All in a day’s work
Talent personified, Jon Boden.
A self-professed extrovert, Jon Boden’s latest musical venture is a turn-up for the books
fter being named 2010 Folk Singer of the Year by the BBC, front man of Bellowhead and solo artist Jon Boden decided to take on the ambitious and frankly somewhat daunting project of writing and performing a folk song every day for a year. Aptly named A Folk Song A Day, Boden began the unique journey on Midsummer’s Day, which means between June 24 2010 to June 23 2011, he will be posting a traditional song online at www.afolksongaday.com as well as uploading tracks to iTunes in the form of a podcast where fans you can subscribe and receive the tracks automatically. Navigator Records will release the collection as 12 separate digital albums later in the year. Boden is most famously known for his role as the impressive front man of Bellowhead, the
multi-talented group of musicians that debuted in 2004 at the Oxford Festival whose sound is influenced by a plethora of styles from around the world. Voted ‘Best Live Group’ in the 2005 BBC Folk Awards, the band went on to reclaim the title this year again. The aim of A Folk Song A Day is to promote the art of social or communal singing which is no longer a common tradition in modern society. Largely confined to football grounds and places of worship nowadays, Boden says, “It seemed high time I rectified that situation and afolksongaday.com is an opportunity for me to record my whole repertoire of songs without worrying about making any of them commercial, stylistically original, or fitting them in to a particular album concept.” The main idea behind the musical venture is to do his bit for raising the profile of the practice. “Most of the songs on the site are songs that I have sung for years but rarely on stage and never on album,” he says. A Folk Song
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