Marshes is the new incarnation of Beth Porter and the Availables. We hope you don’t mind the name change but I’ve been thinking about it for a good year now and it seems to suit the new album that will be releasing and the songs that I tend to write. Having recorded the new album before little Molly was born and finishing it after, (thanks to an Indiegogo fund-raising Campaign) it feels like a life time’s journey in making a record. However, the album is a coherent collection of charmingly orchestrated songs with a full band, strings, wind and brass and will be available soon!
The songs are dark, quirky, charming and ethereal and depict themes such as fear, confusion, money, the weather and the odd cheesy love song, all carried by Beth’s pure and unaffected voice. They have been said to channel Ray Davies and have been likened to Radiohead, The Incredible String Band, The McGarrigle Sisters, REM, Cat Power and This Is the Kit. It’s fair to say there’s a bit of a 60s/70s vibe. The album has involved many of Beth’s previous band including Jools Scott on piano (The Duckworths, The Cool Web) Emma Hooper on Viola (Waitress for the Bees), Pete Gibbs on Bass (Count Bobo) Sue Lord and Ian Vorley on Violin (Red Carousel) Paul MacMahon on Drums (Protest Crayon)Producer Luke Cawthra (son of Dr Feelgood’s Gympie Mayo) has brought a cool sound to the songs as well as warmth, clarity and some awesome guitar solos from his studio in Clifton, Bristol.
Beth is the cellist with Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band and she is one half of prolific duo The Bookshop Band as well as String Quartet Red Carousel. She has played cello on over 100 records including those of The Proclaimers, Petula Clark, Newton Faulkner, Jackie Oates, Jim Moray, The Heavy. She has played and written for short films including BAFTA winning The Eagleman Stag by Mikey Please. Beth moved from Bristol in the South West of England up to Wigtown, South West Scotland in 2017, where the inspiration for the name Marshes came from