Jon Boden performed tracks from his recent album Afterglow round a campfire at a secret location in London on 22 March 2018 in preparation for the main tour (click the photo below to see all our shots from the night).
Jumping through the rabbit hole, the folkmaster found himself in a secret garden and alternative living space near Tower Hamlets, where Jon and his lovely string section shock the cold from our bones in the twinkling firelight and wood-smoke scented atmosphere.
Here is an unamplified performance of “Moths In The Gas Light” which pretty much summed up the evening.
Off the back of curating last year’s Cambridge Folk Festival, Afterglow is Boden’s first solo release since disbanding his hugely successful crossover folk outfit Bellowhead (over quarter of a million records sold, with sellout shows including the Royal Albert Hall). This special performance comes in anticipation of Jon’s headline UK tour throughout April and May.
Featuring other former members of Bellowhead amongst his own Remnant Kings band, Jon drew various inspiration for Afterglow from the writings of the likes of Margaret Atwood and Richard Jeffries, Lewes’ notorious coastal Bonfire Night celebrations, and The Dark Mountain Project (a creative collective who’ve also recently influenced the work of Susanne Sundfør).
Jon Boden solo dates:
Tues 17th | Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon / 01874 611 622 / brycheiniog.co.uk
Weds 18th | Pontio, Bangor / 01248 38 28 28 / pontio.co.uk
Thurs 19t | Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth Arts Centre / 01970 62 32 32 / aberystwythartscentre.co.uk
Fri 20th | Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea / 01792 602 060 / taliesinartscentre.co.uk
Sat 21st | The Brewhouse, Taunton / 01823 283 244 / thebrewhouse.net
Sun 22nd | The Stables, Milton Keynes / 01908 280 800 / stables.org
Mon 23rd | New Vic Theatre, Newcastle-under-Lyme / 01782 717 962 / newvictheatre.org.uk
Tues 24th | Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham / 01476 406 158 / guildhallartscentre.com
Weds 25th | The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds / 01284 758 000 / theapex.co.uk
Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings dates:
Fri 27th | Victoria Hall, Saltaire / 01274 588 614 / saltairelive.co.uk
Sat 28th | The Winding Wheel, Chesterfield / 01246 345 222 / Ticket Hotline 01773 853428 / chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk
Sun 29th | Vivacity Key Theatre, Peterborough / 01733 207 239 / vivacity-peterborough.com
Mon 30th | Civic Theatre, Chelmsford / 01245 606 505 / chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres
Tues 1st | The Brook, Southampton / 02380 555 366 / the-brook.com
Weds 2nd | Cheltenham Town Hall / 0844 576 2210 / cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk
Thurs 3rd | Hall for Cornwall, Truro / 01872 262 466 / hallforcornwall.co.uk
Fri 4th | Colston Hall, Bristol / 0117 203 4040 / www.colstonhall.org
Sat 5th | Exeter Phoenix / 01392 667 080 / exeterphoenix.org.uk
Sun 6th | Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury / 01743 281281 / theatresevern.co.uk
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Read Jean Camp’s review of Afterglow here: