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.
November 2015 LISTINGS
Sunday 1st November (lunchtime)
Brand new fem-folk collective featuring old Bell friend Gemma White (Galway Blonde, Coal Porters, inter alia.). Forthright, feisty, and fabulous!
Monday 2nd November
Nick Parker and the False Alarms
Lovely westcountry melody-and-energy-laced rockin' folkish stuff with a sense of humour and a hotline to your heart. Late replacement for the Cory Seznec gig, tour postponed till next summer. There is no reason to be alarmed.
Wednesday 4th November
The Soul Ingredients
Pete Coggins fronted Bristol's Soul Searchers for many years, and they were generally considered the knees of the bee when it came to Soul/R'n'B Revue, without the clichés. This is his new band. That's all you need to know. www.reverbnation.com/thesoulingredients
Sunday 8th November (lunchtime)
Ivan Moreno, Cuffy, and other illuminadores demonstrate the connections between Flamenco, Jazz, and Latino sounds. This is a bit of a seldom-seen special project and you'd be advised to give it some attention.
Monday 9th November
A change to this evening's live music, replacing Brass Junkies are Flat Earth, a 4-piece playing classic soulful blues and jazz. https://soundcloud.com/flatearthbristol
Wednesday 11th November
Professor NoHair & The Wiglifters
Speaking of N'Awlins as we were, you will recall that the title of Professor (doubtless of the boogie-ological sciences) was awarded solely to ticklers of ivories in what were euphemistically termed Cat Houses. Piano trio and organ trio greats with solo fireworks. www.profnohair.com
Sunday 15th November (lunchtime)
Telling The Bees
Cover stars of FRoots magazine, no less, TTB are born out of the enchanted forest sometimes called Wyrd Folk. But even if you prefer yours stryte, be assured that they also have a fine line in self-propagating choruses and chants, prime contemporary folk-rooted instrumentalism, and general good times of an acoustic nature. www.tellingthebees.co.uk
Monday 16th November
The Elephant Sessions
Award winning neo-trad from the highlands with the kind of energy you'd expect from a rock band while losing none of the subtlety of traditional instrumentalists. The kind of thing that proves there's life in the old folk yet, and ever more shall be. elephantsessions.com
Wednesday 18th November
Massive sound of horn section, hooj voice of singer, monstrous arrangements, towering ambition, this is a soul band to seriously get the measure of - and it's your chance tonight, don't miss out! soundcloud.com/antelope-music-uk
Sunday 22nd November (lunchtime)
The Undercover Hippy
Not any much need to be undercover round here, bwoy, but have it your own way. Songs of sunshiney positivity and endearing catchiness, backed this time by energetic full band. www.billyrowan.co.uk
Monday 23rd November
The FB Pocket Orchestra
Superb evocation of early jazz and blues with a big sound belying their small size, hence the name, which also indicates the polish they bring to proceedings. A cut above. www.fbpocketorchestra.co.uk
Wednesday 25th November
Amadou Diagne & Group Yakar
Bath via Senegal, or vice versa, and this then is the Bath debut of his latest band, full power Afro rhythms plus electricity, with the most engaging Mr D at the front and loving it. You will too. amadoudiagne.com/group-yakar
Sunday 29th November (lunchtime)
Tankus The Henge
Everyone's favourite festival band of the summer (we had to graft to get this gig, and bribe them with stew) TTH have a new album out with further thrilling instalments of that Music Hall Boogie with lyrics by an underworld Charles Dickens. One heck of a good lunchtime in prospect. tankusthehenge.com
Monday 30th November
Doubleheader: Schoolboy's Death Trio PLUS Thompson's Lovechild
Mr Schoolboy is an articulate young feller with a saxophone and some forthright opinions. TLC (aaaah...) also have opinions, which they'd be happy to debate with you round he bar of your choice (preferably this one) in a rockin' rendition. www.schoolboysdeath.com www.thompsonslovechild.com
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