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Review: Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings

Mrs_Annie 09 Mar 09 - 06:27 PM
Herga Kitty 09 Mar 09 - 08:18 PM
Anglo 10 Mar 09 - 03:09 AM
The Borchester Echo 10 Mar 09 - 04:37 AM
GUEST 10 Mar 09 - 12:35 PM
Abdul The Bul Bul 11 Mar 09 - 06:39 AM
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Subject: Review: Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings
From: Mrs_Annie
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 06:27 PM

The CD is just out, and the short promotional tour has just finished. If you didn't see it, you missed something special. I was at the Luminaire in London and the Jericho in Oxford. Absolutely excellent gigs both, in support of a truly brilliant album.

It's superb, a complete whole, and it makes you want to listen over and over.

You can have a listen to a couple of tracks here:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=48110979

and Jon & Sam Sweeney did a session for Mary Ann Kennedy in which he talks about the concept behind the songs.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00hwy4m

I can't remember when I was last so excited by an album.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings
From: Herga Kitty
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 08:18 PM

Myspace link here
And I enjoyed hearing him on the Mary Ann Kennedy session last Friday, here

Kitty


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Subject: RE: Review: Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings
From: Anglo
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 03:09 AM

A very talented laddie. Not anywhere near folk anymore though. I'll look forward to hearing him over here on Letterman. Better than the usual never-heard-of-them-and-likely-never-will-again groups they usually get.


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Subject: RE: Review: Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings
From: The Borchester Echo
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 04:37 AM

You can call a glimpse into the post-apocalyptic landscape of what will be lost and what will still remain as human beings confront the inevitable consequences of wilfully self-inflicted unsustainability "not anywhere near folk" if you really want to. I would however maintain that there is a vast amount of actual dross passing in some quarters for "f*lk" that needs urgent and immediate drowning in the imminent dereliction of the fast-approaching floodplains.

Performances from this ad hoc superband, The Remnant Kings, are just one of Jon Boden's concurrent projects: the Bellowhead tour is not long over and the new Spiers & Boden duo tour due to launch soon.

Far from leaving his roots behind him, he is taking elements of traditional tunes to new places. Why, he's even taken up the melodeon (with apologies to a member of the audience called Mr Spiers!) All lyrics on Songs From The Floodplain are self-written but one is set to a traditional tune. But once on stage, the connections are even clearer as Sam Sweeney and Rob Harbron strike up trad tunes as intro links and Jon is now prefacing Josephine from his first solo album with Bonny Bunch Of Roses. Neat eh?


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Subject: RE: Review: Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 12:35 PM

I would agree that it definitely is 'folk' for all the reasons Diane says above, and you can't deny the songs have definite stories/ narrative to them, what more could you want?

I just think this quote is so great
"Far from leaving his roots behind him, he is taking elements of traditional tunes to new places"


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Subject: RE: Review: Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings
From: Abdul The Bul Bul
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 06:39 AM

My copy arrived this morning.
Wonderful.
He's good isn't he?

Al


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Subject: RE: Review: Jon Boden and the Remnant Kings
From: Folkiedave
Date: 11 Mar 09 - 11:39 AM

And he will be interviewed on my radio show about the record on Friday.

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