In 2017 former Bellowhead front-man and multiple BBC Folk Award winner Jon Boden introduced the new big band Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, supported by the release of the album ‘Afterglow’. They played at major venues across the UK with material from the album interspersed with songs and tunes from across Jon’s career. ‘Ambitious, genre-busting folk’ – Financial Times
In Spring 2019 Jon will be touring the Afterglow experience into small theatres that would be unable to host the 11-piece band, with a line-up featuring Jon and the Remnant Kings string section, under the title Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings. Jon Boden & The Remnant String features Jon Boden (fiddle, guitars, concertina, stomp-box), Helen Bell (viola), Morven Bryce (violin) and Lucy Revis (cello).
Jon is very excited about this tour. As a fiddle player, he finds it exhilarating to be immersed in the sound of string arrangements. The arrangements are quite intricate and Jon put a lot of work into them. In the mix of the big band, the strings can get a little lost, so with a stripped back string band it is a great way to be playing the songs. Atmospheric sounds are very good for story telling, and it gives a little more space and focus on the strings.
During the show, Jon tells the story of the album “Afterglow”, which is about a post-oil world, following the course of two lovers over the night of a city carnival. The big band was a big spectacle, and Jon finds it really exciting to be able to play the more intimate acoustic version of the material.
A thoroughly enjoyable evening of music by one of our most talented singer/songwriters around today. Jason Ritchie, Get Ready To Rock
2019 Tour Dates:
Fri, Mar 1 – Howard Assembly Room, Leeds
Sat, Mar 2 – Buxton Opera House, Buxton
Sun, Mar 3 – Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Ludlow
- Mon, Mar 4 – Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester
- Tue, Mar 5 – The Corn Hall, Diss
Wed, Mar 6 – Revelation, St. Mary’s Church, Ashford
Fri, Mar 8 – Pontardawe Arts Centre, Swansea
Sat, Mar 9 – The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington
Tue, Mar 12 – The Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal
Wed, Mar 13 – The Met, Bury
Thu, Mar 14 – South Holland Centre, Spalding
Fri, Mar 15 – Lincoln Drill Hall, Lincoln
Sat, Mar 16 – The North Wall, Oxford