John Francis Flynn
Plus Clara Mann
Singer and multi-instrumentalist John Francis Flynn masterfully unpicks traditional folk songs and rearranges them with an emotional force. They float in a surreal space between the past and the present, the analog and the digital, between love and tragedy.
John’s debut album ‘I Would Not Live Always’ was released on Rough Trade imprint River Lea Records in 2020, earning rave reviews and winning two awards at the RTE Folk Awards.
His new album, ‘Look Over the Wall, See the Sky’ is a reimagining of traditional Irish music: powerful, hopeful and free. Picking up where his critically acclaimed debut left off, the forthcoming LP is a sprawling soundscape of unconventional instruments and jagged arrangements, granting the songs a certain sense of magnetism that draws listeners into its curious orbit of experimental folk.
Presented by Bristol Beacon
Unreserved standing event
Age: 14+ (Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)
“Like a threatening thunderhead perforated with golden shafts of sunlight: lysergic synth lines [and] intermittent bursts of overdriven guitar.”
Clara Mann makes almost-folk to keep calm in a busy world. Her striking debut EP, ‘Consolations’ (Sad Club Records) was praised for its wise-beyond-years approach, intimate production and distinctive, self-assured vocals that detail her first meetings with adulthood; befriending vulnerability, protecting malleable boundaries, and the fragility of self that runs parallel with personal growth.
Getting to the venue
Location: Exchange is located on Old Market Street. It is a short distance (300m) from the Marriott Hotel in Bristol City Centre.
Bicycle racks can be found outside the venue on David Street. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.
There are parking bays on the opposite side of the road and also behind the venue (250m). The closest multi-story car park is NCP Car Park Bristol Broadmead.
Bristol Clean Air Zone
Exchange is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. View a map of the Zone and check if your vehicle will be charged.
Several city buses stop at Old Market, a short distance (100m) from the venue.
Exchange has a small ramp entrance from street level. The bar and main event space are on the ground floor.
There is an accessible toilet on the ground floor.
Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are welcome inside the venue,
There is no induction loop facility at this venue.
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