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BELLOWHEAD FINAL TOUR DATES + DELUXE 2CD/DVD RELEASE

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, Get Ready To Rock!, gigs, Music for 2016, News with tags , , , , , on March 8, 2016 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

NAVIGATOR RECORDS – APRIL 8TH 2016
Bellowhead’s final set of live dates will be accompanied by the release of a CD/DVD release, ‘Bellowhead Live : The Farewell Tour’ on 8th April 2016 (Navigator Records). This deluxe 2 CD+DVD compilation features 52 tracks recorded during the band’s November 2015 tour, along with a 24 page booklet.

THAT’S ALL FOLKS – THE FINAL BELLOWHEAD TOUR

COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL *SOLD OUT* Wednesday, April 13

SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM *SOLD OUT* Thursday, April 14

CITY HAL, SALISBURY *SOLD OUT* Friday, April 15

COLSTON HALL, BRISTOL *SOLD OUT* Saturday, April 16

ST DAVID’S HALL, CARDIFF *SOLD OUT* Sunday, April 17

DOME, BRIGHTON *SOLD OUT* Monday, April 18

PHILHARMONIC, LIVERPOOL *SOLD OUT* Tuesday, April 19

GLASGOW – ABC *SOME TICKETS REMAINING* Wednesday, April 20

CITY HALL, SHEFFIELD *SOLD OUT* Thursday, April 21

HEXAGON, READING *SOLD OUT* Friday, April 22

PALLADIUM, LONDON *SOLD OUT* Saturday, April 23

CORN EXCHANGE, CAMBRIDGE *SOLD OUT* Sunday, April 24

VICTORIA HALL, HALIFAX *SOLD OUT* Monday, April 25

DERNGATE, NORTHAMPTON *SOLD OUT* Tuesday, April 26

GUILDHALL, SOUTHAMPTON *SOLD OUT* Wednesday, April 27

CLIFFS PAVILION, SOUTHEND *SOLD OUT* Thursday, April 28

OPEN, NORWICH *SOLD OUT* Friday, April 29

ROYAL CONCERT HALL, NOTTINGHAM *SOLD OUT* Saturday, April 30

TOWN HALL, OXFORD *SOLD OUT* Sunday, May 1

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Bellowhead call it a day :(

Posted in Folk, Folk rock, Music for 2015, News with tags , , , , on June 3, 2015 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Sadly Bellowhead are calling it a day with a farewell tour this year and in 2016.

They have announced:

‘This is a sad message to send but after 11 amazing years we’ve decided to call it a day.

It’s been an incredible journey for us all and we’ve loved every minute of being Bellowhead but Jon has decided the time has come for him to stand down as lead singer and the rest of us don’t feel that we wish to continue without him. We have therefore decided that we should give Bellowhead the send off it deserves and go out with a bang.

So we will be performing a two-part farewell tour (in November 2015 and April 2016) finishing as we started all those years back, with an intimate gig at Oxford Town Hall (on May Day 2016) – the very first venue we ever played as a band.

The tour dates will be announced in full on Friday June 5th and tickets will go on general sale on Friday 12th June.  Mailing list members will be given the chance to pre-order on Wednesday  10th.

We are all looking forward to the remaining gigs and intend to make them our best shows yet so we hope you can come along for the party.

We hope you will not be too upset with us for calling time on the band. Of course Bellowhead would have been nothing without the support of our amazing fans over the last decade.  We are all incredibly grateful to you for coming with us on this journey and want to thank you all for being part of the Bellowhead story.

Love
Bellowhead x

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Cambridge Folk Festival review 2013

Roundhouse gig review 2012

BBC Radio 2 Festival in a Day with Jeff Lynne’s ELO, Bellowhead

Posted in Classic rock, ELO, Folk with tags , , , , , , , , on September 14, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

A great idea having a festival in a day with a BBC Radio 2 friendly line-up. Chrisie Hynde opened up proceedings with a set of Pretenders classics and a couple of her new solo album, including the very catchy single ‘Cheap Sunglasses’. Not a big fan but she did the hits and started the afternoon off in fine style.

