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Irish-American musician Aoife O’Donovan crafts songs imbued with rich humanity and an ethereal grace.

With her resonant, velveteen vocals and intricate instrumentation O’Donovan’s songwriting is poetic and poignant, earning her comparison to the likes of Joni Mitchell.

On her third album Age of Apathy, released earlier this year, O’Donovan takes her vivid, evocative artistry to new levels.

Across the record, her existential reflections are both deeply personal and speak to a universal experience, conveyed via strikingly impressionistic string, guitar and piano melodies that accompany O’Donovan’s emotive vocals.

Presented by Bristol Beacon

Unreserved seated event

Age: 14+

Doors: 19:30
Start Times: 20:00

“O’Donovan’s songs are rooted in folk tradition but full of musical surprises: daring melodic leaps, unexpected chord progressions, subtle rhythmic shifts.”

New York Times

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Donovan Woods

Donovan Woods was in on the joke when he named his latest release. Riffing on a lyric from a Martin Simpson song (“Never Any Good”), Big Hurt Boy is a six-song exploration of how our failures — and our fixations on them — not only shape but enlighten us.

The venue

Church of St Thomas the Martyr

Getting There

Address: Church of St Thomas the Martyr, Thomas Lane, Bristol, BS1 6JG

The venue is situated on Thomas lane, between Redcliffe Street and Victoria Street.


Covered bicycle racks can be found immediately outside the venue on Thomas Lane. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

There is limited on-street parking nearby. The closest public car park is Portwall Lane Car Park 450m from the venue.


The city centre bus stop is 700m from the venue where most bus services stop. The closest bus stop is on Victoria Street, 200m from the venue.

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