Jon Boden & the Remnant Kings
Submitted by Vince Black on 8 March 2013 - 2:19pm
A seriously impressive performance by Jon Boden and his side project. The RKs comprise Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin from Bellowhead, Rob Harbron from the Fay Hield (Mrs Boden) Band and Ric Foote. The latter restricted himself to double bass, and operating Edith the wax cylinder player. The others are talented multi-instrumentalists. They all play fiddle and either concertina or melodeon. Young Sam played drums, quite often also playing fiddle whilst drumming with his feet. Harbron played a lot of banjo which together with Sam’s loose drumming style gave it a nice Americana feel. I sensed a bit of a Miles Davis Silent Way vibe when Paul was playing oboe, sounding very like Wayne Shorter on soprano sax, and Sam was battering away on his kit with soft mallets. They played Boden originals, lots of trad, one accapella, and 3 nice covers of songs that they reckon would survive the apocalypse; Whitney’s “I wanna dance with somebody”, Kate Bush “Hounds of Love” and Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust"
Packed! Probably 200 there. Excellent sound and good lighting. Everyone I spoke to was very taken with the show. All this plus a 30 minute communal sing in the bar immediately afterwards, including some good floor-spots from audience members!
Food & drink:
They normally take drink orders for the interval but I got there too late. So I queued at half-time. As slow as usual. When I finally got there the bloody barrel ran out. I settled for a bottle of Wheat beer and a diet coke, an outrageous £5.45
It made me think:
On this showing Boden is a serious contender as a performer, songwriter, arranger and trad interpreter. He displays real vision in coming up with music that is relevant, genre-defying and unique sounding