Award winning folk duo Spiers and Boden have announced that their Spring tour next year (2014) will be their last together for the foreseeable future. They’ve played together for over a decade, were a key part of Eliza Carthy’s Mercury Prize nominated ‘Ratcatchers’ band and notably, were the movers behind the foundation of Bellowhead. It’s been the ever greater creative and time commitments with that band that has led to their decision to split.
‘Bellowhead has surpassed our wildest expectations’ said John Spiers, and at this time we feel it’s better to focus our energies with them. I’m very proud of what we’ve done as a duo and equally excited about what the future may bring’.
Spiers and Boden first played together in 1999 with their first album ‘Through & Through’, released on the Fellside label in 2001. In 2002 they played on Eliza Carthy’s Mercury Prize nominated ‘Anglicana’ album and subsequently toured with her. The following year saw the duo win the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, scooping up accolades for Best Duo in 2004 and 2006. In 2004 whilst on tour together, they came up with the concept of Bellowhead. In 2011, Spiers and Boden released their final album ‘The Works’ (Navigator) – a critically acclaimed compilation of re-recorded tracks from their previous five albums. In Spring 2013, Spiers & Boden undertook the innovative Backyard Songs tour, playing material relevant to each show’s environment and inviting audiences to contribute local songs, dances and folklore.
‘It has been a great experience – from playing the grass-roots folk clubs to putting on our own 10th anniversary show at the Shepherds Bush Empire’ said Jon Boden, ‘it’s been a tough decision to make but the opportunities that Bellowhead now offer are rare and juggling both has become increasingly difficult. We’d like to thank everyone who has supported us along the way’.