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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]

October 2014 LISTINGS

Wednesday 1st October

Mankala

Mankala is a game played all over Africa, that has travelled everywhere African traders reached. So is music, really - simple! Pan-African groove with hot horns and the occasional reggae styling - like much other contemporary Afro - but of course, they're from Bristol town. Forget it's October already. [website link]

Sunday 5th October (lunchtime)

Union Bluegrass Trio

From Colorado via Austin, the union of the Unions, Geoff & Christina Union, plus mandolin-toting mate Jordan; this is their first time in England. Built round a few obscure classics and a lot of Geoff's own, "eschewing standard country themes of love and loss for darker material including moonshinery," - sound like our kinda guys. [website link]

Monday 6th October

My Baby

Down-under drifters nowadays resident in the 'Dam play a weird and dreamy modern blues, one with a rougher edge: psychedelic, impro, maybe heavier than you'd expect from a regular Bell gig. There's nothing like stretching the expectations, expanding the mind...

Tuesday 7th October

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

Wednesday 8th October

K'Chevere


Local Latino supergroup always do it for us. Still kings of the scene around these parts, and we're one of their favourite gigs, come experience why: dance, quaff some beers, dance again. What's shakin'? This is what's shakin'. [website link]

Friday 10th October

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

Sunday 12th October (lunchtime)

Barnstormer

Lead by the irrepressible - in fact pretty damn irrefutable - Attila the Stockbroker, this is where yer man gets a little more musical on us in low rent high value raucous folk/punk mode with built-in mandola savagery. Attitude still far too dangerous to be establishment fare in any establishment other than this kind, and yes still one of a kind himself. [website link]

Monday 13th October

Organelles

And speaking of true originals here's another: rare full quartet re-union, playing the frankly sublime set of songs that are still a local musical highlight. Canterbury prog is the nearest point of reference, but despite being a decade or so old there's nothing dated about this material and the musicianship is, as you'd expect, of international quality.

Tuesday 14th October

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

Wednesday 15th October

Antimatador

It's a great name, i'm telling you! Southwest-born future funk & dub 8-piece bring both horns and synths to the party. You may intuit that there could be some dancing involved. You will understand swiftly - and there will be. [website link]

Saturday 18th October

OXJAM - all day in the Love Lounge

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Sunday 19th October (lunchtime)

Rag Mama Rag

Annual visit from stunning cross-channel-based ragtime and acoustic blues duo, stinging slide work, great songs, always bringing a great atmosphere in the back of that camper somehow. Expect a crowd in here, people know the quality, but there's always room for a few more and for you to find out why. [website link]

Monday 20th October

The Convulsions

Honking Ben Ruth on mouth-harp, keyboards, and anything else he's managed to cram into the back of the van; full-on entertainment & energy on the blues express. Always Big Fun: this band works harder so you can play harder. [website link]

Tuesday 21st October

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

Wednesday 22nd October

Buffo's Wake

More of that International Gypsy Punk Circus Music that is still ripping the festival circuit apart year on year, and good thing too 'cos it sounds crammed in a small space like the Bell - in yer face. Great stories behind the songs, live tonight like you're in one of them too! [soundcloud link]

Sunday 26th October (lunchtime)

Amadou Diagne & Band

Currently one of Bath's more visible talents with a great summer of festival gigs behind him, and even the forthcoming London International Festival of Exploratory Music, ooh! Expect a more beefed-up band than previous, but knowing Amadou as we do, it will still have a lovely friendly Sunday Afternoon vibe to it too. [website link]

Monday 27th October

Whiskey Moonface

Seriously looking forward to this one, been trying to book them for nigh on a year now. Rootsy street-jazz with a Tom Waits sort of stagger/swagger but an intelligence all of their own, great vocals, a clear sense of humour and the will, ability and energy to push it all further. Could be a classic in the making... [website link]

Tuesday 28th October

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

Wednesday 29th October

Ushti Baba

More of the International Gipsy Carnival Conspiracy – my mother said I never should, but hey, you know – with an even more eclectic set of influences than usual. You’re lost on the outer reaches of some festival, someone hands you an impossibly strong drink, a band comes on that mixes everything you’ve ever heard and you dance like dervish till dawn or until you fall over (whichever happens first). These are they. [soundcloud link]