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Track of the Week: Bellowhead – Christmas Bells

  • December 21, 2015

Bellowhead - Christmas Bells / Jingle BellsReleased back at the end of 2013, this is a proper old-fashioned sort of Christmas single, but with the customary Bellowhead twist.

Jon Boden says: “Christmas Bells is based on the mummers play Christmas : his Pageant Play, or Mysterie of “St. George” written down by a Mr. H Slight and published in 1842. It seems perfect for Bellowhead, linking Father Christmas with the tale of St. George & the Dragon. Mummers plays were found all over England up until the Second World War and many Christmas mumming traditions carry on to this day. Jingle Bells is rather better known as a song, though what is not so well known is that it was initially written in the 1850s for American Thanksgiving day celebrations. It’s ours now though!”

Christmas Bells / Jingle Bells, the double A-side single is available now on iTunes, AmazonMP3, Google Play, Spotify and all good digital services.

Bellowhead on Simon Mayo’s Drivetime

  • December 10, 2015

A slimmed down version of Bellowhead, featuring Jon Boden, John Spiers, Sam Sweeney, Pete Flood, Ed Neuhauser and Benji Kirkpatrick appeared on yesterdays Simon Mayo Drivetime Show on BBC Radio 2. The band performed three live tracks, New York Girls, Jingle Bells and Roll The Woodpile Down and spoke to Mayo about their plans for the future.

You can listen to the full show on the BBC iPlayer now, Bellowhead appear at around 1 hour and 10 minutes into the show.

Bellowhead’s Christmas Bells/Jingle Bells digital single is available now on iTunes, AmazonMP3, Spotify and other digital services.

Pandemonium – The Essential Bellowhead, an album of some of the best loved tracks from the band’s five studio albums, is out now and available from Propermusic, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.

Bellowhead releasing Christmas single

  • November 4, 2013

Bellowhead - Christmas Bells / Jingle BellsOn the 1st December, to crown a hugely successful 12 months, Bellowhead will be releasing a proper old-fashioned sort of Christmas single, the double A-side ‘Christmas Bells / Jingle Bells’, but with the customary Bellowhead twist.

At the end of December they will continue their custom of seeing in the New Year in riotous style, this time the end of year revelry will be held at Colston Hall in Bristol, with the promise of live performance, as well as a host of sundry delights and surprises for the lucky partygoers.