A star of the Greenwich Village scene of the '60s with greats including Joan Baez, Bonnie wrote the classic song Morning Dew, covered by The Grateful Dead, Jeff Beck, Robert Plant and even LuLu!
Her stunning voice still carries the strength and poise that defined her early career. Now boasting a superb band, specialist record label and top PR team, Bonnie is returning to the stage with a superb live show.
Canadian born folk star Bonnie Dobson has lived in the UK since the late ‘60s and had effectively retired from the music scene (despite an appearance at Jarvis Cocker's Meltdown back in 2007) until she began recording a new album for our Hornbeam label in the summer of 2013. The album features her boys: top, young UK folk rock musicians and a mix of old and new songs, all newly recorded at the analogue east London studios of producer Sean Read.
As with our first two releases, the beautiful hand-pencilled artwork is by artist Ski Williams.
Bonnie is spectacular! She has a great voice and fantastic presence – a truly beautiful person. Author and journalist Robin Denselow, who is a big fan and introduced us to Bonnie in the first place, said: “She is still an impressively original lady” (The Guardian).
- Bonnie played Morning Dew with Robert Plant and Bernard Butler at the star-studded Bert Jansch tribute concert at the Royal Festival Hall on 3rd December 2013. The show was recorded for BBC4 and was broadcast on 28th March 2014. Will Hodgkinson said in his Times review “her voice appeared to have spent the last 40 years preserved in aspic”.
-A new generation of fans including Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Microdisney’s Sean O’Hagan, influenced by her late 1960s & 1970s albums, helped raise Bonnie’s profile in the new millennium. Jarvis included Bonnie in his 2007 Meltdown festival.
-Her song Morning Dew is a key folk standard that has moved beyond the folk scene, covered by a host of artists including the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, Lulu, Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, Clannad, Nazareth, Serena Ryder and Robert Plant.
- Bonnie was a key figure in the ‘60s folk revival and was involved with the very Greenwich Village scene depicted in the recent Coen Bros film, Inside Llewyn Davis – playing at the Lamplight coffee house and with many of the major figures on the scene. Time magazine bracketed her together with Joan Baez and Judy Collins as the three top female folk singers in America.
- In 1969, Bonnie made her British debut at the Queen Elizabeth Hall and in 1970 she settled permanently in London. She appeared regularly on TV, including guest spots on The Val Doonican Show, Golden Shot, Show of the North, At Home with Cleo Laine and Johnny Dankworth, McCalmans Folk, and her own half-hour special for Grampian Television called Songs of Bonnie Dobson.
- In 1989, Bonnie played what she thought was to be her last concert in Chicago. Then in 2013 she came out of retirement with renewed enthusiasm, enjoying playing with a full band. Her boys include Ben Paley (fiddle), Ben Phillipson (guitar, dulcimer), Jonny Bridgwood (double bass), Dave Morgan (drums), Felix Holt (hca, vocals), B J Cole (pedal steel guitar, dobro), Sean Read (tpt, perc) and (her girl) Ruth Tidmarsh (vocals). Her voice is warmer, perhaps richer than ever before.
- Bonnie’s new album is entitled Take Me For A Walk In The Morning Dew. It features a varied selection of old and new songs, including Morning Dew in a new arrangement. A release date is scheduled for the 9th of June 2014.
- A limited edition 7” vinyl single from the album (Come on Dancing) with an exclusive dub cut on the flip (Dancing Version) was released in time for 2014 Record Store Day.
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