Last year, almost to the day, we joked about Bellowhead being so numerous in band-members that they could hold a 5-a-side match to loosen up before a gig, even if one of them phoned in ill. We imagine football is the last thing on their minds right now - perhaps a little DIY instead or a trip to IKEA because, after all, they're going to need a bigger trophy cabinet.
Recently and quite rightly, Bellowhead earned themselves two nominations for BBC Folk Awards 2013 and, despite not winning one of them (Best Group, won by Lau), they did manage to scarper with Best Album for their Top 20 set "Broadside". Congrats. You get the feeling this could be the band's year - but then, we've probably said that every year.
Last year, Bellowhead graced the stages of many a festival and 2013 won't be any different. Leicestershire's National Folk Festival, Kew The Music 2013 (with Billy Bragg in support) and the Larmer Tree Festival are all scribbled in their collective diaries (OK, keyed into their smartphones, digital readers). But it's headliners the fans really want and it's headliners they'll get. As with last year, Bellowhead are touring the UK in the autumn - oh yes.
Stops include Bury St Edmunds, Warrington, Cheltenham and, admirably, many more that aren't obvious calling points for big acts (so no London, etc.), before settling in Folkestone on 23rd November. [TICKETS: 22/2/2013 9:00], priced from around £21.50.
Bristolians can look forward to New Year's Eve already - Bellowhead will be performing a NYE bash at the city's Colston Hall on 31st December - tickets are on sale now and cost £45. Support for this show comes from Brass Roots and Spiro.