After years of speculation, English folk’s best-loved duos Spiers & Boden are back together and not only working on new material but bringing a live performance to Pocklington Arts Centre (PAC) later this year.
Spiers and Boden, formerly the frontmen of big folk band Bellowhead, will perform live at PAC on Wednesday 20 October, 8pm.
PAC director, Janet Farmer, said: “Spiers and Boden is a fantastic addition to our live events programme and the fact that PAC will be one of their first live dates after they recently reformed as a duo following a hiatus of several years is just incredible. Tickets have only just gone on sale and are already selling fast. We cannot wait to welcome this talented duo, and of course our wonderful audience, through our doors for what will be an utterly brilliant night of world–class live music.”
John Spiers and Jon Boden rocketed onto the scene in 2001. As Spiers & Boden, they won a clutch of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards – the Horizon Award for best newcomer in 2003, and the Best Duo Award in 2004 and 2006.
A sojourn in Eliza Carthy & the Ratcatchers included a performance at the Mercury Music Prize Awards. After years of successful touring, in 2011 they headlined their own star-studded show at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire to celebrate their tenth anniversary.
Meanwhile they had used their early success as a duo to found the ground-breaking folk big band Bellowhead, fronted by the duo, which went on to Royal Albert Hall sell-outs, Proms In the Park successes, multiple awards, signing with Universal Records, over 250,000 album sales, and headlining PAC’s very own Platform Festival in 2015.
Inevitably, Bellowhead increasingly dominated their time and in 2014 Spiers & Boden made the tough decision to rest the duo, with Bellowhead bowing out two years later.
Since then Jon Boden has carved out a career as both a solo performer and with his own band, Jon Boden & The Remnant Kings, while continuing to work on his creative trilogy of albums exploring a post-apocalyptic world and his work writing music for theatre.
John Spiers went on to form successful performance collaborations with Peter Knight (Steeleye Span, Feast Of Fiddles) and separately Jackie Oates, and is a member of the recently formed Gigspanner Big Band.
Tickets for Spiers & Boden live at PAC on Wednesday 20 October, at 8pm cost £20.00 each and are on sale now at www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk