Jon Boden

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Jon Boden
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Jon Boden with Bellowhead at the Cambridge Folk Festival 2009
Background information
Birth name Jon Boden
Born 1977 (age 37–38)
Chicago, United States
Genres Folk Music
Occupation(s) Musician
Years active –present
Associated acts Spiers and Boden, Bellowhead
Website Official site
Notable instruments
vocals, fiddle, concertina, acoustic guitar, percussion, double bass, drums, melodeon, bagpipes, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, electric guitar

Jon Boden (born 1977) is a multi-instrumental musician and English folk singer. Boden is most notable for being the lead singer of the 11-piece folk band, Bellowhead.[1]


Boden plays fiddle as part of the duo Spiers and Boden, the band Bellowhead and up until 2007, Eliza Carthy's band The Ratcatchers. In 2009 he toured with his new backing band The Remnant Kings. He has also written a number of theatre scores including two for the RSC. In February 2010, Boden was named Folk Singer of the Year at the BBC Folk Awards.[2] Including Bellowhead and Spiers and Boden awards, he has won more BBC Folk Awards than any other artist.

Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings at Big Sessions 2012 in Catton Park, South Derbyshire on 17 June 2012.

Boden's project A Folk Song A Day, which began on 24 June 2010, involved his releasing new versions of tradition folk songs every day for a year, an event that continued to completion until 24 June 2011. Monthly album releases documented the songs performed in any one month; 12 monthly albums were released.

Boden also sang a version of How Long Will I Love You for the film, About Time.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He was born in Chicago but grew up in Winchester, England, where he attended Henry Beaufort School and Peter Symonds College. He has degrees in Medieval Studies from Durham and Composition for Theatre from London College of Music.[4]

Boden and his partner, folk singer Fay Hield, have a daughter, born 2006, and a son, born 2009.

Solo discography[edit]

(for other discography see Spiers and Boden)

  • Painted Lady (2006)
  • Songs from the Floodplain (2009)
  • Jon Boden created 12 CDs in one year, one album for each month. He recorded a different folk song every day for a year and made them into these 12 albums. He called this project A Folk Song A Day.


  1. ^ Official Jon Boden website
  2. ^ "Jon Boden's big singalong". The Guardian. 25 March 2010. Retrieved 7 September 2010. 
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  4. ^ Hutchinson, Charles (7 March 2013). "Jon Boden takes a theatrical break from Bellowhead". The Press, York. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 

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