JON BODEN album and tour news
New Album: AFTERGLOW – October 6, 2017
UK Tour to run throughout November 2017, including Scala, London, November 22
Jon Boden, former frontman of folk eleven-piece Bellowhead, will release his new solo album Afterglow, via Hudson Records on October 6, 2017.
The second instalment of a solo album trilogy from Boden, Afterglow is a companion release to his 2009 post-apocalyptic release Songs From The Floodplain, which lead the BBC to name him Folk Singer Of The Year. Whilst that album traced the story of a rural post peak-oil community, Afterglow relocates Boden’s narrative to an urban street festival – a scene of decaying buildings, burning oil drums and homemade fireworks, in which two lovers are trying to find one another.
Speaking about the ideas behind the record, Boden says: “Like my previous album, Afterglow imagines a near-future world where the luxuries and comfort of 21st-century life have become scarce, and a harder, simpler existence now prevails.”
He’ll be releasing a new single All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight later this month but you can hear the opening track from the album, Moths In The Gaslight, here:
Recorded in Sheffield with the help of The Remnant Kings and 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.
As the night captured by the record unfolds and Boden’s lovers go astray amidst the crowds, the gift for assimilating contemporary elements into folk music. . The offbeat stomp of Dancing In The Ruin is punctuated by blasts of electric guitar, the swelling chorus of Burning Streets (in which the central characters manage to slip away together from the gathered masses of the bonfires) tips as equally into tropes of classic rock as it does folk, whilst Boden imbues the elegiac Yellow Light – which signals the end of both the night’s revelry and the lovers’ transitory encounter – with a classic 70s song-writerly quality. Album closer Aubade captures using a medieval lyrical form for a farewell between lovers as a vehicle for his hero & heroine’s separation, as the dystopian city of the near future returns to its dimmed, regressed state.
And so whilst Boden has re-emerged on Afterglow with an album which is unmistakably of the here and now – and one which engages unflinchingly with an unsettling future which is all too close at hand – it is charged nonetheless with vivid imagery, as emotive as the thoroughly human story it tells.
He will be performing material from the new album – both solo and with his band The Remnant Kings – across an extensive winter tour, taking in a date at Scala, London on November 22, 2017.
Afterglow was previewed with a full band performance with The Remnant Kings at the 2017 Cambridge Folk Festival (LTW review here) which repeats at the Manchester Folk Festival on 19 October before heading out on an extensive solo and band tour.
Solo – November
Mon 6th Pocklington Arts Centre
Tues 7th The Core at Corby Cube
Weds 8th OPEN, Norwich
Thurs 9th Cornerstone Arts Centre, Didcot
Fri 10th Connaught Theatre, Worthing
Sun 12th Theatre Royal Winchester
Mon 13th Number 8, Pershore
Tues 14th Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings dates – November
Fri 17th Sage Gateshead
Sat 18th The Leadmill, Sheffield
Sun 19th Victoria Hall, Settle
Mon 20th Haverhill Arts Centre
Tues 21st St. Mary’s in the Castle, Hastings
Weds 22nd The Scala, London
Thurs 23rd The Lighthouse, Poole
Fri 24th The Globe, Cardiff
Sat 25th The Cheese & Grain, Frome
Sun 26th Lincoln Performing Arts Centre
You can find Jon Boden online here