Saturday, 6 November 2010


I caught this band on Later With Jools the other night and impressed by their enthusiasm and re-juvinating the UK Folk scene.

Wikipedia says -

"The band debuted at the first Oxford Folk Festival in April 2004, and were an instant success. Festival audiences have destroyed three dance floors such was their enthusiasm. As a result, they independently released a five-track EP of "English World Music" entitled E.P.Onymous, which generated very positive reviews. The following year, after only four gigs, the band won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Live Act 2005 for their live performances at festivals around Britain, including Cambridge Folk Festival and Womad Reading. The band are described as:
"Merging a joyous, uplifting cacophony of sound with a slightly sinister, distorted collision of music hall, Lotte Lenya, Robert Wyatt and pure theatre." Themselves. "Bellowhead are surely the best live act in the country" The Independent.
In 2006 they released their first full-length album, Burlesque, featuring material from the Napoleonic Wars (Rigs of the Time), the American minstrel movement (Jordan) and sea-shanties from Brazil (Across the Line). They also appeared alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, Keane and Thom Yorke on the BBC TV show Later... with Jools Holland, winning praise from Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis. In the 2007 Folk Awards they won "Best Group" and "Best Live Act", the following year they won Best Live Act once more. Towards the end of the year they became Artists in Residence at the Southbank Centre, making their inaugural appearance with a special Christmas Revels event.
In 2008 Bellowhead released their second album Matachin and performed at the Proms which was broadcast on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3. The following year in August the band were approached about recording music for a 20th anniversary episode of The Simpsons. They finished off the year with a nautical themed New Year's Eve party at the Southbank Centre, with silent disco and an ABBA themed céilidh.
Bellowhead were named Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2010 for an unparalleled fourth time. On 4 October in the same year, Bellowhead released their third studio album, Hedonism. In honour of the new album, the band developed a new ale named after the album. Band members were involved with the taste testing of the beverage."


lakeviewer said...

Foot-thumping, country feel all over!

C.J. Duffy said...

I have this band often on Mike Harding's radio 2 programme. Sort of a folk orchestra. Good stuff!