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The Arts Trail Movement is becoming ever more popular in cities in the UK.  It’s a chance to wander from house to house, seeing the beautiful things that people create, catching up with your local community, and drinking mug after mug of tea.  Bristol boasts at least two annual arts trails, in the north of the city, and in Totterdown, legendary site of the worlds most famous supernatural house share…


Juliet Fleming’s art gallery / front room was one of the host houses for this year’s Totterdown Arts Trail, featuring ceramics made by the hostess and Sarah Jordan, art by Terry Burke, and textiles by Grace Ingram.  And an afternoon of music, brought by BristolCon regular Talis Kimberley and her floating band.

Kicking off in appropriate fashion with “Juliet’s House”, followed by a haunting vocal of “Gathering Summer In”, and new political track, “The Steps of St Pauls,” which had received its live debut only the previous evening, and went down very well with the audience.

“Drink tea, buy pots!” urged Talis, who had taken the wise strategy of splitting her act into three-song mini-sets so people could browse the pottery and grab a biscuit between numbers.

Highlights of the set included a rousing singalong of eco-anthem “Spoon”, Chantelle Smith’s gypsy dancing to classic oldie “Appleby Fair”, the mystical “Jack Hare”, and the rousing “Common Bunting”, which I think is the only song I’ve ever heard about a washing line.

If you like folky, literate songs, thought-provoking but with a generous dash of humour, Talis, and possibly some of her band, will be playing at Kingcombe Winter Fair, Dorchester, on December 4th.