Bellowhead I was seeing live for the fourth time and sadly due to sound issues their set was cut short. Still they got the crowd going and stuck to their more well known songs like ‘10,000 Miles Away’, ‘Roll The Woodpile Down’ and an excellent version of ‘Gosport Nancy’.

Kacey Musgraves has a lovely voice but a little to country for my personal tastes and sorry Gregory Porter but I have never liked jazz. However, Sunday afternoon and a decent jazz singer certainly did the trick for many.

Paloma Faith is another artist that Radio 2 have helped break, yet has a wide appeal across the ages.Great voice and stage presence, although musically not my cup of tea. Billy Ocean is a festival staple as he has the hits like ‘Red Light’ and ‘Caribbean Queen;, plus a good stage presence and he has lost none of his vocal power down the years. Enjoyable leading nicely into Blondie. Now drummer Clem Burke (what a powerhouse of a drummer he is, amazing drumming throughout the gig) hinted in a recent interview he wasn’t sure how much longer the band would keep touring. I’d say based on the show tonight they have a few more years left yet! Debbie Harry still has the voice and belts through the hits like ‘Atomic’, ‘Maria’ and ‘Heart Of Glass’. They play a couple of new songs, although sadly a festival crowd will only ever want to hear the classics. A very enjoyable set and they kept the between song banter to a minimum in order to cram in as many songs as possible.

Oh and Tony Blackburn leading the crowd through a rendition of ‘YMCA’ was a tad surreal to say the least.

They also have ‘An Introducing…’ stage for new acts and caught a brief snippet of the Buffalo Skinners and Sam Brookes, impressed by both and will be investigating their music further,

A crowd of 50,000 in Hyde Park eagerly anticipating the first full live show from Jeff Lynne (billed as Jeff Lynne’s ELO) since 1986 in the UK and the last full live shows were a couple of US TV concert shows to promote the then new album ‘Zoom’ back in 2000. Even better news for ELO fans like me was that another key ELO member Richard Tandy was present (looking like a cross between a music teacher and an accountant!). The backing band were Gary Barlow’s/Take That’s live band who backed Jeff Lynne when he played a couple of songs last year for BBC’s Children In Need.

Words can’t describe how overjoyed I was at finally seeing ELO and the legendary Jeff Lynne live. Along with Queen, ELO are one of my all time favorite bands and I’ve been a fan since the early 1980’s but sadly never saw them live bar on TV (I can still recall seeing them perform at the charity gig Heartbeat back in 1986 shown by Central TV). I was seeing Jeff Lynne tonight! And with my six year old son who has been musically educated in the ELO classics and Bellowhead, who he loved when they performed earlier on the day.

After a video showing a brief snapshot of the varied musical works of Jeff Lynne, Radio 2’s Chris Evans introduced Jeff Lynne. Big thanks to Chris Evans from myself and fellow ELO fans as his apparent persistent nagging of Jeff Lynne to play live again worked for Children In Need which led in turn to tonight’s gig. Even better news in a radio interview Jeff Lynne revealed if he enjoyed tonight this could mark the start of more live shows and a world tour (something he confirmed on stage too).

Read the full Jeff Lynne’s ELO review here

Jeff Lynne and ELO play a UK date

Posted in Classic albums, Classic rock, ELO with tags , , , , , , , on June 16, 2014 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

Amazing news that Jeff Lynne and ELO will be playing their first UK gig since 1986 this September – exciting news indeed. They play BBC Radio 2′s ‘Live in Hyde Park’ festival on September 14th.

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Pretty decent support bill with Blondie, Billy Ocean and the mighty Bellowhead.

The gig has already sold out and if a success who knows maybe more UK dates? A gig in his home town at Birmingham NEC would be a must I would have thought.

There will be a full orchestra backing ELO too. Not sure who will be in the band at this stage, although Jeff Lynne’s long time ELO collaborator Richard Tandy will be involved I am sure. If drummer Bev Bevan can be tempted back on stage what a line-up that would be!

Along with Queen, ELO are the one band I like above all the other varied bands, artists and musical styles I enjoy. Never thought I would see ELO playing a full gig again here in the UK

 

Best of 2012

Posted in AOR, Blues rock, Folk rock, Melodic rock with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2013 by The Rock 'N' Roll Oatcake

 My best of 2012 music wise plus here you can the GRTR! reviwers selections.

