Trad-folkers with a twist , Bellowhead, release their brand new festive themed single ‘Christmas Bells/Jingle Bells’ on 1st December this year and luckily for them, it’s exactly the kind of twee, revelry fuelled romper that you’d expect, nay demand, at this seasonal time of year.
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 a perfect fit for Bellowhead, taking a strange twist on the Father Christmas story and blending it with the tale of St. George & the Dragon. Suitably off-the-wall, even for this bunch.
The raucous b-side ‘Jingle Bells’ isn’t too far removed from the original but remains a proper folk-filled knees up all the same. If you’re a Bellowhead fan already or someone who’s not afraid of a bit of silliness it’s a slice of good-humored Christmas fun, anyone else might find the Victorian leanings a little too much to stomach.
We don’t care much for Bah Humbug here at Glasswerk HQ; we love a bit of Christmas and we love this lot too.
See Bellowhead live as they embark on a major tour of the UK throughout November:
Mon 11 Nov AYLESBURY Waterside Theatre
Tue 12 Nov BIRMINGHAM Symphony Hall – SOLD OUT
Wed 13 Nov GUILDFORD G Live
Thu 14 Nov BEDFORD Corn Exchange – SOLD OUT
Fri 15 Nov WREXHAM William Aston Hall – LAST FEW TICKETS
Sat 16 Nov PORTSMOUTH Guildhall
Sun 17 Nov EXETER Great Hall
Mon 18 Nov TRURO Hall for Cornwall– LAST FEW TICKETS
Tue 19 Nov FROME Cheese & Grain – SOLD OUT
Wed 20 Nov LEICESTER Montfort Hall
Thu 21 Nov ABERYSTWYTH Arts Centre
Fri 22 Nov CHESTERFIELD Winding Wheel – SOLD OUT
Sat 23 Nov FOLKESTONE Leas Cliff Hall – LAST FEW TICKETS
Tue 31 Dec BRISTOL Colston Hall
Venue: Christmas Bells
Support Band: Navigator Records