Spiers and Boden have made the genre of spontaneous, punky English folk very much their own stomping ground. Loud and proud, they create a multitude of textures with just a few acoustic instruments – Jon Boden sings and plays fiddle and guitar while stamping the beat on a stomp box while John Spiers blends traditional squeezebox styles with his knowledge of contemporary dance music to create an acoustic groove which provides the infectious rhythm.
The two Johns were founding members of the wildly ambitious eleven-piece big-band folk phenomenon, Bellowhead (winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Live Act in 2005, 2007 and 2008), Jon Boden was named Folk Singer of the Year at 2010 BBC Folk Awards, and as Spiers and Boden they have twice won the Folk Award for Best Duo. They have also enjoyed a long-term collaboration with Eliza Carthy as The Rat Catchers, performing on her Nationwide Mercury Prize nominated album ‘Anglicana’.
Described by The Guardian as “the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene ”, their irrepressible live performances have taken them on to the main stages of major festivals.
“ Technically they stand head to head with the best of their generation… Jon Boden plays fiddle with an earthy vigour that’s utterly compelling… while John Spiers harmonises and plays urgent driving melodeon to a very high standard” – fRoots Magazine
The duo returned after a seven-year hiatus with a new album ‘Fallow Ground’, which went on to reach number three in September 2021’s Official Folk Albums Chart and was a Mojo top 10 folk album of 2021.