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 free live music three times a week (Monday from 9pm, Wednesday from 9pm and Sunday lunchtimes from 1pm) ranging from jazz to blues to folk to roots to some things we are not sure what to call.
Check out our What's On page for more live music and DJ sets in the Back Bar.
January/February 2016 LISTINGS
Sunday 31st January (lunchtime)
Nu Folk from Lancashire crossing the road without warning to bring international styles like Western Swing into the building alongside home-made and traditional songs. Continuing the parade of what will be the legendary names of the next folk generation: there is no end to it, rejoice!
Monday 1st February
Gipsy strings with the accent strongly Central European, but, at a crossroads like that, the influences can come from anywhere. Fine players and a real Bath Classic band too! www.reverbnation.com/radiobanska
Wednesday 3rd February
It's Vietnamese New Year. Or maybe Tibetan. At least the lead-in to it. Bhutanese. So if you missed having ShakShak at European New Year, then here's another excuse for a party. Acoustic afro-reggae with calypso & folky bits, simply goodtimes.
Friday 5th February (Back Bar 8pm)
"Martha Tilston has carved her niche in the English folk scene with sharp, original songs that dissect the modern world. It is an engrossing set.. She captures both the harshness and enchantment of life, with the salt of sea air almost palpable." *The Guardian* FULL DETAILS HERE
Sunday 7th February (lunchtime)
Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra
Get your original ragtime goodies here, while they're fresh, without the inconvenience of Prohibition or the Great Depression. Rob & Co. write their own spin on classic music from the pre-jazz age, with considerable swing & style, and are a clear cut above the pack with this stuff.. www.teapadorchestra.co.uk
Monday 8th February
Kirris Riviere Blues Band
Whoever spread the lie that the blues was about the guitar? (Don't start me!) It always has been about the singer, and tho' there's a cool band at work here, the main attraction is Mr K's voice, one of the finest instruments in the southwest. soundcloud.com/kirris-riviere
Wednesday 10th February
There's cold winds outside, but in here we've got the warm breath of a steaming horn section to warm you up. Funk, Latin and 2 high energy vocalists, everything you need to beat the February blues. www.mangofactory.co.uk
Sunday 14th February (lunchtime)
Smart & Smiley Blues-built songwriter with an easy way to a heart-bound melody. Catch him with the wind in another direction hovever, and he wields a deadly electric guitar or snaps fingers to a soul-revue-tight rhythm. With luck we'll get a bit of all of those in there somewhere today. jonkenzie.com
Monday 15th February
It's punk jazz, it's post jazz, it's who-knows-what-to-call-it. Including members of the jackhammer Melt Yourself Down and the scorching Led Bib, so rhythm will rule, instruments will be played from the inside out, but their mighty technique will be outscored by expression. letspinband.com
Wednesday 17th February
The Randy Swindlers
Boris's Backing Band, perhaps, tho' I'm not accusing them of political sins, you understand (just all the rest of them). Some of the less reputable members of Hot Tin Roofs, Dynamo's Rhythm Aces etc. play swing and anything else to gain an advantage. Don't sign anything. www.therandyswindlers.com
Sunday 21st February (lunchtime)
Atilla The Stockbroker
Hardly the Book Club. Attila has an autobiography out, it's called Arguments Yard, and that fact at least is something that won't be called into question or ridiculed today. He'll sign one for you, read you some of it, and provide full complement of appropriate and inappropriate poems and songs for good measure. www.attilathestockbroker.com
Monday 22nd February
Character combo from the city down the road, which, let's be honest, has hot and cold running quirky piped in to every house. You could call Toyface pop - but only in a good way - the sounds have acoustic warmth and Tamsyn's voice has jazz and the blues deep inside. Smart no artifice writing and delivery. www.toyfacemusic.com
Wednesday 24th February
Contraband Beats Ensemble
Steel-solid Bristol band-based HipHop, strong on funk but not shortchanging on the world of wordcraft side of the bargain. And regular party-starters with it if our hazy last night of Glastonbury backstage bar memories are to be trusted.
Sunday 28th February (lunchtime)
Screamin' Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya Mama Big Band
Big name, big band, big fun (and the less said about bellies the better). Feels like what it is, a bunch of mates discovering the fun of playing music they love, redoubled because half of them are already years deep in experience in some of our fave Sleazy Americana combos. www.littleparadiserecords.co.uk
Monday 29th February
Dai & The Ramblers
Last time Dai was in the house, folks were talking about it for days after - so we made darn sure to get them back so the rest of us didn't miss out. A classic bar band sound, rockin' acoustic blues with the hightail twang of zydeco, effortless class. www.daiprice.com
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