Bringing It All Back Home

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Allow us to introduce Square Roots Productions ( which is a new folk music charity promoting Anglo-American folk music heritage. Their project Bringing It All Back Home (, 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
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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.

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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
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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

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

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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!).

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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.

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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
Middleton Street
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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.

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