The Bookshop Band & bestselling author Rachel Joyce at the Wiltshire Music Centre

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By TheBsB at 17:12 on 15/01/14

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Join bestselling author Rachel Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry) for a special concert with The Bookshop Band at The Wiltshire Music Centre, in Bradford on Avon, on Wednesday 26th February, celebrating three years of songwriting inspired by books, with a concert, including the debut of their 100th song.

The Bookshop Band are unique. They write songs exclusively inspired by books. They formed as part of the author events at local multi-award winning independent bookshop, Mr Bs Emporium Of Reading Delights. When an author comes in to do an author event, the band read their book and write two songs inspired by it, to be performed in front of the author and audience at the start of the event.

Three years later, the band have written 99 songs inspired by books, and their concert at The Wiltshire Music Centre coincides with the debut performance of their 100th song, inspired by one of the many book recommendations they receive from audience members in their guestbook.

The events at Mr Bs remain the core of the band’s songwriting, but the songs and their performances have taken the band all over the UK, playing in many of the nation’s bookshops, as well as overseas to Ireland and mainland Europe. They are regularly featured on the BBC, and their songs are starting to grace the airwaves Europe, Canada, Australia, the US and Mexico!

“Really fabulous new music” Bob Harris – BBC Radio 2

On Wednesday 26th February The Bookshop Band return to the Wiltshire Music Centre, a 300-seater concert hall in Bradford-On-Avon, normally the home of orchestras and full choirs. They will be joined by one of their favorite authors from the last couple of years, Rachel Joyce. In 2012 the band wrote two songs inspired by her debut book, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, which quickly became a bestseller all around the world, and then again in 2013 with Rachel’s second novel, Perfect.

“There is something incredibly moving about hearing a song that has been inspired by that story from your head. It is like seeing your children do something without them knowing you are watching. The book acquires a life of its own. It made me cry listening to The Bookshop Band’s Harold and Maureen songs. The beauty, the tenderness, and the independence of them. That is something I will never forget.” Rachel Joyce, author

With commissions planned in 2014 from the V&A Museum and US theatre companies, and a US tour in the pipeline for 2015, catch this unique band on their home turf while you can.

Concert details

Date: Wednesday 26th February 2014
Wiltshire Music Centre
Ashley Road
BA15 1DZ

Tickets: £12 / £9 (students) / £6 U18s
BOX OFFICE: 01225 860100
Ticket purchase link: here
Event detail link: http://

Time: 7.30pm

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

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