Award-win­ning mu­si­cian Jon at the CatS­trand

Bring­ing 11-piece band Bel­low­head

The Galloway News - - THE TICKET - Stu­art Gille­spie

Singer, com­poser and mu­si­cian Jon Bo­den, best known as lead singer of the multi-award win­ning 11- piece folk big band Bel­low­head, will play the CatS­trand, New Gal­loway on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 6.

Jon has been the re­cip­i­ent of an im­pres­sive 11 BBC Ra­dio 2 Folk Awards, more than any other mu­si­cian, mak­ing him truly one of the most notable tra­di­tional folk tal­ents of cur­rent times.

Jon Bo­den is tour­ing venues through­out Scot­land as a solo mu­si­cian to show­case self-penned work from two solo al­bums as well as some tra­di­tional folk songs thrown in for good mea­sure. Jon’s first in­stru­ment is the fid­dle and he is a lead­ing pro­po­nent of “fid­dle singing”, as well as be­ing known for the use of his trade­mark stomp box.

Jon said: “I am so ex­cited to play to Scot­tish au­di­ences, it’s been such a long time since I per­formed up here but I will never for­get the warm wel­come I re­ceived. It’s been such a fun jour­ney over the last few years fo­cus­ing on my own ma­te­rial and mak­ing my first two solo al­bums. I hope the peo­ple of Gal­loway en­joy the new work!”

Over 12 years Bel­low­head achieved a level of crit­i­cal and com­mer­cial suc­cess un­matched by any other band work­ing in English tra­di­tional mu­sic in the last three decades with mul­ti­ple Ra­dio 2 playlist­ings of tracks by the band, 250,000 al­bums sold and reg­u­larly sold out tours to 2,000+ ca­pac­ity venues.

In 2015 Jon de­cided it was time for him to leave the band and fo­cus on his own solo work and on May 1, 2016 Bel­low­head played their fi­nal gig where they started, at Ox­ford Town Hall.

With his solo per­for­mances at­tract­ing fan­tas­tic crit­i­cal ac­claim, Jon has be­come the stand out per­former of his gen­er­a­tion of tra­di­tional folk artists, but one whose reper­toire ex­tends far beyond the bound­aries of the genre. Jon con­tin­ues to en­joy a mu­si­cal ca­reer that is go­ing from strength to strength.

Out­side of folk mu­sic, Bo­den holds a Masters De­gree in Mu­si­cal The­atre and has worked on nu­mer­ous pres­ti­gious theatri­cal pro­duc­tions. He has com­posed mu­sic for both the­atre and film, most notably two Royal Shake­speare pro­duc­tions at Strat­ford: Mer­chant of Venice (2008) and A Win­ter’s Tale (2012). In 2013 he was com­mis­sioned to com­pose a ver­sion of Lit­tle Mus­grave to be per­formed along­side Ben­jamin Brit­ten’s work of the same name at Alde­burgh.

In ad­di­tion, he per­formed the Juliet Let­ters with the Sac­coni Quar­tet at the Bristol Old Vic. He also ap­pears in Richard Cur­tis’s film About Time and has con­trib­uted mu­sic to the score.

Au­tumn 2013 also saw the de­but of a new BBC2 com­edy se­ries Count Arthur Strong for which Jon com­posed and per­formed the sig­na­ture mu­sic.

As a com­poser Jon’s out­put has grown in­creas­ingly di­verse, cross­ing over into clas­si­cal, choral, dance, pop, film and tele­vi­sion.

On tour Jon Bo­den will be com­ing to the CatS­trand next month

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