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Bellowhead: Roll Alabama - the Video

BellowheadNever a band to sit still, Bellowhead will be once again be hitting the road for a major UK tour this April. The band is also thrilled to receive a nomination for Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2015, recently announced by Radio 2 DJ’s Simon Mayo and Mark Radcliffe. (This is an award they have won twice previously (in 2007 and 2011) alongside five wins for Best Live Band and one for Best Album).

2014 not only saw Bellowhead celebrate their 10th anniversary but also sign with Island Records and release their fifth studio album Revival, which entered the UK Album Charts at #12. From their inspired takes on the old chantey "Let Her Run" to the brilliant cosmic psych-folk of "Moon Kittens," Revival ranks among their best work so far.

To coincide with their April tour, the band will release a 3rd single from their acclaimed new album on 20th April.’Roll Alabama’ is a traditional halyard shanty, telling the true story of the sinking of the Mersey-built sloop-of-war CSS Alabama by the Yankee USS Kearsarge on June 19, 1864. Delivered with characteristic Bellowhead verve and brio, this song about a ship involved in the American Civil War quickly became part of the English folksong tradition, particularly as many of the crew were British and enticed to join the Confederate Navy by the lure of double pay and prize money. The shipyard referred to in the song, ‘Jonathan Laird” became famous in the 20th century as Cammell Laird's and still operates in the present day.

Support on all dates will be from Kings of the South Seas, the current darlings of BBC6 Music. The indie rock, jazz trio, continue Bellowhead's nautical theme, performing traditional songs about cannibalism and British 19th century whaling expeditions around the South pacific. Ship ahoy!

Dates in the region covered by this site are:


21st Warrington Parr Hall
24th  Liverpool Philharmonic



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