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1 hour
First broadcast:
Wednesday 06 October 2010

Mike Harding is in the company of Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden for a special edition of the folk show, dedicated to the extraordinary and theatrical big band.

Jon talks Mike through the band's early days, their eclectic influences and the making of their new album Hedonism, which was produced by John Leckie (Stone Roses, Muse) at Abbey Road Studios.

Folk phenomenon Bellowhead were originally conceived by Jon and musical partner John Spiers back in 2004. They recruited brass and wind sections to form an 11-piece big band that immediately set itself apart with dramatic and rousing arrangements of English traditional songs.

The gifted collective of folk and jazz musicians quickly won critical and popular acclaim, and their six-year history is peppered with highlights including television specials, a residency at the Southbank Centre, an appearance in the opening credits of The Simpsons and a record four BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Live Act.

Classic influences and early Bellowhead recordings - as well as a selection of stand-out tracks from Hedonism - make up the music in tonight's special programme.

We also hear music from some of the band members' many side projects.

Music Played

11 items
  • Image for Bellowhead

    Bellowhead New York Girls

    Hedonism, Navigator NAVIGATOR042

  • Image for Eliza Carthy

    Eliza Carthy Worcester City

    Anglicana, Topic TSCD539

  • Image for Bellowhead

    Bellowhead Copshawholme Fair

    E. P. Onymous, Megafone 111

  • Image for Louis Killen

    Louis Killen Hilo, Johnny Brown

    Blow The Man Down, Topic TSCD464

  • Image for Benji Kirkpatrick

    Benji Kirkpatrick The Moon Struck One

    Boomerang, Navigator NAVIGATOR2

  • Image for Rachael McShane

    Rachael McShane Captain Ward

    No Man's Fool, Navigator NAVIGATOR27

  • Image for Bellowhead

    Bellowhead Jordan

    Burlesque, Westpark 87132

  • Image for Martin Simpson

    Martin Simpson Stagolee

    True Stories, Topic Records TSCD578

  • Image for Bellowhead

    Bellowhead A-Begging I Will Go

    Hedonism, Navigator NAVIGATOR042

  • Image for Bellowhead

    Bellowhead Cross-eyed and Chinless

    Hedonism, Navigator NAVIGATOR042

  • Image for Bellowhead

    Bellowhead Cold Blows The Wind

    Hedonism, Navigator NAVIGATOR042



    Mike is joined by Jon Boden from folk trailblazers Bellowhead for a special programme dedicated to the big band, as they prepare to release their third studio album.


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