Established 1999

Bristol's friendly folk club

News & Events...

All at FAF would like to wish everybody a happy, safe and healthy New Year. We look forwrd to the time when we can all meet and sing together once more!

Folk Around Fishponds (normally) takes place

from 8pm every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at

The Cross Hands,

1 Staple Hill Road, Fishponds,

Bristol BS16 5AA

Entry £2*

Tickets for Miranda Sykes

virtual gig are now on sale

£15 (+ £1.26 booking fee)

More details further down the page

Steve Smith

We are sad to announce that our good friend Steve Smith lost his long battle with cancer last year. We knew that Steve had been ill for some time but have recently received the news that he died in August 2020.

Steve was an enthusiastic visitor to FAF and a great friend to Fishponds, being one of the organisers of the Party In The Ponds community event. He will be missed by a great many people.


Coming soon(ish)....

Due to the current situation concerning coronavirus and government advice, we have suspended FAF at the Cross Hands until further notice. Meanwhile a virtual FAF will continue for invited regulars.

The first ever FAF virtual gig!

Miranda Sykes

9th March 2021

Miranda Sykes, the acclaimed singer and bassist with ‘Show of Hands’ is returning to her roots. After a career spanning over 20 years, during which time she has played with many of the top musicians and singers within the folk world, she will be performing as she started out: one woman, one bass, and one guitar.

We were planning to have Miranda in person at FAF, but as that won't be possible any time soon, we've booked her to play our first ever virtual gig.

Tickets are now on sale

£15 (+ £1.26 booking fee)

Firebrand Music presents Miranda Sykes

Live with Folk Around Fishponds

Enjoy your very own gig in the comfort of your own home! Miranda Sykes will perform using YouTube.

Performance starts at 8pm on YouTube with a 45 minute set from Miranda, followed by a 10 minute interval, then the gig starts again at 8.55pm for another 45 minute set. Miranda will be available for an optional Q&A session after the gig via Zoom.

Ticket price is per household, allowing any number of people in your residence to watch. However, we kindly ask that if more than one person is watching in your home and you can afford it, that you buy the appropriate number of tickets as you would at a concert. This helps to support not only Miranda but Folk Around Fishponds too. Ticket sales will close at midday on Tuesday 9 March 2021.

We are delighted to have booked the wonderful

Michael Roach

for a great night of blues at FAF

gThis gig has now been postponed until we can be sure that it can go ahead safely. We hope to have Michael with us some time in 2021.


Michael Roach, one of thirteen children born to Ted and Sadie Roach of Washington, D.C., USA, sings and plays guitar in an East Coast style of blues that dates back to the 1920s. After spending several years learning directly from such well known figures as John Jackson, John Cephas and Jerry Ricks, Michael Roach has developed his own style and is now an exceptional performer. He interacts with his audience and entertains as he plays.

For the past 30 years, Michael has conducted numerous workshops throughout the USA and Europe. As a cultural arts performer, Michael has promoted African-American culture through the use of blues music.

Michael is the founder of the European Blues Association and currently serves as the Chair. He is the Director, Guitar Instructor and Vocals Teacher for the annual Blues Week . Michael also presented ‘Deep Blue’, a three part series on blues music featured on BBC Radio 4 in March 2003. It is Michael’s communication skills together with his musicianship that has enabled him to bring about a greater understanding of blues music and the Black experience.

If you’re a lover of the blues, then this is the real deal!

Tickets sales are currently suspended but will resume when we have a definite date. For anyone who has bought a ticket already, it will valid for the new date

Please keep checking for updates

£8 in advance      £10 on the door (subject to availability)

For more about Michael, click the button below

Introducing Skye

FAF are delighted to announce that we have used the donations from our anniversary special to sponsor a Guide Dog puppy - Skye.

You can see regular updates of her progress

on the GUIDE DOG SKYE page including the latest pupdates.


*Folk Around Fishponds is a non profit community group.

The £2 door entry covers the cost of hiring the room.

Any surplus from this or ticket sales is put back into the club for costs, to subsidise ticket prices at guest evenings or is donated to charity.

All profits from the sale of CDs have been donated to our chosen charities.

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