We’re delighted to be welcoming Jon Boden in January, as we kick off a brand-new year of music!
Chicago-born and Sheffield-based folk outlier Jon Boden released his fifth solo album, Last Mile Home, in March 2021. The album describes a journey from moor to coast in a landscape empty of human life but overflowing with nature. A meditation on solitude, memory and nature, it was recorded during the spring/summer of 2020 and is full of the sounds and images of nature reclaiming an abandoned world.
Last Mile Home is the third part of a trilogy of post-climate change concept albums. With this record, Jon returns to the more acoustic sound-world of 2009’s Songs From The Floodplain whilst retaining the narrative drive of 2017’s, Afterglow. It was recorded with producer Andy Bell at Jon’s storage unit, next door to a Sheffield steel fabricators. Edith and Eric the Edison “Standard” Model B Phonograph wax cylinder machines feature throughout the album with new field recordings and backing vocals.
Songs such as Old Straight Track, Into The Garden and Flash Flood function as a travelogue through moor, mountain and coast, while the more meditative Dream of the Ocean and Under The Bough draw the listener deeper into the character and history of the nomadic protagonist. The album tells a story about a walk from moor to coast. The distance from the edge of Sheffield (where the trilogy of records originates) to Cleethorpes is about seventy miles. Walking evokes so much, of nature and birds, of pilgrimage, of company along the way – aloneness, and indeed togetherness. The metaphors for walking run strong throughout, and one can’t help but feel that, as well as the future, the album is really very much about today.
“It’s been twelve years since the first of these songs made itself known to me and started me off on the road to Songs From The Floodplain. Since then it’s been a process of constant but gradual unfolding for me, even when my focus was elsewhere. I hope you’ve enjoyed the journey too and are able to find your own stories on Songs From The Floodplain, Afterglow and Last Mile Home.” – Jon Boden
About Jon Boden
Boden is best known as the lead singer and one of the founding members of Bellowhead, whilst also fronting his own band, The Remnant Kings. He is also widely respected as a solo performer, songwriter, composer and interpreter of traditional song – not to mention being one half of the notorious and much loved Spiers & Boden. It is through his solo live shows that he has truly been able to showcase his instrumental talents, on fiddle, guitar and concertina.
Boden has been playlisted on BBC Radio 2 numerous times, has won multiple Radio 2 Folk Awards, and is also the voice of the Mark Radcliffe jingle on BBC Radio 2 – making his distinct and much-loved sound even more instantly recognisable.
Jon will also be going on tour with The Remnant Kings in February 2022, with dates as follows…
Wednesday 9th – Settle Victoria Hall
Thursday 10th – The Regal, Tenbury Wells
Friday 11th – Love Folk Festival, The Atkinson, Southport
Saturday 12th – Nottingham Lakeside Arts