English folk's best-loved duo are back together and working on new material.
Described by The Guardian as ‘the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene’, John Spiers and Jon Boden first rocketed onto the scene in 2001. As Spiers & Boden they won a clutch of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, including the Best Newcomer in 2003 and Best Duo Award in 2004 and 2006.
A sojourn as part of Eliza Carthy & the Ratcatchers included a performance at the Mercury Music Prize Awards and after years of successful touring, they headlined their own star-studded show at London's Shepherd’s Bush Empire in 2011 to celebrate their tenth anniversary.
Building on their early success as a duo, they went on to found ground-breaking folk big band Bellowhead, enjoying sold-out performances at the Royal Albert Hall and over 250,000 album sales.
Since then Jon Boden has carved out a career as both a solo performer and with his own band, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, while continuing to work on his creative trilogy of albums exploring a post-apocalyptic world and writing music for theatre.
John Spiers has collaborated with Peter Knight (SteelEye Span, Feast Of Fiddles) and with Jackie Oates and is a member of the recently formed Gigspanner Big Band.
Photo: Elly Lucas