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.


Wednesday 1st February
Decades among Bristol's top Afro attractions hasn't meant standing still, and this current lineup has a hefty Afro-Caribbean influence as well as flavours from all over the continent.

Sunday 5th February (lunchtime)
Light Garden
Pan-European folk & acoustic (and a little eccentric) somehow settled in Wiltshire but orientated everywhere, inner space and outer. Fiercely original but very friendly.

Monday 6th February
Intergalactic jazz inflected soundtrack to your alternate reality future. And not the cosmic supermarket lift music variety! Another one of the most original bands in the west.

Wednesday 8th February
Monkey Chuckle
Horn-heavy funk work up a sweat. 7-piece (3 horns) from the younger generation of Bristol funk which makes for a different set of influences int the mix. The monkeys will indeed be guffawing.

Sunday 12th February (lunchtime)
Number One Cornish folk band: like any self-respecting Celtic nation, Cornwall has its own indigenous dance music and a serious song tradition (and lots to sing about); Dalla are the reason why you really should have heard something about it before. Yeghes da!

Monday 13th February
Sibun / Amor / Gage
The Fara gig has been postponed but in their place...a veritable summit meeting of the biggest names in Westcountry electric blues: Innes Sibun, Jon Amor, Pete Gage - plus Tom Gilkes and Chris Jones. They've been doing a few impromptu gigs and loving it, we were looking for an alternate title for tonight, let's not fight Mme. Karma, eh? Don't miss, we don't know how long they'll be doing these....

Wednesday 15th February
Crinkle Cuts
Caribbean and Latin flavoured with that unstoppable ska backbeat to keep you on your feet, CCs wowed us on a Saturday party gig back last year so time to drop them into the regular schedule. Shortly recording their first album and will be causing a commotion in the summer, so be wise and catch them now.

Sunday 19th February (lunchtime)
Dr Zebos Wheezy Club
Simon & Mike from Electric Lobsters plus Ralf Dorrell (from everything) on the bass, this wizard wheeze touches on folk from several traditions and the roots of jazz. Treat your wheeze with a few pints, that'll help.

Monday 20th February
Led Bib
Re-diaried from last month, spiky jazz-meets-postrock touring new album. Veers from intellectual beauty to the sensual often within the range of a single piece.

Tuesday 21st February
Johns & Nowak
Tuesday Choice presents: Vocal centred bluegrass and britfolk on mandolin & guitar.

Wednesday 22nd February
International Feeling' album launch mini-tour for superb afro/reggae combo from Bristol Town. Happy and Triumphant, say they, and we could do with some of that right now. We are so good to you...

Sunday 26th February (lunchtime)
Leon Hunt nTet
Arguably (and we’re certainly not arguing against) the best banjo player in Britain is on a bit of a roll at the moment and we’re glad we can fit him in in at short notice. With the high speed wizardry of Mr Jason Titley and the shape-shifting witchiness of Ms. Gina Griffin the company could hardly be better either. Music lovers form an orderly queue at noon.

Monday 27th February
Jim Blomfield Trio
There is serious competition, of course, but for our money Jim is still the best jazz pianist in the west, and his experience with funk bands, K'Chevere (Latin), Amadou Diagne (African), all demonstrate that he has a wealth of influences to pull in. We wouldn't normally run a piano trio but Jim is special and will carry it off in style.


Upcoming listings

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

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