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9 thoughts on “ Byker Hill - Bellowhead - Broadside

  1. Bellowhead Bellowhead was an English contemporary folk band, active from to The eleven-piece act played traditional dance tunes, folk songs and shanties, with arrangements drawing inspiration from a wide diversity of musical styles and influences.
  2. Teaming up for a second round with veteran rock producer John Leckie (the Stone Roses, XTC), British folk-pop ensemble Bellowhead continue to expand outward on their over-achieving fourth album chartgenie.netinfo formula for (re)arranging traditional British and American folk songs into complex theatrical pop experiences seems to be ever-evolving as they dial up the energy and the intricacy on a 7/
  3. Broadside, their fourth album, writes another extraordinary chapter in the story of Bellowhead, which began in when a disparate group of characters who initially knew one another from informal pub sessions thought it might be a good wheeze to pool their widely varied backgrounds, influences and talents and form a big band just to see.
  4. "Byker Hill" is a traditional English folk song about coal miners, that has been performed by many contemporary acts. There are at least three different tunes to which the song is sung. Byker Hill is in the East end of Newcastle, as is the adjoining district of Walker, also mentioned in the song."Byker Hill and Walker Shore, Collier lads for ever more".
  5. Broadside never received much play from me as an album before, but spawned their biggest single, one of my favourites, and probably the worst thing Bellowhead ever did, all in one. It starts with Byker Hill, which - my only other referenced for Byker being the Grove of BBC childrens TV of the early 90s - I guess must have been from the North.
  6. Broadside, an album by Bellowhead on Spotify. our partners use cookies to personalize your experience, to show you ads based on your interests, and for measurement and analytics purposes.
  7. Songlines Broadside is the fourth full album by Bellowhead, released on 15 October The album was recorded over several weeks at Rockfield Studios in March Initially around 25 tracks were arranged for the album, of these 14 tracks were recorded (all of which became commercially available).Genre: English folk, folk jazz, British folk rock.
  8. Bellowhead recorded Byker Hill in March for their CD Broadside, and sang it in November on their live CD and DVD The Farewell Tour. This YouTube video shows them at Canterbury on 12 February The Andover Museum Loft Singers, conducted by Paul Sartin, sang Byker Hill in on their WildGoose CD The Bedmaking.
  9. Broadside is a positive spectacular, taking some of the wildest, most joyous and iconic songs in the richly colourful canon of the folk song tradition and turning them upside down and inside out with the unique sense of drama and theatre, instrumental virtuosity, verve, humour and blind cheek that has seen them spearhead the new folk boom.

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