The sublime Beth Porter & The Availables, who recently launched a crowdfunding campaign for their second album, will be opening the event.
It all began, once upon a time in late 2010, as a collaboration between three songwriters and Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, in Bath. The aim was to inject some music into the shop’s author events with the band reading the visiting author’s book and writing a song inspired by it.
The next three years saw the band touring Europe, playing literary and music festivals, bookshops, libraries and schools and appearing on radio and television, all the while returning to Mr B’s to write new songs and building an ever-growing army of fans.
The weekend before this special evening, The Bookshop Band will have performed a pair of concerts at the V&A Museum in London, with some new commissions on the theme of banned books and censored material.
Ben Please has been a guitarist, singer and songwriter in a number of bands and also writes music for film, frequently collaborating with his animator brother Mikey Please. Together they won the BAFTA for Best Animation in 2010 for The Eagleman Stag.
Beth Porter is an in-demand cellist, recording for a huge and diverse array of artists, from The Proclaimers and Peter Gabriel, to Royal Blood, and playing on a number of film scores.
Tickets – which are likely to sell out – are £10 advance or £12 door
There will be a pay bar at this event.