What is Bristol Music?

Posted on by Lauren MacCarthy.

Next summer M Shed will open its doors to Bristol Music – and we’re looking for you to play a leading role.

Since the 1950s, Bristol has been one of the UK’s most vibrant music cities, incorporating a rich mix of styles, genres and sounds.  Not only has this been driven by artists and producers, but crucially by the people of Bristol themselves.

With that in mind, we’d like you to tell the stories that have shaped Bristol’s music scene.

Hundreds of people in a crowd at Ashton Court in 1990

Ashton Court, 1990

Music, as we all know, provokes the senses and stimulates debate.

For the past year and a half, we’ve listened to the views of our advisory panel of music practitioners, researchers and academics from across the city.

Some great stories have already emerged – from anecdotes about unlicensed blues parties in St Pauls, to DJing at The Dug Out and shoegazing at The Tropic.

Now we’d like to build as full a picture as possible by hearing from you.

Bristol Music is an open book, to be co-authored and re-authored by you. The exhibition will be informed by your opinions, your memories and your emotions.

Share your story!

Bristol Music will run from May – October 2018 at M Shed with exhibits, displays and events generating conversation, debate and enjoyment.

Main image: Filwood, 1964

2 comments on “What is Bristol Music?

  1. Patricia Holmes

    In approximately 1928 my grandparents brought their family to Bristol from the Midlands. Sundays was the day the family sat down while my grandmother played the piano and my mother sang. My mother adored Opera and whilst in the Midlands her Aunt used to take her to see and hear Caruso, so by the time she was living here she was herself singing at Eisteddfods. Such was the level of her singing that her teacher thought she should be under the guidance of a more highly experienced person; that person was Kennerly Rumford husband of the lovely contralto Clara Butt. Mr. Rumford agreed to have my mother as a student but being one of six in family her father refused to pay for her tuition.
    My mother tried a couple of times after she was married to be ‘discovered’ but ill health unfortunately silenced an undiscovered voice.
    She was my inspiration to sing for as a child I had gone to bed listening to her and my father rehearsing. I was not able to take up this wonderful inspirational hobby until I was in my 50’s. Now you cannot stop me.


  2. Tasha

    Really great interview here by Yas with Ifeoluwa about her Intervention Free DJ Workshops – Decolonising the Bristol music scene. Word.


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