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.

Kensington Gore
London
SW7 2AP

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

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

Phytology
Bethnal Green Nature Reserve
Middleton Street
London
E2 9RR

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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.

Easton Farm Park
Easton
Woodbridge
Suffolk
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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.

http://www.thelexington.co.uk/

Tickets available from: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/274339

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)

http://www.halfmoon.co.uk/event/964

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.

Bonnie Dobson & Her Boys

The Half Moon, Putney
30th April 2014

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<<< Record Store Day >>>

Record Store Day for 2014 is nearly upon us. Across the UK there are more than 240 participating stores where on Saturday the 19th 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 Bonnie Dobson vinyl 45, her first in 30 years!!! The A-side Come On Dancing is taken from her forthcoming album.  The B-side is an exclusive dub version, produced in a King Tubby style by the New Scientist (aka Sean Read), only available in this format.

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

 http://www.recordstoreday.co.uk/

Bert JanschBert Jansch celebration concert – BBC4

On Friday last (28th of March), BBC4 aired its recording of the brilliant Bert Jansch celebration concert held at the Royal Festival Hall last December. What a fine tribute from his friends and fellow musicians. It’s available for viewing on iPlayer until the 5th of April. You’ll find Bonnie Dobson performing her song Morning Dew with Robert Plant, Danny Thompson and Bernard Butler about 1 hour 15 minutes into the programme. Wonderful!!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b03tdd6m/

Bonnie Dobson & Her Boys

Bonnie’s album is scheduled for release on the 9th of June, 2014. In the meantime, Bonnie will be playing a few venues around London. First up is at Chats Palace, Homerton, on Sunday the 2nd of February.

The full band will be playing. Her boys are Jonny Bridgwood, Dave Morgan, Ben Phillipson, Ben Paley, Ruth Tidmarsh & Felix Holt.

This is a family friendly show, starting at 4pm and going though to 8pm.

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Chats Palace poster (lowish res)