The Bookshop Band - The Emerge, Return Tour


Sunday 8th December 2024
Doors: 7:00pm
The Vault Arts Centre, Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tickets: £10.00 / £7.50 (Concession)

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The Bookshop Band - The Emerge, Return Tour

Join us for an intimate and magical concert with The Bookshop Band, celebrating the release of their 14th studio album, Emerge, Return, produced by legendary musician Pete Townshend!

The Bookshop Band came to life as an artistic collaboration with their local bookshop Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in 2010. They write and perform songs inspired by books and released 13 book-inspired albums collaborating with over 100 authors. 

Between them Beth Porter and Ben Please bring the books to the stage along with a multitude of instruments, including cello, harmonium, glockenspiel, guitars and ukuleles which, along with their distinct voices, create a cinematic sound that draws the audience right in to a highly intimate performance, at once touching and mesmerizing, heart wrenching and funny. No previous knowledge of the books is required as the band guide the audience through the stories behind each song’s inspiration. 

On June 28th 2024, during Independent Bookesellers’ Week, The Bookshop Band will release their 14th studio album, EMERGE, RETURN, produced by, and featuring, Pete Townshend. The album’s songs are inspired by books, including The Book Of Dust, by Philip Pullman, The Testaments, by Margaret Atwood, The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell, and Underland by Robert Macfarlane. It features cover art by artist Stanley Donwood.

The band are now based in Wigtown, Scotland’s Book Town, but will be on tour this year to promote the album, playing in bookshops, libraries and festivals all over the UK.


Getting Here

The Vault Arts Centre
40 Victoria Street
Newton Stewart

Fabulous new arts centre facility in the heart of Newton Stewart offering workshops, masterclasses, 1-to-1 tuition, live music & dance, arts & crafts exhibitions and sales, music sales, ticket sales and the offices for Trad Music Trust and Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival.

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