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New Bellowhead Single and UK Tour

Let Her Run/I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight is the new double A side single from Britain's most successful ever traditional folk act, Bellowhead. Ten years old this year, Bellowhead released their new album REVIVAL on legendary label Island Records earlier this summer. Entering the charts at no.12, REVIVAL was the band's highest album chart position to date.

Let Her Run is a raucous song with its pounding drums and upbeat horns and is a reworked adaptation from the hauling shanty Let The Bulgine Run. I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight is a cover of the Richard & Linda Thompson classic which was itself released on Island in 1974. "I'd done half an arrangement anyway, said vocalist Jon Boden, "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". 

Watch the video here: http://po.st/LetHerRunVideo


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17-19 October 2014 -Whitby Spa Pavilion

Lo'Jo (France)
"Any attempt to define and categorize the Lo’Jo sound quickly degenerates into a fools errand."  A rare opportunity to see the Songlines Award Winner ( Best Group  2013) in concert in the UK

CATRIN FINCH & SECKOU KEITA (Wales/Senegal)
A shared musical journey between two world class virtuosos. From Wales, the "Queen of Harps" (Classic FM Magazine) and from West Africa, "an inspired exponent of the kora" (The Guardian). The harp occupies a vital place in the rich cultures of both Senegal and Wales.

IDLEWILD (acoustic)
Return of Scottish legends after a 4 year sojourn . Fronted by Roddy Woomble, performing one of only 2 planned dates in England in a stripped back acoustic show . They are currently recording a new album.

ROBYN HITCHCOCK
"none-more-English singer-songwriter Robyn Hitchcock is surely about due for installation at national treasure-dom’s top table" BBC

AMINE & HAMZA (Tunisia)
Celebrated worldwide as geniuses on their oriental instruments, the oud,  and the kanun, a zither. Having trained with the great masters in Tunisia, Morocco and Turkey, they recorded their first CD in their mid teens. This is an exclusive UK performance with their quartet.

ANDY KERSHAW
DJ Set from the inimitable AK

BANCO DE GAIA
For nearly two and a half decades, Banco de Gaia has been consistently redefining world electronica, with his music leaving an indelible footprint on the global scene, sparking many a dancefloor and inspiring countless musicians to follow.

THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN
"If there was a rock museum to go and visit, one of the most memorable glass cabinets will have Arthur Brown in all his face painted, god of hellfire, glory." Return home of Whitby's most famous son.

YAABA FUNK
Big brash funky Hi-Life meets Afrobeat, Afro Funk and Afro Rock inna Brixton style.

RISE KAGONA AND THE JIT JIVE BAND (Zimbabwe/Scotland)
The original Bhundu Boy revisiting those classic sounds

MOSAIK (Poland)
Slavic wildness and melancholy, oriental mystery, a mixture of sounds of nature, urban chaos, the old world order and the modern eclecticism.

LUCY WARD BAND
"The force of her engaging personality, her forthright performances a broad array of material and the apparently bottomless levels of courage and cheerfulness help her win over audiences." Colin Irwin Froots Magazine

AMIRA KHEIR (Sudan)
hailed as the Diva of the Sudanese Desert and is one of the most popular folk musicians to emerge from Sudan in the last decade.

JESSE BANNISTER'S PLAY OUT featuring ZOE RAHMAN
UK's leading classical Indian/Indo jazz saxophonist Jesse with his new quartet which features MOBO Award-winning pianist Zoe Rahman, the Mercury Prize-nominated drummer Seb Rochford and the groove infused lines of Corrinne Bailey Rae bassist Kenny Higgins.

Zűrös Banda (Hungary)
Authentic yet unique interpretation of Balkan music from well known musicians who came together as a band in 2013.

