Sean Taylor – Coming to Bonn in November


One listen to this video will tell you that Londoner Sean Taylor doesn’t hold back when it comes to putting his thoughts into a song.  If you’ve heard his recent release ‘Live in London’ you’ll know there are plenty more great songs where this one came from.  Mojo magazine described him as ”Articulate, compelling … brilliant”  High praise indeed, but judge for yourself on 29 November when Sean brings his mesmerizing fusion of Americana, blues, folk, spoken word and social commentary to the Harmonie in Bonn.

Admission is strictly limited – so book your seat in good time!  Tickets available HERE



Mr Music closing at the end of 2020


Very sad news for music lovers and indeed for the City Centre of Bonn – The end of this year will also be the end of CD and vinyl shop Mr Music. After almost thirty years selling records, CD’s and concert tickets in the centre of Bonn, Shop owner Bernie Gelhausen is  finally closing down.   Here is his announcement on the Mr Music website translated into english:

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Boogie in the Bonn sunshine with the Stefan Ulbricht Trio

Another beautiful start of Autumn Sunday (that seemed like more of a mid-Summer SUNday) outside the Parkrestaurant Rheinaue.  This afternoon’s guests were the Stefan Ulbricht Boogie Trio, who answered all of their description perfectly – being a trio and playing boogie piano.  No complaints from me then, or the many people enjoying a cool beer or glass of wine on the trestle tables that seem to stretch far into the distance and beyond.

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Jazz Guitar with Ali Claudi

Don’t tell the weather, but it’s now Autumn.  Better keep quiet and enjoy sunny days with good music in the open-air.  Speaking of which… The Park restaurant Rheinaue still has some live music up its sleeve between now and the end of September.  This Sunday it was the turn of Jazz guitarist Ali Claudi and his Trio to do the entertaining – which they did in fine style.

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Open Piano for Refugees

Live music in Bonn is always welcome – especially so when it is towards a good cause.  Konstantin Kopenhagen warmed up the  ‘Open Piano for Refugees’ keyboard in Münsterplatz this afternoon.

Anyone is free to sit down and play the piano (after disinfecting their hands first of course – Covid rules apply as always) All donations go towards the DoReMi social music institute in Vienna which serves to promote the inclusion of refugees or socially disadvantaged people regardless of nationality.

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Live is Better!

The live music scene in Bonn,  as everywhere, is having a hard time at present.  Bill Baum has got together with some familiar faces from the local music scene to tell you the simple truth – Livestreams?  Pay to View?  Live is Better!  Great to see Kolli from the Harmonie, Martin Nötzel from Kunstrasen, Herbert Kaupert from Dottendorfer Jazznacht and Hans-Joachim Over (HaJo) Bonn’s Pop & Rock Coordinator, here.  Hopefully we will see them all (and Bill too) at concerts again soon!  In the meantime – Enjoy the video…

Lite & Airy – Bonn Folk Club Open Air

It might look smoothly asphalted to the eye, but the road to Dotty’s Sports Bar for Folk Club Bonn‘s September meet was a rough one indeed.  A long one too, as John Harrison will tell you.  Involving numerous meetings with the owner and correspondence between Folk Club and the powers that be in Bonn.  In the end, though it was a worthwhile journey.  The Hockey pitch at Dotty’s proving to be an excellent open-air venue, and the weather being much kinder than anyone had a right to expect in the early days of Autumn.  Perhaps God is a folk music fan?  Or perhaps he just realised that good music was good for the souls of his creations in this Pandemic riddled World we are all enduring.

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Folk Club Open Air This Week!

After about half a year of enforced break, the Folk Club in Bonn is daring to bring some live music back to Dotty’s Sportsbar in Dottendorf. Needs must of course, and the meeting this Friday (4 September) will be very different from the usual Folk Club although, needless to say, Folk Club’s maxim of offering an entertaining, relaxing and free evening of music will be maintained.  John Harrison has wisely decided to forego the ‘non-amplification’ rule. as this ‘special Lite’ edition of Bonn Folk Club will be outside on the tennis court.  I suspect some subtle, battery powered, assistance will be in evidence soundwise.

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