Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Bellowhead

I went to see this band on Sunday evening at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

Whilst their roots are in folk music, their influence is much wider, playing traditional folk tunes, shanties and dance tunes in styles ranging from rock to disco and all points in between.

Formed in 2004, the band is an eleven-piece, playing over 20 instruments between them, including trombone, trumpet, accordion, guitar, banjo and mandolin.

The concert on Sunday night treated us to some music from their latest album Revival, with such songs as "I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight", "Gosport Nancy", and "Rosemary Lane" (a variation of Scarborough Fair).

There were also some old favourites, like "New York Girls" and "Roll The Woodpile Down", and one of my favourites, "London Town".

Some of their songs delve back into history, such as the sea shanty "Roll Alabama", which tells the story of CSS Alabama - a United States Civil War ship.

The band have seemingly bottomless resources of energy, jumping and dancing around all night - as were much of the audience.

It was the second time I've seen the band (I saw them earlier this year at Leicester's De Monfort Hall), and I'm looking forward to seeing them again!

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