Beth Porter and The Availables // Lauren Bradford
Doors 7:30pm // ARTS CAFÉ: Unreserved Rowed Seating.
Please note that spaces are limited for this show – book early!
Ages 14+ (under 16s must be accompanied by an adult)
Please contact us if you have any specific requirements.
14+ only. 14s to 16s must be accompanied by an adult. No refunds will be given for incorrectly booked tickets.
Beth Porter is known for her versatility, sensitivity, reliability and ability to improvise/compose beautiful, intuitive and supportive cello lines for songwriters, folk, rock and pop music.
Beth is a well-known cellist on the UK folk and acoustic music circuit; being one of few cellists playing outside the classical genre. On the road with various bands, it wasn’t long before she was drafted in for gigs and recording sessions with the likes of Newton Faulkner, Eliza Carthy, The Unthanks and The Heavy.
While playing cello with various artists, Beth Porter developed a dream of writing songs and singing them herself. She thought ‘if they can do it, why can’t I?!’
This was aided by the gift of a ukulele one Christmas, although she had written and composed before, this was the trigger that provided the confidence to play her first song at an open mic night. It went surprisingly well and her passion for writing and singing increased until she had written enough songs for her first album ‘Open Doors’, under the name Beth Porter and The Availables, released in 2015.
She has played and sung with Eliza Carthy for eight years in various line ups, the current one being a 12 piece Folk Big Band - Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band. She writes songs and plays in The Bookshop Band with her husband Ben Please and is a member of Red Carousel, a string quartet who write and play original music. She also has her own song writing project, Beth Porter and The Availables.
Lauren Bradford explores life the way her melodies explore notes. She is a lover of travel and movement and has lived in Liverpool, Leeds and Bristol since arriving in the UK in 2010, soaking up their music along the way. Her story-rich lyrics draw you in close to her warm and inquisitive worldview, while her hypnotic guitar patterns create a bed on which her voice sets sail. Listening to Lauren provides you with one of your musical 5-a-day – she brings you down to earth, while her playful sweetness is sure to entertain and charm.
“Gently folky singer/songwriter hails from San Francisco whose clear voice and crisply picked acoustic guitar unfold her own poetic songs with soulful honesty and urgency, whether stirring anthems or thoughtful ballads.” – John Blakely, The Canteen/No. 1 Harbourside