Musicians Flock to The Nightjar

Photography by Dan Henley

Photography by Dan Henley

** This venue is now closed **

Since its opening on the August Bank Holiday weekend this year, The Nightjar has become one of the most popular venues for live music in Cornwall’s capital.

Located on Truro’s Old Bridge Street in the former Wine Experience shop, the lounge bar provides an intimate setting for live acoustic sets with its soft mocha hues, comfortable sofa seating, low lighting and candlelit tables.

Though the stage area is small, it sits in front of a large hand drawn map of Cornwall which provides the perfect backdrop for performances.

So far, The Nightjar has hosted live music from local singers, Samuel Powell and Tom Gall; Andrew Barnes, the front man of Bristol band Evil Twin; plus BBC Radio 1 favourites, George Ezra, Luke Singh-Sital and Sam Fender.


George Ezra

George Ezra

The bar is a joint venture between Gary James and Rob Daniels-March and the two friends are excited to be entering the music scene in Truro.

“By opening The Nightjar, we hope that we are providing an opportunity to push live music in Truro and provide a venue for local up-and-coming artists as well as established acts,” explained Rob.

“We want to give local musicians a platform to perform and make people more aware of the talent that can be found in Cornwall.”

The classic décor of the lounge bar creates a soothing and relaxed atmosphere for visitors. Old black and white films are screened during the day, and the authentic 1930’s piano on the stage evokes the sound and image of a bygone era.

Photography by Dan Henley

Photography by Dan Henley


The name of the bar originates from Dylan Thomas’ Fern Hill poem that was published in 1945.

All the moon long I heard, blessed among stables, the nightjars flying with the ricks, and the horses flashing into the dark…” Dylan Thomas, Fern Hill

“A Nightjar is a bird that comes out at dusk and we thought that this was suitable name for a bar that will essentially come alive at dusk. It’s also a line from one of my favourite poems.” Rob said.

The extensive handcrafted cocktail menu is proving to be a huge hit, along with the variety of bottled Belgian beers and West Country ciders, and a wide range of unique spirits, such as Old J rum, Cornwall’s Tarquin’s Gin, and Crystal Head Vodka.

Free Superfast fibre-optic broadband and free coffee refills are just a couple of the perks at The Nightjar, and the bar regularly hosts additional events including monthly comedy nights, charity events and themed nights.

This month, the lounge bar will host live music performances from Zervas & Pepper (7th Nov), Sam Brookes and Laura Fletcher (9th Nov), and Ben Jordan (13th Nov).

The venue will also host a charity “Movember Party” on 30th November to help raise money and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.

The musical line-up for December so far, includes Kezia, Gareth Lee, Saskia Maxwell, the Paper Shades and Laura Fletcher.


Who would you love to see play live at The Nightjar, dead or alive?

Rob: Warren Zevon. He’s one of the best songwriters I’ve heard of and sadly his music didn’t really receive recognition until after his death in 2003 when he then became a Grammy Award-winner.
Gary: The Rolling Stones. A stripped-back acoustic set would be incredible.

Which local artists would you love to see perform at the bar?
Brother & Bones, Kezia (who we have booked which is exciting), the People String Foundation, and Ruarri Joseph.

What was the first ever album/single you bought?
Oasis, What’s the Story Morning Glory. I had it on repeat for weeks.
Gary: Thin Lizzy on CD. However, I admit, I did also have PJ and Duncan on cassette.

Which song sums up The Nightjar?
High Hopes. This song kept us going when we were building, designing and decorating the bar and it keeps us positive about its future.

What do you think of Cornwall’s music scene?
Venues need to make more effort in showcasing new talent. There aren’t many ways to expose Cornish artists down here so the efforts of venue owners are important. The gigs need to be regular and feature local acts, as well as music from artists from further afield.

The Nightjar
18 Old Bridge Street, Truro, TR1 2AH





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