great-pop-supplement-7-x-3-snails-mike-cara-gangloff-and-the-hanging-stars/

Catch a listen here: 

Limited edition vinyl is available from the Great Pop Supplement.

 

 

News of Shorley Wood Release

A new release by Shorley Wood monika of Greg Ashby

Greg has made a new ep and its a disc of wonder, released through Undergrowth. More news here soon!

 

Wed 22nd April

Undergrowth at the Greenbank with Rachael Dadd and Dob Dob Dob

Presenting the topmost music in Bristol at The Greenbank Pub Easton.

with RACHAEL DADD

We're very lucky to have Rachael playing at Undergrowth. Much garlanded by the likes of BBC 6 Music's Lauren Laverne "late contender for best of the year lists" Rachael's music has evolved from the crafted songwriting of Cleaner Records (with Rozi Plain, This is the Kit, Greg Ashby) to the more experimental percussive folk of her later records. Always charming, lyrical, seducingly melodic and wayward. Catch her in the Greenbank while you've got the chance.

Here's her bewitching video. (Prizes for who can spot cameos from Undergrowth wildcats Andy Skellam and Dan Weltman,)

https://youtu.be/DXZ4V6I4oJU

Plus

DOB DOB DOB

From her previous incarnation as Bernadette Pike (with one time collaborator Strange Billy the Saint) Dob Dob Dob emerges like a phoenix with a flame thrower.

Honest, bold, take no prisoners songs disguising a wry literate way with words.

Dob Dob Dob will not only do her best she will make you better.


And its all FREE! with great ales and pizza downstairs.

 

Wed 18th March 2015

Undergrowth at the Greenbank with Jimmy and Sid and Rosie Sleightholme

Undergrowth presents another monthly night of the most interesting and exceptional acoustic music in Bristol.

with...

JIMMY AND SID

We're very lucky and excited to have Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith tickling our ears this month. Traditional and original folksong of the British Isles - stories of hardship, joy, struggle and celebration - are held together with driving banjo and guitar arrangements and close vocal harmonies. 

As evidenced on their recent album "Let The Wind Blow High or Low", these guys are accomplished musicians and passionate storytellers surely set on their way to wider acclaim.. not to be missed!

http://jimmyandsid.com/music/


plus...

ROSIE SLEIGHTHOLME

With deftly strummed ukelele and guitar, Rosie weaves an utterly transporting spell in her self-penned tales of life immersed in rural Wales. A voice of uncommon purity and power recalls the longing cadences of The Sundays' Harriet Wheeler, and whether expressing wonder, love or regret, takes the listener on a compelling emotional journey.

"I was very, very charmed by this; it has a very, very timeless quality...utterly wonderful stuff" 
Adam Walton, BBC Radio 

http://rosiesingssomesongs.com/

plus...

Songs to astound and perplex from the Undergrowth Collective 

FREE! 
(collection for performers through the medium of hat)

 

Wed 18th Feb 2015

Undergrowth at The Greenbank with The Mandalas and Isolde Freeth-Hale

Undergrowth presents another top night of sounds to keep you chipper as the skies brighten into Spring.

with

THE MANDALAS

comprising Kora, Clarinet, Percussion, Guitar and finely wrought words the Mandalas promise songs of protest, praise and evolution. Join them as they climb the sublime ladder into song.

plus

ISOLDE FREETH-HALE

fruity loop pedal folk with a groove. I mean Beyonce would swing her hips to it if she wasn't so busy stateside.

plus

Songs of Beards and Beers and Bears from the Undergrowth Collective

FREE!

 

Wed 21st January 2015

Undergrowth at The Greenbank with The Magic Lantern and Strange Billy the Saint

All the way from London Town we have 

THE MAGIC LANTERN

"Jeff Buckley meets Chet Baker"

The Magic Lantern aka Jamie Doe has now won airplay on BBC Radio 2,3,6 

(Bob Harris, Late Junction, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe)


Jamie is an ex Bristol troubadour with a voice like 
melting full fat butter. The kind of hibernation
treat that's actually good for you.

