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.

October 2016 LISTINGS

Sunday 2nd October (lunchtime)
The Crazy Rhythm Club

Allstar swing thing fronted by Mlle. Azhaar on fiddle and vocal. Yes we like the electro swing stuff but we love the manouche and the louche '30s styles even more, and these guys are the best about it in town.

Monday 3rd October
The Eskies

Dublin version of the international folk/gipsy conspiracy that has the summer festivals in thrall, the songs are the thing and the writing is a strong suit. Renowned for starting a party wherever they go and giving it 101% proof effort, this will be a great start to anyone's week.

Wednesday 5th October
Rumba De Bodas

From Bologna, and seriously in the contemporary swing thing, these guys heard of us from friends and fancied trying us out for the night. Past the point where Molotov Jukebox ran out of change, zippy brass, a great frontwoman, and an Italian sense of sheer style.

Sunday 9th October (lunchtime)
Will Pound and Eddie Jay

Taking harmonica and accordion further than audiences (or even their inventors) ever expected - a virtuosic high-energy session careering through a world of music, though British folk is never far away. Serious treat.

Monday 10th October
Ragged Union

Return visit for Colorado song-based Bluegrass combo with great vocals and top instrumental skills. Bigger band this time, too, we believe.

Tuesday 11th October
Georgia Shackleton Trio

Graduate of the renowned Newcastle University Folk course, Georgia brings fiddle, mandolin & guitar, and her own views on the world and other people.

Wednesday 12th October
Count Bobo

The voodoo groove of big-band horn-encrusted bluebeat/ska instrumental played with so much authenticity you can hear the dust in the grooves, the birds singing outside the studio and the herbsman on his rounds.

Sunday 16th October (lunchtime)
Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow

This month is all about instrumental wizardry hovering around a tradition but unafraid of heading out in any direction they fancy, and these are two of the finest local exponents of that. Guitar and fiddle from the roof-lifting floor-pounding experience that is Sheelanagig, bit more of a Sunday vibe than that but not overmuch...

Monday 17th October
Perry Gordon & his Rhythm Club

Our lovely old pal Ben from Zen Hussies etc. has been living in France for a few years now. Of course he has a band, of course they're great, or course he's brought them to visit. Also unsurprisingly they've got a feel of first half of 20th Century jazz and blues.

Wednesday 19th October
The Duckworths plus Grúska Babúska

Not only did we get Lawrie pinned down long enough to agree a date, but Jools has had him long enough to wrap up an album of new material, some of which we will hear tonight. Tall tales wrapped in a blur of twisted Carney music. GB are an Icelandic group who want nothing more in life than to be playing tonight.

Sunday 23rd October (lunchtime)
Daily Planet

The mild-mannered Supermen of Bluegrass-plus are back, at least for a little while. Leon, Jason, Dom & Jamie will have no problem remembering the tunes, but won't be able to resist chucking some others in there too. Better be in early.

Monday 24th October
Rackhouse Pilfer

Another bunch of globetrotting hardworking irish fellers come to make your Monday night a Saturday, these guys are more on the alt-country roots-rocker side of things. From Ireland's Live Band of the Year to ovations over in the US, it seems the world loves 'em - a good chance you will too.

Tuesday 25th October

She's from Lithuania and plays the Kankles (a kind of zither) - but don't run away! Her performances (with added cello) are mesmerising!

Wednesday 26th October
Mr Tea & The Minions

Their name on a blackboard outside a tent has guaranteed a good time all summer, and the same applies to the blackboard outside a pub. Peak evening throw-yourself-about fare with a dance imperative and an utterly charming frontline.

Sunday 30th October (lunchtime)
Rag Mama Rag

Superlative ragtime and acoustic blues duo on their annual visit; it's an annual highlight for those who know and love this stuff, and rarely better than close-up in a great bar.

Monday 31st October

The Supernatural Sounds of Ethopia and beyond takes you though the stars to the Spirit World tonight. It's neither scary nor played for laughs, but has a tremendous trance-inducing subtle groove. New Thing / Tribal jazz feeling for the modern world.


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...can be found on the Bell page on the ents24 site HERE (these listings are subject to change)

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