Friday’s theme at Bonn Folk Club in Haus Mullestümpe was ‘Freedom’ but it might also have been ‘Singer Songwriter; since we had a wonderful array of such musicians quite by chance. They had something to live up to where it came to the special guest of the evening though – Canada’s David Blair holds three semi-finalist awards for the USA Billboard songwriting contest and is a popular man on stages in Europe these days.
If you want to know what and who will be happening tomorrow on the local music scene then a good starter would be the band contest ‘Toys2 Masters“. But what happens after ‘Toys2 Masters’? Well, the gigging continues of course, and two bands from recent Toys competitions The Saltshakers and Taubengang played on Saturday at Kult41 with an additional band topping off the evening so young they haven’t had time to even enter ‘Toys’ – The intriguingly named Mendiberries. Throwing age to the wind I joined the young set for an enjoyable evening of local Rock…
The Dottendorfer Jazznight is an initiative from Marcus Schinkel and Herbert Kaupert bringing top-notch regional Jazzbands to Dottendorf. On 11th February the Dirk Schaadt Organ Trio will be guests for the 46th Jazznacht at the Ortszentrum Dottendorf (Dottendorfer Strasse 41).
Members of the trio have worked with musicians like Till Brönner, Jose Carreras, Sydney Youngblood and and Marla Glen so quality will be assured at the 46th Dottendorfer Jazznacht.
Looking for yet another up and coming singer to check out? I agree, there’s only so much time and money available in this busy and expensive world. But if you DO have a space in your day and are looking for a new voice in the Soul/Blues/Jazz mould I suggest giving the debut CD by Finnish bombeshell Ina Forsman a spin.
Imagine Beth Hart and Amy Winehouse meeting Nina Simone and they all have a ball…
It’s hard to believe, but despite their regular appearances in Bonn over the years, this was my first visit to a concert by the Hamburg Blues Band. Somehow it never worked out in the past. This time however the prospect of seeing 71 year old Maggie Bell onstage with 23 year old Krissy Matthews at the Harmonie was irresistible.
The time could not be more perfect. Following the New Year’s Eve events, and their repercussions on Germany’s view of it’s rising refugee population, the appearance of Aeham Ahmad in Bonn’s Münsterplatz today was a reminder that the majority of these refugees are decent people forced to risk death in search of not just a new life – but a life at all.
Syrian born Aeham is this year’s winner of the Beethoven Prize and had a smile warm enough to keep everyone ringed around him in the freezing Winter air content even before he began playing and singing his native songs and melodies (and also a little Beethoven).