One of Britain’s most successful traditional folk bands, Bellowhead, return to the region next week as part a UK tour celebrating a decade of playing together.
The 11-piece band fuse folk, funk, rock, world, jazz, music hall and classical music and have placed themselves at the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while harnessing all the power and mystery of English and European musical traditions.
They marked a decade in the business with two of their biggest sold-out shows to date in April, at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall and London’s Royal Albert Hall.
They used the shows to announce details of their latest album, Revival, which was released via Island Records in June.
The LP features Bellowhead’s powerful and eclectic take on traditional English folksong and the cover, Bright Light,s by Richard and Linda Thompson, which was itself released on Island in 1974.
Bellowhead singer Jon Boden said: “I’d done half an arrangement anyway.
“Then we’re sitting in the Island boardroom and there is a reproduction of the Bright Lights single cover on the wall and it just felt like the perfect choice.”
Widely praised for their live shows, Bellowhead have toured the world and, in the process, won accolades including BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Best Live Act five times, as well as Best Group twice.
Revival is the latest step in a burgeoning career.
Early success with their first album, Burlesque, included slots on BBC’s Later… with Jools Holland and widespread critical acclaim.
Their third album, Hedonism, was recorded at Abbey Road and went on to be the best-selling independently released trad folk album of all time.
Bellowhead play Royal & Derngate in Northampton on Thursday, November 27.
Tickets cost from £19.50 before fees; doors open at 7.30pm.
For availability, visit www.royalandderngate.com