The Bookshop Band

Backwell Festival

The Bookshop Band

Literature Tent 

The Bookshop Band is a vivacious and talented duo who write songs about books and play them in bookshops – often in front of the author – and now in the Literature Tent at festivals! This year they are mostly playing songs from their collaboration with world famous author, Louis de Bernières, inspired by his book, The Dust That Falls From Dreams. Louis, who is also a multi-instrumentalist, will be joining The Bookshop Band on stage in a Backwell, if not world, first! If you haven’t noticed, he is also talking to David Lloyd about his books before this performance.

These talented British musician/songwriters, Ben Please and Beth Porter,  decided to collaborate after their local bookshop, the award-winning Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath, proposed the idea to add a new dimension to its author events.

Beth and Ben, who used to live in the lanes near Backwell, now live in Scotland have recorded a whopping 120 book-inspired tunes, coupled them with musical cameos and readings from top authors such as Yann Martel, Ben Okri, Joanne Harris, Patrick Gale and of course, Louis, and packaged each album with gorgeous illustrations.

The Bookshop Band has received significant radio coverage in the UK. Their first CD, Travels From Your Armchair was picked up by Tom Robinson, who played them on his national show on BBC 6Music. More recently the band was featured extensively by on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row, The Verb on BBC Radio 3, and on BBC 1 and BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme as part of news features on Britain’s independent bookshops. Ben and Beth also have a BAFTA nod, with a short animation for their role in producing the music for the 2011 ‘Best Short Animation’, “The Eagleman Stag”. Beth is also a member of  brilliant contemporary folk outfit, Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band.

Find out more about Beth and Ben on their website

Listen to The Bookshop Band here:

There is no additional charge for the Literature sessions, but you will need to reserve your place in advance because it will be very popular, like the Chefs.