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Bellowhead: The End of the Road

News has just broken that multi-instrumental folk band Bellowhead are to split, following their final tour which is due to end in Spring, 2016. This follows singer Jon Boden's decision to leave, with the rest of the band deciding they didn't want to carry on without their charismatic front man. 

For those that don't know them, Bellowhead have over the past few years introduced folk music to a much wider market, not by compromising the traditional aspects of the music but by making it sound fresh both when recorded and, even more so, in their amazing live performances. Bellowhead live were guaranteed to get even the most reluctant feet moving, indeed they were responsible for the only mosh pit I have ever seen at a folk gig! They were a band where it was obvious that they thrived on playing live, and within touring schedules that lasted for months at a time they played such diverse places as Glastonbury and the Proms. Their music had a very English feel to it, with traditional tunes and shanties, played on a wide range of instruments ranging from the usual fiddle and guitar through brass to an amazing array of percussion that could include frying pan and coal scuttle!

The band started out in 2004, but it always worked on the basis that it was a loose collective rather than a permanent group. The band's members - including Boden, John Spiers, Benji Kirkpatrick and Sam Sweeney - frequently performed and recorded elsewhere, and one could argue that this enabled Bellowhead to benefit from the external influences and ideas that flowed from these activities. 

That is no doubt one reason why they only recorded 5 albums and the odd EP in 11 years, but in that time they won numerous awards and were nominated for many more.

I like many others will miss them; if you get the chance to see them before the final curtain comes down, don't hesitate to go. That's if you can get a ticket of course....

And here's some music....


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