The Bookshop Band are Ben Please and Beth Porter, who write songs inspired by books and folk stories and play them in bookshops (and at festivals!). Their performances are inextricably linked to the books themselves as the band take it in turns to describe where the inspiration for each song came from.
They have worked with some of the biggest authors in the UK and beyond, including Ian Rankin, Louis De Bernieres, David Mitchell, Kate Mosse and Man-Booker winner Ben Okri, as well as a host of new up and coming authors, all hand picked and curated by their local independent bookshop in Bath, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights, where the songs are first played, always in front of the author themselves.
About the musicians
Beth Porter is an in-demand cellist, recording for a huge and diverse array of artists, from The Proclaimers and Peter Gabriel, to The Heavy and Royal Blood, and recording on a number of film scores. Beth recently recorded and toured with Newton Faulkner and is part of Eliza Carthy’s Wayward Band. She released her own debut album in 2016, Open Doors, with her cello-led band, Beth Porter and the Availables, named in The Telegraph’s best folk albums of 2015.
Ben Please writes music for film, collaborating with his animator brother Mikey Please. Together they won the BAFTA for Best Animation in 2010 for The Eagleman Stag. Aside from music Ben studied science at university and spent 10 years working as an environmental film maker, mostly in East Africa. He has also recorded and mixed most of The Bookshop Band’s new recordings.