Review: Bellowhead, Ipswich Regent, April 22

Bellowhead wowed the Ipswich Regent again

Bellowhead wowed the Ipswich Regent again - Credit: Archant

Hitting the stage with their own take on folk music, they had the whole audience on their feet before the end of the night.

The 11-piece band, who between them play approximately 20 different instruments from fiddles to trombone, delivered a fine set of mostly traditional songs they’d arranged themselves.

Highlights of the night were rousing versions of Fine Sally, Prince Regent, Gosport Nancy and a foot stomping - with hand actions - London Town.

Nominally fronted by a pink jacketed Jon Boden, Bellowhead always appear to enjoy themselves as much as their audience, with several jokey comments between musical numbers and much jumping around and musical talent to spare.

A special mention should be made of missing fiddle player Sam Sweeney, who had a good excuse for not being at the Regent as he was receiving an award at the BBC Folk Awards for best instrumentalist.

The band kept a great pace to the evening and played many songs from their latest album Revival, including the new single Roll Alabama. After inviting the audince to an after show gig at the Mulbery Tree, the band had everybody on their feet for a fine finale.

Great band and a great night.

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