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The Bell

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Address:
103 Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BW
Telephone: 01225 460426
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Access: Wheelchair users will require assistance

Wednesday 23rd May

Start time: 21:00
Price: Free

Murder Murder

Six-piece string band with suitcase percussion playing a unique blend of bluegrass and outlaw country with a sublime storytelling sense: every song is a Murder ballad or at least a NorthAmerican Noir worthy of a great movie. Very much a cut above the usual ranch stash. More info and booking...

Sunday 27th May

Start time: 13:00
Price: Free
Doors open: 12:00

Isembard's Wheel

Great new Brit-folk ensemble with quite another angle on the current resurgence of interest in all things home grown. Isembard is one of those with a very clear vision, the mission to go with it, and something new to bring to the table: a fearless attitude to the tradition and to their own creative place in it. More info and booking...

Monday 28th May

Start time: 21:00
Price: Free

The Silken Same

Galway duo Mossy Nolan and Colm McGowan, artfully combine the bygone and the new, drawing on Irish and Balkan influences; songs that on the face of it will seem instantly familiar, but that supplant the traditional with fresh melodic and conceptual ideas. More info and booking...

Tuesday 29th May

Start time: 21:00
Price: Free

Benjamin William Pike

An outstanding fingerstyle guitarist, with a voice that slots in beside the hallowed names of the '70s Folk & Beyond crowd, Ben is an artist of a kind you might have feared they didn't make any more. Depths of study and troughhs in life have brought him here, an experience we are all the richer for. More info and booking...

Wednesday 30th May

Start time: 21:00
Price: Free

The Lords of Thyme

A new frontier in the unfolding worlds of psych/folk, the LOT blend the intensity, elusiveness and boundary-skipping skills of a Pentangle with the blissed out stonerdom of the West Coast koolaid jug bands. Unafraid of Trad, unafraid to write - there is so much to like! More info and booking...

Sunday 3rd June

Start time: 13:00
Price: Free
Doors open: 12:00

Dusty Stray + Stuart Cullen

Folk Noir from Texas and Somerset via Amsterdam & Brighton, these two chaps (DS is, in the modern way, one feller by the name of Jonathan Brown) are great pals and one ca see the attraction. Jonathan is renowned for the beauty of his writing; Stuart has been better known for electronica but this step into the acoustic is an artistic rebirth. More info and booking...

Monday 4th June

Start time: 21:00
Price: Free

Eva Abraham

Born in Muswell Hill to Polish mother and Hungarian father, Eva grew up with music in her blood. Fronting touring soul/jazz bands and deep involvement with the original Big Chill, then to a physical and emotional turning-point, she has become a performer of transformative sensitivity & power. More info and booking...

Wednesday 6th June

Start time: 21:00
Price: Free

Da Fuchaman

with The Fire Blaze Band

A new voice, a new face, and a new energy in Roots Reggae: born and raised in St Ann, Jamaica; currently the most sought after vocal collaborator over in Bristol town; tonight with his young and hungry westcountry band, songs that could have come from the '70s golden age, and sounds of now. More info and booking...

Friday 8th June

Love Lounge (Back bar)

Start time: 20:30
Price: £3

Bella Cielo

Hosted by Candy Flipp and Joshua Beau Jangles

Are you worried that your weekend isn't camp enough? Then welcome to Walcot's newest queer cabaret night. Tucked away at the Bell Back bar, they're bringing you a night of Comedy, Cabaret and Camaraderie for all to enjoy. Celebrating the local queer community and beyond, our aim is to bring a slice of fantastical, hedonistic fun back to the Bath scene.

Extra info: time not confirmed

More info and booking...

Sunday 10th June

Start time: 13:00
Price: Free
Doors open: 12:00

Walcot Sunday at The Bell

Nuala Honan & Claire Northey / Strange Planet / Mustard Brass Band

Walcot Weekend at The Bell brings three new acts from familiar faces: Nuala Honan we know all about round here, Claire Northey plays great fiddle and electronic bits; SP focus around Van Der Graff co-founder Judge Smith, and MB are a New Orleans marching band style combo from the makers of The Jazz Cannibals. Bands at 1pm, 3.30pm and 6pm, till 8pm. For running order see website nearer the time.

Extra info: Bands at 1pm, 3.30pm, 6pm

More info and booking...