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Bellowhead Stupendous at Saltaire

jimL 01 Nov 08 - 06:57 PM
warpy 02 Nov 08 - 01:39 AM
GUEST,byrd 02 Nov 08 - 03:08 AM
jimL 02 Nov 08 - 05:08 AM
GUEST,punkfolkrocker 02 Nov 08 - 09:23 AM
Mrs_Annie 02 Nov 08 - 12:11 PM
GUEST,Ladydetemps 05 Nov 08 - 10:56 AM
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Subject: Bellowhead Stupendous at Saltaire
From: jimL
Date: 01 Nov 08 - 06:57 PM

Well that says it all really! The Victoria Hall at Saltaire near Bradford was sold out for Bellowhead's Halloween gig, and the band didn't disappoint. Since I started following them at their inception, they have become more assured, more integrated, and more inspiring.

Watching them last night was, on some occasions a bit like watching the Large Hadron Collider go critical, as they wove progressively more intricate arrangements into tighter and tighter and faster and faster loops, while embellishing the whole operation with elements of choreography and lunatic "business".

By the end of the evening the audience were leaping and whirling themselves, getting the band back for a second encore, before going home in a state of astonishment.

Bellowhead are something entirely new on the folk scene, and are going from strength to strength. I suggest you get to see them while they're hot - Boden, Spiers et al could do what hasn't been done for a generation, and bring folk-based music into the mainstream, with luck and a following wind. They certainly deserve to.

Jim
The Yorkshire Polymoth


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Subject: RE: Bellowhead Stupendous at Saltaire
From: warpy
Date: 02 Nov 08 - 01:39 AM

It was a great gig .The arrangements get better and better and it was good to hear each band member individualy.We like the chacophany but great to be able to pick out each instrument as well.
If they want to go mainstream I think they will need to get out of the usual safe folk venues. The audience age was still 40 plus ish apart from a few teenagers six of whom I brought .Easily spotted with halloween light up horns.Their younger fan club I think largely consists of the teeneage kids of forty something folk fans like me.
The members of Bellowhead I bet all have morgages and kids so are unlikely to do the risky gigs that make no money but put you into the mainstream. The sort of gig that has standing in a city hall for 1500. Would they sell that type of venue out I wonder. Great if they could but i'm not sure they ever will.


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Subject: RE: Bellowhead Stupendous at Saltaire
From: GUEST,byrd
Date: 02 Nov 08 - 03:08 AM

They had a chance as an act at Proms in the Park (Hyde Park) in September. Unfortunately I was disappointed (I think the sound man was asleep until the last song) and the crowd seemed to me to be non-plussed.


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Subject: RE: Bellowhead Stupendous at Saltaire
From: jimL
Date: 02 Nov 08 - 05:08 AM

Easily spotted with halloween light up horns

Ha ha - I saw them - my friend said "who are they? the Bodenettes?"

Jim
The Yorkshire Polymoth


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Subject: RE: Bellowhead Stupendous at Saltaire
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 02 Nov 08 - 09:23 AM

me & mrs very much looking forward
to seeing them in Bristol tonight..

though because of the shite poor local South West public transport system
will probably have to miss the encores
to leave early to catch the last train home..

so how long does their full set & encores usually last

doors open at the Fiddlers at 8.00
last train for us at temple meads is 10.58.. bollocks !!!!!


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Subject: RE: Bellowhead Stupendous at Saltaire
From: Mrs_Annie
Date: 02 Nov 08 - 12:11 PM

".Their younger fan club I think largely consists of the teeneage kids of forty something folk fans like me"

not quite true.

get on their forum and you'll find the hardcore are mostly in their teens and twenties, and came there of their own accord, not because of parents. It's a very lively place.


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Subject: RE: Bellowhead Stupendous at Saltaire
From: GUEST,Ladydetemps
Date: 05 Nov 08 - 10:56 AM

"They had a chance as an act at Proms in the Park (Hyde Park) in September. Unfortunately I was disappointed (I think the sound man was asleep until the last song) and the crowd seemed to me to be non-plussed."
I was at Proms in the Park...I think part of the problem was the queue was so long to get in that by the time I'd found a place to sit myself down I only had seconds to spare before they were on stage. I suspect a lot of the audience had a similar problem.


"get on their forum and you'll find the hardcore are mostly in their teens and twenties, and came there of their own accord, not because of parents. It's a very lively place."
I'm one of those twenty somethings. My parents aren't exactly folk fans...I've come in from the mainstream after seeing them on TV. :) Only been a 'fan' since april...but already been to see them 3 times.


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Subject: RE: Bellowhead Stupendous at Saltaire
From: boosh
Date: 12 Dec 08 - 03:20 PM

Tee Hee, i was one of those "Bodenettes". And i am so glad i went to see Bellowhead instead of going to one of the halloween parties i'd been invited to. The gig was AMAZING they get better and better everytime i see them. i wish they'd play in Hull....
xx


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