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Spiers & Boden off on their travels again announcing 2024 Official Tour Dates

Jan 10, 2024

By the time John Spiers and Jon Boden had hung up their highly regarded hats as the Spiers & Boden duo in 2014 they had earned a place in the hearts of the folk audience that few could rival.

Described by The Guardian as ‘the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene’, Spiers & Boden first rocketed onto the music scene in 2001, quickly winning a clutch of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and went on to become one of the best loved duos on the English folk scene and beyond. John and Jon also founded and fronted the pioneering and hugely successful folk big band Bellowhead, whose stellar career increasingly came to dominate their time. But after exploring solo projects, the duo returned with the album ‘Fallow Ground’ (Hudson Records), plus festival appearances and a 23 date UK comeback tour in October ’21, which included the sold out Spiers & Boden Festival at Cecil Sharp House, London

The title ‘Fallow Ground’ is not only a reference to the duo’s choice to put Spiers & Boden to one side for a time, but also, to the huge impact that the pandemic has had on live music. The decision to return with an album in 2021 was made pre-pandemic and as a result ended up being recorded between lockdowns. The result was an album bursting with ideas as well as a new-found confidence to let the material speak for itself.

‘I guess we were looking for songs during lockdown with a sense of fun and light relief. I realise that there are zero songs about death on this album, which is probably a first and may get us expelled from the English Folk Dance & Song Society. Yes, traditional songs with a joyous edge’. Jon Boden.

After their seven-year hiatus and with the new album ‘Fallow Ground’  under their belts they are making plans to take to the road again for select dates this year,  so grab your new 2024 diary and see if they are coming to a venue near you!

Tour Dates as Follows:

February:

Wed 28th  Settle Victoria Hall

Thu 29th  Regal, Tenbury Wells

March:

Fri 1st Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington

Sat 2nd Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon

Sun 3rd MAC, Birmingham

Mon 4th  Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich

Wed 13th  Exeter Phoenix

Thu 14th Mwldan, Aberteifi / Cardigan

Fri 15th Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea

Sun 17th  Pavilion Arts Centre, Buxton

Mon 18th Queen’s Hall, Hexham

Tue 19th Cast, Doncaster

April:

Wed 10th  Theatre Royal Winchester

Thu 11th Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead

Fri 12th The Y Theatre, Leicester

Sat 13th The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury

Mon 15th Colchester Arts Centre

Tue 16th St Andrew’s Church, Hertford

For further details please visit: https://spiersandboden.com

 

 

 

 

 

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