A regret of ours is that we’ve never given over enough time for the reading of books, oh sure we get through music and media related books at a silly rate that to some might scream obsessed, but you know proper books with stories. Odd you might think for someone who as a child, literally lost themselves in the fiction and fantasies imagined to print by others. All this runs in sharp contrast to duo Ben Please and Beth Porter who better known as the Bookshop Band one imagines, when not sharing spaces with their favourite authors and showing their fondness for the written word in the form of song, can be found frequenting the quiet corners of libraries and various antiquarian book shops. Perhaps in gratitude for this, the duo have been invited to appear at a select number of book stores and libraries in the States – with a promotional video to follow, here’s a snippet from the tour press release ……
Renowned Scottish-based band, The Bookshop Band is touring some of the finest bookstores and libraries across the USA with its repertoire of songs inspired by literature. Folk duo Ben Please and Beth Porter perform across the UK and Europe – and have frequently appeared on stage with the famous writers whose work they sing about. The three-week US tour comes after literary critic Dwight Garner issued a challenge in the The New York Times where he wrote:
“The Bookshop Band is not just good but achingly good … If America’s independent booksellers can’t figure a way to get these two … to tour America, they’re doing something wrong.”
The American Booksellers’ Association (ABA) responded in style by inviting the band to perform for its members at its Winter Institute this month in Albuquerque. They will also play at 15 independent bookshops and two public libraries in New York, New Jersey, New Mexico and Colorado. Among the highlights will be appearances at Little City Books in NJ, the world-famous Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver and at the 53rd St New York Public Library. Based in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town, Porter and Please have collaborated with celebrated authors such as Ben Fountain (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk – which became a major feature film), Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City). Some even feature as musicians on the band’s 13 albums, like Man Booker winners Yann Martel (Life of Pi) and Ben Okri (The Famished Road), and best-selling authors Joanne Harris (Chocolat) and Louis de Bernières (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin).
Promo video press release …..
…. and just in case you haven’t as yet been graced by their sounds, their latest video for the newly penned ‘I can draw’. The track inspired by Nick Hooper’s book ‘the occasional gardener’ comes served up with a beautifully allured chamber pastoral toning whose airily woodcut seasoning and green hill fragrances rub prettily with a snoozed yearn that imagines quaint rustic idylls embraced with a carefree dreamy caught in a moment genteel.