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Spiers and Boden
Genres Folk music
Years active 1999-present
Labels Various
Associated acts Bellowhead
John Spiers, Jon Boden

Spiers and Boden are an English folk duo. John Spiers plays melodeon, concertina and most other squeezeboxes, while Jon Boden plays fiddle, guitar, sings, duet concertina 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.



Spiers and Boden

  • Through and Through (2001)
  • Bellow (2003)
  • Tunes (2005)
  • Songs (2005)
  • Vagabond (2008)


Eliza Carthy and The Ratcatchers

  • Anglicana (2002)
  • Rough Music (2005)

Ian Giles, John Spiers, Jon Boden and Graham Metcalfe

Jon Boden, Joey Oliver, John Spiers and Ian Giles

  • Old Irish Jigs and Reels (2007)

Ian Giles, John Spiers, Jon Boden and Giles Lewin

  • Wassail - A Country Christmas (also released as An English Folk Christmas (2003)

Other publications

  • The John Spiers Tunebook (2002) – 32 tunes with chords


  1. ^ Horizon award
  2. ^ Best duo

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