Spiers & Boden – Spring 2024 Tour
The Regal in Tenbury Wells Thu 29th Feb, the MAC in Birmingham Sun 3rd March
Renowned as the founders and frontmen of the folk big band Bellowhead, drawing massive crowds to prestigious venues throughout the UK, including sold-out performances at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Spiers & Boden continue to be the core duo at the heart of the group. Jon Boden and John ‘Squeezy’ Spiers first crossed paths at an Oxford session in the late ’90s. Following a seven-year hiatus, during which Bellowhead skyrocketed to fame and secured a deal with Universal Records, Spiers & Boden reunited as a duo in 2021. Their latest album, ‘Fallow Ground’ (Hudson Records), not only claimed the third spot on the Official Folk Albums Chart but also earned a spot in Mojo’s top 10 folk albums of the year.
Jon Boden’s distinctive voice resonates frequently on television and radio, accompanied by either John Spiers or the entire Bellowhead ensemble. They contribute the theme music for the renowned BBC radio soap The Archers and the BBC Radio 2 Folk Show. Recently, Boden and Spiers collaborated on the new Bellowhead theme tune and incidental music for the 2023 spin-off show Beyond Paradise, which has been greenlit for a second series.
In addition to these collaborations, Jon Boden remains active in writing music for theatre and performing with his own projects, such as Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings and Jon Boden & The Remnant Strings. Meanwhile, John Spiers is involved with The Gigspanner Big Band and partners with Gigspanner frontman Peter Knight in a duo. Despite these varied pursuits, it is as Spiers & Boden that they hold a special place in the hearts of folk music enthusiasts across the UK and beyond.
To stream ‘Fallow Ground’ here.
They return this Spring for a tour of eighteen dates taking in key theatres and concert halls including The Regal in Tenbury Wells Thu 29th Feb, the MAC in Birmingham Sun 3rd March and more.
‘Boden’s impassioned singing brings fresh life to little-heard songs, along with the perfectly balanced pairing of his fiddle with Spiers’s melodeon.’ The Scotsman *****
‘Exquisitely played – the pair are still the dons.’ The Observer