Andy Mellon – Trumpet

The only member of the band based in London, Andy has played with a huge array of musicians from Bad Manners to Damon Albarn. Andy is MD of British Council led Anglo-Gulf music project, which has led him to perform on collaborative projects in several countries in the Middle East.

Benji Kirkpatrick – Guitar, Bouzouki, Banjo, Mandolin

Another multi-instrumentalist – of the stringed variety – Benji has folk pedigree as one of the offspring of John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris. Benji has toured extensively with many musicians. He currently divides recording & touring between Bellowhead and the Seth Lakeman Band and occasionally does solo gigs. 


Brendan Kelly – Saxophone & Reeds

Brendan is a surf instructor about which he is passionate, based in Brighton. Very little is known about him otherwise.

Ed Neuhauser – Helicon, Tuba

Ed started his musical life playing in a local brass band in Yorkshire, picking up the biggest instrument he could find. He went on to study at the Guildhall School of Music. Classically trained he has played with a number of orchestras including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Welsh National Opera.


Jon Boden – Vocals, Fiddle, Tambourine

Jon was born in Chicago but grew up in Winchester, studied Medieval History and later, Composition for Theatre. He’s lived with in rural moorlands near Sheffield for past 6 years. In between times, Jon also tours with Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings and Spiers & Boden, composes for theatre (RSC amongst others) and in 2010 undertook an ambitious, ongoing solo project called A Folk Song A Day.

John Spiers – Melodeon, Concertina

John was born in Birmingham but grew up near Oxford and moved back 20 years ago where he now lives with family and his vegetable plot. He studied Genetics at King’s College Cambridge and was a contestant on the Young Krypton Factor. When not touring and recording with Bellowhead or the award winning duo, Spiers & Boden, John likes all sorts of gadgets, especially ones associated with coffee making, home brewing and Oxford United. Formerly a busker on the streets of Oxfordshire, he even spent a brief time in a busking band with Stephen Gately. John’s father was a Morris Dancer.


Justin Thurgur – Trombone

Justin’s main projects outside Bellowhead are collaborations with ex-Fela and Femi Kuti keyboardist Dele Sosimi and the pianist/composer Kishon Khan. The former playing Afro-beat, the latter a variety of projects mixing African and Cuban music with Jazz, Funk and, most recently, Bengali folk songs. Sessions have included The Selecter, Tony Allen and the National Theatre’s production of ‘Fela’.

Pete Flood – Percussion, Drums

Broadcaster, Charles Hazlewood once described Pete as being ‘a bit like Keith Moon. He’s all across everything, all of the time’. Pete, who recently moved from a Watercress mill in Hampshire, combines free jazz and Beefheartian clatter and plays everything from frying pans to rusty metal and bells. Along with Brendan Kelly and other Bellowhead band members, Pete’s also in trad Japanese Space Funk band, Setsubun Bean Unit as well as, experimental Jazz outfit, Farmyard Animals Trio.


Paul Sartin – Oboe, Fiddle

Paul grew up in London and is now based in Hampshire. He studied at the Purcell School and then read music at Magdalen College, Oxford. Also, one half of the folk duo Belshazzar’s Feast, Paul became lay clerk with Christ Church Cathedral Choir and despite all of this, has a parallel career ahead of him as a stand-up comic if he wanted it.

Rachael McShane – Cello, Fiddle

The only female member of the band, Yorkshire born Rachael is now a resident of Newcastle where she became one of the first people to graduate with a degree in Folk & Traditional Music in England back in 2005. She recently embarked on a solo career, infusing trad folk with jazz and released her first solo album 'No Man's Fool' in 2010. She is also a teacher and workshop leader.

Sam Sweeney – Fiddle, Bagpipes

Derbyshire born Sam is 21 and to simply call him a ‘fiddle’ player is to do him something of an injustice. He’s been playing violin since he was 6 and is now a highly respected multi-instrumentalist, touring in an award winning duo with Hannah James, and also with Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings and The Fay Hield Trio. As well as the fiddle, Sam plays English bagpipes, viola, English concertina and nyckelharpa – amongst others.

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