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Songs of Separation win Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards

  • April 6, 2017

Songs of SeparationWe were delighted to see the Songs of Separation collective take home the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Album last night, winning against some stiff competition including Jarlath Henderson (Hearts Broken, Heads Turned), Jim Moray (Upcetera), Martin Green (Flit) and Shirley Collins (Lodestar). The group were also nominated in the Best Traditional Track category which was won Daoiri Farrell for his version of Van Diemen’s Land which he also performed on the night.

The Songs of Separation project, which reflects through song, the issue of ‘separation’ in its many forms, features ten of England and Scotland’s most celebrated female contemporary folk artists, Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart, Rowan Rheingans, Mary Macmaster, Hannah Read, Kate Young, Jenn Butterworth, Hazel Askew, Hannah James and Jenny Hill (who conceived the project).

Recorded in the fairy-tale setting of the Isle of Eigg (in the Scottish Inner Hebrides) and set in the context of a post-referendum world, ‘Songs of Separation’ is not simply a beautiful collection of traditional and self-penned songs, but also aims to prompt new thinking about the issue of separation as it occurs in all our lives. The process of developing the music was documented and shared with audiences each day, through a range of videos.

The Songs of Separation album is available now on Propermusic, Amazon, iTunes, Spotify and from all good record stores.

Songs of Separation nominated for two Folk Awards

  • February 9, 2017

Songs of Separation

Congratulations to Songs of Separation, who it’s just been announced, have been nominated for two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Best Album and Best Traditional Track for Echo Mocks The Corncrake. In the best album category, they’re up againt Jarlath Henderson for Hearts Broken, Heads Turned, Jim Moray for Upcetera, Martin Green for Flit and Shirley Collins for Lodestar whilst the best tradional track category sees them facing off against Jarlath Henderson for Courting Is a Pleasure, Daoirí Farrell for Van Diemen’s Land and Julie Murphy for Willie Taylor.
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Jon Boden Announces The Painted Lady Tour, Part 2

  • December 1, 2016

Jon Boden - Painted Lady (10Jon Boden has announced the Painted Lady tour, Part Two, which’ll see him play 14 dates across the UK in May 2017.
Best known as the lead singer of the progressive folk big band Bellowhead, who split in May 2016, Jon launched his solo career in Autumn 2016, touring the UK solo for the first time. Largely presenting the self-penned songs of his debut album, Painted Lady (2006), (recently re-issued by Navigator Records), as well as material from his remarkable dystopian follow-up, Songs From The Floodplain (2009, Navigator Records), Jon’s solo show also includes material from Bellowhead, his duo partnership, Spiers & Boden and his ambitious A Folk Song A Day project, in which he recorded 365 folk songs in one year.
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Jon Boden announced as Guest Curator at Cambridge Folk Festival 2017

  • November 24, 2016

Jon BodenIt’s been announced today that Jon Boden will be Guest Curator at next years Cambridge Folk Festival which takes place from the 27th – 30th July. This is a first for the festival with Jon set to programme up to five artists appearing across the festival’s four stages and festival weekend. Jon will personally introduce each of his selected artists live onstage and will be on-site all weekend presenting additional unique happenings and the odd surprise event in his Guest Curator role.

In addition, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings will perform their first live show in several years with a one-off preview performance on the festival’s main stage of material from the brand-new Jon Boden album to be released in autumn 2017, giving festival goers the first chance to hear the new material before it is released. The performance will also dip into material from Bellowhead, the Folk Song A Day project and more.

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Songs of Separation Nominated for the Scots Trad Album of the Year 2016

  • November 2, 2016

Songs of SeparationUPDATE 2 NOV: More congratulations are due as it’s been announced that the Songs of Separation album has now made the shortlist for the MG ALBA Scots Trad Album of the Year.

Congratulations to Songs of Separation who have been nominated in this years MG ALBA Scots Trad Album of the Year.

The awards are now open to a public vote with the winners set to be announced at a glistening ceremony held at the Caird Hall, Dundee, on Saturday 3rd December.


The Scots Trad Music Awards is an annual event that takes place every December. Held at different venues around the country, the aim of these Awards is to highlight Scotland’s wonderful traditional music in all its forms and to create a high profile opportunity which will bring the music and music industry into the spotlight of media & public attention.

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