Chicago-born and Sheffield-based folk outlier Jon Boden has announced his fourth solo album, Rose In June, which is due for release November 1st on Hudson Records.
Alongside the album announcement, Boden is sharing the lead single and title-track. A traditional song telling the tragic story of two fishermen named Andrew Davidson and John Allen, captain and crew member of the ‘Rose In June’, who lost their lives when the ship capsized during a storm out on the North Sea.
Talking about the single, Boden says: “Learnt from the singing of the wonderful and much-missed Lou Killen. The song describes the true events of Tuesday December 17, 1872. The graves of Andrew Davidson and John Allen can be seen at the parish church of St Monans.”
Rose In June, which follows 2017’s post-apocalyptic concept album Afterglow, sees Boden back in the studio with his trusted band, The Remnant Kings. He says of the album, recorded at the legendary Rockfield Studios: “Since this band was debuted live at Cambridge Folk Festival on the mainstage in 2016 we’ve been able to tour the UK and play many festivals in this bigger line-up so it felt very important to get into the studio and record lots of the stuff that is central to the live set, but has never been committed to tape.”
As such, live favourites have all been lovingly rendered here by producer and long-time collaborator, Andy Bell. Across twelve tracks, the new album is comprised of traditional songs (‘Rose In June’, ‘All Hang Down’, ‘Seven Bonnie Gypsies’, ‘Rigs of the Time’), alongside Boden’s own arrangements (‘Leviathan / Tombola’, ‘Going Down To The Wasteland’, ‘Ruin Reel’) and covers of Ewan MacColl (‘Sweet Thames Flow Softly’) and Kate Bush (‘Hounds of Love’).
Following months on the road, Rose In June captures Boden’s inimitable folk storytelling backed by The Remnant Kings after they’ve been hardened by months on the road, the songs constantly evolving as they were performed by a rotating cast of members. The resulting album finds both Boden and band at the top of their games.
In support of the album, Boden will play six UK live dates, commencing at Bristol’s St George’s on November 20 and including London’s Union Chapel on November 21st…
20/11/19 – St George’s, Bristol
21/11/19 – Union Chapel, London
22/11/19 – The Old Market, Brighton
23/11/19 – Royal Spa Centre, Leamington Spa
24/11/19 – RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester
25/11/19 – Sage, Gateshead