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The Bookshop Band is performing at Red Lion Books
10th July 6pm



The Bookshop Band came to life as an artistic collaboration with their local bookshop Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in 2010. They write and perform songs inspired by books and released 13 book-inspired albums collaborating with over 100 authors. Between them Beth Porter and Ben Please bring the books to the stage along with a multitude of instruments, including cello, harmonium, glockenspiel, guitars and ukuleles which, along with their distinct voices, create a cinematic sound that draws the audience right in to a highly intimate performance, at once touching and mesmerizing, heart wrenching and funny. No previous knowledge of the books is required as the band guide the audience through the stories behind each song’s inspiration.

During Independent Booksellers’ Week, The Bookshop Band will release their 14th studio album, EMERGE, RETURN, produced by, and featuring, Pete Townshend. The album’s songs are inspired by books, including The Book Of Dust, by Philip Pullman, The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood, The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell, and Underland by Robert Macfarlane. It features cover art by artist Stanley Donwood


Margaret Atwood  “The band are great! If I had a bookshop I’d stock all their albums.”

BBC 6 Music  “It’s a modern day Twinkle meets fairytale-land for adults. You’ll be smitten.”

The New York Times “Not just good, but achingly good”

Roots Magazine “Intelligent, charming and utterly unique.”

Pete Townsend “I am enchanted, such variation and delicacy… such latent power, really great work. It reminded me of my days listen-ing to Sandy Denny and Fairport [Convention] and The Incredible String Band… – a great discovery and inspiration.”