The Old Queens Head | February 24th 2016
A monthly evening of the finest folk music live at the Old Queens Head in Islington.
A special Hornbeam Recordings Evening with Jim Kweskin & Bonnie Dobson
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Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader. He also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. He has recorded solo ventures, as a member of the U and I band, and with U and I bandmate Samoa Wilson, and continues to perform widely in various formats. In recent years he and Geoff Muldaur have often appeared as a duo, revisiting and expanding on their Jug Band repertoire.
“At the peak of the American folk revival, Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band reintroduced an essential component into folk music: fun.” – Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., AllMusic.com
“This is a musical high point of the folk revival of the ’60s, or whatever it was that was going on back then.” – Eugene Chadbourne, AllMusic.com
“The rock historian Ed Ward went so far as to place the Kweskin Band alongside the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Byrds as that period’s most influential groups.” – Alex Ward, The New York Times
Awarded the Spirit of Folk Award, Folk Alliance International, 2014
Bonnie Dobson & Her Boys
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). Here’s a link to a new video interview with Bonnie :