Jon Boden has become the ‘stand out performer of his generation’ (The Guardian) of traditional folk artists, but one whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of the genre. He is best known as the lead singer and main arranger of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead. After twelve years, a quarter of a million album sales, seven singles on the Radio 2 playlist and selling out hundreds of venues throughout the land and beyond, including notably the Royal Albert Hall, Jon announced in 2015 that he wanted to move on. The rest of the band decided not to continue without him. Bellowhead played their final gig on May 1st 2016.
In 2009, Jon founded his band The Remnant Kings, originally formed to perform the album ’Songs from the Floodplain’. The performances combined the post-apocalyptic concept of the album, with other songs that might survive the apocalypse. In this genre busting mix, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings performed concerts where folk songs, Bach, Pop and Jazz all rubbed shoulders with Jon’s own songs. This was all augmented by the use on stage of two wax cylinder players, which played specially recorded material.
The band went into hibernation for several years whilst Bellowhead hit top gear, but were reunited and relaunched to record ‘Afterglow’ in 2017, Jon’s first new album after leaving Bellowhead. The band features the talents of former Bellowhead band-mates Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, plus Leveret’s Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren (King of The South Seas). They are also joined for some dates by an exceptional string and brass section including players from the award-winning Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.
‘Afterglow’ was released in October 2017 continuing Jon’s explorations of a post-oil world, this time following the course of two lovers over the night of a city carnival. The first single from the album ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight’ was playlisted on BBC Radio 2.Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings is Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, Rob Harbron, Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren with brass and string sections joining them for bigger shows.
Please be aware that the Quays Theatre is at the far side of The Lowry’s building. After entering the main doors to the foyer, you should allow time to walk to the Quays Theatre before the show begins, especially if you have mobility difficulties. There are no stairs to negotiate, but there is a long sloping ramp, and wheelchairs are available to borrow if needed. You can familiarise yourself with the building in advance using our virtual tour https://thelowry.com/visit-us/access/
“(Afterglow) resurrects the brassy swagger of Bellowhead" - Financial Times
"Ambitious, genre-busting folk" - The Guardian
‘ Nobody can bring you the chaos of a dystopian street carnival better than Jon Boden' - Simon Mayo, BBC Radio 2
’Recalling Gabriel-era Genesis with a dash of Bush and Bowie’ - The Observer
‘Springy fingerpicking and rolling drums convey the thrill of an anarchic street celebration.’ - The Independent
‘Vivid lyrics, striking imagery, challenging arrangements… a Major Work.’ - fRoots
The release was followed tours of Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings in the UK in autumn 2017 and spring 2018 with support from Arts Council England. Summer 2018 saw the big band in demand for major folk festivals including Wickham Festival, Warwick Folk Festival, Snape Proms and Shrewsbury Folk Festival.
‘I didn't count numbers but it was possibly even a larger aggregation than his previous band, Bellowhead…There were several 'wow' moments throughout and we were left in no doubt that Boden's talents are multi-faceted and often bewildering… he's fast emerging as a modern day Richard Thompson or John Tams…with this big band he has reached another level. He may even have emerged as the premier UK folk artist of his generation.’ efestivals review of Shrewsbury Folk Festival ’18.
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