Music in the library

Libraries in Suffolk are gearing up for more live music in the next few weeks with live gigs at Beccles and Ipswich libraries. This follows several successful live music events over the past year at Ipswich, Thurston and Glemsford libraries.

Honey and the Bear at Beccles Library

Honey and the Bear at Beccles Library

Beccles Library is hosting its first live music event on Wednesday 19 April when folk and roots inspired duo Honey & The Bear will be performing, with support from Kevin Walford and Kelly Pritchard.

Honey & the Bear have already performed at Ipswich and Thurston Libraries and combine delicately interweaving vocal harmonies with powerful guitar riffs, foot stomping rhythms and catchy melodies. The multi-instrumentalist pair of Jon Hart and Lucy Sampson have been writing together since early 2014.

Kevin and Kelly have been collaborating, gigging and recording for the last 18 months, developing a great reputation in the East of England. Their music can best be described as Americana/Folk with a touch of Cajun and Country thrown into the mix-with beautiful harmonies.

Tickets are £5 and can be bought from Beccles Library or online at

Helen and the Neighbourhood Dogs

Trio of acts set for local music showcase at Ipswich Library

Live music also returns to Ipswich Library on 13 May when local Americana band Helen and the Neighbourhood Dogs will headline a show, supported by folk singer Fern Teather and acoustic punkster Doozer McDooze. The library has hosted several successful gigs over the last 18 months, including funk band Primo Nelson and the ‘chap-hop’ act Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer. The gig in May will showcase some great acts from the local music scene, with tickets costing just £5.

Daniel Harvey from Suffolk Libraries, one of the organisers of the gig, said, “This will be a great evening of local music with lots of variety. Helen and the Neighbourhood Dogs are a full-on Americana band with a big sound and massive harmonies. Doozer McDooze is a great songwriter and a real foot stomping punky solo act who strums the guitar more aggressively than anyone I’ve ever seen! Fern Teather is a really classy folk singer and songwriter – and her partner Sam is a real wizard on percussion. There’s something great about the library as a music venue – there always seems to be such a great, happy vibe in the room at the gigs we’ve put on and I’m sure this gig will be just the same!”

There will be a reasonably priced bar at the event selling a selection of beer, cider, wine and soft drinks. Profits from the event will go to the Friends of Ipswich Library, a voluntary group who help and support Ipswich Library. Tickets cost £5 and can be purchased online from (plus a small booking fee) or over the counter at Ipswich Library. Doors will open at 7.30pm and the first act will start at 8pm.

Later in the year, the library will host The Vagaband from Norwich, a highly acclaimed Americana / folk / rock band, supported Tony Shevlin, who’s something of a legend of the local music scene. The gig is on 11th November and tickets cost £11 each or two for £20, currently available online from plus a small booking fee. Tickets will also be available in the library nearer the time.  @suffolklibrary

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