Bellowhead sign to Island

BellowheadAward-winning folk group Bellowhead have signed to iconic label Island Records.

The eleven-strong band, including a four-piece brass section and six vocalists, are regular winners at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and have become one of Britain’s most successful folk acts over their 10 years together.

They have just completed their fifth studio album – and their first for Island.

Entitled Revival, it is slated for release on Island’s Pink label, renowned in the seventies for legendary folk acts such as Fairport Convention, John Martyn and Nick Drake.

Revival will drop on 23 June and the band will support its release with a full month of gigs in August.

The band said in a statement: ‘We are incredibly excited and proud to have just been signed to the great Island Records, the coolest of all record labels with an incredible reputation across folk and then Bob Marley onto U2. It’s the perfect new home for us.’

Jon Turner, managing director of Island Records said: ‘Island Records rich history includes the best of British folk music: Fairport Convention John Martyn, The Incredible String Band and many more. We’re delighted that in 2014, Bellowhead’s new record will be adding to that story.’

Upcoming tour dates:
5 July – Ludlow Castle, Shropshire
6 July – Hop Farm Music Festival, Kent
11 July – Harrogate Royal Hall (part of International Festival), North Yorkshire
8 August – Boomtown Fair, Winchester
15 August – Folkeast, Suffolk
16 August – Beautiful Days, Devon
17 August – Wickham Festival, Hampshire
18 August – Newquay Lusty Glaze Beach, Cornwall
19 August – Bilston The Robin 2, Wolverhampton
20 August – Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre, Kent
21 August – The Alban Arena St Albans, Herts
22 August – Galtres Festival, York
23 August – Carfest (South), Hampshire
24 August – Watchet Music Festival, Somerset

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