Upcoming Gigs

Sierra Hull

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of great folk and Americana music

27th Jun
7.30pm | £13 / £15

Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Now a seasoned touring musician nearing her mid-20s, Hull has delivered her most inspired, accomplished, and mature recorded work to date; no small feat. Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Sierra Hull’s career, but in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best, with production by Béla Fleck and special harmony vocal guests Alison Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens adding to the luster. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin. Béla Fleck special guests on banjo on two tracks and duo partner, Ethan Jodziewicz, not only anchors the record on bass, but introduces us to a major new instrumental voice.

“I think she’s endless. I don’t see any boundaries. Talent like hers is so rare, and I don’t think it stops. It’s round.”
Alison Krauss

“She plays the mandolin with a degree of refined elegance and freedom that few have achieved.”
Bela Fleck


Three Cane Whale

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down gig of insuring Folk and Acoustic music

3rd July
8pm | £12 (£14 otd.)

A multi-instrumental acoustic trio based in Bristol, UK, featuring members of Spiro, Get The Blessing and Scottish Dance Theatre. As intricate as a team of watchmakers, as spare as a mountain stream, the music encompasses both a cinematic sweep and an intimate delicacy, in which “the aroma of muddy leaves and old nettles is almost tangible” (The Observer).

Their eponymous debut album was chosen by Cerys Matthews as one of her Top Five Modern Folk Albums; second album Holts And Hovers was fRoots Editor’s Choice Album of 2013, one of The Observer’s “Hidden Gems Of 2013”, and one of Acoustic Guitarist magazine’s 20 Essential Folk Albums.

These include works by Cornish-based feature-film director Brett Harvey, BAFTA-winning animator Emma Lazenby in collaboration with shadow-puppeteer Eleanor Glover, installation artists Kathy Hinde and Reuben Knutson, TV director Mark Taylor with Paul Hill & Duncan Fraser, cinematographer Adam Laity, acclaimed visual artist John Minton (who’s worked with Portishead and Get The Blessing, amongst many others), Finnish-based dance-filmmaker John Collingswood, award-winning scriptwriter and filmmaker Ollie Cullen, and ‘architectural’ animator Peter Northcott.

Expect the unexpected at every turn: star turns from landscapes in Dartmoor, Cornwall, North Wales, Bavaria, Finland, Norway and beyond; cutting-edge animations of epic and intimate proportions; joyous shadow-puppetry; even alfresco contemporary dance.

Come and catch an intimate semi-acoustic multimedia performance in The Wardrobe Theatre!

‘Wonderful’ fRoots

‘Impressively original’ The Guardian

‘Mesmerising’ Q

‘A magical journey’ Songlines

‘Simply beautiful’ R2


The Fantasy Orchestra

Ear Trumpet Music presents a magical, intimate, sit-down performance of amazing contemporary music

18th Jul
8pm | £10 (£12 otd.)
The Fantasy Orchestra is a community project led by Jesse D Vernon, based in Bristol and also in Paris. The Orchestra (motto: ‘more is more’) brings together 40+ musicians, professional and amateur, to create a kaleidoscopic symphonic brigade.

Their eclectic repertoire covers film soundtracks (Morricone, Barry, RD Burman), rock and pop favourites (Hendrix, Beatles, Bowie), and some more obscure treasures. Think psychedelic loveliness, rousing choral noise, and some choice costumes.