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Through and Through

John Spiers (melodeon) and Jon Boden (fiddle) present an excellent set of tunes and songs from the tradition.

"A young duo committed to a specifically English style, devoid of self-concious reference to the elders of the music and halfway to re-inventing the style without even realising it............. a significant new act has landed"- fRoots magazine

"Daringly confronts the traditional way of doing things." - Mojo

Also by Spiers and Boden: Bellow (2003)

The band's official bio:

John Spiers (aka Squeezy John!)

John Spiers (melodeon) and Jon Boden (fiddle) are an exciting young duo who play a lively mix of folk songs and tunes mainly from the English tradition. They hail from the musically famous "amber triangle" in East Oxford and can often be seen frequenting the local sessions. Since the release of their first album, Through & Through, in the Autumn of 2001 they have aroused much interest on the UK folk scene including a nomination for the BBC Radio 2 Horizon award 2002 for best newcomers, a runners up spot in the BBC Radio 3 World Music award and lots of very positive reviews in the folk-press.

The two J's first met up in 2000 at the famous sessions at the Elm Tree on Oxford's Cowley Road. They decided almost immediately that it would be a good idea to work together as both of their styles seemed to have the same high-energy approach to the music. Their first public performance was in the August of that year at the Mayflower Folk Club in Cambridge where John learnt to play in front of an audience.

Since then, John & Jon have played a number of folk clubs in the South East and have left audiences in no doubt that they have witnessed something a bit different!

John (26) started playing the melodeon while studying genetics at King's College, Cambridge. At first it was because of necessity, he played piano already and found that one was not freely available, the squeezebox was simply a way of not going mad! However, to his suprise, he found he could play it quite well and he seemed to know an astonishingly large repertoire of morris dance tunes which had gone in to his system while watching his dad dance as a child. Folk by osmosis!

After university, John honed his skills down at the Fir Tree sessions every Tuesday night. Because of the large number of particularly talented individuals at this session, he had to advance rapidly to keep up! He joined a local ceilidh band called "Fiddle & Squeeze" and started to gig around folk clubs with Ian Giles, singer with the band Magpie Lane. Working with Ian helped him to learn to work on stage, as did playing in a short lived band with Ewan MacPherson and Marguerite Harrington.

John has appeared on the Past Times recordings, The folk music of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and the CD Five years of Folk at the Fir Tree.

As well as the duo with Jon Boden, Squeezy plays in a Ceilidh band with Jon Boden & Benji Kirkpatrick.

Jon Boden

"Norma and I saw this lad called Jon Boden playing at the Lewes folk club down in Sussex and we were completely blown away by him. This lad was wonderful" Martin Carthy, ADHOC magazine.

Jon Boden (24) is one of the most exciting singers to have come on the traditional music scene in the past 20 years. His voice is distinctive and powerful. When playing tune sets he is pure energy and a delight to watch.

Jon's main love of English folk song came from his regular visits to the Coalpits singing session while at Durham University. He was immediately struck by this bar where people could be dicussing the football one minute, and suddenly burst in to a haunting ballad or strong worker's song. This exposure to folk song in it's natural element was enough to start him off! However Jon was already and accomplished fiddler in both English and Irish styles, hence the development of his fiddle-singing technique which when seen live is mind-blowing.

His main influences are Peter Bellamy and Martin Carthy for singing and Eliza Carthy and Nancy Kerr for fiddle playing. Jon is also an occasional member of The Oxford Waits, plays in a ceilidh band with Benji Kirkpatrick and John Spiers, and he also plays solo gigs.

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