Jon Boden & the Remnant Kings features the talents of former Bellowhead band-mates Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, (Faustus, Belzhazzar’s Feast) plus Leveret’s Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren (King of The South Seas).
Jon Boden has become the ‘stand out performer of his generation’ (The Guardian) of traditional folk artists, but one whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of the genre.
He is best known as the lead singer and main arranger of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead. After twelve years, a quarter of a million album sales, seven singles on the Radio 2 playlist and selling out hundreds of venues throughout the land and beyond, including notably the Royal Albert Hall, Jon announced in 2015 that he wanted to move on. The rest of the band decided not to continue without him. Bellowhead played their final gig on May 1st 2016.
In 2009, Jon founded his band The Remnant Kings. The band were originally formed to perform the album ’Songs from the Floodplain’. The idea of the Remnant Kings performances was to combine the post-apocalyptic concept of the album, with other songs that might survive the apocalypse. In this genre busting mix, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings performed concerts where folk songs, Bach, Pop and Jazz all rubbed shoulders with Jon’s own songs. This was all augmented by the use on stage of two wax cylinder players, which played specially recorded material.
As time moved on the band evolved to encompass Jon’s ‘A Folk Song A Day’ project – adding Paul Sartin to the line-up and hosting after show singing sessions with the audiences.
“Nobody can bring you the chaos of a dystopian street carnival better than Jon Boden’ – Simon Mayo, ex BBC Radio 2
Appearing on Saturday 10thAugust at the Pavilion on the Sands. (NB. This concert is not included in the Festival Season Tickets).