GUO YUE (China)
(simplified Chinese: 郭跃; traditional Chinese: 郭躍; pinyin: Guō Yuè; born 1958)  renowned virtuoso of the dizi (Chinese bamboo flute) and bawu (Chinese free reed pipe). Born in Beijing, China and as a young boy experienced the Cultural Revolution. In 1982 Yue left China and, studied the silver flute at the Guildhall School of Music. He plays many kinds of the bamboo flute and  lives in London, recording for Peter Gabriel's Real World label. His other great love is cooking, and he often combines cookery with flute playing at his concerts

MITCH BENN
"seriously talented musician. He is also a clever, focused and prolific comic"

NEW ROPE STRING BAND
"They made me laugh until I cried, and played some great music. If the Queen could knight them or something, it would be a good idea." Tim O'Brien "Cherishably insane." Hi-Arts

TANTZ
Klezmer that you can't help but dance to... "Brilliant to see live, highly recommend them...but prepare to dance till it nearly does you in." Alan Raw - BBC Radio Leeds

KATHRYN WILLIAMS
Mercury-nominated  singer-songwriter whose work is recognised as some of the most original and beautiful this country has produced

PERUNIKA TRIO
"...As fine a slice of Eastern Euro a'capella as you're likely to find this side of Trio Bulgarka" fRoots
"Rustic, without being overly romantic, combining a madrigal-like delicacy with a brooding Eastern Orthodox spirituality" Daily Telegraph

JOHN SMITH
"A guitar genius…He sounds as though he arrived 60 years ago but looks startlingly young, perched on a chair, quietly confident, charming and instantly engaging." The Sun
 
BARCODE ZEBRA
Excellent York-based four-piece band who write and play original material - imagine the love-child of Tracy Chapman and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

TASHI LHUNPO MONKS (Tibet)
Tashi-Lhunpo-Monks-Sand-Mandala-2-Glastonbury

VÄRLDENS BAND (Sweden)
Exciting young multicultural band from the land of the midnight sun

MY SWEET PATOOTIE (Canada)
"My Sweet Patootie's playing is superb and the vocal harmonies exquisite." Maverick Magazine

HEATH COMMON with THE LINCOLN 72's
"Heath Common is utterly inspired and he comes to us as refreshingly original as once were Ivor Cutler, Syd Barrett, Lol Coxhill and their luminous ilk".

THE BEVVY SISTERS (Scotland)
"I feel it's my calling to be an understudy Bevvy Sister" Eddi Reader

O'HOOLEY & TIDOW
"Stunning and delightfully unconventional; the best band of Cambridge Folk Festival." Guardian

STEADY HANDS
Steady Hands is a unique collaboration of musicians from different musical background
formed by songwriter Josh Herring at the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2012.

BEASTIE DRUMMERS
They are here to make you DANCE. "Mutant beats from across the globe played live by total nutters."

ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER
Sharp-tongued, high energy, social surrealist rebel poet and songwriter

MOIRAI
Blending the traditions of England and France in inspired instrumental arrangements

SUZY CONRAD
one-woman loop orchestra "Suzy Condrad is mesmerising and hypnotic... we were blown away, you will be too!" - Itchycoo Festival

HADDO
combining melodeon and harmonica of brilliant Will Pound with  in-demand fiddle and viola of Nicky Pound

SANDRANI
Sandrani is an ensemble fusing together classical Indian Raag and folk song with Western-style grooves and improvisations.

ENKELIT
They were formed in York in 2003 by Richard Pomfret to sing the beautiful, contemporary acapella music of Finland, reflecting the renaissance in Finnish choral music.

DECLAN MILLER
Glastonbury come to Whitby. 17 yr old singer songwriter from Somerset who is beginning to make waves with his self-penned ecological and new age songs

THE HURRIERS
"The Hurriers reignite the punk spirit and remind us that there are age old battles that still need to be fought. Perfect pop and punk politics!"

Plus:

MIM SULEIMAN
BLANTY 
WHISKEY DOGS
MAIA
THE HUT PEOPLE
RIC BIRTILL
STEVE PHILLIPS & THE ROUGH DIAMONDS

 

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Next Gig

  • at Spa Pavilion in Whitby
    Friday, October 17, 2014 - 18:00 - Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 23:00

Last Gig

  • at Cherry Hinton Hall in Cambridge
    Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 18:00 - Sunday, August 3, 2014 - 23:00

Recent Gigs

Cambridge Folk Festival
31 Jul 2014 - 18:00 - 3 Aug 2014 - 23:00
Moonbeams Festival
11 Jul 2014 - 18:00 - 12 Jul 2014 - 23:00