Drawing principally on his 2009 ‘Songs From the Floodplain’ album but with a new album scheduled to be recorded in 2014, the Remnant Kings feature Bellowhead’s Sam Sweeney & Paul Sartin and also top concertina player Rob Harbron (Leveret) and the brilliant Rick Foot on bass.
Much of Jon’s RK’s work is inspired by post-apocalyptic literature, something represented at live gigs by the on-stage use of wax cylinders providing a distinctive counter to normal amplification. And as Jon explained in this Radio 3 essay, the prospect of a post-industrial world without gas or oil sits in harmony with the relevance of folk music and social singing. Frequently Remnant Kings gigs (and occasionally Bellowhead’s too) are followed with another, unscripted show in a local pub or room where the band and friends sing unaccompanied.
Jon’s exploration of this theme has led him to work with the Dark Mountain Project and he’s appeared at their Uncivilisation festival as well as local events such as South Yorkshire’s ‘The Telling’.