For their annual spring tour, this year the Bellowhead frontmen Spiers & Boden will be inviting a little more audience participation than normal. All areas of the country have their own traditional songs, dances, and customs. John and Jon have always been fascinated by these local traditions which weave together to create the diverse folk music of Britain. For this tour they are inviting fans to suggest folk gems with local significance to each of the shows that John and Jon can learn and perform at the gig, whether it be a traditional song collected nearby or a dance tune associated with the area. The project will have a hub at: backyard.spiersandboden.com/ropetacklearts where fans can post suggestions, contribute to discussions, post their own performances of local material and find out what additional local extravaganzas are planned for the Spiers & Boden show in their area. Described by The Guardian as “the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene” and twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo, Spiers & Boden have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground. Loud, proud, and with just a few acoustic instruments, they create a multitude of textures upon which they present traditional stories and dance music which have taken them on to the main stages of major festivals. “Technically they stand head to head with the best of their generation… Jon Boden plays fiddle with an earthy vigour that’s utterly compelling and sings in a frantic breathless manner as if the hounds of hell are taking lumps out of his backside, while John Spiers harmonises and plays urgent driving melodeon to a very high standard indeed… halfway to reinventing the style without even realising it…” ~ fRoots Magazine “Dynamics, drive and passion” ~ BBC Radio 2 Folk Website The irrepressible performances of John Spiers and Jon Boden have ensured they are in high demand with venues and major festivals throughout the world, and past performances have included, in the UK, Cambridge Folk Festival, WOMAD, and Larmer Tree Festival and abroad have included Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Nordsjofestivalen (Norway) and Namest Nad Oslavou (Czech Republic). Winners of the Best Duo category at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in both 2004 and 2006, and a Critic’s choice nomination at the BBC World Music Awards, and nominees for the same award in 2009, John and Jon are also founding members of the wildly ambitious eleven piece big-band folk phenomenon, Bellowhead (BBC Folk Awards – Best Live Act 2005, 2007, 2008, Observer Top 20 albums of 2007). In the past they have also enjoyed a long-term collaboration with Eliza Carthy as The Rat Catchers and performed on her Mercury Prize nominated album Anglicana. Jon Boden (voice, fiddle, guitar, stomp-box) follows in the footsteps of many of the great folk-singers with his theatrical style and powerful delivery. As well as forming half of Spiers & Boden and singing lead vocals in Bellowhead, Jon has also released two solo albums including the critically lauded concept album ‘Songs From The Floodplain’. Jon has written over twenty scores for theatre productions including two for the RSC and is married to renowned folk singer Fay Hield. John Spiers (melodeon, concertina) was born in Birmingham and grew up in Abingdon (home to one of the few truly traditional Morris sides) with a Morris dancing father. He has a Masters degree in Natural Sciences from King’s College Cambridge and has carved his own space in the folk scene with his unique blending of traditional squeezebox styles with his knowledge of contemporary dance music to create an infectious acoustic groove which provides the infectious rhythm of Spiers & Boden. “Anyone who needs convincing that the current folk revival is becoming as intriguing, varied and experimental as it was back in the 1960s should check out the remarkable career of John Spiers and Jon Boden. In just a few years, they have established themselves as the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene, and the contemporary equivalent of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick…” ~ The Guardian Come and try our first ever Spiers & Boden supper. We will be serving a seasonal two course supper before the performance at just £12.50 per person. Please contact Thunkshop Cafe in advance on 07957166092 to order your supper which will be served at 6.30pm. Seats will be reserved for diners.
SPIERS & BODEN (FOUNDERS OF BELLOWHEAD)
STONEWATER + ASIO'S EYES + CURIOUS YAK + BLIND EYE
Supporting Spiers & Boden at the very lovely Red Lion Folk Club