River Town 2019

A summer celebration of roots and Americana music

Saddle up and ride into America’s musical heartland for River Town: six weeks of irresistible live roots and country music, born from deep in the American soul, featuring global icons and rising names.

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River Town 2019

A summer celebration of roots and Americana music

Colston Hall and St George’s Bristol present the fifth edition of the annual celebration of roots and Americana music, bringing the distinctive spirit of its rich tradition to the South West.

Spanning over 6 weeks in June and July, 21 gigs take place in 12 venues, and now across the two River Towns of Bristol and Bath.

River Town delivers its biggest and most diverse line-up to date with an unparalleled programme of country, blues and roots music, performed by global icons and rising names including k.d. Lang, Kiefer Sutherland, Lucinda Williams, The Shires, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton, The Mavericks, and lots more.

So pull up a chair and settle in for some whiskey-drenched storytelling one night, and then dance the night away with barn-storming, foot-stomping live music the next: it’s all mined from this rich seam of American music, and it’s all found in River Town.

Build your own River Town experience – see more and save money

With 21 gigs to choose from, there’s so many ways to dive into River Town. We’ve picked out a few themes and combos to help you steer your way through the line-up.

Book for 2 eligible River Town shows and receive 10% off your booking.

Book for 3 or more and receive 15% off your booking.

Note: Shows marked with an * are included in these offers. Booking must be made in one transaction. Discounts will apply automatically in the basket.

Have a look at our guide below to find the perfect combination of gigs at River Town…

Anthemic country stars

The Shires – Tue 9 Jul – St George’s Bristol
Will Hoge* – Wed 10 Jul – The Crofter’s Rights
Kiefer Sutherland* – Mon 22 Jul – SWX

Alt-Country icons

Robert Vincent + Ethan Johns with Black Eyed Dogs* – Thu 13 Jun – Fiddlers
Cowboy Junkies* – Tue 16 Jul – Trinity
k.d lang – Wed 17 Jul – Bath Forum
The Long Ryders* – Sun 21 Jul – Fiddlers
Lucinda Williams* – Sun 28 Jul – O2 Academy

Throwback party starters

The Mavericks* – Thu 20 Jun – Bath Forum
The Hot Sardines* – Tue 16 Jul – St George’s Bristol
J.D. McPherson* – Tue 16 Jul – Fiddlers
Rob Heron & Tea Pad Orchestra* – Fri 19 Jul – Bristol Folk House
Daddy Long Legs* – Thu 25 Jul – The Crofters Rights

Blues & guitar masters

Keb’Mo’ – Mon 1 Jul – St George’s Bristol
Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton* – Tue 25 Jun – The Winston Theatre
Gwenifer Raymond* – Tue 9 Jul – The Wardrobe Theatre
Roosevelt Collier* – Sat 20 Jul – Bristol Folk House

Heartland Folk

Sam Morrow & William Crighton* – Mon 24 Jun – The Louisiana
Gwenifer Raymond* – Tue 9 Jul – The Wardrobe Theatre
Tim Eriksen & Mama’s Broke* – Mon 22 Jul – The Wardrobe Theatre

Robyn Hitchcock* – Fri 26 Jul – Bristol Folk House


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