Bellowhead was an English contemporary folk band, active from 2004 to 2016. 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. The band included percussion and a four-piece brass section, and was known for its energetic live performances.
All successful musicians in their own right, Bellowhead’s bandmembers played more than 20 instruments between them; whilst all performers provided vocals.
Their third album, Hedonism (2010), is the highest selling independently released folk album of all time, having sold over 60,000 copies and earning the band a silver disk.
The band parted after their final gig at Oxford Town Hall in May 2016.