A new venue for Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions

Yes, Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions has moved from The Three Cups to the function room of The Kings Arms on the Malmesbury High Street.

Whilst this is very exciting move, it is with great sadness we say goodbye to The Three Cups.

The loyal staff at The Cups have been very supportive of Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions since we started it in October 2011. They have really helped to get the night established in Malmesbury, with their very characterful venue, fabulous catering for our musicians and committed, friendly bar staff.

They have all made a significant contribution towards bringing more good quality live music to Malmesbury.

Unfortunately, the pub has run into financial difficulty and has been forced to close. The pub itself is brewery owned and it’s future is unclear so, reluctantly, we have had to find a new venue.

Moving to The Kings Arms is slightly daunting. It’s a bigger venue and so we will need to up our game a bit in terms of production and keeping our audience happy. But the The Kings Arms have also been very supportive, agreeing to open the bar upstairs, catering for our musicians and providing cheap basket meals for everyone who comes to the night.

We are very excited about our opening night there on Saturday 1st September, featuring Cirencester newcomers The Black Feathers, Malmesbury’s own Henry Green and recently signed Holika from Bristol.

We really hope Malmesbury will continue to support Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions at The Kings Arms and look forward to seeing you there on our opening night, straight after the Malmesbury Carnival Procession.

Onwards and upwards ! ……

Sherston Fest.

According to the Gazette and Herald, “Sherstonfest has been hailed a big success after hundreds turned out to enjoy cider, fine food and eclectic music”

We couldn’t agree more.  It was a fantastic weekend and the whole Saturday day time became the biggest Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions ever, with 10 acts over 6 hours.

A thousand thanks to SherstonFest for the opportunity to do this and for a very special weekend.


A beautiful set from Blue Rose Code

Thank you so much to Blue Rose Code for headlining our May Sessions.

I’m currently processing some footage of them from the night so come back to check this page in a couple of days.

In the meantime, can you see yourself in the shot below, taken by Ross Wilson at the end of the night?

The audience at our May Sessions

Tony Haven videos

Unbelievable talent in the form of Tony Haven. If you missed it, tut tut tut.

But you can watch this, and there are more vids of Tony’s performance at our May sessions here.

A big thank you to Owen Benson

Quite randomly, the very talented and generous Owen Benson turned up to our April sessions and filmed the whole night on his fancy new Canon video camera.  And then, gave us the footage for you to enjoy.  How amazing is that!

To see the footage from our April sessions, go here

And to see more of Owen’s lovely work visit www.owenbensonvisuals.com and checkout his showreel below.

We really appreciate your support, Owen – thank you.

Owen Benson Visuals showreel from Owen Benson on Vimeo.

April sessions – our biggest yet

Triple wow! … an incredible night at the Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions with some phenomenal performances.

Farrago created a lovely atmosphere opening the night, the quirky stylings of Waitress for the Bees went down a storm, James Cameron’s new project Weatherstorms, truly fantastic… and the bonus guest appearance of the very very talented Sam Green made for an unforgettable night.

Weatherstorms (James Cameron) with special guest, Sam Green

Thank you, James for your beautiful solo set, and for bringing Sam Green over with you – a very special combination.



Waitress For The Bees (Emma Hooper)

Waitress for the Bees is Emma Hooper’s solo project, using viola, accordion, saw, electronics, and vocals to play you quirky and affecting songs about dinosaurs that will make your heart hurt.




A new band on the folk scene, singer/guitarist Ian Bennett has been playing his original music in bands on the London music scene for over 10 years. Ruth Dix is a classically trained pianist who has turned her hand to the much more travel-sized melodica, with unexpected and exciting results.


Sherston Festival in The Gazette

This weeks Gazette ….
As far as I know, neither Prince Charles nor Coldplay are on the line up for the Saturday afternoon, but it sounds like it would be worth coming along to see what happens!

Sherston Festival and Malmesbury Acoustic In The Gazette

NEW Malmesbury Acoustic Mailing List

Mailchimp LogoThanks to those clever people at MailChimp, we now have a mailing list!

We are not planning to send out much, just a gentle monthly reminder about the next upcoming session and the occasional bit of news we may have to share.

Please feel free to join up and to receive email from Malmesbury Acoustic.

Just go HERE and subscribe by entering your name and email address.  Easy.

Malmesbury Acoustic receives donation

We would like give a hearty thank you Morgwn Atkins Chartered Accountants in Tetbury for their very supportive donation.

Having some money in the pot means we don’t need to rely so much on entrance fees alone to pay the musicians that play at Malmesbury Acoustic.  This makes a big difference as it means we can book artists to play and guarantee the minimum they are going to get.

The ability to do this means we can book more established artists for Malmesbury Acoustic, which attracts more people, which allows us to book more established artists, and so on.

Morgwn Atkins decided that they would love to donate to Malmesbury Acoustic, so long as they could have a comedy night (typical accountants!)  So, we were more than happy to oblige.

But don’t worry, it’s not a corporate do or anything


Sorry – February sessions cancelled

Sorry, guys.  Just received phone calls from Killing No Murder and from The Yirdbards.  The snow means they are forced to cancel which mean tonights Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions is also cancelled.  A real shame, but that’s snow business for you !!!!!

(Image copyright Terry Matthews – http://www.terrymathews.co.uk/photo_5344091.html

Upcoming Sessions

Sarah Gillespie + Phil King – Saturday 12th October – Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury

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Moscow Drug Club + Devil’s Doorbell – Thu 10th October – Town Hall, Malmesbury

Moscow Drug Club troubadors will soon be descending on Malmesbury as headliners of a Blue Tone Sessions double bill.

Updated: September 19th, 2019 | Continue Reading