Courtyard Sessions

After their sell-out success last month, Courtyard Sessions are back!


Pay What You Choose

So everyone can access tickets to our programme, we’ve introduced a flexible pricing scheme.

Table for 2 – £10 Open Concession / £20 Standard / £30 Pay It Forward
Table for 4 – £20 Open Concession / £40 Standard / £60 Pay It Forward
Table for 6 – £30 Open Concession / £60 Standard / £90 Pay It Forward
Single perch seat – £5 Open Concession / £10 Standard / £20 Pay It Forward

Many of our Courtyard shows sell out fast. Email our Box Office to be added to the waiting list.

Medicine Creek

Venue:
Courtyard
Price:
PWYC (per table / perch seat)
Duration:
1 hour 35 mins incl. interval
Ages:
All Ages

Medicine Creek are a foot-stomping old time string band from Bristol, playing their whisky-soaked brand of bluegrass and Americana since getting together in 2010. 

The band specialise in rootsy bluegrass and alt-country, reinventing dark tales of murder and mayhem from frontier times with gospel-flavoured harmonies and violin abuse. Audiences are advised to sing loud and drink heavily. They have gained a cult following for their adrenaline-fuelled live act, and have been invited to play at several major UK festivals, including Glastonbury, Greenman and Shambala. 

“Beautifully rendered old-time Americana” Venue Magazine

  • 7:30pm

Chiff Chaff 4tet

Venue:
Courtyard
Price:
PWYC (per table / perch seat)
Duration:
1 hour 45 mins, incl. interval
Ages:
All Ages

Join double bassist Sol Ahmed as he links up with tenor sax man Dino Christodoulou, Paolo Adamo on drums and Tim Funnell on piano to bring you the groovier side of John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter and more jazz warbling of the finest sort.

  • 7:30pm

Sonder Choir

Venue:
Courtyard
Price:
PWYC (per table / perch seat)
Duration:
1 hour 35 mins incl. interval
Ages:
All Ages

Sonder Choir are a Bristol-based vocal collective incorporating gospel, neo-soul and contemporary influences.

Together for over five years, Sonder Choir has performed at countless gigs, festivals, weddings and other events. This will mark the first time the group are all reunited post lockdown; they are utterly delighted to be able to share this moment with Bristol Old Vic audiences. Their performance is infused with joy and passion and they invite you to join them on a musical journey as they elevate your soul.

  • 7:30pm

Black Matter: Giles Terera

Venue:
Courtyard
Price:
PWYC (per table / perch seat)
Duration:
1 hour 35 mins, incl. interval
Ages:
All Ages

A new song cycle by the Olivier Award-winning star of Hamilton

I live in Soho, London. I was there throughout last summer. I saw Soho shift from deserted tranquility, where the only sounds were birds and church bells to the noise and heat of demands for social justice and civil unrest. I saw couples and families sneaking bike rides and I saw violence – protests and peacemakers, homelessness and empty properties. People helping each other and people hurting each other. I saw confusion and hope and strength. 

I found myself taking my guitar and writing about what I was seeing and feeling and thinking. 

I ended up writing a collection of songs and my aim was to respond immediately to what I was experiencing. I wanted to answer the question: how do we communicate in this atmosphere? How do we find love and balance and strength? These are songs of protest and joy and anger and love.

Giles Terera will also star in The Meaning of Zong, a Bristol Old Vic production, in spring 2022.

“No fan of Terera, musical theatre, cabaret performance or London itself should miss this” ★★★★★ Theatre Monkey
“A spellbinding hour” ★★★★ Reviewsgate
“From the first song to the last, I was gripped. I couldn’t look away.” What’s On Stage

Originating co-producer: Fane Productions | Originally performed at Crazy Coqs

  • 7:30pm

Dave Sanders' Chaos Ensemble

Venue:
Courtyard
Price:
PWYC (per table / perch seat)
Duration:
1 hour 35 mins incl. interval
Ages:
All Ages

Snazzback’s saxophonist and producer Dave Sanders is a serial collaborator and one of the leading voices of Bristol’s explosive jazz scene.

As part of this series he is drawing together fellow Bristolian heavyweights from Waldo’s Gift and others for a unique evening of vivid improvisations, punctuated by compositions that inspire them re-imagined through the lens of their own sound and experience.

  • 7:30pm

The Zu Zu Men

Venue:
Courtyard
Price:
PWYC
Duration:
1 hour 35 mins incl. interval
Ages:
All Ages

Since their inception in 2012, Bristol favourites, The Zu Zu Men, have graced many a wedding, function, dingy spit-and-sawdust dive and floodlit festival big stage.

Their shows are an effortless blend of remarkable musicality and irreverent humour, boasting a host of toe-tapping hits from the ’60s to the present and their Zu Zu Megamix is the stuff of legend; a non-stop playlist of back-to-back favourites, sometimes lasting for an hour or more. 

Their specialities include reinterpreting pop/rock favourites and taking audience requests, often miraculously learning them on the spot. This has expanded their repertoire to near gargantuan proportions and their performance style is a propane-driven feast of fun which never disappoints. 

Just don’t ask for any Oasis. 

PLEASE NOTE 

This is a standing event with general admission. There will be a limited number of tables and seats on the Balcony available on a first come, first served basis. If you have any access requirements, please contact the Box Office directly: tickets@bristololdvic.org.uk.

  • 7:30pm

Celestine

Venue:
Courtyard
Price:
PWYC (per table / perch seat)
Duration:
1 hour 35 mins incl. interval
Ages:
All Ages

Playful, sensual, bold and endearing; Celestine’s passion and diverse musical ability transcends genres. Now, the Bristol born and raised singer songwriter joins us for a special acoustic Courtyard Session.

Influenced by her Barbadian and Jamaican heritage, Celestine has worked with the finest musicians from the UK, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean to create a body of exciting original musical compositions which fuse soul, funk, gospel, jazz & blues with traditional African rhythms & songs.

Photo credit: Tricia Armitage

  • 7:30pm