The lyrics of Tom Robinson’s hit songs were always just that bit different to the numerous other punk bands decrying late 70’s Britain. If there was a cause worth fighting for Tom, would be heard fighting it with an irresistible mix of catchy riff and razor-sharp lyrical insight. Forty five years on from the classic TRB album ‘Power in the Darkness’ how far have we come down the road of equality that songs like ‘Glad to be Gay’ and ‘Up Against the Wall’ cried out for? I asked Tom this very question before his show at the Harmonie in Bonn.
2-4-6-8, Tom Robinson took the motorway this week to Bonn Harmonie and the 72-year-old showed he very much still has something to say, and also to play, during a cracking set with the 21st Century incarnation of his TRB Band.
To coincide with International Women’s day, the Bonn-based band Cayu has released its first album “Tunes of Poets” It’s aim though is not just to entertain musically, but also support girls in need. Together with the international women’s rights organization Zonta Bonn, the band has started a fundraising campaign in favour of the Mädchenhaus Bonn e.V. (the Bonn Refuge for Girls). The aim of the association is to offer protection, help and support to girls aged 7 to 18 who have been subjected to physical, psychological or sexual violence.
For every album sold, 5 euros go to the refuge. The album is available digitally from today on the Platform Bandcamp and can also be purchased as a CD at Cayu and Zonta events. After deducting the production costs, all proceeds from the album will go to Mädchenhaus Bonn.
Preparations for the 11th edition of the KUNST!RASEN season are in full swing with more than 50,000 tickets now sold in the run-up to the concert series. Further artists are still to come, but here are two new additions to the shows:
The Dropkick Murphys will be in Bonn on August 11 and Calum Scott on August 13.
It might be cold outside still, but the sun is shining brighter, the days are getting longer, and best of all, the concerts for 2023 are being announced!
Down by the Kleines Theater in Bonn’s Kurpark the 2023 Season has just been announced. As usual, a nice ‘mixed bag’ of musical goodies. Definitely looking forward to Richard Bargel – whose new CD is a definite contender for the Deutschen Schallplatten Kritik Awards in my book. Other familiar faces include Marcus Schinkel, Marley’s Ghost and R & B Express. Rhine River Rudies, Pariser Flair and D’Karlos & Caribbean Time are new names to me so looking forward to some great old and great new sounds in August.
For lovers of American southern rock music, The Harmonie was THE place to be last Sunday evening. Hailing from Orange County, California Robert Jon and The Wreck were really on fire for the closing night of their European tour. The only complaint I could make is that Sunday shows have to finish so damn early – who wants to go home from a concert at 9:30 pm? Not when there’s a great band onstage who seem like they would happily play all night!
A signed copy of David Lübke’s excellent disc ‘Von Der Liebe’ is winging its way to you in the post as I write.
Friday’s (3 March) special guests at Folk Club Bonn will be Klezmer specialists Tangoyim. With vocals, violin, accordion and clarinet the duo of Stefanie Hölzle und Daniel Marsch take listeners on a journey through Jewish music, from the sunken world of the Eastern European shtetl to 1920s America. They are also inclined to accompany the individual songs with information about the religious Jewish traditions in old Eastern Europe as well as among the families who emigrated to the United States. Start at 7 pm. So if you like your music with a fascinating history, As always, my advice is ‘Get to Dotty’s in Dottendorf early’ The evening’s theme is ‘Stormy Weather’ so bring a raincoat too just in case!