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Jon Boden Live on World On 3

  • October 18, 2016

Jon Boden - Painted LadyJon Boden appeared on World On 3 last week where he spoke about his upcoming UK solo tour, the re-issue of his 2006 album Painted Lady, moving from performing with a big band to going solo and covering 80’s hits.

You can listen to the interview in full below which includes Jon performing acoustic versions of songs from Painted Lady.

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Jon Boden – Painted Lady Reviewed

  • October 6, 2016

Jon Boden - Painted Lady (10Read some of the highlights from the reviews for Painted Lady, the 10th anniversary re-issue of Jon Boden’s debut solo album.

(Almost) entirely self-penned, ‘Painted Lady’ is a work of considerable ambition and originality that will surprise those expecting a version of Bellowhead’s full-on, euphoric energy. The album features 12 songs written by Boden and is especially notable for its dazzling array of instrumentation, including fiddle, octave fiddle, concertina, banjo, guitars, double bass, Indian harmonium, glockenspiel, electric piano, and perhaps more unusually for a folk artist, Moog synthesiser and drum machine – all of which are played by Jon Boden. The re-issue features three newly recorded bonus tracks including low-fi interpretation of a Whitney Houston classic, ‘I Wanna Dance (with Somebody)’.

“Boden’s schooling in musical theatre is evident throughout Painted Lady – both in the structures of the songs and in the dramatic, bordering-on-histrionic vocal style later honed to maximum effect in the all-conquering context of Bellowhead. The youthful love songs are sweetly delivered, whilst his cast of wanton, dissolute and tragic female characters are storied with compassion rather than cruelty”Folk Radio

“This album may be ten years old but sounds as fresh and exciting as when it was first released”Bright Young Folk

“A handy reminder of the debut solo album from Jon Boden… The re-issue has the added attraction of a couple of extra songs including seeing what he’s done with Whitney’s ‘I Want To Dance With Somebody’”Louder Than War

“a welcome return for the album and a fine reminder of the man’s talents.”Blabber ‘n’ Smoke

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Watch: Georgia Ruth – Fossil Scale

  • September 8, 2016

Georgia Ruth - Fossil ScaleWatch the new video from Georgia Ruth for Fossil Scale, the title track and first single from Georgia’s upcoming album released on the 7th October.

Fossil Scale was written in Caernarfon, a town in North Wales defined by its space and tranquil landscape that Georgia, at the time, called home. The ancient surroundings of the town, its body of water and the neighbouring Snowdonia mountains, came to exert as strong a bearing on Fossil Scale as the hours of Beck, Radiohead and Bowie albums that tracked this writing period. Though it wasn’t until Georgia stumbled upon a news article about a mysterious ‘mutant-fish’ with reptilian head & fossilised scales discovered by Russian fishermen, that she began to quantify her own life in relation to her immutable surroundings. This fish became something of a representation of those constants, as Georgia began to explore the detachment from them that modern life had brought about.

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Watch: Heidi Talbot – The Year That I Was Born

  • September 7, 2016

Heidi Talbot - Here We Go 1, 2, 3Heidi Talbot’s new single The Year That I Was Born is the first single to be released from her upcoming album ‘Here We Go 1, 2, 3’ which is released on the 23rd October. The single is a gorgeous country-pop meditation reflecting on birth and was co-written with Louis Abbott of Scotland’s Admiral Fallow.

Here We Go, 1, 2, 3 explores the tricks and traits of time – the way it passes, rushes, falls back on itself. The way it stops. “The album was written over a couple of years,” Talbot says. “I stopped touring, stopped recording, took some time after having another baby, and sorted everything out in my head a little bit.”

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Listen: Songs of Separation on the Kings Place podcast

  • August 1, 2016

Songs of SeparationIn this recently recorded podcast for the upcoming Kings Place Festival (9 – 11 Sept), Jen Hill and Mary Macmaster from Songs of Separation talk about the ideas behind the SoS album and what the music is about, the podcast also includes star violinist Thomas Gould and family songwriter and performer Nick Cope.

Songs of Separation will be performing at the festival on the 9th September, you can buy tickets here.


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