Updated Apr 2012


Top folk duo John Spiers (melodeon & singer) and Jon Boden (fiddle & lead singer) have been described as "the crown princes of English folk". They have built a great reputation during a relatively short timespan with their stylish and energtic exploration of English traditional music and song.

Their musical partnership was forged in the vibrant heat of the Oxford Folk Session scene. Regarded by those who first heard them playing, as a musical match made in heaven.

Their shockingly original slant on the best of the English tradition rapidly attracted recognition and huge excitement. It wasn't long before Fellside Records spotted them and with just two days in the studio John and Jon produced their first album 'Through & Through', which received stunning reviews across the UK.

Within a year of joining forces as a duo Spiers and Boden were nominated for 'Best Album' award at the 2002 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and in BBC Radio 3's World Music awards. In 2003 they scooped the 2003 Horizon Award for the best new act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

They appeared at a number of major music festivals during the summer of 2003 and released their second album 'Bellow' which attracted even greater praise than their stunning debut CD. They caught the hearts and minds of many with their startlingly fresh approach to traditional music.

Many in Lincolnshire first saw them when they toured with Nancy Kerr and James Fagan as part of a Lincolnshire rural tour in autumn of 2003, and again in 2005 following their success as the 2004 winners of BBC Radio 2's Folk Awards 'Best Duo' act returning to the county, once again on a rural and community tour.

Now loud, proud, and with just a few acoustic instruments, the award winning duo, founder members of the sensational band Bellowhead, have made the genre of spontaneous, stomping English folk music very much their own.

Foot stomping can only take you so far though, so in homage to their huge demand at major festivals far and wide, there will be an allocated dance area if the urge takes hold.

'Technically they stand head to head with the best of their generation…Jon Boden plays fiddle with an earthy vigour that's utterly compelling and sings in a frantic breathless manner as if the hounds of hell are taking lumps out of his backside, while John Spiers harmonises and plays urgent driving melodeon' fRoots Magazine

'the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene' The Guardian

For more information visit Spiers & Boden website.