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).
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Read Jean Camp’s review of Afterglow here: