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Folk Hero's Return

The co-founder of the band, Bellowhead, returns to his childhood roots to teach Henry Beaufort students about the origins and traditions of English folk music.

The co-founder of the band, Bellowhead, returned to his childhood roots to teach Henry Beaufort students about the origins and traditions of English folk music.

Jon Boden, who also plays in a number of other bands, is an English fiddle player and folk singer who grew up in Winchester and studied at Henry Beaufort from 1988 to 1993. After completing a degree in Medieval Studies in Durham and his masters in Composition for Theatre from London College of Music, Jon went on to find success in his 11-piece folk-big-band, Bellowhead, which fast became on e of the most talked-about bands o the contemporary folk circuit.

Formed in 2004, Bellowhead have played some of the top festivals in the UK and Europe, including Cambridge Folk Festival, The Big Chill, Summer Sundae and Roskilde Festival. In 2005, the band won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Live Act.

Jon Boden and studentsReturning for the first time to Henry Beaufort to give an assembly and take a class of Year 10 Music students, Jon Boden played samples from a range of English folk music, mixed with examples of his own contemporary work, playing the fiddle, guitar and concertina to accompany his singing.

Head of Music, Vicky Finch, who once taught him, said "It was lovely to see Jon, especially as someone who has found success and who is willing to return to inspire the students today. We hope to invite him back to run some workshops in the future."