Jon Boden sits at the forefront of his generation of traditional folk artists; an artist whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of the genre.
Boden was the lead singer (and one of the principal arrangers) of the multi-award winning contemporary folk band Bellowhead, whose fifth studio album Revival was released on Island Records in 2014, to mark the group’s 10th anniversary, ahead of their farewell tour in 2016.
As a total contrast to the eleven-piece Bellowhead, autumn 2016 saw Jon launch his live solo career with a performance at the Cambridge Folk Festival where he was the festival’s first guest artistic programmer, followed by dates at Snape Proms and Sidmouth FolkWeek. His recorded solo career goes back to 2006 with the release of his album Painted Lady (re-released with new bonus tracks in October 2016 to mark the album’s tenth anniversary) followed by the critically lauded Songs From The Floodplain which led to him being named Folk Singer of The Year at the 2009 BBC Folk Awards. He has toured several times since then with his own band The Remnant Kings,where the response was over-whelming with sold out shows and standing ovations.
Boden’s compositional output is increasingly diverse, extending into choral, classical, dance and pop. He has composed music for both theatre and film, most notably two Royal Shakespeare Company productions at the Globe Theatre: The Merchant of Venice (2008) and A Winter’s Tale (2012). In 2013 he was commissioned to compose a version of Little Musgrave to be performed alongside Benjamin Britten’s work of the same name at the Aldeburgh Festival. 2013 also saw the debut of a new BBC2 comedy series Count Arthur Strong for which Jon composed and performed the signature music.