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Vagabond [CD]

Spiers & Boden Audio CD
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Bellowhead founding members John Spiers and Jon Boden mark their 10th anniversary as a recording duo with the release of ‘The Works’. Featuring a stellar supporting cast that includes Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Andy Cutting, Maddy Prior and Martin Simpson among other folk luminaries, the album revisits a selection of the most significant songs and tunes that have accompanied them ... Read more in Amazon's Spiers & Boden Store

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  • Audio CD (26 May 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Navigator Records
  • ASIN: B00180WVQ2
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,440 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tom Padget
2. The Birth Of Robin Hood
3. Three Tunes
4. Captain Ward
5. Beggar Boy
6. Mary Ann
7. Speed The Plough; The Princess Royal
8. Rambling Robin
9. The Gentlewoman
10. The Rain It Rains
11. Vignette

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The founders of Bellowhead (over 20,000 UK albums sold) return with their new duo album. "Technically they stand head to head with the best of their generation...Jon Boden plays fiddle with an earthy vigour that's utterly compelling and sings in a frantic breathless manner as if the hounds of hell are taking lumps out of his backside, while John Spiers harmonises and plays urgent driving melodeon to a very high standard indeed...halfway to reinventing the style without even realising it." - fRoots Magazine.

John Spiers and Jon Boden have been consistently wowing audiences up and down the country for the last five years with their unique blend of traditional English folk song with a contemporary twist and hi-octane dance tunes which get everyone dancing. Spiers & Boden now find themselves at the forefront of the new folk revival.

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"Anyone who needs convincing that the current folk revival is becoming as intriguing, varied and experimental as it was back in the 1960's should check out the remarkable career of John Spiers and Jon Boden. In just a few years, they have established themselves as the finest instrumental duo on the traditional scene, and the contemporary equivalent of Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick...."
-- The Guardian

"Strong vocals, excellent musicianship, dynamics, drive and passion" -- BBC Radio 2 (Folk Website Page)

"Technically they stand head to head with the best of their generation... Jon Boden plays fiddle with an earthy vigour that's utterly compelling and sings in a frantic breathless manner as if the hounds of hell are taking lumps out of his backside, while John Spiers harmonises and plays urgent driving melodeon to a very high standard indeed...halfway to reinventing the style without even realising it." -- fRoots Magazine - 2008

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun, Great Tunes 20 Nov 2009
By Hagrid's Umbrella VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I'm not into folk music big time but with these, their related form of Bellowhead and Seth Lakeman, this is turning a little. Saw them perform Captains Ward on BBC late one night on a Glastonbury show and haven't looked back once I got this album.

The album is mostly a selection of traditional (very old) English Folk songs they've picked out. The songs are general uplifting, have a sense of humour, pretty or a combination of these. This is not the misery, navel gazing, waling/talking folk of 10/20 years ago. At the risk of putting some people off think fun, morris dancing tunes, sea shanties and sweet tunes.

They're accomplished musicians and the sound is amazing for just the two people coming from melodeon (squeezy box things), violin or guitar, piece of wood (stomping boot there on) and vocals. The quality comes from their choice of songs, how well they play and how well their playing complements each other.

I like the foot stompers best so maybe trading a slower song for another foot stomper would have given it better balance for me. But I still love the album.

Tom Padget
Slower powerful tune and story. Violin

Birth of Robin Hood
A delicate and pretty song with some lovely guitar playing by Jon. Shame the title gives the story away!

Captain War
My favourite track, foot stomping driven sea shanty. Great use of a wellington boot for stomping on the BBC footage (on their website). The fellas realy are together to drive the song on. Violin mode.

Beggar Boy
A bruding swaying song, almost Rob Roy sound track ish at the start then gaining pace. John's melodeon leads this song. Guitar swapped for Violin later on.

Mary Ann
Delicate love song,, Jon's voice is promenent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant energetic English folk 16 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
Slowly my appreciation of English folk grows. Coming in by way of Seth Lakeman and Kate Rusby, I've been seeking out other current artists. None are better than Spiers and Boden. What a beautiful and big sound they make! This is a another great album. I love the vibrancy and the sheer melodiousness. I had the chance to see them live at Bath folk club last weekend and they played most of the tracks here. Wonderful. Kylie Minogue OBE? It should be going to the likes of these true musicians.
By the album, yes, but you must also see them live - that's how folk should be enjoyed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another storming set 3 Jun 2008
By CRB
Format:Audio CD
Yet another gem from the talented twosome. The intricate musicianship on Vagabond surpasses even their previous finest moments. The arrangments are outstanding and the fantastic guitar playing in particular adds substantially to the expected high quality of their established, but always enlightening fiddle and squeezebox sound. Their unflinching ability to pick classic traditional songs and give them the S&B treatment once again hits the mark.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for two stars... 31 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD
I love Bellowhead and was keen to hear Spiers and Boden as a duo, and Vagabond is where I arrived. This album is a complete delight, Spiers and Boden perform with gusto and sensitivity, as and when the pieces require. They have a delightful symbiosis that is a joy to hear, and a canny knack for interpretation that is apparent throughout, not to mention the ability to create such a big, wholesome din, for just two guys with acoustic instruments.

Swaggering, jaunty upbeat pieces are dominant - Rambling Robin being a particularly nice example, in keeping with the loose theme of the album of songs about outsiders and rogues - but the jewel in the crown here to my thinking is The Rain It Rains, a mellower piece where Jon Boden was commissioned to create a (very lovely) tune to go with verses from Shakespeare. The Birth Of Robin Hood is another highlight. Of the instrumentals my favourite is Speed the Plough/The Princess Royal, or maybe the Welsh tune Gentlewoman (Y Fenyw Fwyn), I can't decide, both are quite different from each other, the former high-stepping and showy, the latter quite dainty and respectable, and it was a nice touch to include the short Vignette (a gentle reprisal of the tune from Tom Padget) to bring proceedings to a close.

There isn't a weak track on the album, it is a beautiful thing, it's vibrant and brimming with life, and really you should only hesitate to buy it if you prefer your folk music pallid and anaemic and laying listless on a bed of synths.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vagabond CD 17 April 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed Spiers & Boden's Music since I first listened to them perform at Glastonbury last year and I was not disappointed with this CD. I've now got eleven CD's of both them and Bellowhead.
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