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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.

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.


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


New Release: Jon Boden – Painted Lady (10th Anniversary Re-Issue)

  • June 17, 2016

Jon Boden - Painted LadyOn September 30th 2016, Navigator Records will re-issue Jon Boden’s debut solo album, Painted Lady (originally released on Soundpost Records in May 2006) – to mark its 10th anniversary. The album will be available as a CD, 180gm vinyl and download and features previously unavailable bonus tracks. Those pre-ordering from will also receive a limited edition signed A5 artcard (whilst stocks last) and an MP3 of a previously unreleased track.

Chicago born, Winchester raised and now residing in rural South Yorkshire, Boden is not only a leading performer of his generation of folk artists but also one whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of a single genre. For over a decade, Jon was in a highly acclaimed traditional folk music duo with melodeon player John Spiers. Together they toured and recorded with Eliza Carthy, appearing on her Mercury Prize nominated album. In 2009 Boden formed The Remnant Kings with whom he recorded his second album, ‘Songs from the Floodplain’, painting a compelling, post-apocalyptic world.

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