United Bible Studies is an experimental and improvisational folk band from Ireland, with members in the UK. There are a few core members such as David Colohan as well as a host of incidental contributors on both the live performances and studio albums. United Bible Studies was formed in Dublin in 2001 by David Colohan (Raising Holy Sparks) and James Rider (Cubs). Initially inspired by the likes of The Incredible String Band and Fairport Convention, UBS soon developed into a sprawling entity featuring a revolving cast of members, with the same lineup rarely appearing twice. Pastoral psychedelia and traditional song have remained the cornerstones of the band’s style, alongside collective improvisation that can take the form of extended drone-works or explosive outbursts of ecstatic noise. Releases have included the albums “The Shore That Fears the Sea”, “The Jonah”, and a collaboration with Dutch lutenist Jozef Van Wissem, “Downland”. The band’s 2008 US tour, which included an appearance at the Terrastock Festival, has been documented on the cassette “The Dreamlike States of United Bible Studies”, the “I Am Providence” LP on the German Jellyfant label, and the “I Am Full Gibbous” cd. Alongside founders David Colohan and James Rider, the lineup currently includes former Mellow Candle vocalist Alison O’Donnell, Dom Cooper, Matt Leivers & Graeme Lockett.