You know the song 'Morning Dew'? Well a Canadian singer-songwriter, Bonnie Dobson, wrote it sixty years ago. And last night I heard her perform it.
Bonnie Dobson is now 82 - but you would never guess it. Her voice is in excellent shape and so is her guitar playing. It was a good evening at MOTH, a cosy, friendly venue in Hackney.
Here's her rendition from a decade ago - when she was joined by Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant:
'Morning Dew' is a song about nuclear apocalypse, and there have been many, many cover versions. My favourite - it has to be the rendition by the Grateful Dead:
Bonnie Dobson came across as really genuine and warm. She and her husband were sitting close by watching the support acts - not that I realised it was her at first - and she gave me her brandy and ice ... the drink had been bought for her but on reflection she didn't want it. Cheers, Bonnie!
From the stage, she talked about being on the New York folk circuit in the early Sixties, hanging out with the likes of Bob Dylan, and being tipped for future greatness alongside Joan Baez.
After several decades away from the limelight, Bonnie Dobson started touring again a few years back - so glad that she's still walking out in the morning dew.
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