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Title: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Gower Flower on Saturday, March 15 2014 11:14AM GMT-1
Alas, we are all mourning the loss of Spiers and Boden as a duo.  :(

But let us look back and remember the time we first saw them.  :D For me, it was at the Gower Folk Festival, 2005. What a revelation! Happy memories. Would anyone else care to share theirs?
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: maureen on Saturday, March 15 2014 12:29PM GMT-1
I didn't see them until 12 Dec 2008, when they were supporting the Oysterband at the Forum in London.
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Oxford Trunkles on Saturday, March 15 2014 12:34PM GMT-1
You know what, I honestly have no idea! :laugh:

There must have been a point when I did see them for the first time but it was that long ago I really have no memory of it. It must have been good though, give how often I've seen them since. I consider myself very lucky and fortunate to have had the chance to do so.
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Oxford Trunkles on Saturday, March 15 2014 12:36PM GMT-1
I didn't see them until 12 Dec 2008, when they were supporting the Oysterband at the Forum in London.

I remember that one, it was the one and only time I bunked off work to go to a gig!  :o

Well it was S&B and the Oysters, how could I not go?!
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Barbara on Saturday, March 15 2014 12:52PM GMT-1
They came to play in Anstey (my village) as part of the 'centre stage' productions that support village halls, can't remember what year it was, must have been a long time ago, the hall is not very big, you wouldn't fit their audiences in there nowadays!!
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: crossstitchgill on Saturday, March 15 2014 02:33PM GMT-1
The Arts Centre at our first Sidmouth, not sure of the year - 2013 or 2014?
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: brianleach on Saturday, March 15 2014 03:10PM GMT-1
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2013 or 2014

Time travelling??
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: DawnG on Saturday, March 15 2014 03:42PM GMT-1
May 16th 2007 at Norden Farm!
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: AnnieD on Saturday, March 15 2014 03:48PM GMT-1
2002 in the Club Tent at Cambridge Folk Festival.
Had heard good things about them, so we checked them out. Best thing we ever did  :)
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: AnnieD on Saturday, March 15 2014 03:49PM GMT-1
They came to play in Anstey (my village) as part of the 'centre stage' productions that support village halls, can't remember what year it was, must have been a long time ago, the hall is not very big, you wouldn't fit their audiences in there nowadays!!

We saw them in a village hall in 2003
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: crossstitchgill on Sunday, March 16 2014 01:10AM GMT-1
Ooops! I realised my mistake as we were on our way up the M11 to see Faustus at Cambridge so couldn't do anything about it! A bit of a serious senior moment! It should have been 2003 0r 2004.
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Vivienne on Sunday, March 16 2014 12:57PM GMT-1
The first time I remember seeing them was at Gosport and Fareham Easter Festival, supporting Broderick in their album launch.  I think it was the year they started out or maybe the following year.
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Ollie on Sunday, March 16 2014 04:45PM GMT-1
Oxford Folk Festival 2008 (?), and then again at Towersey 2011. To my shame, this is actually the only two times I've seen them.
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Oxford Trunkles on Sunday, March 16 2014 05:38PM GMT-1
Oxford Folk Festival 2008 (?), and then again at Towersey 2011. To my shame, this is actually the only two times I've seen them.

 :o
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Clare on Sunday, March 16 2014 08:05PM GMT-1
October 2007 at Oswestry Ironworks. Small venue. We were sitting at the one of the very few tables, but as more and more people came in, the table was moved further and further forward. Eventually, we were so close to John and Jon, that they put their pints on the other side of the table. I remember that it was a very late night, mid week, and we had taken Douglas...

The venue closed at the end of last year.
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Carolyn on Monday, March 17 2014 09:09AM GMT-1
I can't exactly remember either.  I saw them as part of Eliza's Ratcatchers before they were the Ratcatchers, I think, so that would have been at the Zodiac in Oxford shortly after Martin Carthy's 60th birthday do at the Oxford Apollo.  As a duo it would have been fairly near the beginning of their existence  :).  They played at Banbury folk club fairly early on too, and I know several of you came to that, but I can't remember how long ago that was...

Found the Banbury one - it was in September 2004, so not as early as I'd thought, but I'd been nagging Derek and Mary to have them for ages.  I'd seen them at Oxford, Cheltenham and Chipping Norton folk festivals by then, as well as a gig at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford.  Scrolling through their gig list, they were sooo busy, weren't they?  No wonder they know what they're doing now.
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Milady on Monday, March 17 2014 09:44AM GMT-1
Now there's a tricky question. I've seen the duo more than bellowhead. I think it might have been at cecil sharp house. Then after that a few festivals.
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Stephenw on Monday, March 17 2014 01:14PM GMT-1
I saw J&J after I saw Bellowhead when they first played at Sale. I think it was at Northwich folk club. I had to leave at 10.30pm to get the last train home. It was my first visit to a folk club. I didn't realise I'd have to sit through so many support slots!
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Nick on Monday, March 17 2014 02:20PM GMT-1
I don't know  :-[

I remember several quite early gigs, but don't know what order they came in.

I definitely knew who they were before the first Oxford Folk Festival in spring 2004 - in the run-up to that Bellowhead were billed as "The Spiers and Boden Big Band".

I remember a gig at the Cellar in Oxford in late 2003, and I remember buying Bellow in the interval before they played, so I must have at least known who they were before that. I also remember being worried about Jon using a stompbox on stage... If you know the Cellar you'll know why - when Jaune Toujours played there, the double-bassist managed to wedge his instrument between floor and ceiling!

I also remember around this time seeing Eliza & Co at the Zodiac on two separate occasions a year or two apart and I think J&J played at both. They were definitely at the second of those gigs and I'm certain that I'd already seen them by then and knew who they were. I remember they were out selling merchandise with Eliza in the interval (I bought Through and Through from Eliza - I felt a bit embarrased about that but I already had everything of hers she had for sale), then they went off and played a short set straight after while Eliza got a broom out and swept up all the discarded CD wrappers!

