Sad farewell to ‘shabby chic magic’ of St Bon’s

August 04 2014

AFTER twelve years of playing host to American roots music, attracting audiences from far and wide, a small Bishopston social club has sadly seen its last gig.

AFTER twelve years of playing host to American roots music, attracting audiences from far and wide, a small Bishopston social club has sadly seen its last gig.
Promoter, Tim Martin, says that there have been "a number of issues" building up for some time, which have resulted in the club's closure.
He adds that although it is not unexpected, it is a "great disappointment" to say goodbye to the venue.
The club has hosted the likes of Mexican guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela, highly regarded musicians such as Buddy Miller and Laura Cantrell, and more recently, one of the most talented and respected young singer songwriters to come out of America, John Fullbright.
Tim said: "We have put on over 350 shows at St. Bonaventure's, and many have been truly memorable.
"The intimacy and atmosphere of the place made it a favourite both with audiences and musicians, and the acoustics, engineered by Stuart Amesbury, were as good as it gets.
"The place was never much to look at - I like to think that it was music's equivalent of shabby chic - but there was something magical about it that you'll never find anywhere else."
However, Tim remains undaunted by the closure. He added: "We had a whole programme of shows booked into St. Bonaventure's which have now been transferred to other venues such as The Tunnels, at Temple Meads.
"These include old favourites like Chuck Prophet and The Sadies, as well as critically rated newcomers like Sturgill Simpson and Willie Watson from the Old Crow Medicine Show.
"The end of St. Bonaventure's does not mean the end of great Americana in Bristol. Ideally we'd like to find a similar venue in north Bristol where we could replicate the St. Bonaventure's experience, but in the meantime we'll do our best to continue the spirit at other places."
For full details of future gigs, visit: www.crhmusic.com.

St Bon's social club