Award-winning musician Jon at the CatStrand
Bringing 11-piece band Bellowhead
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