There can’t be too many firsts left where Sunny Skies, now into their 41st year, are concerned. A yearly gig at Bonn Harmonie s also nothing new for the band. It was a first however for regular singer Patrick Sühl to play with the band here – and a first too for female singer Melanie Nocon to play with the band anywhere at all! The difference being that Sühl has had plenty of time to get familiar with the bands sizeable repertoire. Hats off therefore to Nocon for stepping into the female singers role at short notice.
‘Live music doesn’t get more alive than this!’ is how the MC for Stacie Collins’ live CD introduces the girl from Nashville at a show in Kendal, UK. Certainly, after this week’s show at the Harmonie I’m not about to disagree. An evening of Harp-howlin, twang-bangin Rock n Roll for sure…
The empty stage at the Harmonie is suddenly filled with “Blümchenknicker“. Who or what, you might well ask, is actually Blümchenknicker?
I very often find myself comparing the bands I’m reviewing with other bands, A singer with another singer etc. In the case of last nights guest at the Harmonie there was no danger of that happening. Gabby Young is so different that they had to invent a genre just for her sound. Ask at your local music store for the ‘Circus Swing’ section from the three cd’s there – all of them killers.
If there’s anything possibly better than going to a good concert it’s going to a pub and discovering there’s one happening by accident. John Harrison did just that in Bad Godesberg this week when his thirst for a pint took him to Em Knollestüffje and the talented Dave Goodman.
It’s April already and Spring is, well, springing up, Days are brighter and with an evening promising Astatine, Steve Crawford, and John performing Richard Thompson’s ‘Beeswing’ to look forward to, the Bonn Folk Club too was looking even brighter than ever this month.
Gabby Young looked set to find a career in opera until Jeff Buckley, Jazz and Thyroid Cancer made appearances in her life. Buckley brought her a pop music perspective, the jazz a fresh approach to the pop, and the Thyroid Cancer an urgency to put her talents to good use.
The combined result can be heard on Gabby’s latest CD ‘One Foot in Front Of The Other’ and even more so in her live shows where brave souls have had to invent a category for her uncategorizable sound – ‘Circus Swing’ is what they came up with. Judge for yourself on Wednesday (9 April) when she and her band the ‘Other Animals’ are at Bonn Harmonie. 3Songs asked Gabby about her music and lifestyle - If I say that the girl has a gardening blog, a designer range called appropriately ‘Gabberdashery’, a fashion blog, not to forget a hand in making unique album covers and videos, then forgive me if the interview seems incomplete. There’s a lot more than inventive pop music to this talented lady from Bath.