Bethany Porter's official bio
Beth embraced the folk scene after her studies in Music and Dance at Bath Spa and was taken in by their fraternity, touring and playing sessions with the likes of Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Jackie Oates and Bellowhead.
As Beth’s reputation as an outstanding session cellist grew, she was much sought after by more mainstream acts, appearing on albums by Newton Faulkner, Kula Shaker, Petula Clark, The Proclaimers and The Heavy.
During this time, Beth began writing her own songs and was invited to play a number of her own dates in Germany at very short notice. Ringing friends and musicians to see if they might play last minute as part of her band, Beth Porter & The Availables was born.
Beth sings her endearing songs with a pure yet fragile voice, accompanying herself on either cello or ukulele: it is this signature sound that forms the core of her live performance. The Availables expand the arrangements from the ethereal to the cinematic, epic and playful, on strings, piano, drums, baritone saxophone and bass.