Established 1999

Bristol's friendly folk club

News & Events...

Folk Around Fishponds 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*


Coming soon

FAF at the Cross Hands.

FAF has returned to it's regular live evenings at the Cross Hands and we're excited to announce a full programme for the rest of the year. Jez Lowe makes a welcome return to the club in September (tickets available now - see below) and we have relaunched our 'spotlight' evenings, where some of our regulars get to do a few extra songs. We are also launching theme nights, where we encourage performers to sing at least one song connected to the theme! There will also be space on all evenings for as many floor spots as we can get in. We've aslo arranged another Summer Extravaganza for this month.

Forthcoming dates are:


August 9th  - singers' night

 August 23rd - singers' night with a spotlight set from the Fridge Mechanics.

September 13th - special guest Jez Lowe. See below for more details. Tickets are £12 each, and now avaiable from us or at our new online ticket shop (click here).

September 27th - singers' night

October 11th - singers' night with a spotlight set from

Sarah Wrann

October 25th - singers' night with a Halloween theme

November 8th - singers' night with a Remembrance Day theme

November 22nd - singers' night

with a spotlight set from

Mick Mangan

December 13th - FAF Christmas party!


Latest news

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Jez Lowe at FAF

13th September 2022

We are delighted to have Jez at the club again. More details are below. Tickets are £12 each, now available directly from us or on our new online ticket shop...


Jez Lowe

Live at FAF

13th September 2022

We are delighted to welcome Jez back to the club for what will be a cracking evening's entertainment.

Jez Lowe’s is one of the busiest live performers in the country, and his songs are among the most widely sung by other performers, whether by long-established acts like Fairport Convention, The Dubliners and Bob Fox, or by the new breed of stars like The Unthanks, The Young Uns and The Duhks.

Come and see one of the UK’s finest folk artists for a Folk Around Fishponds special!

"One of the UK's finest songwriters" - BBC Radio 2

Tickets are now avaiable at £12 each, directly from us or at our online ticket shop. Click the button below to book.

Michael Roach

A great night of blues at FAF

gAfter cancellations and postponements over the last couple of years, we are delighted that Michael will be with us in March next year. Watch this space for further details.


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


*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.