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]

November 2014 LISTINGS

Sunday 2nd November (lunchtime)

The Jason Titley Collective

Welcoming back Mr Jase - guitar man of erstwhile major Bell favourites Daily Planet, yes that one - with a new band, new set of tunes, but that old familiar dexterity and interest in worlds outside the bluegrass backwoods where he thrives. [website link]

Monday 3rd November

The Pushy Doctors

Mr Tony Orrell. one of the three best drummers in our diary, meets Dan Moore, one of the two best keyboard operators in Bristol and about, crowned by Mr Andy Sheppard, unquestionably the finest exponent of the tenor saxophone to have set foot in this building, arguably best in the country, etc. Stunning technique all round, definite non-scary repertoire, and with humour as well as skill to the fore. [Facebook link]

Tuesday 4th November

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

Wednesday 5th November

World Government

Yet another new lineup of the groove improvists - keeps it interesting, see - gives ya tha funk without a script. No need for a referendum, vote with your feet! [website link]

Sunday 9th November (lunchtime)


Contemporary blues based on the classic acoustic duo chemistry of Becky and Trevor at the front, now boosted to a 4-piece and star billing in the specialist press and festivals. We had them when they were still well the other side of that hill, and we're really pleased they agreed to come back: in the intimate space of The Bell this will be a special couple of hours. [website link]

Monday 10th November

Rob Heron & The Tea Pad Orchestra

Western Swing, Gipsy Swing, early Blues & Country mix just like they did before anyone had really invented those labels nor took them too seriously. Great playing and great original writing make this one that appeals far more widely than musical archaeology. [website link]

Tuesday 11th November

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

Wednesday 12th November

Calico Jack

Calico Jack Rackham was one of the wildest of C.18 pirates, virtually invented the Jolly Roger, no less... The band take an equally voracious attitude to English music, steal what they want, give it a bit of rough & tumble in the process, and make sure a good time is had by the whole crew. [website link]

Sunday 16th November (lunchtime)

John Langan Band

High energy acoustic trio providing a Brit angle on the folk musics of the whole of Europe through their own original writing, not to mention pushing the parameters of the instruments along the way. True originals. [website link]

Monday 17th November

King Champion Sounds PLUS Rabbits

Fresh from Holland, wouldn't usually use a band's own blurb, but “a mix of The Fall, Can, Sun Ra, Captain Beefheart, Public Image Ltd, King Tubby. I love this band”, comes from High Priest of the out-there Thurston Moore, he knows a thing or two. AND you can dance to it! Rabbits: Bristolian surrealists. [website link]


Tuesday 18th November

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

Wednesday 19th November

Professor NoHair & The Wiglifters

Boogie, swing and other piano trio grooves with added showmanship from London/Bath trio. 'Heir' to several great traditions of piano-based dance and pub pianists. [website link]

 Sunday 23rd November (lunchtime)

The Hard Ground

Irish song-storytellers with two great vocalists (M&F) as well as fine musicians, and a lot of dramatic interplay. Emotional, intimate, hard talk of hard luck, but never hard work to listen. [website link]

Monday 24th November

Doubleheader presents: The Black Feathers PLUS Calamity Poets

BF: Superlative Western-flavoured duo with great stage chemistry and material, if they were Yanks we'd be reading about them in the posh papers by now. CP: Joe Mac's endless outpouring of cool songs has attracted some of our city's younger and quirkier musos to the project, will be a Bath classic in time, and not long either. [website link]

Tuesday 25th November

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

Wednesday 26th November


Not heard from these guys in a while but expect the full lineup along for the party. Up-tempo Up-energy upward-bound songs both original and obscure classic, tinged with reggae, afro and goodtime rock'n'roots.

Sunday 30th November (lunchtime)


A strong dash of the Irish puts the firewater at the heart of their Britain-wide folk repertoire: through Marick & Lou's tireless devotion to folk sessions and concerts hereabouts they've also managed to corner the very best of local players.