Live Music at The Bell

"The Bell has always been a key part of Bath's live music scene, often giving musicians their first break and always providing music that is vibrant, diverse and free." - Peter Gabriel

The Bell has live music three times a week (Monday from 9pm, Wednesday from 8.30pm and Sunday lunchtimes from 1pm) ranging from jazz to blues to folk to roots to some things we are not sure what to call.

October 2015 LISTINGS

Sunday 4th October (lunchtime)
Doubleheader: Daisy Chapman / The Glowglobes

Internationally known song-story-writer with commanding vocal presence and bonus string section! (& drums). Melodramatic in a good way + Swingy acoustic street duo featuring old Bell heart-throb Laura Pocket.

Monday 5th October
Le Skeleton Band

This is Art, Ladies and Gents. Lunatic multi-lingual French performance collective with a great sense of drama and a wide musical palette. Considerably more than skin-deep. Not your average night in the pub.

Wednesday 7th October
Severed Limb

Six-piece high energy skifflebilly boys from London Town, likely the best of their kind to be found in this country at the moment, scoring highly with everyone from punks to rockers to the new americana acoustic

Sunday 11th October (lunchtime)
Tom Kitching & Gren Bartley

We’re pleased we got to know these guys - significant contemporary folk talents both - early, ‘cos they’re now much better-known for other activities and the original duo only gets an occasional outing in special places - like here.

Monday 12th October
Modou N'Diaye Cissoko

From the fabled Cissokho family (yes you have heard the name before) from Casamance in Southern Senegal, his sense of tradition with kora, drums and voice is strong; but as a working musician on the European festival circuit, the combination with kit drums and bass is utterly contemporary.

Wednesday 14th October
Monkey Chuckle

Horn-heavy instrumental funk ensemble firing like a well-oiled machine - no digital emulation needed here. Their sheer joy at playing this supreme dance music transmits itself directly to the audience and the dancefloor.

Sunday 18th October (lunchtime)
Rag Mama Rag

Country blues comes best from agricultural surroundings in the middle of nowhere, and, well, this pair had to go to Southwest France to find that. The sacrifices people make for authenticity. Good thing too ‘cos they come back with some of the most perfect early acoustic blues and rags you could wish for.

Monday 19th October
Whiskey Moonface

Once heard never forgotten, boho folk café short stories & dreams. Double bass and clarinet encircle the mysterious voice and accordion of Louisa Jones. Just back from touring Russia & Turkey. Of course.

Wednesday 21st October

For a good (very good) couple of decades the Westcountry’s foremost Studio 1 style original ska band, a bunch of boys and girls - including several renowned Bristol jazzers - who do it because they love it. They still do and so do we..

Sunday 25th October (lunchtime)
Two Man Ting

WoMaD-friendly Acoustic African from local but rarely seen duo (yep you probably worked that bit out). You need some of this, even if just to persuade yourself that summer’s not gone for good.

Monday 26th October

Absolute all-star Celtic tune-centred folk from Scotland, winning awards plaudits and hearts wherever they go - a festival headliner in years to come if they carry on this form.

Wednesday 28th October

Utterly ‘avin-it 8 piece with horns & synth jockeying for supremacy around some deeply butt-shifting lines. They’ve had the first single, the summer of festivals and rave reviews and now they’re back in town to reclaim the booty.

Upcoming listings

...can be found on the Bell page on the ents24 site HERE (these listings are subject to change)