The Mouth of the Night
A welcome return of this extraordinary Wonder Tale which was first performed in the Bath Music Festival in 2012. This performance, created and developed by Beth Porter and Richard Selby, was published in a book and cd package in the same year. An early evening of story music and song.
Richard is a storyteller, writer, and bookseller with a keen interest in modern art and modern poetry. He performs solo as a storyteller, with Fire Springs and occasionally with musician Beth Porter. The Fifth Quarter – his collection of prose, poetry, and tales about Romney Marsh, in Kent – was published in 2008, The Mouth Of The Night followed in 2012 and his new book of poetry The Marsh with illustrations by Nigel Davison was published in 2016. He lives in Bath with his wife Judith and has family associations with Romney Marsh which go back one hundred years.
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 who write and play original music. She also has her own songwriting project, Beth Porter and The Availables.