Jill O'Sullivan

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Jill O'Sullivan
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Also known asJill Lorean
BornBelfast, Ireland
  • Alternative rock
  • Art rock
  • Indie rock
  • Folk rock
  • Avant-rock
  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Violin
Years active2003–present
LabelsJill Lorean
Associated acts
  • Jill Lorean
  • Sparrow and the Workshop
  • Do the Gods Speak Esperanto
  • Bastard Mountain
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Jill O'Sullivan is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter who is based in Glasgow, Scotland but grew up in Chicago. Currently performing in Jill Lorean, O'Sullivan has been a key 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.


O'Sullivan moved to London in 2005 to pursue a masters degree in Sociology but completed 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 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

Albums / EP's

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

Appears on

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

Jill O'Sullivan in the Media



  1. Lester, Paul (15 April 2009). "New band of the day – No 527: Sparrow and the Workshop" – via www.theguardian.com.
  2. "Glasgow pop duo BDY_PRTS on their debut album: The Skinny". www.theskinny.co.uk.
  3. "Jill Lorean on shaving her head, Glasgow's music scene and the Frightened Rabbit connection". HeraldScotland.
  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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