Bellowhead to blow into the Botanical Gardens

CAP: Music Main July 06'' Bellowhead 2012 full band high res
CAP: Music Main July 06'' Bellowhead 2012 full band high res

IT’S not often that a folk band sells out the main auditorium of Sheffield City Hall - but Bellowhead did it last week.

And now they are returning to Sheffield for an open-air performance in the Botanical Gardens.

The group, led by Sheffield-based singer and fiddle player Jon Boden, are the headliners for the Rotary Club’s eighth series of Music in the Gardens in aid of charity from July 3 to 6.

They will play on the Thursday night, July 4, in support of Safe@Last, Sheffield Young Carers & Barnado’s Young Carer’s (Rotherham).

The series starts on the Wednesday night with Bruce Foxton’s, From the Jam, which features two of the original three members of The Jam, playing classics such as Going Underground, That’s Entertainment and The Eton Rifles.

Money will be raised for Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind and Breast Cancer Care

Friday night will be a ‘Salsa Spectacular’ featuring Omar Puente, the Cuban-born, Yorkshire-based jazz violinist, in aid of Sheffield Cathedral’s Archer Project, which works with homeless people, and a small collective called the Soup Wagon, who are volunteers from churches in and around the city offering hot drinks, sandwiches and warm clothes to people on the streets.

The series will be wrapped up on the Saturday night by the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, with a ‘Last Night of the Gardens’ concert complete with flag waving and a firework finale. Proceeds are going to Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The Rotary Club has raised around £125,000 for charity through the Botanical Gardens since 2005.

They will be hoping for better weather this summer after torrential threatened the cancellation last year of a performance by headliners 10cc. Altogether, takings dropped from 2011’s £57,000 to £10,000.

An 11-piece band, Bellowhead have won BBC Radio 2’s Best Live Folk Band five times. Their most recent album, Broadside, was this year’s best album.

Local Rotary Club committee member and stage manager Bryan Whitfield said: “We are so pleased to have secured Bellowhead for this years festival.

“It really just rubber-stamps what a fantastic event we’ve developed when a group of fantastic musicians agrees to play for a charitable event which started from such humble beginnings.

“The Rotary Clubs from across South Yorkshire are so proud of what we have achieved over the past eight years and we are all looking forward to another magnificent series.”

Tickets for all concerts will be available from in the first week of April. Prices - and support acts - have yet to be announced.

Children under the age of 11 are admitted free when accompanied by a full-paying adult.

l Bellowhead review, page 37.