We are thrilled to present an exclusive premiere of a track from the forthcoming album from folk music icon Jon Boden. Taken from Afterglow – released  via Hudson Records on October 6, 2017 –  it gives another  flavour, as presented on Moths In The Gaslight and All The Stars Are Out Tonight,  of the post apocalyptic themes first addressed on 2009’s Songs From The Floodplain. 

Speaking about Bee Sting, a track that points to Jon’s past experiences at Lewes’ (East Sussex) infamous bonfire night, he says: “There is a wildness about it that is often hinted at in large bonfire night celebrations, but Lewes really takes it a lot further, with half-barrels of burning tar being dragged along the narrow, medieval (and one would imagine rather flammable) streets, plus there are several bonfire societies who compete to burn the most impressive effigy – often of present day political figures. And then there is the sheer weight of numbers – the streets are rammed and it is not possible to move against the tide of the crowd. This is where the idea of the two lovers nearly meeting up very early in the evening but then being parted by the weight of the crowd came from.”


The former frontman of progressive folk eleven-piece Bellowhead,  Jon Boden  recently curated the Cambridge Folk Festival where he debuted tracks from the new album.  Afterglow is Boden’s first solo  studio release since 2009’s Songs From The Floodplain. Recorded in Sheffield with the help of The Remnant Kings, & with Andy Bell in the producer’s chair, the new album finds Boden drawing both from traditions of the past and his own experiences of present society, as heavily as it does an imagined near-future. He will be performing material from the new album – both solo and with his band The Remnant Kings – across an extensive winter tour,

UK Tour to run throughout November 2017:

Solo – November
Mon 6   Pocklington Arts Centre
Tues 7   The Core at Corby Cube
Weds 8   OPEN, Norwich
Thurs 9   Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
Fri 10   Connaught Theatre, Worthing
Sun 12   Theatre Royal Winchester
Mon 13   Number 8, Pershore
Tues 14   Ludlow Assembly Rooms

Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings dates – November
Fri 17   Sage Gateshead
Sat 18   The Leadmill, Sheffield
Sun 19   Victoria Hall, Settle
Mon 20   Haverhill Arts Centre
Tues 21   St. Mary’s in the Castle, Hastings
Weds 22   The Scala, London
Thurs 23   The Lighthouse, Poole
Fri 24   The Globe, Cardiff
Sat 25   The Cheese & Grain, Frome
Sun 26   Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

You can find Jon Boden online here

He is  also on Facebook , and tweet as @boden_jon


feature by Mike Ainscoe. You can find more of Mike’s writing on Louder Than War at his author’s archive. He can be found on Facebook and his website is www.michaelainscoephotography.co.uk


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Mike has been contributing to Louder Than War since 2012, rising through the ranks from contributor to Sub Editor and now Reviews Editor. He brings his eclectic taste to the table with views on live shows (including photography) and album reviews, features and interviews from rock to metal to acoustic and folk.


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