The St Petroc's Sessions

The St Petroc’s Sessions are a series of live gigs offering a rare opportunity to enjoy live music and entertainment in the atmospheric setting of Cornwall’s largest church, St Petroc’s in Bodmin, which dates from the 15th century.

Organised by intoBodmin and Devon-based promoters Cabaret Voltaire, the St Petroc’s Sessions launched in September 2017 at the inaugural Celebrate Bodmin Festival. They have so far featured acts such as Sam Lee, Hollie McNish, This is The Kit, Fairport Convention, The Cuban Brothers and Lau

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Coming Up:

Holly McNish - The Lobster Tour

4th April 2024 | St Petroc's Church | 7.30pm Doors | £14

After a run of sold out shows up and down the UK, Hollie McNish is back with a brand new book, Lobster and other things I'm learning to love.
A Sunday Times bestselling writer whose live readings are not to be missed, expect strong language and adult content, gift-wrapped in gorgeously crafted poetry.
In Lobster, Hollie brings her much-loved style to questions of friendship, flags and newborns, clocks, cocks and volvos, shining a ridiculous and beautifully poetic lens upon all those things we have been taught to hate, and which we might just learn to love again.

“With his keening tenor vibrato sailing effortlessly into the upper register, there’s something of Tim Buckley about Sam Brookes” – The Independent

After a run of sold out shows up and down the UK, Hollie McNish is back with a brand new book, Lobster and other things I'm learning to love.
A Sunday Times bestselling writer whose live readings are not to be missed, expect strong language and adult content, gift-wrapped in gorgeously crafted poetry.
In Lobster, Hollie brings her much-loved style to questions of friendship, flags and newborns, clocks, cocks and volvos, shining a ridiculous and beautifully poetic lens upon all those things we have been taught to hate, and which we might just learn to love again.

“With his keening tenor vibrato sailing effortlessly into the upper register, there’s something of Tim Buckley about Sam Brookes” – The Independent

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Alabaster DePlume

3rd May 2024 | St Petroc's Church | 7.30pm Doors | £18

'A rabble-rousing, spiritual jazz adventure' - The Guardian ★★★★

Angus Fairbairn, the Manchester-born, London-based musician who records under the name Alabaster Deplume, makes music that is extremely hard to classify. His albums feature some of Britain’s top jazz musicians, but it isn't straight-up jazz. It’s an odd mix of jazz, creaky chamber music, clunky post-punk, lo-fi Afrobeat, avant-garde folk music and English whimsy. The self-taught saxophonist plays his tenor sax out of the side of his mouth in a breathy murmur, all simple phrases and fluttering, low-volume flourishes. He sings in mantras, occasionally lapsing into quite funny Robert Wyatt-ish spoken-word excursions. He also surrounds himself with fine musicians who push his simple songs into more challenging territory.

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Bernard Butler

27th June 2024 | St Petroc's Church | 7.30pm Doors | from £20

'A rabble-rousing, spiritual jazz adventure' - The Guardian ★★★★

Angus Fairbairn, the Manchester-born, London-based musician who records under the name Alabaster Deplume, makes music that is extremely hard to classify. His albums feature some of Britain’s top jazz musicians, but it isn't straight-up jazz. It’s an odd mix of jazz, creaky chamber music, clunky post-punk, lo-fi Afrobeat, avant-garde folk music and English whimsy. The self-taught saxophonist plays his tenor sax out of the side of his mouth in a breathy murmur, all simple phrases and fluttering, low-volume flourishes. He sings in mantras, occasionally lapsing into quite funny Robert Wyatt-ish spoken-word excursions. He also surrounds himself with fine musicians who push his simple songs into more challenging territory.

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Oysterband

8th November 2024 | St Petroc's Church | 7.30pm Doors | £27

From their earliest days as a noisy, politicised ceilidh band in the late Seventies, Oysterband have never stopped evolving or providing soundtrack to the changing times.

Emerging in the early 80s from their ceilidh band days they infused both the traditional and their own songs with a passion and energy that was electrifyingly fresh for the time. Polkas, politics and a heaving dance floor somehow seemed perfectly right for Thatcher’s Britain. Signing to new roots label Cooking Vinyl, headlining English Roots Against Apartheid, playing Glastonbury and the Fleadh several times each, touring with The Pogues in Europe and Billy Bragg in North America, hosting the Big Session Festival. All gained them a large and loyal following both at home and internationally.

Winners of several BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including Best Band twice, Oysterband’s song-writing has never stood still, and hits such as “The Oxford Girl”, “When I’m Up I Can’t Get Down” (Best Song at the Canadian East Coast Music Awards, performed by Great Big Sea), “Everywhere I Go and Put Out The Lights” are now renowned staples of the folk canon.

The creative heart of Oysterband is still here after 45 years: John Jones (vocals, melodeon), Alan Prosser (guitars) and Ian Telfer (violin), with Al Scott, their longtime producer, on bass, Adrian Oxaal (cello and guitar) and newest member Sean Randle on drums.

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St Petroc's Sessions: General Info

  • Tickets: The name of the ticket buyer will be on the door, so give us your name and if it’s on the list, then we'll let you in. Please bring some proof of ID.
  • Food and drink: You can't bring your own drinks and food into the venue. There will be a pop-up bar, serving ale, lager, cider, wine, soft drinks and tea and coffee. If you want to grab some food beforehand, just over the road is Honey Street, where you can eat at The Weavers pub and the excellent tapas bar No.4. There's The Viraj Indian restaurant on Higher Bore Street and various other takeaways within walking distance.
  • Parking: There is no parking at the church, but there are three car parks within a two or three minute walk. They are all free after 4pm. Priory Car Park is the closest.
  • Usual timings: We usually open the church at 7pm, and the gig will normally finish by 11:00pm.
  • Access: If you have difficulty with steps, please get in touch. There is level access to the venue, but it would be handy if we know in advance.
  • Anything else: St Petroc’s is a large 15th century church. It’s a beautiful venue, but it can be a bit chilly, so dress appropriately. There are no pews; if it is a seated event, the chairs are cushioned; if standing, chairs are available. Please note there are pillars. While you'll always be able to stand at the sides or the back for a better view, if you want to make sure you have good sight lines from a seated position, we advise arriving promptly.
  • If you have any other questions, get in touch by emailing emailus@intobodmin.co.uk or message via our social media channels.
  • emailus@intobodmin.co.uk or message via our social media channels.
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