Beth Porter and The Availables
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.
As well as playing with her own band, Beth 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.