The past six years have seen Bellowhead progress from being a band whose main ambition was to have fun at festivals to recording two acclaimed albums, Burlesque and Matachin, performing at the BBC Proms in front of 40,000 people and appearing on everything from BBC Four to BBC Breakfast TV and everywhere from The Big Chill to The Royal Albert Hall. Following in the footsteps of chart-toppers St Etienne, Bellowhead have become band in residence at London's Southbank Centre. They have also released a DVD, undertaken major tours of the UK and North America and if that wasn't enough, the band have been voted Best Live Act at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards an unparallelled four times. To add to this run of success is a third studio album, Hedonism, produced by John Leckie (Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Rodrigo y Gabriela) and recorded at Abbey Road. Formed in 2004 the big band of friends fused a dazzling amount of individual musical talent into something truly original and invigorating. Bellowhead honour centuries of English musical tradition while at the same time creating a unique sound, teaming with boundary crossing appeal. Band members include John Spiers (melodeon, concertina) and Jon Boden (vocals, fiddle), Pete Flood (percussion); Justin Thurgur (trombone); Brendan Kelly (saxophone, bass clarinet); Andy Mellon (trumpet); Paul Sartin (oboe, fiddle); Rachael McShane (cello, fiddle); Ed Neuhauser (helicon, tuba); Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar, mandolin, bouzouki) and Sam Sweeney (fiddle, pipes).
- Featured Artist:
- John Spiers, Jon Boden, Pete Flood, Justin Thurgur, Brendan Kelly, Andy Mellon, Paul Sartin, Rachael McShane, Ed Neuhauser, Benji Kirkpatrick, Sam Sweeney
Venue Details & Map
- +44 (0)20 8332 5655
- Public transport:
- Tube: Kew Gardens Train: Kew Bridge
Going to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew using public transport? Find the fastest route: