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 Here’s an opportunity to listen to some of the great world music  that Songlines have featured in the last year.

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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

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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
 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

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!).

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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