Deborah Bonham on Robert Plant and French fans

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The Spring in Havant will be welcoming one of its own to the stage when Deborah Bonham performs her signature blend of blues and rock on Thursday.

The sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Deborah has enjoyed her own music career both in this country and internationally. She has a particularly devoted following in France, where she is known in the media as the Princess of Rock.

‘I speak a bit of French – I try to commucate with the audience, and I think that is why they like me,’ says Deborah. ‘The difference between France and the UK is that we have an awful lot of bands touring the country but in France it is not like that. They don’t have a lot of international bands touring. The French like English rock and roll and there aren’t a lot of people doing that over there.’

After touring Europe, Deborah – who lives between Chichester and Havant – is looking forward to returning home and performing at The Spring.

‘I would have to say I love performing in the UK the most, and of course I will have to say Havant,’ Deborah jokes. ‘There is a real good atmosphere about the area and about performing somewhere you know.’

Audiences can expect a variety of Deborah’s material, including songs from her latest album Spirit. A mix of country, blues, rock and soul mastered in Nashville, it features a guest appearance from Robert Plant.

‘It was quite a joy to have Robert on my latest album. He is like a second brother – I have known him since I was about six when he joined Led Zeppelin and I am still close with him now.

‘I always shied away from asking him because I didn’t want to take advanatage and jump on the Zeppelin bandwagon, but after the last album it felt like the right time so I asked him.’

Tickets: £11.25-£12.50, doors open 8pm. Visit thespring.co.uk