The Bookshop Band

Program Type: Music
Ages: Adult

Description

The  Bookshop  Band  are  the  musical  offspring  of  an  artistic  love-affair  between  a  group  of  award  winning  folk  songwriters  and  an  independent  bookshop  in  the  UK,  Mr  B’s  Emporium  of  Reading  Delights.  The  songs  are  the  musical  outpouring  of  the  band’s  own  response  to  books  they  have  read.  

The  Bookshop  Band  formed  in  September  2010,  releasing  their  first  album  in  December  that  year.  They  have  since  released  13  albums  each  exploring  a  different  theme  in  their  responses  to  over  100  author’s  books.  They  have  toured  extensively  around  the  UK  and  abroad,  from  bookshops  to  festival  main-stages,  and  have  been  commissioned  by  BBC  Radio  3,  The  V&A  Museum,  The  National  Portrait  Gallery  and  the  Centre  Pompidou  in  Paris,  most  recently  writing  two  songs  for  the  launch  of  Philip  Pullman’s  The  Book  Of  Dust  and  working  with  The  V&A  Museum  on  a  musical  series  of  previously  banned  books.  

The  Bookshop  Band  represent  a  fascinating  and  contemporary  take  on  the  English  folk  tradition.  Beth  Porter  and  Ben  Please  bring  the  books  to  the  stage  along  with  a  multitude  of  instruments,  including  cello,  harmonium,    glockenspiel,  guitars  and  ukuleles  which,  along  with  their  distinct  voices,  create  a  cinematic  sound  that  draws  the  audience  right  in  to  a  highly  intimate  performance,  at  once  touching  and  mesmerizing,  heart  wrenching  and  funny.

Learn more at https://www.thebookshopband.co.uk/

Photo Credit Martin Tompkins.

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