Mike Andersen – Devil is Back (Cable Car CCR 0311-50)

Mike Andersen made his musical entrance in 2002 with a disc entitled ‘My Love for the Blues’.  In the succeeding fifteen years his love for the Blues has been matched by a love for Soulful vocals too.  It’s made expectations at Andersen’s live shows problematic at times perhaps, but with his new release ‘Devil is Back’  and a great duet with Joss Stone, Andersen should find acceptance on a much wider audience level.

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Walter Trout – Very much Alive

DSC_8623_DxOOkay, it’s not Bonn, but I know a great many readers are Blues fans and Stollwerk is only a tram ride away in Cologne.  That’s how I excuse leaving Bonn on Saturday – oh, and the fact that it was a rare chance to see the legendary Walter Trout after his paperthin brush with the grim reaper.  But honestly, with Danny Bryant and Layla Zoe also on offer,  what else could a poor boy do?  Cologne and the very first Blues Alive Festival, here I come…

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Jazzfest Bonn 2017

May is a good time to be a Jazz fan in Bonn.  From 12th to 27th of this month the City is home to both established stars like Rebekka Bakken (above) and many up-coming musicians in the Jazz genre, so take a look at the Festival programme HERE for more information.

Telekom Forum, Bonn University and Post Tower, Brotfabrik… lots of locations and 23 concerts are lined up for this year’s Jazzfest where you will find great music – Take your pick!

Bonn Folk Club is 80

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I’m getting a bit of aggravation from John Harrison over this one.  Having heard that Folk Club #80 was getting a visit from the television crew at WDR on Friday I suggested that this was ‘interesting’ given that the guest spot for the evening was Kathy Freeman, described on Wikipedia as a member of a 70’s punk band ‘The Accelerators‘ and later linked with such un-folkish genres as Trash Rock and Punk-Metal.  YouTube led me to this  Video of Kathy in action that supported my  research.  Not that I had visions of telly viewers thinking Bonn Folk Club was all safety pins and pogo-ing mohican haircutted mobs.  But who knew what would happen?  Well of course, John did.  He was right – as always.

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Strong stuff – The Brew

Yes, that  energetic youngster jumping with his Les Paul on the 3songsbonn logo top left of the website really is Jason Barwick.  It comes from an iconic Rockpalast Cologne gig in 2009.  Joe Bonamassa pulled the plug on TV crews, and as a result upcoming Grimsby band The Brew got their whole set broadcast.  The rest, as they say, is history.  The boy has grown to a man and the hair to over his shoulders, but the energy level has remained constantly at a scale of ten from ten as Tuesday’s gig at The Harmonie proved.

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