Music School Festival Bonn/Rhein-Sieg

Live music was back at Marktplatz too this weekend with a Festival of Classical/Jazz from The Music Schools in the Bonn/Rhein-Sieg area.

This weekend saw good weather to enjoy the “Music School Festival Bonn/Rhein-Sieg”. It’s an initiative of the Bonn Ludwig van Beethoven Music School. Sponsored by the BTHVN2020 Beethoven-Jubiläumsgesellschaft GmbH, it was also one of the last projects to take place in this “extended” Beethoven year. Symphony and salon orchestras, bands, chamber music ensembles and choirs presented a diverse program in Marktplatz and all free of charge.

Both stylistically and geographically, the “Musikschulfest Bonn/Rhein-Sieg” spanned a wide range. In addition to ensembles such as the Bonn Youth Symphony Orchestra, the salon orchestra “Le Bon Ton”, the “RMS JazzOrchestra & friends” of the Rhenish Music School Cologne and the symphonic wind orchestra “Tomburg Winds” from Rheinbach could be enjoyed. But for me, the greatest enjoyment came from all the smiling faces on the stage enjoying playing music.

Bill’s Back!

Despite it being almost a whole year since Bill Baum last brought his super Bluesbenders band to Bonn, it seems almost like yesterday. Maybe that’s down to Bill wearing the same shirt as the one from last November at this week’s Harmonie gig. Then again, there haven’t been too many gigs for that black skulls and guitars shirt to get sweaty in in the preceding ten months. Judging by the effort put in on this night though it will definitely need a good wash now. The self-styled bad boy from Bad Godesberg was back, and with super support, not just from his own band, but from fellow local Bluesadours R&B Express. ‘Blues Alive – Double Explosion’ it says on the ticket. Prepare to be musically blown away.

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Time to right the wrong – Madison Violet

Some years ago now I saw Madison Violet at Bonn Harmonie. They’ve been back a few times since but the Canadian duos latest plans for an appearance have been scuppered by Covid, including a complete German Tour just put forward to 2022.
For fans of Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac though there is a new video release with a very sad and very important background story as Brenley explains:

“We are releasing a video for our song ‘Time To Right The Wrong’.

We shot this 10 months ago, and although it’s been ready to launch since February, we’ve kept stalling on releasing it. Then, in late August, as the dreaded annual feeling of September arose in my heart, we knew why we had waited for so long.  On September 22, 2006, one week after his 45th birthday, and 34 years of suffering from being the victim of sexual abuse as an altar boy, my brother, Stevie, was murdered. 

To mark the anniversary of his death, Lisa and I want to share his story with you. This video may be difficult to watch, but we feel as though it is an important story to tell. Like so many other children who suffered a period of abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest, Stevie’s experience started him down a tragic path that he would sadly never recover from.

I’ve asked myself a million times whether or not this is my story to tell. Each time I ask myself this question, I see a peaceful smile on my brother’s face. The church is quite broken, and without utter transparency, without action and accountability, the leaders, the bishops will remain complicit in covering up the criminal actions of priests. Offenders will just keep getting moved from one parish to another, until someone has the courage to speak up loudly.

This is not just for Stevie. This is for all those who have lived through horrific abuse by a Catholic priest.

Originally on our album, ‘Everything’s Shifting’, the song has recently been remixed by our good friend UK-based producer, John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, Indigo Girls, Glen Hansard)”.

Sean Taylor – Harmonie Bonn 3 Sept

Bonn Folk Club is organizing the second edition of its ‘On Tour’ shows at the Harmonie tonight (Friday 3. September) with British singer-songwriter Sean Taylor as featured artist and with a number of Folk Club regulars as pre-acts.

The first evening was a great success, however, uncertainty over live indoor concerts prevails at present with the public and they really deserve some support, as organizer John Harrison puts it:

“The Harmonie is the best concert venue in Bonn, and it’s a huge privilege for us to be able to do an evening there. It will be a great evening, and the Harmonie has a very effective ventilation system with the usual “3 G” rules (geimpft, getestet oder genesen) (twice-vaccinated, tested negative, confirmed cured) in force.

There are still about 13 tickets for 10 Euros left, and we’d really appreciate it if as many folkies as possible can come to the evening to support the club. If you can reserve a ticket please send a mail to Otherwise, the regular ticket price is €20, and tickets can be purchased online here or at the Abendkasse”

In short, treat yourself to an evening of british music and email the folk now now or come along on on the night!

Klassik!Picknik 2021

Sunday’s Klassik!Picknick on the Kunst!Rasen will be a rather different affair from previous years. No blankets on the ground or fold-up chairs, unfortunately, but still great music from a great local orchestra the Beethoven Orchestra Bonn (BOB for short).

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