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A illustrated picture by Jacob Stack of some instruments in a bookshop, ready for a concert. It appears on almost every page of the website.
A photo of Ben and Beth from The Bookshop Band, with Pete Townshend in the middle, holding a copy of the vinyl of the album they have made together. Emerge, Return.

“The Bookshop Band is not just good but achingly good"  The New York Times 

 “I am enchanted, such variation and delicacy… such latent power, really great work. It reminded me of my days listening to Sandy Denny and Fairport [Convention] and The Incredible String Band… - a great discovery and inspiration.”  Pete Townshend

The Bookshop Band are the musical offspring of an artistic love-affair between a group of award winning folk songwriters, Beth Porter and Ben Please, and an independent bookshop in the UK, Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights. The songs are the musical outpouring of the band’s own response to books they have read, curated by the bookshop. 


After hearing the band's previous albums, Pete Townshend reached out and offered to produce their next record, and ended up playing on every track too. EMERGE, RETURN is the result of this and comes out on June 28th, 2024

It features songs inspired by books by authors including Philip Pullman, Margaret Atwood, Shaun Bythell, Yann Martel, Carol Birch, Barney Norris, Robert Macfarlane, Charlotte and Emily Brontë, and Aldous Huxley. The cover art is by Stanley Donwood, and it was mixed by Nick Drake's recording engineer, John Wood.

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