Last week, Folk Witness snapper Simon and I went to the Ropetackle Centre to see Spiers & Boden on their farewell tour. For a goodbye, it was a pretty cheerful affair. Jon Boden introduced the gig as “our first farewell tour”, which immediately dispelled any notion that we weren’t going to see him perform with John Spiers again.Of course, we’ll be seeing (probably quite a lot of) them as part of Bellowhead – their 22-legged big band – who are aiming for big things with their new album, Revival, this year.
The gig featured a reasonably heavy bias towards stuff the boys have arranged for Bellowhead – which (promisingly) went down a treat with the crowd, and perhaps reflected their necessary devotion to that project. We’ll miss the duo’s surprising loudness, fine solo spots and the raucous singalongs to Bold Sir Rylas – but we’ll also look forward to the reunion – and perhaps, one day, a second farewell tour.
I wrote a proper review of the Ropetackle gig for The Argus, here. You can see a full gallery of Simon Rogers’ excellent photos of the show here, at the Folk Witness Facebook page. Give us a like while you’re there, and don’t forget you can follow us on Twitter, too.