Bellowhead – The Forum, Bath.

The gig was part of the first half of Bellowhead’s farewell tour, a fairly drawn out affair which eventually finishes in Oxford next May.

Bellowhead appeared on stage just after 9, and stormed their way through a near two hour long set, culminating with a low-key rendition of Richard Thompson’s Down Where the Drunkards Roll, something apparently performed at their first ever gig.

Once we made it out of the venue we ambled round to a pre-arranged pub for a post-gig session featuring a few of the band plus assorted hangers on. Some of the band played, some propped up the bar, and some were elsewhere. We managed to drink all of the beer on tap before everything wrapped up at about 1am.

Bellowhead – Colston Hall, Bristol

Support tonight came from Mama Rosin a Swiss Cajun-style trio who did songs in both French and English, and were very enjoyable.

As always Bellowhead were superb, they did a fairly lengthy set comprising most of the new album, plus a smattering of older tracks to provide an air of familiarity and get people dancing before we all headed off into the cold night air of Bristol.

Setlist:
Black Beetle Pies
Old Dun Cow
10,000 Miles Away
Whiskey is the Life of Man
Parson’s Farewell
Betsy Baker
Roll the Woodpile Down
Dockside Rant
Byker Hill
Thousands or More
If You Will Not Have Me, You May Let Me go
What’s the Life of Man
Cross-Eyed and Chinless
The Wife of Usher’s Well
Haul Away
Lillibulero
Little Sally Racket
Sloe Gin
London Town

New York Girls
Frog’s Legs and Dragon Teeth

Bellowhead – Cheese and Grain, Frome

My last trip to the Cheese and Grain a couple of years ago was co-incidentally also the last time I saw Bellowhead.

Support tonight came from Ahab who were good, but sounded a bit too “busy” for my liking. Too many singers all singing at the same time. Bellowhead were superb as always, and actually manage to sound decent at the Cheese and Grain which is usually sounds a bit muddy. They played for getting on for two hours finishing off with two encores.

Setlist:
Yarmouth Town
Whisky is the Life of Man
Cold Blows the Wind
Cross-Eyed and Chinless
Broomfield Hill
10000 miles away
Trip to Bucharest / The Flight of the Folk Mutants Parts, 1 & 2
Hand Weaver and the Factory Maid
Haul Away
Fire Marengo
Captain Wedderburn
Betsy Baker
Hudson’s Hornpipe / Parson’s Farewell
Little Sally Racket
Rochdale Coconut Dance
Sloe Gin
New York Girls

London Town

Frog’s Legs and Dragon’s Teeth

Bellowhead – Cheese and Grain, Frome

Support tonight came from the duo Belshazzars Feast, one of whom, Paul Sartin, comprises one eleventh of Bellowhead. Their repertoir included Mozart, Music for a Found Harmonium, and the “Just One Cornetto” advert.

The mass ranks of Bellowhead took took the stage for what turned out to be probably the best sounding gig I’ve been to at the Cheese and Grain. Usually the sound is quite muddy, but tonight everything sounded crisp and clear tonight.

Setlist:
Roll Her Down the Bay
Trip to Bucharest / The Flight of the Folk Mutants, Parts 1 & 2
Fakenham Fair
Cold Blows the Wind
Unclothed Nocturnal Manuscript Crisis
Cholera Camp
Whisky is the Life of Man
Northern Frisk
The Handweaver and the Factory Maid
Kafoozalum / The Priest’s Miss
A Begging I Will Go
Rochdale Coconut Dance
Jiggery Pokerwork / Haul Away / Seven Stars
Fire Marengo
Sloe Gin

London Town

Frogs Legs and Dragons Teeth

Tomorrow night we’re off to Gloucester to see The Bad Shepherds.

Bellowhead – Komedia, Bath

To be honest, the stage was too small for the massed ranks of Bellowhead, the lighting seemed designed to make it impossible to see the band, and the sound was a bit shit to start with, but as always with Bellowhead it was a superb night involving plenty of silly dancing.

They also played a couple of tracks I’ve not heard before tonight, but Steve was upset that they didn’t play Jordan.

Setlist:
Yarmouth Town
Trip to Bucharest/The Flight of the Folk Mutants Parts I & II
Kafoozalum
Whiskey is the Life of Man
I Drew My Ship Across the Harbour
Cold Blows the Wind
Hopkinson’s Favourite
Fakenham Fair
Haul Away
Prickle Eye Bush
Unclothed Nocturnal Manuscript Crisis
Cholera Camp
Rochdale Coconut Dance
Fire Marengo
Sloe Gin

London Town

Frog’s Legs and Dragon’s Teeth

Bellowhead – Roadmender, Northampton

It was a rather soggy start to the night despite the forecast for fine weather so we ended up queuing outside in the rain for a while. Inside the Roadmender was absolutely packed, but we managed to find a spare bit of wall near the front to prop ourselves against.

The stage at the Roadmender isn’t the biggest thing in the world, and proved to be slightly cramped for the 11-piece Bellowhead and slightly restricted their on-stage antics, however they still put on a superb show.

Setlist:

Jordan
Jack Robinson
Whiskey is the Life of Man
Spectre Review
Kafoozalum
I Drew my Ship Across the Harbour
Widow’s Curse
If you will not have me, you may let me go
Fakenham Fair
Roll Her Down the Bay
Bruton Town
Unclothed Nocturnal Manuscript Crisis
Trip to Bucharest/The Flight of the Folk Mutants Parts 1&2
Cholera Camp
Rochdale Coconut Dance
Sloe Gin

London Town
Frog’s Legs and Dragon’s Teeth

Babyhead and Bellowhead – Pavillion, Bath

Another Bath Music Festival concert and also the last concert and therefore the closing party. It turned out to be one of the most energetic gigs I’ve been to, though not for me as my back was playing up again. Bristolians Babyhead opened the night with their infectious mix of Ska and Hip-Hop (Skip-Hop?), warming the crowd up nicely and getting everyone moving, and then keeping them moving for a good hour or so.

After a short gap the eleven members of Bellowhead all managed to fit onto the stage, and proceeded to work their way through most of E.P. onymous, Burlesque, and a fair chunk of the forthcoming album due out later in the year, culminating about 90 minutes later in second encore which was the 5-and-a-bit minutes of on-stage anarchy known as Sloe Gin.

All in all a fantastic night.