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Folk / Jazz / Pop
Stanlaey is currently a trio led by Bethany Stenning (vocals, electric guitar) with Ed Holland (Bass, soundscapes), and Ben Docwra (drum-kit, congas, percussion) where the band's soundscape has developed in a diverse genre pool of folk/jazz/pop, drawing influence from artists such as Joanna Newsom, Dirty Projectors and Kate Bush.
Stanlaey has previously performed live in venues in the Southampton, Bristol, Bath, Dublin and London scenes, and last year she took her 2017 album Ouroboros on a successful Girl Power Tour in celebration of female musicians where Bethany performed arrangements of the album with her Seaweed String Quartet (a live album was recorded of the tour which is available via bandcamp). Since, Bethany has been working on upcoming album and film The Human Project.
Bethany’s experimental song-writing topics (seaweed snakes, mannequins coming to life, growing into mountains), and soundscapes that meld genres together (Ice-chambers, bi-polar folk songs, obscure melodies) are made extra special by the unique and ethereal nature of Bethany’s voice, and the nebulous developing textures of the band.
Pub (Free House)
The Bell is a historic free house and music pub on the edge of Bath city centre: it is owned by 518 of its customers, fans and workers under IPS CoOperative rules. We finally bought the pub on July 2nd 2013. We have live music three times a week ranging from jazz to blues to folk to other things- check out the free band listings and What's On page, open mic nights on thursday, plus vinyl DJ nights at the weekend - always free!
We stock seven real ales plus two guest ales. We are in the Guardian and Observer guides to summer pubs as well as the Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, the Good Beer Guide and Le Guide du Routard. For your amusement we have table football, bar billiards (Mon - Weds), Pool, chess, backgammon, free wi-fi, a real fire and even a launderette! Every Sunday afternoon we have The Pizza Bike preparing and serving freshly made, wood-fired pizza in the garden from 12.30pm-7pm
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