John Harrison quoted me as saying that Bonn Folk Club was always a ‘liquorice allsorts’ show – which is to say that you never know quite what will come out; but it always turns out to be very tasty indeed. All I can say after last Fridays meet is that we may well need a bigger box in future – they were packed into Haus Müllestumpe like the proverbial kippers in a can.
“Originating in Bonn Germany, Deserted has the potential to become one of the next big acts” – That’s what it says on their own website. Okay, they might be biased, but I’m not. The website is right. Need proof? Be patient – the new CD (their second full disc) ‘Heroes’ is due for release on 15th March. Having heard an advance copy, my advice for all lovers of Rock with a good Riff is to GET IT!
Okay,my headline is a fake! Actually it’s just an excuse to remind people how highly regarded Henrik Freischlader is ahead of his show at The Harmonie on 19 March. here he is last Friday (28 Feb)as guest on stage with Joe Bonamasse performing “Love ain’t a Lovesong” at the Jahrhunderthalle in Frankfurt. (Photo: Timo Wilke)
How about returning the gesture in Bonn guys?!
I met Layla Zoe for the first time in April 2011. It wasn’t until later that year that I first heard her incredible voice singing live, but I got to witness first hand just how important music was to the girl labelled affectionately ‘Canadas Darling of the Blues’. She had come down to Koblenz for a concert by Ana Popovic and her journey down had been a bad one for reasons I won’t go into, but what I will always remember from that day is Layla suggesting that maybe she could sing a song that evening – as a way to get the bad experience out of her system.
For Layla Zoe music was, and as you will find in my interview still is, the best medicine. Her last release ‘The Lily’ was one of my favourite discs of last year, so when I heard that Layla would be supporting Henrik Freischlader for his show at the Harmonie Bonn on March 19 I took the chance to try and find out why making music is so important to her.
For all Jazz Fans in Bonn - here’s where you need to make crosses on your calendar, marks in your diary, and reminders on your Mail programme:
The Fiddlers Irish Pub is widely known in Bonn as one of the best pubs here combining great food and drink with excellent entertainment including live music on a regular basis. Raymond Searson, who owns the pub, considers music as an integral part of an Irish pub, and with its successful Irish sessions held every Wednesday The Fiddlers has continued to showcase great musicians over its 10 years of existence. But what if you’re not there just for the music? The Fiddlers also offers poker tournaments on Sundays for example - how does the music affect the players? Do they make better decisions? Or is listening to background music actually a bad thing – forcing them to multi-task, and reducing their accuracy and efficiency?
Germany’s best Blues/Rock guitarist Henrik Freischlader isn’t enough to get you out to the Harmonie on 19 March? Then here’s another very good reason to put Bonn Endenich in your diary: support for the show will be Canada’s own ‘Darling of the Blues’ Layla Zoe. Needless to say – Don’t miss!!!