I'm pretty sure they played at the first of her Zodiac gigs too - I recall Eliza stepping to the side and letting a couple of the band play some of their own songs mid-way through the set. So I'm going to go with that: J&J as part of Eliza's band, at the Zodiac around about 2002.

(I am at least a bit clearer about the first time I saw Eliza in her own right. Glastonbury 1998, in the New Bands Tent. I had just left a tropical island (Kaua'i) the week before and had literally travelled half way round the world to camp there in the pouring rain and mud... That said, didn't she play Cropredy years before that?! I would have seen her at Cropredy for sure! Dammit my memory  >:( )

Cheers

Nick
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Carolyn on Monday, March 17 2014 02:52PM GMT-1




I also remember around this time seeing Eliza & Co at the Zodiac on two separate occasions a year or two apart and I think J&J played at both. They were definitely at the second of those gigs and I'm certain that I'd already seen them by then and knew who they were. I remember they were out selling merchandise with Eliza in the interval (I bought Through and Through from Eliza - I felt a bit embarrased about that but I already had everything of hers she had for sale), then they went off and played a short set straight after while Eliza got a broom out and swept up all the discarded CD wrappers!

I'm pretty sure they played at the first of her Zodiac gigs too - I recall Eliza stepping to the side and letting a couple of the band play some of their own songs mid-way through the set. So I'm going to go with that: J&J as part of Eliza's band, at the Zodiac around about 2002.



That's how long I've known you and Fi for then, Nick.  I was behind you in the queue and asked if you were on TAW, I think.
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: firebird on Monday, March 17 2014 05:53PM GMT-1
Gosh, I'm not sure I can remember, and it wasn't even that long ago. I do know that Betty Slippers and I failed to stay to see them play a late night set at Sheffield Folk Festival in, errr, I suppose it must've been 2005 or 6 (can you remember, Liz?). I'm embarrassed to admit that it was my first ever folk festival, and I was sort of going by the pictures and program to decide what to see. What an error. Then we discovered Bellowhead, so I guess we must've seen them in late 2007 or early 2008, probably at Nettlebed.

This is starting to make me feel old now, so I'll stop this remembering malarkey and start thinking about the future!
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Betty slippers on Monday, March 17 2014 06:19PM GMT-1
I *think* Sheffield was 2006, and Bellowhead was Cambridge 2007, so probably Autumn 2007 and yes, likely to be Nettlebed at that point (ie before we would travel stupid distances!)
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Nick on Thursday, March 20 2014 12:11AM GMT-1




I also remember around this time seeing Eliza & Co at the Zodiac on two separate occasions a year or two apart and I think J&J played at both. They were definitely at the second of those gigs and I'm certain that I'd already seen them by then and knew who they were. I remember they were out selling merchandise with Eliza in the interval (I bought Through and Through from Eliza - I felt a bit embarrased about that but I already had everything of hers she had for sale), then they went off and played a short set straight after while Eliza got a broom out and swept up all the discarded CD wrappers!

I'm pretty sure they played at the first of her Zodiac gigs too - I recall Eliza stepping to the side and letting a couple of the band play some of their own songs mid-way through the set. So I'm going to go with that: J&J as part of Eliza's band, at the Zodiac around about 2002.



That's how long I've known you and Fi for then, Nick.  I was behind you in the queue and asked if you were on TAW, I think.

Fi and I weren't quite together at the time of those Eliza gigs, though I do well remember meeting you at the Zodiac at a Seth Lakeman gig (supported by Ralfe Band!) around that time Carolyn.

Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Clare on Thursday, March 20 2014 06:56AM GMT-1
(ie before we would travel stupid distances!)
Hard to remember that there was once such a time  :)
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Carolyn on Thursday, March 20 2014 02:41PM GMT-1


Fi and I weren't quite together at the time of those Eliza gigs, though I do well remember meeting you at the Zodiac at a Seth Lakeman gig (supported by Ralfe Band!) around that time Carolyn.

Ah that was it.  I think you and I/us had been to see S&B there a couple of weeks earlier so my detective powers had come into play, and I'd linked you up with posts on Eliza's forum, or possibly TAW.  Can't remember, but there we are.  Hoorah for the Zodiac.  And Seth was still at the stage where he could come out and chat after a gig and not risk getting ripped to shreds by screaming girlies.
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Fi on Monday, April 21 2014 01:23PM GMT-1
That Eliza gig at the Zodiac in 2002 (Anglicana tour) was when I first saw them. I think I bought the first melodeon the same week, and a nice chap you all know offered lessons :-)
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Sarah on Tuesday, May 3 2016 10:57PM GMT-1
2004 Brampton Live for the second Bellowhead outing. Then of course i found out they were a duo as well and went to see them at Ulverston Folk club November 4th 2005 over a year later! But that was the start of the insane following and touring which i'd never done with any musical act before and the rest is history, i just wish i had known about them sooner. But i guess 38 times wasn't all that bad eh?
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Post by: Squeezy on Wednesday, May 4 2016 12:25AM GMT-1
That Eliza gig at the Zodiac in 2002 (Anglicana tour) was when I first saw them. I think I bought the first melodeon the same week, and a nice chap you all know offered lessons :-)

Of course if anyone was watching Eliza downstairs at the zodiac in 1999 with the red rice band I also supported that one solo and acoustically having been plucked off the streets while busking! Little did I know that I'd end up in the band.
Title: Re: So when did you see them for the first time?
Post by: Barbara on Wednesday, May 4 2016 10:09AM GMT-1
I loved the Ratcatchers, maybe......