St Petroc's Sessions: Lau

St Petroc's Church - Church Square, Priory Road, Bodmin, Cornwall PL31 2DP

PLEASE NOTE: This event was rescheduled from the 28th May 2020 due to Covid-19. It will now will take place on Friday 21st October 2022 from 7pm. 


St Petroc's Sessions: Lau

As part of their ‘Unplugged’ Concert Tour 2021, Lau are set to play Bodmin's St Petroc's Sessions in October. 

For the first time in over a decade, Lau present an entirely acoustic tour.

The pioneering Scottish folk trio have always experimented with sound and form; the results have always been complex and thrilling.

Already acknowledged as phenomenal live performers (‘the UK's best live band’ – the Guardian), Lau arrived at a new creative peak with 2019’s Midnight and Closedown (Reveal Records). That album was produced by John Parish (PJ Harvey, This Is The Kit), who said: ‘Lau are in touch with their roots but not bound by them’.  

Now 2020’s Unplugged concert tour sees traditional music’s most celebrated innovators strip away their banks of electronics, loops and wild effects. The trio of Kris Drever (guitar, vocals), Martin Green (accordion) and Aidan O’Rourke (fiddle) feel drawn to a more raw and plain-speaking aesthetic. The approach is subtler, less about spectacle, more about close listening. In brash and polarised political times, here is the poetry of real instruments and considerate music making.

Praise for Lau:

'Lau are a remarkable band – the most musically adventurous trio in British folk – exquisite and hypnotic, musicianship at its best’ ★★★★★ THE GUARDIAN

‘This is music of such stunning creativity – one of most thrilling live bands’   

‘Instrumental virtuosity’  MOJO

‘Intoxicating, mesmerising music’ BBC MUSIC Magazine

‘Quite unlike anything else out there’  ACOUSTIC Magazine

Four-time winners ʻBest Groupʼ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards



The St Petroc’s Sessions are a series of concerts offering a rare opportunity to enjoy live music and entertainment in the beautiful setting of Cornwall’s largest church, St Petroc’s in Bodmin, which dates from the 15th Century. Expect big-name headliners and a platform for local talent. 

Organised by intoBodmin and Devon-based promoters Cabaret Voltaire, the St Petroc’s Sessions launched in September 2017 at the Celebrate Bodmin Festival. They have so far featured acts such as This is The Kit, Fairport Convention and The Cuban Brothers. Featuring talent both home-grown to Bodmin, and from across the South West – there’s big names and the best emerging talent.



Once you've got your tickets, here is some useful information about the events:

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 bar but please bring cash as we can’t take card payments.

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 usually finish by 11:30pm. 

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.

Children: under 18's are allowed at this event, but please ensure under 16's are accompanied by a resonsible adult. We reccomend ear defenders for young children, and please note that there is alcohol on sale in the venue. 

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 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 and back for a better view, if you want to make sure you have good sight lines from a seated position, we advise arriving ly.

If you have any other questions, or message via our social media channels @intoBodmin. 

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