I haven't posted any art on here for a while because I've pretty much been focusing solely on my brand new webcomic (check the creepy tree-face logo over there on the right).
This is predominantly a gushy, semi-emotional diary entry, like I used to do back in 2007, so please bear with me.
I have only been listening to Bellowhead for little over a year, but it feels like their music has been with me forever. I listened to folk before Bellowhead, but only sporadically and not as much as other genres. It was purely by chance that one morning during last year's spring that mum was listening to an early morning news program on tv and heard them promoting their latest album and their song 'Gosport Nancy'. We did some research and discovered an amazing catalogue of music dating all the way back to 2004.
We purchased all their albums in one go and for months, the house and my iPod were filled with Bellowhead tunes. It's hard for me to describe objectively what it is about their music that I love so much, so - put shortly and very subjectively - along with becoming a vegetarian and starting gardening, Bellowhead have fundamentally changed my outlook on life.
Their music just fills me with a kind of giddy joy that doesn't seem to go away. If I'm down, all it takes are a few Bellowhead tunes and I'm back on track. They inspire me creatively and transport me to places and times I have never and could never see.
The band themselves - all 11 of them - are also such genuinely lovely, funny and talented people that, while I admire them, I don't get carried away and can always think of them down-to-earth human beings. I'd say that's what I like the most really: the inspiring fact that it was human beings like you or me who came together to make such a loud, engaging, beautiful sound.
I had the privilege to see them play live in Basingstoke earlier this year and the experience will be forever etched in my mind. Listening to the albums is great, but listening and watching them perform live is bliss. I have never danced and sung so much and so loud in my life. I clapped so hard I couldn't feel my hands and jumped so much my legs turned to jelly. I loved every second of it.
Sadly, after more than a decade together, Bellowhead announced this year that they have decided to stop performing together. In a way, I only just found them and they're already leaving!
I'll be seeing them at Chepstow Castle in Wales later this month as a part of their farewell tour. I can hardly wait and I'm pretty sure I'll be shedding a tear or two when they last song of the night has been sung.
If you've never heard them before, give them a listen. If you love musical creativity and variety and sheer talent, music that will make you clap and stamp along until you'r numb... I'm quite sure you'll find it hard not to love them.