  1. Saga – 20/20 (Ear Music/Edel) Michael Sadler returns as the band release one of their finest albums to date.
  2. Flying Colors – S/T (Ear Music/Edel) Features Neal Morse, Steve Morse & Mike Portnoy and a set of tunes that have some of the biggest choruses this side of Journey.
  3. Bellowhead – Broadside (Navigator Records) Not as instant as previous albums but a real grower making it their best to date, which is no mean feat. Folk, jazz, pop, rock for the masses J
  4. It Bites – (Inside Out) A loose concept album as the band really stretch their musical wings.
  5. Shinedown – Amaryllis (Atlantic) Modern rockers who have an ear for melody and a love of big riffs. I’d be amazed if this album didn’t make most yearend lists.
  6. Michael Thompson Band ‘Future Past’ (Frontiers) Top notch AOR/melodic rock and choruses to die for.
  7. Jamie Hartman (Indie) Singer/songwriter who lives up to the hype. Strong lyrics and melodies throughout.
  8. Asia – XXX (Frontiers) Their best album since they returned, full of pomptastic delights.
  9. Big Big Train – English Electric Volume One (Indie) Lovingly crafted prog rock with a quirky pop edge recalling XTC. Good news as this is only volume one!
  10. Orden Ogan – To The End (AFM Records) Worth the wait as the band really hit their stride. Classy power/prog metal.
  11. Headspace – I Am Anonymous (Inside Out) Supergroup can mean poor albums but not in this case as Damian Wilson and Adam Wakeman steal the show.
  12. House Of Shakira – HoS (Lion Music) First with new vocalist Andreas Novak and they have found their knack again of penning melodic rock gems.
  13. Freedom Call – Land Of The Crimson Dawn (SPV) One of the best power metal bands out there and they keep on producing magnificent albums.
  14. Magnum – On The 13th Day (SPV) Their best album since they reformed and a real treat for fans new and old alike.
  15. Devin Townsend Project – Epicloud (Inside Out) One of his most commercial sounding albums and some OTT harmonies and guitars – glorious stuff!
  16. Jimi Jamison – Never Too Late (Frontiers) Survivor vocalist shows how it is done with a faultless album chick full of melodic rock treats.
  17. Rhys Williams (Indie) Enjoyable mix of pop rock and acoustic based songs.
  18. Kamelot – Silverthorn (SPV) New vocalist and their mist commercial/accessible album to date. The true kings of symphonic metal.
  19. Threshold (Nuclear Blast) Their first new album since Damian Wilson re-joined and another musical masterpiece. A few interesting new musical twists as well add to the overall enjoyment.
  20. Docker’s Guild – (Lion Music) Masses of keys, guest vocalists including John Payne & Goran Edman, prog rock – what’s not to like?
  21. Ajen Lucassen – (Inside Out) Not as immediate as Ayreon but some stunning music to discover and enjoy.
  22. The Dunwells – Blind Sighted Faith (Indie) A heady mix of indie rock/pop with some folk and excellent live too.
  23. Neal Morse – Momentum (Radiant Records/Inside Out) Another prog pop/rock masterpiece how does he keep on producing music of such a high standard?
  24. Soeilel Moon – S/T (Frontiers) Top notch AOR/melodic rock from the vocalist and band who back Michael Thompson.
  25. Jeff Scott Soto – (Frontiers) Back with a more straight ahead melodic hard rock album.

 

Re-issues:

  1. Styx – The Grand Illusion + Pieces Of Eight – Live (Eagle Rock) Two classic 70’s albums played in their entirety by the current line-up.
  2. Freddie Mercury & Monserat Cabale – Barcelona (Island) Now with a full orchestral score and sounding magnificent.
  3. ELO – Mr Blue Sky: Very Best Of (Frontiers) Re-recorded classics by main man Jeff Lynne and they sound superb!
  4. RAINBOW – Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll (Polydor/Universal) The second disc of rough mixes, rehearsal and live songs is well worth having.