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Spiers and Boden are an English folk duo. John Spiers plays melodeon, concertina and other squeezeboxes, while Boden plays fiddle, sings, and stamps out the rhythm on a piece of board.

They began playing together in 1999 and their first album as a duo was Through and Through (2001).

In 2002 they were both session musicians on Eliza Carthy’s album Anglicana, and toured with her as part of her band The Ratcatchers.

However it was their second album, Bellow, in 2003 that drew attention. The tunes and songs were mostly traditional, grounded in the Morris tradition.

In the same year they won the “Horizon Award” in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards [1], followed by the “Best Duo” [2] category in 2004. A new album called simply Tunes came out in summer 2005 and another, and Songs followed in October of the same year.

Spiers and Boden were founding members of the folk band Bellowhead, which is a project that aims to combine traditional English folk music with a brass band sound.

Their new album, Vagabond, was released on Navigator Records on 26th May 2008.

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  • headey

    seem to be here too

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • gwelb

    Saw them perform earlier this week and was not disappointed. Two virtuosos, creating a stunning depth of sound. A real joy - and Jon Boden remains the most charismatic performer I've ever seen.

    7 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Steinus

    I hear the Scandinavian influence too. I was surprised when i first listened to them, as I thought English folk was more different to Scandinavian. Good to know I'm not going mad. I love their music!

    8 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Ulfherjar

    He seems to have a voice very similar to that of Johnny Depp in the role of Sweeny Todd... jolly good.

    14 May 2009 Reply
  • Kunitsune

    These guys kick ass! Is it just me or is there a definite Scandinavian folk influence here too? Maybe it's just the accordion.

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • maidofmetal

    amazing show in Oxford last night. Sorry about the laptops. Hope the show helped make up for it.

    16 May 2008 Reply
  • Judas_Iscariot

    I caught them performing on BBC4 yesterday. One of the only decent things on Glastonbury, by the looks of it.

    30 Jun 2007 Reply
  • johnspithead

    Saw them last night at the Red Lion in Brum. What an incredibly powerful performance. They're due back in October, apparently. Can't wait!

    3 Dec 2006 Reply

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