Win tickets – Sharon Shannon at the Harmonie on 22 October

A must see for Folk music fans.  Her 1991 album titled simply Sharon Shannon is the best-selling album of traditional Irish music ever released in Ireland.

Shannon is herself a former member of the Waterboys, and her talented band includes Jack Maher who has played with Van Morrison, and fiddle player Sean Regan – former member of Toss The Feathers and who has a support slot with Bruce Springsteeenon his CV.

You can win two tickets for the show by sending an Email to with the title ‘Sharon Shannon Competition’.
First name out of the hat on Thursday 18 October at 7pm wins 2 free places on the guest-list for the concert at Bonn Harmonie on 22 October!

Smokin’ at Rockpalast – Blackberry Smoke

Crossroads Rockpalast 2018.  Every concert is now live-streamed.  Band and set-lists are online too, and there’s an interview from each band to click on.  Why go down to the Harmonie at all for the shows?  Well, of course, that neon-blue sign is reason enough.  It says ‘Rockpalast’, and squeezing in amongst 400 fellow ticket-holders in an airless room, catching brief glimpses of the bands between video-camera wielding men and woman is a part of the magic.  Yep, seems crazy, but hey, that’s rock ‘n’ Roll.  Actually, tonight is a rather special day of said Rock ‘n’Roll – the 250th Crossroads Rockpalast broadcast.  Upcoming Aussie Stoner Rockers Child are kicking off the evening, but tickets sold out 6 months ago after the headliners, Southern rockers from Georgia Blackberry Smoke, were announced.  There’s a rack of guitars in the corner that would give the local music shop a run for its money – grab a hold onto that last bit of barrier between us and the cameras – it’s showtime!

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All Things Bleak and Beautiful at Folk Club

Folk Club Bonn number 95 – ever closer on the 100 mark! John Harrison will tell you of the early days when calls were made to get musicians down to this ‘new-fangled’ idea for musical get-togethers in Bonn. 95 shows later and not only is there an anxious waiting list of performers pencilled in often months in advance, but we even have two guest stars in Stefan Mönkemeyer and Matthew Robb. One a virtuoso of melodious guitar pieces, the other a virtuoso of dark and dusty Folk Blues. The Bleak and the beautiful in fact.

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Bill Baum – 25 Years a Bad Boy

They are now so much of a musical institution in Bonn that it’s hard to imagine a music scene here without Bill Baum and his partners in music The Bluesbenders. It was then, a mark of the respect Bill has gained from the Blues scene, that for his 25th Anniversary show at Bonn Harmonie, Bill was joined by a man nominated in three categories for this year’s International Blues Awards, Richie Arndt. It was guaranteed to be a good evening for Bonn Blues lovers.

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Band of Friends Interview 2018

You only have to look at the smiles onstage to know that these guys really are a Band of Friends. Gerry McAvoy and Ted McKenna were both a part of the Rory Gallagher band – Gerry since it’s formation in 1971 where he became such a mainstay that Rory never got round to even having him sign a contract (it was usually down to a short phone call from Rory asking “Gerry, do you fancy coming in to record an album/go on a tour…” Ted joined for several excellent 80’s Gallagher albums. The missing ‘Rory’ part of the Gallagher tribute band was found in the form of Dutch guitar wizard Marcel Scherpenzeel.

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Classic Rocknight With Jethro Tull & Fish in 2019

Great news for all Rock music fans here in Bonn is that next year will see a new ‘Classic Rocknacht’ at the Kunst!Rasen next year.

Headlining will be one of the most popular progressive rock bands of all time – Jethro Tull, who celebrated their Golden Jubilee in 2018- headed by the legendary Ian Anderson.

Also appearing will be the former Marillion singer and now popular solo artist Fish, with a further guest to be added soon for the show, which will take place on 17 August 2019.

The Classic Rocknacht concerts have presented some amazing music over the years, with artists including Joe Bonamassa, Golden Earring, Little Feat, Deep Purple, Gov’t Mule, Joe Satriani and Dream Theater.  This will certainly be an evening not to be missed for Rockers.

Tickets already available at

Classic Rocknacht
Jethro Tull by Ian Anderson
+ Gäste
Samstag 17.08.19 Bonn, Kunst!Rasen, Beginn: 17 Uhr
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Five Blues Lovers Nights in Bonn


As the poster above shows, there are some terrific Blues shows coming Bonn’s way from  Ana Popovic, Leroy Emmanuel Trio, Sven Hammond & Band, Kai Strauss and Blues Giants (inc. Albert Castiglia and Sugaray Rayford)

Tickets are available for all shows individually, or you can get a specially priced ticket that covers all the concerts in the Blues Lovers Nights series.  Five more reasons to catch a live show at The Harmonie in Bonn!
(Tickets from the usual outlets – see the poster above)