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The Tonic Sessions Triple Bill: An evening with Tammy Payne, Ruth Hammond & Joanna Swan

+ The Tender Trap

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The Tonic Sessions, A collaborative showcase celebrating women in music returns to our Foyer once again, this time for a triple-stacked bill of incredible talent featuring Tammy Payne, Ruth Hammond and Joanna Swan with a special performance from all three as The Tender Trap to wrap up the night.

These sessions are designed to evoke an inviting and relaxed space where you can come and have a glass of wine by candlelight and enjoy some of the outstanding female artists in Bristol and beyond.


Bristol Beacon and Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival present

Limited reduced-price tickets for U26 and people on Universal Credit

Unreserved seated event

All ages (Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)

Doors: 19:00
Start time: 19:30
Finish: 21:30

Tammy Payne

Tammy Payne is a singer, writer and drummer. She released her street soul classic ‘Take Me Now’ on Gilles Peterson’s label Talkin Loud in the early 90’s and has also toured as a drummer for John Parish (PJ Harvey producer), McKay (Portishead’s Bronx hip-hop album) and prolific French artist, Marc Gauvin.

Her output in hip-hop / electro with Smith & Mighty and Sissi, alt-folk pop with Jukes and jazz-rock with Tamco show Tammy’s exploratory leanings as a singer and songwriter.

Ruth Hammond

Ruth Hammond is a singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has performed all over the UK, on the stages of the Albert Hall, Ronnie Scott’s and the Jazz Cafe. She recorded and toured internationally with trip-hop band Morcheeba and collaborated with many local artists in the rich Bristol music scene.

Through her involvement with the Bristol International Jazz Festival, she has shared the stage with some top jazz artists, including Pee Wee Ellis, Lillian Boutte, Fred Wesley, Bobby Shew and Claire Teale.

Joanna Swan

Joanna Swan is a singer songwriter performer and Bristol luminary. Most known for her band ILYA with guitarist Nick Pullin. After signing with Virgin Records in 2003, their debut album ‘They Died For Beauty’ was released to massive critical acclaim, with lead single ‘Bellissimo’ appearing in worldwide advertising campaigns across film and TV.

Joanna has continued to write for ILYA as well as perform with her band Hounds of Lounge.

Plus a special performance from

The Tender Trap

The Tender Trap ooze class as they lounge their way through impeccably curated songs of timeless brilliance.

The combined rich musical and life experience of these musicians shimmers through their renditions with warmth and charisma, leaving you with the sweetest scent of nostalgia this side of lounge-ville.


The venue


at Bristol Beacon

Our foyer space located within Bristol Beacon where we host events, performances and conferences.

Getting to the venue

Location: Bridgehouse is located within Bristol Beacon with entrances on Colston Street and Trenchard Street.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 50m away directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


The city centre bus stop is 250m from Bristol Beacon where most bus services stop.

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Bridgehouse has level access from street level with lifts to all levels. For unallocated seated performances, seats can easily be removed to accommodate wheelchairs.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the venue.

Hearing Facility

There is an induction loop at the box office. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting. There is no hearing loop facility for the foyer stage.

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