Bellowhead 12 years ago, a newly formed band called Bellowhead, performed their first gig together in the lovely venue that is Oxford Town Hall. And now, twelve years and eight BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (five of which for best live act) later, they finish their farewell tour in the very same venue where it all started.


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Galtres Festival Galtres opened with Doncaster band and personal friends Bang Bang Romeo, their first performance on a main festival stage. No surprises in that they nailed it. Just a shame more people couldn't see them due to the site opening not long before they came on stage. I spoke to a few people that night who could hear the band from the queue and were gutted they didn't get to see them.


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Galtres Parklands Festival Galtres Parklands Festival returns to Duncombe Park, Helmsley this summer to mark its tenth birthday in style, with performances from major artists including Levellers, The Human League, Tricky, Morcheeba, Bellowhead and Public Service Broadcasting.


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Bellowhead Having previously thought of 'Folk' as being synonymous with quant country fairs, even in its most modern reinvention a genre that lends itself to being played in a natural setting (such as our very own Moseley folk festival). I was surprised and pleased to learn that a whole weekend devoted to folk, was being held at Birmingham's Town Hall. 'English Originals' a 'mini' folk festival, over a weekend in May featured the likes of folk greats Scott Mathews, Beth Orton and new to the scene Graham Coxon. I went for the Sunday helping, with performances from Jackie Oates and the band they call Bellowhead.


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