Beth Porter & Richard Selby
Beth Porter (cello) and Richard Selby (story-teller) come together for an evening of spell-binding tales brought to life with live music.
Storyteller, writer and bookseller, with a keen interest in modern art and modern poetry, Selby performs both solo with Fire Springs, a storytelling collective, and with musician Beth Porter.
After his first publication in 2008, with his book ‘The Fifth Quarter’, a collection of poetry and tales about Romney Marsh in Kent, Selby has gone on to publish two further collections: ‘The Mouth of the Night’ (2012) and ‘The Marsh’ (2016), illustrated by Nigel Davison. Selby has family associations with Romney Marsh which go back one hundred years; he now lives in Bath with his wife Judith.
Beth is a well known cellist on the UK folk and acoustic music circuit. She studied Music and Dance in Bath, where she also explored the open mic nights and the folk scene, widening her musical knowledge and improvisational skills.
Being one of few cellists playing outside the classical genre, although classically trained, she soon proved to be in demand in Bath, Bristol and the South West of England.
Once on the road with various bands, it wasn’t long before her name reached other parts of the UK and she was drafted in for gigs and recording sessions with the likes of Newton Faulkner, Eliza Carthy, The Unthanks and The Heavy.
She 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. She also has a knack of finding the perfect harmony line and uses her voice and cello alike.
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 that writes and plays original music. She also has her own songwriting project, Beth Porter and The Availables.