AFSAD – Live


A Folk Song A Day Tour 2011

February 2011 sees the first official live tour under the AFSAD banner. Jon’s Remnant Kings, including fellow Bellowhead multi-instrumentalists Sam Sweeney and Paul Sartin plus concertina virtuoso Rob Harbron and double bass maestro Rick Foot have been busy honing their lo-fi sound. They’ll incorporate anything from glass harmonicas to wax cylinder players (Eric and Edith) to bring to life the vision of Songs From The Floodplain. As most will already know, part of that vision is the idea that in a regressed future, folk song and folk custom will come to have greater significance as technological distractions become rarer or die out altogether. So naturally enough the Remnant Kings will be presenting a selection of traditional songs drawn from Jon’s wider repertoire as featured here, but within a framework of post-apocolyptic vision of his album.

As a special bonus, at selected venues on the tour the band will be leading an after-show singing session. A different song will be recorded each night (with participation from the audience) and will be streamed the following day on these very pages. So here’s a chance for you all to join in. Even those of you who aren’t confident enough to sing out solo can surely muster a hearty chorus or two, safe in the knowledge that those with stronger voices will doubtless carry the tune. Besides this really is one of those rare occasions where the taking part is all that matters. With a reasonable prevailing wind we hope to offer them as bonus podcasts too.

I’ll be at the London show for sure and am currently considering my options for one or two others. I’d be very interested to hear from any of you who are going as it might be a chance to meet up, should any of you wish it.

We’ll be posting each of the Live tracks on this page as they’re recorded so check back regularly to stay updated.

  • Fri 28th Jan – The Apex, Bury St Edmunds – 01284 758000 (with Fay Hield Trio)
  • Thu 10th Feb – London, Kings Place – 020 7 520 1490
    Hanging Johnny (Live at Kings Place)
    [audio:|titles=Hanging Johnny]
  • Fri 11th Feb – Cheltenham Folk Festival – 0844 576 2210
    Butter And Cheese And All (Live at Cheltenham Folk Festival)
    [audio:|titles=Butter And Cheese And All]
  • Sat 12th Feb – Bridgwater, Arts Centre – 01278 422700
    Don’t Go Out Tonight Dear Father (Live at Bridgwater Arts Centre)
    [audio:|titles=Don’t Go Out Tonight Dear Father]
  • Sun 13th Feb – Shrewsbury, The Hive – 01743 234 970
    Young Banker (Live at The Hive)
    [audio:|titles=Young Banker]
  • Mon 14th Feb – Oxford, O’Reilly Theatre, Keble CollegeBuy Tickets
    Cupid’s Garden (Live at The O’Reilly Theatre)
    [audio:|titles=Cupid’s Garden]
  • Tue 15th Feb – Farnham, Maltings – 01252 745 444
    Donkey Riding (Live at Farnham Maltings)
  • Wed 16th Feb – Reading, South St Arts Centre – 0118 960 6060
    I Sowed The Seeds Of Love (Live at South St. Arts Centre)
  • Thu 17th Feb – Pontardawe, Arts Centre – 01792 863 722
    Over The Hills And Far Away (Live at Pontardawe Arts Centre)
    [audio:|titles=Over the Hills and Far Away]
  • Fri 18th Feb – Cockermouth, Kirkgate Arts – 01900 826 448
    Bird In The Bush (Live at Kirkgate Arts, Cockermouth)
    [audio:|titles=Bird In The Bush]
  • Sat 19th Feb – Hereford, The Courtyard – 01432 340 555
    Grey Funnel Line (Live at The Courtyard, Hereford)
    [audio:|titles=Grey Funnel Line]
  • Sun 20th Feb – Nottingham, Glee Club – 0871 472 0400

59 Responses to “AFSAD – Live”

  1. John Biggs says:

    What a night in Hereford last night ! First a magnificent concert, loaded with atmosphere, ( I remember reading ‘Hanging Danny Deever’ at school over 50 years ago. It sent the shivers through me then, and Jon’s version last night had the same effect.) then the session in the bar afterwards which was sheer delight. Thanks Simon for the link to the hilarious ‘Errant Apprentice’.
    Congratulations to Jon and the Remnant Kings, you have obviously enjoyed the tour as much as your audiences have.

  2. Keith Holder says:

    A very enjoyable evening at the Courtyard in Hereford. The concert was first class and very atmospheric followed by a lovely song session in the bar featuring some very entertaining local talent interspersed with songs and humour from Jon and the boys, who appeared to be enjoying proceedings as much as the audience.
    We loved joining in from the bar where the refreshment was some fine Wye Valley ale, now who could possibly wish for a better evening out ?

  3. Jon Boden says:

    About to go on stage for the last night of the tour. No sing tonight so thanks to everyone who came and sang on the tour – we’ve all really enjoyed. Hopefully we’ll do some more next tour. Jon

  4. Nick Passmore says:

    Thanks once again for a fantastic night in Hereford; and Happy Birthday, Paul!

  5. Louise Williams says:

    Yep – Hereford gig was memorable, superb performance by Jon and the Remnant Kings. We didn’t know there was going to be a singing session in the bar afterwards – it was a real treat – great feel good singing and a lovely atmosphere. Many thanks!

  6. Mark Smith says:

    Brilliant – saw show at Nottingham last night. Words fail me…best evening’s entertainment we have ever had. Thanks!

  7. Simon Dewsbury says:

    ‘Hopefully we’ll do some more next tour. Jon’

    That would be brilliant, looking forward to it already

  8. Robyn Cull says:

    Looking for somewhere to let you know …

    Redgum & The Bushwackers Band – The Very Best of Redgum – Record number is JB.415

    Thank you for telling me what year it was recorded as it isn’t mentioned on the album.

    Take care. Robyn (Melbourne)

  9. Erica says:

    Yes! Finally someone writes about sweet.

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