What a lineup!
Bonnie Dobson flanked by Robert Plant, Danny Thompson and Bernard Butler at the Bert Jansch tribute concert at the Royal Festival Hall on December 3rd. Bonnie and Robert swapped verses on her famous song Morning Dew.
The event was filmed and will be screened by the BBC early in 2014.
Photo courtesy of Laurie Lewis.
The great Bert Jansch
Bonnie Dobson is thrilled to have been invited to join the lineup at a "Celebration of Bert Jansch" taking place at The Royal Festival Hall in London on the 3rd of December. This unique concert to pay homage to one of our most influential guitarists (Bert died in 2011) has a host of special guests including original members of Pentangle - Jacqui McShee, Danny Thompson & Terry Cox, Ralph McTell, Martin Simpson, Bernard Butler, Martin Carthy, Lisa Knapp, Wizz Jones, Robert Plant, Eric Clapton.... and the list goes on and on. Wow!
Tickets sold out very quickly after the lineup was announced but the event will be filmed for posterity.
Photo from the official Bert Jansch facebook page:-
Here's a splendid review of Spider's album by Vic Smith in the Winter 2013 edition of the English Dance & Song magazine
News from Bonnie
Summer’s over all too soon. It’s been one to remember weather-wise but now we can return to the studio to continue with Bonnie’s new album.
Furthermore, if you’re in or around London, Bonnie and her boys have some gigs lined up:-
Tuesday 24 September
Sunday 13 October
Saturday 9 November
August 31st - Happy birthday, Spider
Spider's lifetime recordings are splendidly documented on Stefan Wirz's website
Bonnie Dobson's comeback
Bonnie’s renaissance concert at the Transcend Festival in St Giles Church, London turned out to be a special occasion. Supported by her “boys” - Jonny Bridgwood, Dave Morgan, Ben Phillipson and fiddler Tom Leary (stepping in for the evening in place of otherwise engaged Ben Paley) - Bonnie captivated us with a spellbinding performance. Ruth Tidmarsh and Felix Holt added vocal support on some numbers.
Bonnie and the band were rewarded with a 4 star review in the Guardian by Robin Denselow.
Photo to the right taken at the soundcheck by Laurie Lewis. A few more photos taken by Liam Young during the concert are to be found in the Transcend Festival photo album.
Here's a Youtube snippet of Bonnie performing solo on “Dink’s Song”.
Our next project is up and running!
We are delighted to announce that lovely Bonnie Dobson has teamed up with Hornbeam to make a new album. Bonnie is best known for composing the folk rock standard Morning Dew which has been covered by a host of artists including the Grateful Dead, Lulu, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Clannad, Nazareth, Serena Ryder and Robert Plant.
Bonnie, who first hit the headlines during the '60s folk revival, was coaxed out of retirement in 2007 by Jarvis Cocker to play at the Meltdown festival. Since then she has played only intermittently but her sweet soprano voice has lost none of its sparkle. To support her we’ve gathered together a cracking new band consisting of our favourite bass player Jonny Bridgwood, drummer Dave Morgan, guitarist Ben Phillipson, fiddle player Ben Paley and Felix Holt on harmonica.
Bonnie and the band’s first outing will be at the Transcend Festival in St Giles-in-the-Fields, London on Sunday July 7th. The event is free!
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EXCITING NEWS - Spider flew over from Minneapolis on 21st April to promote his new Hornbeam album. We're launching it at Come Down & Meet The Folks at The Apple Tree pub in Clerkenwell, London on Sunday 28th April. Supporting Spider will be Felix Holt & The Radicals and old-time fiddle, banjo, guitar and rooster songster Robin Gillan.