Get down to The Greenbank and full fat up your veins.

http://themagiclantern.bandcamp.com/

with support from 

STRANGE BILLY THE SAINT

Bipolar pop / folk with moments of
bliss and chaos.

Once heard never to be forgotten.

Will has a pedigree in Bristol sound (Bronze Age Fox /
Bernadette Pike) as strange and intoxicating as his
live perfomances. You gonna love it or not love it but you're gonna love it.

FREE ENTRY

 

Wed 17th December

Undergrowth at The Greenbank with Nine Tree Stumblers EP Launch and The Island Choir

The Ninetree Stumblers

An intriguingly different take on old-time American music is offered by Liam Kirby, Ruth Gordon and Dan Weltman (of Boxcar Aldous Huxley, Cakes & Ale, and Snails respectively), averaging 3.14 instruments per member at the last count and using them to great effect - serving up rags, waltzes and spirituals to have you stomping, weeping and repenting. The Stumblers are proud to be launching their new E.P. 'Sigogglin' on this night.

www.ninetreestumblers.co.uk

The Island Choir

Support comes from The Island Choir - led by the mercurially talented vocalist and arranger Polly Wilde, shaking down both trad and contemporary songs and encouraging her resourceful singers to give them bold new shapes and ingenious harmonies.

www.facebook.com/groups/theislandfolkchoir

PLUS... new songs, strange tales and bad jokes from Undergrowth members Jethro, Andi & Dan. PLUS... it's FREE! 

Doors 8.30pm

 

Wednesday 12th November

Undergrowth at The Greenbank with Mima and the Fuse

This Summer the Undergrowth collective found themselves on a small island in Orkney watching the midnight sun never set, drinking very smooth Whiskey with a frighteningly talented bunch of musicians.

Even amongst this lot Mima and Tim's playing really caught our ear and we've persuaded them to come down to play Bristol for an Undergrowth night.

Crystal pure vocals and percussion made from the rib cage of a friendly skeleton. Sure to be a night to remember.

www.soundcloud.com/mima-thewes

Support from their mate George Francis-rapscallion songs with a sideways lyrical freshness

and Undergrowth chum Charlie Stewart (player with Jesse and the Brackish Breeze), a naturally fluent fingerstyle guitarist of majestically understated songs.

 
 

Wed 22nd October

Undergrowth at The Greenbank with Andy Skellam Album Launch

For the fourth Undergrowth folk night at the Greenbank pub in Bristol we have the Undergrowth collective's Andy Skellam releasing his much awaited new album "Green Moat". A bewitching record of textured layers and fingerpicked rhythms it was produced by Jesse Vernon of "This is the Kit" with additional contribrutions by Jesse and Andy's pal (and previous Undergrowth performer) George Morgan.

Support to be confirmed.

Free entry!

Wed 22nd October 8.30pm

 

Wed 17th September

Undergrowth Folk Night at The Greenbank

With Evergreen Fish, the new band project of Dan Everett who plays with festival and BBC6 Music favourites Polly and the Billets Doux.

Think John Martyn the dreamy folk mood alchemist of the seventies and you're in the right area. Dan and his band will whisk you away to a folk ambient island you won't want to leave, where the cocktails are always topped up and the sea laps around your ankles, psychedelically controlled by guitar, percussion, electric guitar and double bass.

Plus Wild Thomas with Polly Wilde and Mini.

Polly, choir leader and musical minstrel, writes songs that are as timeless as the land and as crafted as the circles in an old oak tree. With harmonies and percussion to match Wild Thomas will make an indelible imprint on your lugholes that will have you humming all the way out of the Greenbank and down to the riverbank. 

Wed 17th September

At the GREENBANK PUB 57 BELLE VUE RD, EASTON, BS5 6DP 

Plus the odd tune from Jet McDonald and Andy Skellam of the Undergrowth Collective.

8.30pm

Free!

