Tickets: £12.50 advance, £14.50 on the door.
Advance tickets from http://www.folkhousemusic.com
The Bookshop Band are Beth Porter and Ben Please. Highly regarded wherever they tread, they write songs inspired by books and play them (mostly!) in bookshops.
This performance, though, is special: it marks the release of one of their as-yet-untitled 9 albums that are set for unveiling this year. Their plan is to release one per month from April onwards, drip feeding the musical world with the mesmerising material they have amassed and fine-tuned since 2010, most of which was written for their author events at the wonderful Mr.B’s Emporium Of Reading Delights in Bath.However, another twist in this gig’s tale is that attendees will have access to all 9 albums at once. Therein lies a courtesy Beth and Ben felt more than happy to extend to their loyal fans!
Beth Porter is of course one of the UK’s foremost cellists, having recorded with a huge array of artists – including The Proclaimers, Peter Gabriel, The Heavy, Royal Blood, Kula Shaker, and Newton Faulkner.
When not working in The Bookshop Band, Ben Please writes music primarily for film alongside his animator brother Mikey. In 2010, they won a BAFTA together for Best Animation for The Eagle-man Stag!
Joining them for this album launch will be very special guests Threepenny Bit, who will by then be fresh from their performance at Bristol Folk Festival 2016. This Hampshire-based collective have built themselves a sterling reputation since their emergence in 2011. Their diverse influences and instrumental composition enable them to explore traditional music without restraint – using saxophone, clarinet, drums, flute, violin, guitar, and bass guitar to create an unparalleled wall of sound. Their highly energetic, dynamic approach has seen them earn endless praise nationwide. Be prepared for an ‘all-out musical bombardment’!