Beth Porter and The Availables
Dean ‘MTRB’ Creighton
January 27th 2012
Last time Beth played the wonderful Dean slipped andmissed the record button so we’re delighted to welcome Beth & Co back for another gig!!
Just back from touring with Eliza Carthy as her ‘cellist, Beth is returning to gig with her own band, The Availables. Drawing from her classical background and extensive and varied live performance experience, Bethany creates a unique and refreshingly modern texture to her repertoire contrasting the cello, ukulele and recorder with a voice that will hold your attention right down to the last glorious note.
For the last few years, Beth has been collaborating with and playing for some of the best musicians in the area. Now she calls on some of them to play with her to work on creating a new sound. The Availables are variable but members for Schtumm include Sue Lord (Violin), Emma Hooper (Viola) from Beth’s string quartet The Stringbeans; Jools Scott (piano/accordion) from The Duckworths and who plays in the Pump Room in Bath; Jeff Spencer (bass) who is a prolific composer and producer/engineer; and James King (drums) also an engineer and drummer for Anta. James will be debuting as an Available!
The Availables have been compared to The Penguin Café Orchestra, The Incredible String Band and Kate Bush!
Beth has recorded cello for over 70 sessions since she came to Bath in 2000 and has played for many artists including Peter Gabriel, Newton Faulkner, The Unthanks, Jackie Oates, Jim Moray and Kula Shaker.
Beth is by far at the top of local talent; You can’t meet anyone in the south west these days who hasn’t heard of her, either playing cello solo, recording or with her incredible band the availables. We are lucky to have her and the band performing for us at Schtumm… catching them at a free moment out of there always busy schedule. A night not to be missed, and a performance that promises to be mesmerizing as always.