 

26th July 2014

New Andy Skellam Album "Green Moat"

Andy has completed his new album "Green Moat" and it's a disc of wonder.

Featuring collaborations with George Morgan, star of previous Undergrowth nights, and Jesse Morningstar (Morningstar / This is The Kit) , who part produced and mixed the album, "Green Moat", brings together Andy's richly crafted and lateral songwriting, with a haunting atmosphere and ambience that gets better and better with every listen.

Cover by Lyndsie Barnard illustrator and Undergrowth collaborator

Andy will be having a launch gig at the Undergrowth night at The Greenbank in October, look out for details nearer the time.

 

Wed 5th June 2014

New Woodlice Video and Album (on Bandcamp now)

Here's the video for "Bad Girls Busy" the first track off The Woodlice album "Certain Gifts" which you can listen to / get here The video was recorded on a budget of £4.10 (£1.00 for each shoe and 10 pence on electricity, Si the bassist wants to be clear on that) in Si's kitchen with not much time but a lot of love.

 

Wed 4th June 2014

Woodlice Album Launch

Great Bands. Great Night. Tasty Ale. Heres a pic of 3/4 of the Woodlice. Thanks to Sue Mara for the photo.

 

 

Wed 4th June 2014

The Woodlice (Album Launch) and Molly Samson and The Cautionary Tales

The Woodlice release their new album "Certain Gifts" upstairs at the Greenbank Pub in Easton Bristol  on Wed 4th June following the tremondously successful "Undergrowth" night in April at the Greenbank. 

The Woodlice do a great turn in cracking leftfield folk pop-as heard on BBC 6 Music.

PLUS

Molly Samson and the Cautionary Tales

Molly plays dextrously fingerpicked songs of real beauty and punch with a top band to match...

Plus Jet McDonald, Andy Skellam and Dan Weltman from the Undergrowth Collective

8pm Free Entry

Below pic of Andy, Jet and Ringo at the first Greenbank Undergrowth night

 

Andy and Jet and Ringo at Undergrowth at The Greenbank

Wed 23rd April 8pm

George Morgan (EP launch) and Heed the Thunder

Come along to the upstairs venue at the newly reopened Greenbank pub in Easton for a night of top notch Undergrowth folk music.

with

George Morgan

George launches his debut EP recorded by the Undergrowth's very own Andy Skellam on his reel to reel tape machine. George's songs have a textured otherworldy quality and his voice will knock you back in your seat. 

and 

Heed the Thunder

A four piece band from Hereford "Heed the Thunder" have a stonking rich sound that echoes the best of the English folk tradition.

Plus songs from Jet McDonald, Andy Skellam and Dan Weltman from the Undergrowth Collective

FREE ENTRY

 

Wed 26th February 2014

Undergrowth at the Miners Arms

Undergrowth returns to upstairs at the Miners Arms, Mina Rd, St Werburghs on Wed 26th February with 

The Laurels

Gorgeous folk tunes foraged from the mouth of a sensuous lady.

Plus

Andy Skellam, channeling the spirit of John Fahey, John Martin and badgers

Jet McDonald, sexy raggle haired man with sexy raggle haired songs

Dan Weltman, fiddle playing old skool new skool folk with a Kinks twist

8pm £3.00

 

4th February 2014

Leonie playing at the last Undergrowth Night at the Miners Arms

 

3rd February 2014

Woodlice Album Coming to Completion

The new Woodlice album is coming to completion. All the mixes are done, just needs a bit of mastering and a pile of damp wood to nibble on. Jet is going on a letterpress printing workshop to handmake and print the CD sleeves and then is its good to go. Niceing it up. Lice style.

