The Bookshop Band

“Really fabulous new music… I think this is the most wonderful project, just delightful.”

Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2

“More, more!! Enchanting.”

David Mitchell

"Charming, clever and quite unfairly talented, the Bookshop Band shine fresh light on books you thought you knew."

Patrick Gale

"Oh, and that MUSIC! … It was just beyond any experience I have ever had"

Alexandra Fuller

“Thank you for the most beautiful songs! I’m completely undone, in the best possible way”

Ruth Ozeki

"I was entranced. I don't think there is anything quite like you. You have a firm following in our family.”

Rachel Joyce

"Listening to the Bookshop Band performing the songs about my books was like feeling the purest essence of my stories come to life and dance in front of me. A truly staggering experience".

Pietro Grossi

“Keep reading, keep singing – you are doing great things for writers, readers, and books”.

Ben Fountain

“Beautiful music”

Patrick Ness

ALBUM 1/10

May 2016

Curious and Curiouser

"Curious and Curiouser" will be the first release from the Bookshop Band's new 10 albums.

Inspired by contemporary and classic books with fantastical themes at heart, including Lewis Carroll’s "Alice in Wonderland", David Mitchell’s "The Bone Clocks" and, appropriately for the Bard's birthday, "A Midsummer Night’s Dream". In addition to ten previously unrecorded musical tracks, the album will feature special bonus readings by legendary Bath artist/author Stanley Donwood and actress Fiona O'Shaughnessy and original artwork by BAFTA-award-winning Mikey Please.  

The album will be released in May, on CD, digital and in a special Mr B's limited vinyl edition (300 copies). Each black disk will be hand-numbered, beautifully presented and come with a download code.


The Bookshop Band are Beth Porter and Ben Please. They write songs inspired by books, and play them in bookshops.

The band have recorded a whopping 120 book-inspired tunes, coupled them with musical cameos and readings from top authors such as Yann Martel, Ben Okri, Joanne Harris, Patrick Gale and Louis de Bernières and packaged each album with gorgeous illustrations. The albums will be released monthly from May 2016 onward and will be available on CD and digital in addition to the Mr B's special edition vinyl of "Curious & Curiouser". And there will be plenty of opportunity throughout 2016 to catch Ben and Beth on their ‘10’ Tour as they visit bookshops, festivals and libraries around the UK and Ireland, playing the tracks from their newest albums.