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Bellowhead: Broadside 10th Anniversary Tour At O2 City Hall, Newcastle
November 22 @ 8:30 pm GMT
Bellowhead are an 11-piece band who specialise in playing traditional English music, rearranged with a contemporary twist. With a range of influences spanning sea shanties, folk songs and dance pieces, the band use a combination of traditional instruments such as fiddles and the tuba alongside modern-day ones such as drum kits and bass guitars. The material performed by the band relies on the 11 band members swapping instruments many times during a gig, with over 20 instruments used between all members. The band members are all highly respected instrumentalists in their own right, with numerous credits earned on other folk or traditional projects alongside their work with the Bellowhead collective.
Formed by John Spiers and Jon Boden in 2004, Bellowhead was the product of a discussion borne from a tedious traffic jam endured whilst on tour. The longer Spiers and Boden sat in traffic, the more musicians they decided they could invite into the band, resulting in the eclectic mix of instruments which gives Bellowhead their signature sound. Described initially as a “bunch of mates” who got together to play a gig at the Oxford Festival in 2004, it was quickly decided that there was merit in continuing as an ensemble. Bellowhead have always seen themselves as primarily a live band, winning the Best Live Group category five times between 2005 and 2011 at the BBC Folk Awards.
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