Morning Dew – Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2018
Bonnie Dobson is receiving some long overdue recognition. Her iconic song Morning Dew, the first she ever composed, is to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame this summer. The ceremony will take place at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Ontario on Saturday, July 7th, 2018. Bonnie will be there to accept the award and perform her song. Mariposa is something of a homecoming for Bonnie. She performed there many times in the 1960s.
Bonnie first announced herself as a writer when she penned Morning Dew, making its debut on the album Live at Folk City in 1962. Inspired by seeing Stanley Kramer’s 1959 film of Nevil Shute’s novel On The Beach, Morning Dew was immediately recognised as an anti-war classic; it graced the cover of Broadside #7 under the title ‘Take Me For A Walk’. Morning Dew has since become as much a rock as a folk standard, covered by a host of artists including The Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers, Fred Neil, Rod Stewart, Jeff Beck and Robert Plant. Artists as diverse as Lulu, Clannad, Devo and Einstürzende Neubauten have recorded it. When Bonnie appeared with Robert Plant at the 2013 tribute to Bert Jansch at the Royal Festival Hall in London, the two of them sang Morning Dew together.