Mojo review of the year 2015

 colour_copier-20151120120908 Congratulations to Tom and Ben

Mojo Magazine‘s annual round-up of the year’s finest music has just been published in the January 2016 issue.  In the folk department, Colin Irwin has included Paley & Son in his top 10 listing (neatly sandwiched between Rhiannon Giddens and Eliza Carthy & Tim Eriksen!).

Tom & Ben

Thank you, Colin. Brilliant!

Bonnie Dobson at Rosemary Lane Day

DaisyAfter a difficult time, we’re so very happy to announce that Bonnie is performing again.

On Saturday the 22nd of August, Bonnie will be playing at a glorious event at The Bell Inn in Ticehurst, Sussex. Rosemary Lane Day is a festival to celebrate the legacy of the late Bert Jansch. Rosemary Lane (which is actually a road in Ticehurst) inspired Bert’s song and album of the same name. Joining Bonnie will be guitarist Ben Phillipson and fiddler Ben Paley.

The line-up also includes Trembling Bells, Jon Allen, Polly & The Billets Doux, The Princes In The Tower, The Bert Jansch Foundation Scholarship performance, Lilly Denning, Noisy Toys, The Ballad Of The Bell, guitar & ukelele lessons, workshops and more.


EDME Music are organising the festival in support of the Bert Jansch Foundation.

Tickets are available from eventbrite.

Bert Jansch Festival Poster

Reissue of Bonnie Dobson’s “Dear Companion” album

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Great news – following last year’s reissue of Bonnie‘s inaugural 1960 Prestige album, Ace Records are to re-release her follow-up (Dear Companion) which also dates from 1960. It’s on their Big Beat label and can be obtained directly from Ace or retailers worldwide.

Compare the version of Dink’s Song with the one on her Hornbeam album.

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Lead Belly Fest

At the Royal Albert Hall on Monday June the 15th, Lead Belly fans Paul Puccioni and Derek Mason put on their tribute concert to celebrate the music of the folk & blues legend…..and what a great show it was.

Tom and Ben were among the all star cast to take part in the show. Appropriately, they played the Lead Belly number “On A Monday”, receiving a great reception from the audience. Brilliant!

Tom is one of the few remaining links to a bygone era. He has wonderful memories of visiting Lead Belly for weekly music sessions at his New York apartment in the late 1940s. Then, after Lead Belly died, Tom played alongside Woody Guthrie at the Lead Belly Memorial Concert at Carnegie Hall. Heady days!

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Paley & Son launch video

There was barely room to move in the Apple Tree by the time the music started. The CD launch was a great success!

Tom Conway and multi-instrumentalist Robin Gillan kicked off proceedings with short sets. Tom and Ben then performed a mixture of numbers from the album together with some other material. Towards the end they were joined by Robin on guitar and Rob Mason playing harmonica. A good time had by all!!

Film maker Barney Snow managed to capture the proceedings brilliantly. Here’s a short video for your enjoyment.

Paley & Son

Tom and Ben have a number of shows lined up in the coming weeks.

Monday,  June 15, 2015   Lead Belly Fest – Royal Albert Hall

An extravaganza celebration of Lead Belly’s life to which Tom and Ben have been invited to play as special guests. There is an all star lineup including Van Morrison and Eric Burdon. Tom knew Lead Belly and played at his apartment in New York in the late ’40s. He must be the only person still with us to have done so.

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  Leadbelly concert
Friday,  June 19, 2015   Sam Lee’s Nest Collective Campfire Club

Tom & Ben are going back to nature round the campfire!

Bethnal Green Nature Reserve
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  Campfire Club
Saturday, July 4, 2015   Maverick Festival

Tom, this time without Ben, will be on the Moonshine stage at 5.30pm. Maverick are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dylan going electric at the Newport Folk Festival.

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Paley & Son launch gig

We’re launching Tom and Ben‘s album at Come Down & Meet The Folks at The Apple Tree pub in Clerkenwell, London on Sunday 31st May. Guesting with them will be Tom Conway, Rob Corcoran and old-time fiddle, banjo, guitar and rooster songster Robin Gillan.
Robin plays on the album as well as ace bassist Jonny Bridgwood and fabulous harmonica player Rob Mason who’ll all be backing Tom and Ben. Your DJ will be Ski Williams. It’ll be a great afternoon/evening.

Come Down & Meet The Folks

Bonnie’s January/February 2015 tour

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Bonnie is hugely sorry to announce that, because of a serious illness in her immediate family, she has had to postpone her tour from the 28th of January onwards. Bonnie sends her apologies to everyone but hopes to be able to reschedule at a later date.

Album launch concert – 1st July 2014

Here’s an invitation to the launch gig of Bonnie’s CD.

Appropriately, we’ve chosen Canada Day (the 1st of July)  for the event. It’s being held at the splendid Lexington in London. Support for Bonnie & Her Boys will be provided by the brilliant Lords Of Thyme.

Tickets available from:

It’s going to be a great night. We expect to fill the Lexington and Bonnie will happily sign your CD for you.

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Bonnie poster - Half Moon (low res)

Bonnie and the band’s next outing will be at the Half Moon at the end of the month. A great venue and another opportunity to see Bonnie in a relaxed setting.

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The Half Moon, Putney
30th April 2014

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