Band Info

Since their formation in 2004 Bellowhead have occupied a unique place in Britain’s musical landscape: a blistering 11-piece band fusing folk, funk, rock, world, jazz, music hall and classical music, they have placed themselves at the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while harnessing all the power and mystery of ancient English and European musical traditions. 
Their third album, ‘Hedonism’, was the highest-selling independently-released traditional folk album of all time, sold a staggering 60,000 copies and was awarded a ‘Silver Disc’.  Their fourth album ‘Broadside’ entered the UK album charts at number 16, spawned an A-listed single on BBC Radio 2 and won ‘Best Album’ at the 2013 Folk Awards. 
Yet it’s still their explosive, spectacular and theatrical live shows that win them the most acclaim. 5-times winner of ‘Best Live Band’ at the Radio 2 Awards, they have transported folk music into hitherto unknown territory and spearheaded the new folk boom. 

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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 do him…

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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) 
As a singer, oboist, violinist, composer and arranger Paul performs and records extensively with BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners and nominees Bellowhead,  Belshazzar’s Feast and Faustus.  
Editor of the Bellowhead…

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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 Seth Lakeman Band and…

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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 & The Remnant…

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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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