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.

There are more bands every Week in the Love Lounge too. [more info]

September 2014 LISTINGS

Monday 1st September

The Rhythm Pencils

Trad. Jazz. Who’d ha’ thought it? But with all this swing revival it wasn’t going to be far behind. Plus these guys have zip, style, and, yes, youth to go with it for a change. It’s probably not going to be what you thought… [Facebook link]

 Tuesday 2nd September

Match The Hat Club in the Love Lounge [more info]

 Wednesday 3rd September

Le Skeleton Band

Dramatic one-of-a-kind French band with Radio 6 airplay and a sense of stagecraft that runs a bit further than putting a sparkly shirt on and striking a few poses. The music is cabaret, chanson even, but a heck of a lot grittier. [website link]

 Sunday 7th September (lunchtime)

Sheesham, Lotus, & Son

Canadian old time ragtime & blues maestros notable for array of traditional, home-made and downright peculiar instruments and devices they are masters of. You won’t see another one of these in a hurry. [website link]

 Monday 8th September


Zen Hussies side-project - now with added drummer John from Sheelanagig etc. - get to show off a wider range of their instrumental chops in a different context. A good deal more fun than i’ve just made that sound. [website link]

 Tuesday 9th September

Match The Hat Club in the Love Lounge [more info]

 Wednesday 10th September


“The most delicious fruit known to men” said Mark Twain, but he probably meant the Custard Apple, after which Tammy Payne’s new project is named. Also featuring Jake McMurchie, & Ruth Hammond, and friends, and a lot of fun.

 Sunday 14th September (lunchtime)

Joff Lowson & his Antique Pop Band

Joff’s done old time to pop art and all points in between, and for some of our favourite bands. This lot do prewar chart hits from Texas to Alabama via Nashville “featuring the fine vocals of Jude B and FiFi Fiddle.” [website link]

 Monday 15th September

The WhiteTop Mountain Band

These guys live in Whitetop, VA, at the highest mountains in Virginia, play old time country and even bring in Appalachian dancing. Back home they have a Family band and make instruments in their spare time. You’re not going to get a more perfect example of the real thing all year. [website link]

 Tuesday 16th September

Match The Hat Club in the Love Lounge [more info]

 Wednesday 17th September

The Damn Busters

Swingin’ the Blues with a lot of Soul, Kirris and chums revitalise all the bases they touch upon by the blending. Putting some great songs in a bit of a new way that goes right the way back too. Hard to explain, very easy to enjoy. [Facebook link]

Friday 19th September

Labelled with Love Festival featuring:


In the Love Lounge from 8pm.

 Sunday 21st September (lunchtime)

The Harrisons

The classic bar band to end them all (round here at least): onetime Bath music mainstay Al Thomas brings the old crew in to have a rockin’ crackin’ good time with some songs they love and you probably do too.

 Monday 22nd September

Tony Remy, Anders Olinder & friends

Tony usually works jazz for hall-of-fame singers like Tom Jones or Annie Lennox. But what he really likes is to make his guitar howl, moan, dance, do acrobatics, and that’s what’s on tonight. Plus the unfazeable Anders and the pick of local players. [website link]


 Tuesday 23rd September

Match The Hat Club in the Love Lounge [more info]

Wednesday 24th September


Festival season not over yet, and to prove it here are fem-focussed electrofolk ravers (with a bit of ambient acoustic in there too for a breather) to take you up to a peak and gently down again, and you don’t have to go plodding past droney dubstep in the mud on your way back. [Facebook link]

 Sunday 28th September (lunchtime)

Dr Zebo's Wheezy Club

Two Electric Lobsters plus bassman Ralf Dorrell take a waltz around some of the immense range of music they can take on with their eyes shut. Exciting blends and juxtapositions ensue, smiles spread, pints quaffed. Your ideal Sunday afternoon. [website link]

 Monday 29th September


Multi-award-winning new generation Irish/Celtic/Worldwide folk tunes from hot new quartet including Jani Lang who used to pop up quite often in this part of the world. Showing us how it’s done. [website link]

Tuesday 30th September

Match The Hat Club in the Love Lounge [more info]