One of the many treats from last years Bonn Folk Club was an appearance by Martin Donnelly. Folk Club Chairman John Harrison was so impressed that he took the next available opportunity to catch the Irish troubador on tour in Bonn. FiF (Folk in Feuerschlösschen) Bad Honnef was the location, with an added bonus in the form of superlative guitarist Annette Degenhardt from Mainz.
Congratulations to last years final live act at Kunst!Rasen – Caro Emerald entered this weeks UK Pop Chart at number 1 with ‘The Shocking Miss Emerald’ – bettering even Hugh Laurie’s new effort ‘Didn’t It Rain’. The good Doctor ‘only’ managed to chart in third place.
Their Facebook page describes them as ‘Vintage Chicago Blues from vintage musicians’ and the first part is certainly true – the second I disagree with (at least one band member was younger than me!)
Big Walter & The Neighbourhood. Their feet may be in Bonn, but their rare gig at the new live venue pub Kater 26 in Römerstrasse showed their hearts are to be found in the Windy City.
Proof that it’s always worth a visit to Bonn Centre came in the form of ‘Wishing Well’. The Band from Melbourne staged an impromptu live show for an appreciative audience – before the Police arrived to say ‘Move Along Please’.
You can catch their Folk-Rock melodies live at the DomForum in Cologne on 17 May at 8pm and if you were in Bonn without a pen and paper, find out more about the Band HERE
Alan Nimmo, Wayne Proctor, Lindsay Coulson, King King, Oli Brown, Dani and Will Wilde, Roger Innis… all are amongst the nominations this year. Alongside tried & tested stars of the British Blues circuit such as Ian Siegal and emerging young talent like Ben Poole. For German Blues fans there is also the chance to put your Country firmly in the European Blues Spotlight by voting for Henrik Freischlader in the International section (but will you want to ‘ignore’ Walter Trout?)
A lot of tough decisions to be made then, but you have until 30 June to decide and vote CLICK HERE
May the best Man, Woman, Band win!
310,000 people came to see the fireworks by this years ‘Rhein in Flammen’ in Bonn. Some 90,000 of them were at the Rheinaue so it’s fair to say that a lot of people were out to enjoy the sunny skies. A lot of them enjoyed THE Sunny Skies Rockband too, and it was undoubtedly an evening to remember musically as well as visually with ‘The Skies’ providing plenty of onstage musical fireworks .
‘Spring’ was the theme at this month’s Bonn Folk Club meet in Haus Müllestumpe. Songs with ‘May’ in them are of course plentiful. There’s ‘Maggie May’ for example, or ‘May Each Day’, even ‘MAYbe it’s because I’m a Londoner’? Well, okay, not quite so easy. Would, or even could, anyone run with the idea? MAYbe…