Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings

Jon Boden and The Remnant Kings

Thursday. Jon Boden has become the ‘stand out performer of his generation’ (The Guardian) of traditional folk artists, but one whose repertoire extends far beyond the boundaries of the genre.

The Remnant Kings band features the talents of former Bellowhead band-mates Sam Sweney and Paul Sartin, plus Leveret’s Rob Harbron and Ben Nicholls and Richard Warren (King of The South Seas). The band are also joined by an exceptional string and brass section including players from the award winning Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band.

‘Afterglow’ was released October 6th, 2017. The album continues Jon’s explorations of a post-oil world, this time following the course of two lovers over the night of a city carnival. The first single from the album ‘All The Stars Are Coming Out Tonight’ was playlisted on BBC Radio 2.

“(Afterglow) resurrects the brassy swagger of Bellowhead” – Financial Times
“Ambitious, genre-busting folk” – The Guardian
Drawing principally but not wholly on his 2009 Songs From the Floodplain album (with a new album expected autumn 2017), Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings features Bellowhead’s Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin, and the talented Rob Harbron, Richard Warren and more, with up to an eight piece line-up for selected shows.

Much of Jon’s Remnant King’s work is inspired by post-apocalyptic literature, something represented at live gigs by the on-stage use of wax cylinders providing a distinctive counter to normal amplification. Despite its seemingly dark nature, there is no conflict between Jon’s work as an entertainer and this, rather it is about the ongoing importance of social entertainment, stripped of 21st century technology that serves mainly to distance the artist from the audience.

Many Remnant Kings shows are followed by sessions in a local pub, involving the whole band leading the room in song.