English group playing mainly traditional songs and tunes. The arrangements are reminiscent of Brechtian "theatre music". Jon Spiers sings in an anguished "singspiel".

(John Spiers and Jon Boden have recorded as a duo)
(Benji has also recorded with Bellowhead, Magpie Lane and Dr Faustus)


E.P.Onymous (*) 2005Megaphone 
Matachin (1 CD)2008 Navigator17
Matachin (1 Vinyl disc + 1 CD)2008 Navigator57320171
Umbrellowhead (**)2009 Megafone 
Hedonism2010 Navigator 
(* the lettering is designed in such a way that it looks like "Eponymous")
(** Previously-released tracks by individual members of the band)

Best Albums(*).

Burlesque 2006

(*) Based on critical opinion.

Anthology - Eliza Carthy, Karine Polwart, Kris Drever, Cara Dillon, Martin Simpson, Bellowheard, sharon Shannon et al.

Title. year. Label. number.
That's Proper Folk2008 Proper 

Hit albums.

Title.year.highest position.
Matachin 200873
Hedonism2010 57

Popular downloads.

Copshawholme Fair
London Town
Rigs of the Time
Across The Line
Fire Marengo
Courting Too Slow


Live at Shepherd's Bush Empire2009 Temple 

Album tracks.

Burlesque. Recorded in 2006. Issued in 2006. Running time: 60 minutes 19. Jon Boden (lead vocals, fiddle, tambourine), John Spiers (melodeons, anglo-concertina, backing vocals), Benji Kirkpatrick (guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, tenor banjo, backing vocals), Andy Mellon (trumpet, flugelhorn, backing vocals), Justin Thurgur (trombone), Brendan Kelly (saxes, bass clarinet, backing vocals), Gideon Juckes (sousaphone, tubas, backing vocals), Pete Flood (drums, glockenspiel, stomp-box, frying-pan, knives and forks, party blowers, etc), Rachael McShane (cello, fiddles, vocals), Paul Sartin (fiddle, oboe, backing vocals, megaphone), Giles Lewin (fiddle, bagpipes, backing vocals).

Title. Author.
1. Rigs of the Time Trad
2. Jordan Daniel Decatur Emmett
3. Across The Line Words: trad/ Tune: Milton Nascimento
4. London Town Trad
5. Sloe Gin (Frozen Gin/ The Vinegar Reel/ The Sloe) (instr) Spiers/ Boden/ Trad
6. Courting Too Slow Trad/Bellamy
7. Flash Company (The Yellow Handkerchief) Trad
8. Hopkinson's Favourite (instr) Trad
9. One May Morning Early (By The Green Grove) Trad
10. The Outlandish Knight (Child 4) Words: Trad/ Tune: Martin Carthy
11. Frog Legs (Fete du village)/ Dragon's Teeth (instr) Trad/ Boden
12. Fire Marengo Trad
13. Death and the Lady Trad

Last updated on 23/10/2010