Bellowhead :: Hedonism


Het elfkoppige Engelse gezelschap Bellowhead beschrijft hun CD Hedonism als Arcade Fire ontmoet de Bonzo Dog Band ontmoet Jacques Brel, waarvan ze hier Amsterdam coveren. Het is folkmuziek, maar het is ook jazz en klassiek en cabaret en nog veel meer. Met superproducer John Leckie (Radiohead, Muse) aan het roer klinkt Hedonism als een klok. De bijbehorende live-DVD is zo mogelijk nog een groter feest.

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 succeeded in placing themselves at the cutting edge of the contemporary music scene while harnessing all the power and mystery of ancient English and European musical traditions.

The brainchild of duo John Spiers and Jon Boden, Bellowhead are a delirious amalgam of schooled musicianship and uproarious, anarchic abandon. A “bunch of mates” who came together initially to play the 2004 Oxford Festival, their impact was immediate. Fiddler Paul Sartin said recently that “our starting point is that we’re a live band, there’s an indefinable energy and dynamic when we all play in a big room,” and few who have witnessed them in action could argue: the Independent described Bellowhead as “surely the best live act in the country”, while they have been voted ‘Best Live Group’ at the BBC Folk Awards an unparalleled five times, in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011.


Disk 1
1. New York Girls
2. A-Begging I Wil Go
3. Cross-Eyed And Chinless
4. Broomfield Hill
5. The Hand Weaver And The Factory Maid
6. Captain Wedderburn
7. Amsterdam
8. Cold Blows The Wind
9. Parson’s Farewell
10. Little Sally Racket
11. Yarmouth Town

Disk 2
1. Whiskey Is The Life Of Man
2. London Town
3. Sloe Gin
4. New York Girls
5. Frog’s Legs And Dragon’s Teeth 

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