Live Music at The Bell

plivesm"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.

September 2016 LISTINGS

Sunday 4th September (lunchtime)
Pete Aves & Band

Erstwhile guitar wrangler for pop/rock uberconcept The High Llamas has come up with a set of classics of his own in that British pop/rock feel that we feared only Squeeze could do any more. Not so. Give these a whirl.

Monday 5th September

Mistake to lose sight of these guys behind the glitter of their other bands (Zen Hussies, Dahkla, etc.) 'cos there are fine tunes here and the trio format brings the most out of their playing too. Café-jazz with a French accent and nothing scary in that.

Wednesday 7th September
World Government

Bell referendum 100% behind funk all the way with no second thoughts: whatever the lineup or the starting point, the policy has been clear from the beginning and these parties always deliver exactly what they promise.

Sunday 11th September (lunchtime)
The Mike Hoddinnott Blues Allstars

Fantastic flavour-on-the-label fare cooked up with the best we can get: a masterclass that you don't need a grant or an A-Level for (may suit the more mature student). This is how it's done.

Monday 12th September
The Whitetop Mountain Band

Direct from your actual Appalachian Mountains, Virginia, US of A, this family dance band has been running since the 1940s. Frankly, if you profess a serious interest in any strand of Country Music you'll be needing a note from your mum to excuse you from this one.

Tuesday 13th September
Ria Timkin

Ria is from Russia and a real charmer: a nice energy and her own angle on acoustic pop that will sneak up and surprise you.

Wednesday 14th September
The Mighty Dub Generators

The thing with reggae producers is that no matter how much they love their technology, all they really really want is to be on a stage making that rhythm. MDG does that with an all-star cast and dubwize versioning of tunes you will know f'sure.

Sunday 18th September (lunchtime)
Joff Lowson's Antique Popsters

Multi-instrumental multi-skilled multi-reference but not for a moment clever-clever, Joff and pals like playing around with old songs and new ones to sound like old. You'll enjoy them enjoying doing it.

Monday 19th September
John Paul Gard & Jon Dalton

The guitar-sided organ trio format that made the reputation of legends like Grant Green & George Benson is here reprised by smooth guitar king JD on one of his rare visits to this side of the pond, with JP, undisputed bossman of matters Ham & Les in these parts. You will not be disappointed.

Wednesday 21st September
The Manfredi Funk Initiative

Every time I look in the diary I rediscover another classic Bristol funk band we've not heard in a while: this one has the Hammond to the fore and a very rootsy '60s thing behind. It's what hot nights are for.

Sunday 25th September (lunchtime)
Clayton Denwood & Band

Clayton plays the nearest thing to Big Pink era Dylan/Band we've heard in a long while and has been quietly incrementalising his reputation around the southwest for a few years now. So let's see what The Bell does for him...

Monday 26th September
The Buffalo Skinners

Like me, you'd have thought we'd heard all the Brit-born acoustic Americana we'd ever need to: and then another cracking little combo comes along. These guys score strongly on the vocals and have the go-anywhere energy of inveterate buskers, certainly enough to transform your Monday.

Tuesday 27th September
Joe Strouzer

Harmonica player, blues shouter, guitar picker and freight train impersonator Joe sings songs from his travels from Newcastle to New Orleans and a hell of a lot of places in between.

Wednesday 28th September
The Hucklebuck

Formerly known as Catfish, and masquerading as a classic Blues Band, what gives these guys away is that the guitarists are Luke Cawthra (best known for the superb Phantom Limb) and Neil Smith (best known for being in more bands than he can remember): sheer class and an unerring ability to think outside the clichés. Could be a Bell motto, will be a great night.


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