Bedsit Poets

Bedsit Poets


Bedsit Poets make understated, folkish pop music that hints at various ’60s influences while remaining modern. Imagine Fairport Convention crossed with Belle and Sebastian, with a touch of Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin (in English!) and lots of vocal harmonies.


Edward Rogers and Amanda Thorpe, two British musicians living in New York, began writing songs together during the summer of 2002. Upon hearing about their activities, friend Colin Blunstone—best known as the singer for the Zombies—said they sounded “like bedsit poets,” thereby naming the project. (For those unfamiliar with Britishisms, a bedsit is another name for a cheap studio apartment—you sit on the bed because there’s no room for a couch.)

Twelve songs later, Rogers and Thorpe brought guitarist Mac Randall on board and, with folk favorites Pete and Maura Kennedy behind the controls, Bedsit Poets recorded their debut CD, The Summer That Changed. Released by Bongo Beat Records in September 2005, it features the tracks “February Kisses,” “Reach for the Sky,” and a distinctive cover of “Don’t Ask Me to Be Friends” (written by Gerry Goffin and Jack Keller for the Everly Brothers).

Over the last two years, Bedsit Poets have performed extensively in their NYC hometown, at clubs such as Joe’s Pub, Mo Pitkin’s, the Mercury Lounge and the Living Room. They’ve also played the Borderline in London, the Joint in Los Angeles, the Drake Hotel in Toronto, the Tin Angel in Philadelphia, and Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. Between July 2006 and March 2007, the band intermittently worked on their second album in Brooklyn with producer/engineer Don Piper. Titled Rendezvous, the album is scheduled to be released by Bongo Beat in September 2008.


The Summer That Changed (Bongo Beat, September 2005)
Rendezvous (Bongo Beat, September 2008)

Set List

Sets are usually 30-45 minutes, but we can do more or less depending on demand. Most of our material is original, but we have also performed a number of covers live, including songs by the Flamin' Groovies, Big Star, the Byrds, T. Rex, Bob Dylan, and Leonard Cohen.