The Bonham family tree is firmly rooted in musical
tradition. First was John Bonham, the esteemed drummer for
Led Zeppelin, who was followed by his son Jason. Add to that list
Deborah Bonham - sister of John, aunt of Jason. Born in
Worcestershire, Deborah was only five when John joined Led Zeppelin,
and this powerful introduction sparked in her the overwhelming desire to
write and perform.
Her new album, ‘Duchess’ is Bonham's third
overall and stands as her finest work, featuring both Jason Bonham
and Paul Rodgers. She rips through 13 original compositions
backed by her forceful working band – including former Humble Pie
drummer Jerry Shirley, Each song showcases her soulful singing
and her effortless, sensitive approach to a gamut of styles, from blues
and soul to hard rock and English folk.
It wasn't until after John's untimely death in
1980 that Deborah decided to take the plunge. Initially hesitant to take
the stage, she says the Bonham name was a double-edged sword: "I knew
some people would think I was just jumping on the bandwagon."
Deborah has opened shows in Los Angeles 'House
of Blues' with guests Slash and Terry Reid, as well as
two tours of her own.
Back in the UK and Europe, she has toured and
performed with Van Halen, Paul Weller, Humble Pie, Donovan, Lonnie
Donnegan, Foreigner and Paul Rodgers. She’s also played festivals
from Glastonbury to Donnington, and twice at Fairport
Convention's Cropredy Festival.