Band Info

Bellowhead formed in 2004 and after 12 amazing years, they called it a day in 2016. In their active years they played to thousands of people at festivals and on tour, recorded 5 studio albums (selling over a quarter of a million copies), were the proud recipients of 2 x silver discs and won a staggering 8 x BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. 

During lockdown in 2020 the 11 members of Bellowhead first re-connected online to remotely record ‘New York Girls - At Home’. That led to re-uniting in person for a one-off performance which was streamed to mark the anniversary of Hedonism. Thousands of fans watched the concert (one of the biggest online streams of 2020) confirming that Bellowhead are still one of the biggest and most in demand UK folk acts despite not performing for nearly 5 years. 

The stream led to pleas from fans for more and the stars aligned for a mammoth reunion tour in November 2022 to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their fourth album Broadside.

In September 2022, just weeks before the reunion tour, the band was devastated by the sudden and shocking loss of their dear colleague and friend, founder member Paul Sartin. The band took the difficult decision to proceed with the tour and it was a huge success despite the devastating absence of Paul. The band joined with the audience each night to pay tribute to Paul, playing his signature vocal performance of "Brisk Lad" and accompanying his voice on stage.



Pete Flood - Percussion

Broadcaster, Charles Hazlewood once described Pete as being ‘a bit like Keith Moon. He’s all across everything, all of the time’. Pete, who recently moved from a Watercress mill in Hampshire, combines free jazz and Beefheartian clatter and plays everything…

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Sam Sweeney - Fiddle, Bagpipes

Voted Musician Of The Year at the BBC Folk Awards 2015, Sam has one of the most impressive CVs on the folk scene, and he is still in his twenties. To simply call him a fiddle player is to…

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John Spiers - Melodeon, Concertina

John was born in Birmingham but grew up near Oxford and moved back 20 years ago where he now lives with family and his vegetable plot. He studied Genetics at King’s College Cambridge and was a contestant on the Young…

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Paul Sartin - Oboe, Fiddle

Paul Sartin MA, MMus, LRSM (b. 1971, d.2022) 
As a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger Paul performed and recorded extensively with BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners and nominees Bellowhead,  Belshazzar’s Feast and Faustus.  
Editor of the Bellowhead Songbook,…

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Benji Kirkpatrick - Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo

Another multi-instrumentalist – of the stringed variety – Benji has folk pedigree as one of the offspring of John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris. Benji has toured extensively with many musicians. He currently divides recording & touring between Bellowhead and the…

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Jon Boden - Lead Vocals, Fiddle

Jon was born in Chicago but grew up in Winchester, studied Medieval History and later, Composition for Theatre. He’s lived with in rural moorlands near Sheffield for past 6 years. In between times, Jon also tours with Jon Boden &…

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Rachael McShane - Cello, Fiddle

The only female member of the band, Yorkshire born Rachael is now a resident of Newcastle where she became one of the first people to graduate with a degree in Folk & Traditional Music in England back in 2005. She…

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Andy Mellon - Trumpet

The only member of the band based in London, Andy has played with a huge array of musicians from Bad Manners to Damon Albarn. Andy is MD of British Council led Anglo-Gulf music project, which has led him to perform…

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Ed Neuhauser - Helicon

Ed started his musical life playing in a local brass band in Yorkshire, picking up the biggest instrument he could find. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music. Classically trained he has played with a number…

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