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Jon Boden has become the stand out performer of his generation of traditional folk artists, but one whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of the genre.
Most recognisably he is the lead singer (and one of the principal arrangers) of the multi-award winning Bellowhead, one of the most exciting live acts around. Since 2009 he has also performed with his own band The Remnant Kings, performing both traditional folk music and Jon’s own work featured on his second solo album Songs From the Floodplain – a bleak view of a post-apocalyptic world. The links between that and folk music was something further explored in a 2011 BBC Radio 3 essay. In addition, within the traditional folk scene, he has played in a duo with fellow Bellowhead member John Spiers for over a decade.
Throughout Jon’s folk music there is a commitment to social singing and he’s actively promoted this via his involvement in Royal Traditions and Bright Phoebus, two Sheffield based folk clubs. In addition from 24th June (Midsummer’s Day) 2010 for one year, he undertook an ambitious project called A Folk Song A Day where he released a song every day, the tracks later compiled into monthly albums.
Outside of folk he has composed music for both theatre and film, most notably two Royal Shakespeare productions at Stratford: Merchant of Venice (2008) and A Winter’s Tale (2012). In 2013 he was commissioned to compose a version of Little Musgrave to be performed alongside Benjamin Britten’s work of the same name at Aldeburgh. In addition he performed the Juliet Letters with the Sacconi Quartet at the Bristol Old Vic. He also appears in Richard Curtis’s new film About Time and has contributed music to the score. Autumn 2013 also saw the debut of a new BBC2 comedy series Count Arthur Strong for which Jon composed and performed the signature music.
2014 saw the final tour of the Spiers & Boden duo, as a result of time pressure, ironically as a result of the overwhelming success of the band they created: Bellowhead.
Jon lives near Sheffield with his partner Fay Hield, a notable folk singer in her own right, with their two children.
“A mover and shaker on the folk scene.. Jon Boden salutes his teenage rock roots .. Mixing tenderness and anger in equal measure ..a refreshingly original creation”
– The Observer
“… Boden is a man to watch”
– The Guardian
No shows booked at the moment.