 

Wed 22nd January 2014 8pm

Undergrowth at the Miners Arms

Keep the Winter blues at bay with some fulsome folk upstairs at the Miners Arms (and great pints downstairs)

with

Leonie Evans

Multinstrumentalist with a gorgeous voice and a horde of olde time and new time songs to keep your footapping and your heart swinging. Leonie plays solo or with an ever changing scrum of scrumptious musicians.

plus 

The Ninetree Stumblers

The sound of an after hours pub hoedown with Appalachian, Roots and Folk Groove hep cat strut.

plus

Andy Skellam, Hollowbody and Jet McDonald of Undergrowth Collective with top sets to keep you toasty

£3.00 on the door or pay what you can

8pm till close 

 

 

13th November 2013 8pm

Undergrowth at the Arts House Cafe

Undergrowth at The Arts House Cafe

Great music to warm your chilly mittens

with 

RUTH GORDON

Sideways lyrical serenades that will charm you to your bootstraps

https://soundcloud.com/ruthgordon

THE WOODLICE

Top pop folk to rock your woodpile

www.thewoodlice.com

EWAN SANDERSON

The Scots tunesmith with wry crafted ballads and kicking tunes

SPIDERBELLY

Surreal beguiling soundtrack to sitting on a log in mulchy woods
(now with added drums and backing harmonies-will wash your t shirts the colour of autumn fire)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2U4Uo9taxU

HOLLOWBODY

Deftly phrased songs of real beauty

http://hollowbody.bandcamp.com/

£3 on the door. It's a steal!

 

28th October 2013

New Spiderbelly (Andy Skellam) Video

Hey Undergrowth folks here's a great video of our man Andy Skellam

playing at the Gallimaufry in Bristol.

Weaving a gorgeous web of a song I think you'll agree.

...plus a reference to Jesse and the Brackish Breeze who played

a top set at the last Undergrowth night...

 

Wed 16th Oct 8pm

Third Undergrowth Night at the Miners Arms

For the third Undergrowth Night at The Miners Arms in St Werburghs we have:

JESSE AND THE BRACKISH BREEZE

A dreamy chanson led folk combo to warm the coldest of Winter toes

www.jessicaevewatkins.com

BLANCHE ELLIS

Sublime songs with a voice to match, all the way from London town

www.blancheellis.wordpress.com

+ UNDERGROWTH COLLECTIVE with Jet McDonald, Hollowbody and Spiderbelly

All for a mere £3 on the door!

 

23rd August 2013

Jet McDonald album release and gigging bike tour

Jet McDonald's album "Soft Soft Soft the Sparrow Sings" is coming out as an Undergrowth release on 23rd August followed by a gigging bike tour with The Magical Bike Tour charabang of musicians, pedalling around the pubs of Shropshire.

Jet then leaves to go to The End of the Road festival 29th Aug to 1st Sept with the Bristol "Folk Tales" collective.

Then gigs at Roll for the Soul Bike Cafe in Bristol 6th Sept and Look Mum No Hands Bike Cafe in London on the 7th Sept.

You can get the album in its delicious physical form on bandcamp and digitally at Amazon and itunes.

Gideon Coe gave the single Pedal Pedal Pedal an airing on his 6 Music show a couple of weeks back.

There's a lot more info about the album at www.jetsingssongs.com

Right off to oil those cogs....

 

Wed 14th Aug 8pm

Second Undergrowth Night at the Miners Arms

For the second Undergrowth night at The Miners Arms in St Werburghs we have:

STRANGE BILLY THE SAINT AND BERNADETTE PIKE

the sonics of a wild and and tender relationship

strangebillythesaintandbernadettepike.com

ROSIE SLEIGHTHOLME

Crafted songs, crystal vocals and songs about bikes 

we like songs about bikes.

www.rosiesingssomesongs.com

+ UNDERGROWTH COLLECTIVE with Jet McDonald, Dan Weltman & Andy Skellam, combinations thereof

+ fishes + badgers

Free. Pass the hat round. Great Ale downstairs..

 

20th June

Monumental Meeting in Bristol

Jet, Andy and Dan meet tonight in the Leftbank in Stokes Croft to talk hard business. Or maybe just drink soft beer. Water the Undergrowth with beer and its a...bit um sticky, but full of zesty nutrients.