Jim Kweskin mini-tour

Jim has some shows lined up while he’s in the UK in support of his new album. Follow the links for details.

  Sunday, 29 October 2017
CD launch
(plus Robin Gillan)
London, Clerkenwell
Come Down & Meet The Folks
  Tuesday, 31 October 2017  Liverpool
Everyman Folk Club  Everyman Folk Club (Liverpool) logo
  Thursday, 2 November 2017 Southport 
Grateful Fred’s Grateful Fred (Southport) logo
  Saturday, 4 November 2017 Stony Stratford
York House York House (Stony Stratford) logo


BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017

Last night (5th April) was the occasion of the annual Radio 2 Folk Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Amongst the many highlights of this magnificent show were the induction of Woody Guthrie into the Hall of Fame by Billy Bragg, and a Lifetime Achievement Award given to the great Ry Cooder by Nick Lowe.

Now there’s a link between these two events…….a guest in the audience was 89 years old Tom Paley who not only played regularly in the late 40s and 50s with Woody in New York City but later, while a member of the New Lost City Ramblers, also gave guitar lessons to a keen adolescent  Ry Cooder, still at school in Santa Monica where the Ramblers were in residence.

Billy chose I Ain’t Got No Home to perform and Ry chose Jesus on the Mainline as his solo piece, both to rapturous applause.

After the awards, Tom who hadn’t seen Ry for 55 years or so joined up with him for a reunion backstage. Wonderful!

You can watch or listen to the whole show    https://www.bbc.co.uk/events/e5qgwh

Billy Bragg & Tom
Ry Cooder
Ry Cooder & Tom


Jim Kweskin

A Happy New Year to everybody. We’re delighted to announce that Jim Kweskin will be making a second visit to the UK later this month. He’ll be flying in to mix his Hornbeam album but there’s going to be time to play a couple of gigs. So here’s a rare opportunity to see one of the influential greats from the folk scene of the 1960s. Jim’s without his jug band these days but he’ll be bringing his unique blend of folk, pop, ragtime, swing and old-time country music to life on stage. We can’t wait!


Saturday, 21 January 2017
Brooks Blues Bar, London


Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/380930

Sunday, 29 January 2017
The Greys, Brighton


Tickets: https://www.wegottickets.com/event/385487


Bonnie at the Kalamazoo Klub 

Kalamazoo Klub


(picture: Laurie Lewis)

Bonnie Dobson’s next gig is at Guy Simpson and Paul Alcantara’s brilliant Kalamazoo Klub – a great venue downstairs at the King’s Head in London’s Crouch End.

Tickets: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/359426

The King’s Head
Crouch End

10th June 2016

King's Head Crouch End


Bonnie Dobson & Naomi Randall

Come Down & Meet The Folks

Come join us Sunday 8th May for a fabulous afternoon/evening’s entertainment in Clerkenwell, London. The lovely Bonnie Dobson and her Boys will be playing and singing some of her great songs.

Copies of the deluxe vinyl LP version of Bonnie’s Hornbeam album will be available. This is a strictly limited edition of 500 copies produced for Record Store Day 2016.

(Picture: Laurie Lewis)



Joining Bonnie will be songwriter and Middleearth beatnik Naomi Randall from Cambridge.  Naomi, inspired by traditional folk and the 1960s psychedelia that grew from it, sings haunting melodies with a timeless quality. Naomi has a voice of “crystalline brightness and purity” (Shindig magazine) which she complements with fingerstyle guitar.

“A truly classic English voice, comparable with the very best” (fRoots magazine).

(Picture: Rick Etteridge)

 Plus guests Mandy Wood, Mandolin Jack and DJ Ski Williams.

Sunday 8th May 2016

The Apple Tree
45 Mount Pleasant


 Hosted by Alan Tyler & Big Steve


Songlines Music Awards 2016

Congratulations to Tom and Ben! Paley & Son has been nominated in the “Americas” section of the Songlines magazine music awards for 2016 (May issue). The winner will be announced in the June issue out on the 6th of May.

Three Men Went A-Hunting from the album is featured, along with tracks from the other 18 nominated albums, on a value-for-money Songlines Music Awards compilation CD which is available exclusively from amazon.co.uk. Here’s an opportunity to listen to some of the great world music  that Songlines have featured in the last year.

Songlines 2016 awards 1



Songlines 2016 awards 2

Record Store Day 2016

Bonnie Dobson & Her Boys


Take Me For A Walk In The Morning Dew



Record Store Day for 2016 is nearly upon us. Across the UK there are hundreds of participating stores where on Saturday the 16th of April you’ll be able to obtain limited edition vinyl and CD releases. We’re delighted to announce that Hornbeam is joining in the fun.

We’ve produced a strictly limited edition vinyl LP of  Bonnie Dobson‘s acclaimed Hornbeam album which includes her famous song Morning Dew in a new arrangement. Production is restricted to 500 individually numbered copies.  The deluxe vinyl is housed in an ‘old style’ thick card paste-on sleeve and includes a 2-page colour insert with full notes and a download voucher.

So, vinyl fans, check out the Record Store Day website to find your nearest store.


Bringing It All Back Home

Square Roots BIABH Green Note

Allow us to introduce Square Roots Productions (www.folktracks.org) which is a new folk music charity promoting Anglo-American folk music heritage. Their project Bringing It All Back Home (www.biabh.com), initiated by folk revival enthusiast Liz Thomson, is making its debut this spring with a series of concerts at the Green Note in Camden, London.  Confirmed dates are:-

 22 February 2016 A celebration of the music of Jean Ritchie
Dan Evans & Virginia Thorn
Details & tickets Green Note (png)
23 March 2016 Wizz Jones
(plus Simeon Jones & Dariush Kanani)
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13 April 2016 Bonnie Dobson
(plus Harry Phillips)
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Bonnie Dobson &  Jim Kweskin 1966

Almost 50 years ago to the day, Bonnie and The Jim Kweskin Jug Band shared the same stage at the Ontario College of Art for one of Oscar Brand‘s “Let’s Sing Out” Canadian television broadcasts. Also on stage was Len Chandler.

Let's Sing Out 2




Bonnie and Len Chandler

A copy of the programme has survived. Check out this delightful video.

L to R: Fritz Richmond, Bill Keith, Jim Kweskin, Maria D’Amato (Muldaur), Geoff Muldaur
 Jim todayJim Kweskin Photo (High Rez.)

Jim Kweskin – guest of Hornbeam in 2016

We’re thrilled to announce that 1960s Jug Band leader Jim Kweskin is to visit the UK for the very first time. During the folk revival, Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band played an energetic and fun mix of old-time jazz, blues, folk and jug music. Their influence extended to the likes of the Grateful Dead and Lovin’ Spoonful. Never one to stand still, Jim has continued his musical journey and recorded a number of solo albums in recent years. Check out his website at www.jimkweskin.com

While Jim‘s here he’ll be recording material for a Hornbeam album and playing a couple of gigs. The plan is to have him return later in 2016 to promote the album. First up will be a show at Sam Lee’s Nest Collective in London. Bonnie Dobson whose path crossed with Jim‘s on the 60s folk circuit is also on the lineup. The second gig will be hosted by Robin Gillan & Julie Watson at their Black Fen Folk Club in Cambridge. Exciting!!

Follow the links for details.

London, Wednesday 24th February 2016
Nest Collective at the Old Queen’s Head
Nest Collective 

Cambridge, Sunday 28th February 2016
Black Fen Folk Club
Black Ben Folk Club

Newport Folk Festival 1964Jim Kweskin - Newport 1964