Jill O'Sullivan

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Jill O'Sullivan
Also known asJill Lorean
BornBelfast, Ireland
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Violin
Years active2003–present
Associated actsJill Lorean, Sparrow and the Workshop, Do the Gods Speak Esperanto, BDY_PRTS, Bastard Mountain

Jill O'Sullivan is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who grew up in Chicago and is based in Glasgow, Scotland. Currently performing as Jill Lorean, O'Sullivan has been a member of bands Sparrow and the Workshop, Bdy_Prts and Three Queens in Mourning, as well as contributing to records by Frightened Rabbit, James Yorkston, Roddy Woomble, The Grand Gestures, The Fruit Tree Foundation and the Gral Brothers.

Career[edit | edit source]

O'Sullivan moved to London in 2005 to pursue a masters degree in Sociology, completing her studies in Glasgow in 2007, where she soon after formed Sparrow and the Workshop with Nick Packer and Gregor Donaldson.[1] The trio were signed to a label, Distiller Records, and released two EP's and three albums over the course of 6 years. After releasing their third album, Murderopolis, in 2013, the band took a break and O'Sullivan formed an alt pop duo with Jenny Reeve and, with the help of drummer Johnny Scott, released the album Fly, Invisible Hero in 2017.[2] O'Sullivan's latest project, Jill Lorean, is a collaboration between O'Sullivan and musician/producer Andy Monaghan and drummer Peter Kelly and has so far resulted in one 6-track EP, Not Your First (2020).[3]

O’Sullivan has also recently released a collaborative album with renowned musicians Alasdair Roberts, Alex Neilson, and Bonnie "Prince" Billy under the moniker Three Queens in Mourning (2020).[4] In addition, she collaborated with Sean Cumming (John Knox Sex Club) on storytelling project Do the Gods Speak Esperanto,[5] released in 2017. Over the years O'Sullivan has also collaborated with Scott Hutchinson, Emma Pollock, and James Yorkston, amongst others, and toured with the likes of the Pogues and the Brian Jonestown Massacre.[6] O'Sullivan has been playlisted on BBC6 Music, BBC Radio 1 and FM4, and has partaken in Lauren Laverne, Marc Riley and Maida Vale radio sessions, and has performed at Glastonbury, Bestival, Hop Farm Festival, End of the Road, Green Man, London Calling and T in the Park, amongst others.

Selected discography[edit | edit source]

Albums / EPs[edit | edit source]

  • Sparrow and the Workshop - Sleight of Hand, 2009
  • Sparrow and the Workshop - Into The Wild, 2010
  • Sparrow and the Workshop - Crystals Fall, 2010
  • Sparrow and the Workshop - Spitting Daggers, 2012
  • Sparrow and the Workshop - Murderopolis, 2013
  • Bastard Mountain - Farewell, Bastard Mountain, 2014
  • Do the Gods Speak Esperanto - Lotus Eaters, 2017
  • Bdy_Prts - Fly, Invisible Hero, 2017
  • Three Queens in Mourning - Hellow Sorrow, Hellow Joy, 2020
  • Jill Lorean - Not Your First, 2020

Appears on[edit | edit source]

  • Patrick Watson - "Mary", 2003 (Violin)
  • Low Skies - "All The Love I Could Find", 2006 (Violin)
  • Fruit Tree Foundation - "First Edition", 2010 (Co-Write, Guitar)
  • Broken Records - "Dia Dos Namorados", 2010 (Vocals)
  • John Knox Sex Club - "Kiss the Dirt", 2011 (Vocals)
  • Roddy Woomble - "The Impossible Song and Other Songs", 2011 (Vocals)
  • The Grand Gestures - "There's No Place Like Home", 2012 (Vocals)
  • The Grand Gestures - "Deer in a Crosshair", 2012 (Vocals)
  • James Yorkston - Just as Scared", 2012 (Co-wrote, Vocals)
  • From Scotland With Love - "Film", 2014 (Vocals)
  • Frightened Rabbit - "Rained On", 2017 (Vocals)
  • BrewBand - "Brewband", 2018 (Violin, Vocals, Guitar)
  • Broken Chanter - "Broken Chanter", 2019 (Vocals, Violin)
  • Gral Brothers - "Caravan East", 2020 (Violin)
  • Alex Rex - "Andromeda"", 2020 (Vocals, Violin)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Lester, Paul (15 April 2009). "New band of the day – No 527: Sparrow and the Workshop". The Guardian.
  2. "Glasgow pop duo BDY_PRTS on their debut album: The Skinny". theskinny.co.uk.
  3. "Jill Lorean on shaving her head, Glasgow's music scene and the Frightened Rabbit connection". The Herald. Glasgow.
  4. "Hello Sorrow - Hello Joy, by Three Queens in Mourning / Bonnie 'Prince' Billy". Textile Records.
  5. "Do the Gods Speak Esperanto". Bandcamp.
  6. "Sparrow and The Workshop (Glasgow, UK)". dazed.

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