Folk Club – Simon is Back!

Well, he certainly left it late this year.  The new CD was pressed just days before this year’s December evening at Bonn Folk Club.  Regulars will know that Edinburgh singer-songwriter extraordinaire Simon Kempston made a ‘crossroads-like’ deal with John Harrison some years back – a secure guest-spot in return for a new CD. Since 2011 in fact, Simon has been a ‘regular’ in the literal sense of the word at the Club.  With copies of a new CD neatly arranged on the merchandise table, same procedure as every year, all is right with the World at Dotty’s Sportsbar.  Folk Club number 108 can begin!

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New for Kunst!Rasen 2020 – Snarky Puppy

A new addition to next year’s Kunst!Rasen Open Air Season in Bonn – Brooklyn based jam band Snarky Puppy, led by bassist Michael League will play on 25 June 2020.  The Band’s wide spectrum of musical styles, encompassing elements of jazz, rock, world music, and funk has won three Grammy Awards and should ensure a great evenings music.  Beware – their  concert in E-Werk this October was quickly sold so don’t leave it too late for Kunst!Rasen – tickets are already on sale! 

Reasons to be cheerful one two three…

With Christmas just around the corner here’s a peek at what’s round the corner – and down the road as we take a look at some of the concerts coming to the area in 2020.

There’s a new open-air season at Insel Grafenwerth that includes Albert Hammond and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason.

Albert Hammond

Established favourites coming back to Endenich and the Harmonie stage include Layla Zoe, Mitch Ryder and King King.  John Cale and Bryan Ferry will be playing to large devoted crowds next to the Cathedral at Cologne’s Roncalli Platz for sure.

Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan

At Kunstrasen there’s Lionel Richie saying ‘Hello’, Deep Purple bringing Smoke to the Water of the Rhine – oh, and Wallsend’s most famous son Gordon Sumner aka Sting…


Already keen to get Christmas over and done with?


Sold Out (Again!) – Julian Sas

What is there left to say about Julian Sas at Bonn Harmonie?  Fact: this was his 18th appearance here since 2003.  Fact: Most of those shows have been sold out within a few days.  Fact: Julian Sas is one of Europe’s best guitar players.  Fact:  I’ve taken pictures of Julian’s devoted, mostly dutch, followers regularly over the years, and the faces don’t change.  So what makes these people ‘fans for life?’.   It’s Saturday night on a sunny November night in Bonn.  Wintertime.  Inside the Harmonie though it’s a hot and balmy evening – it’s Sas time…

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Kings & Queens of the Para Dance

There was music with a difference this weekend at the Hardtberghalle.  From Golden Oldies like ‘Has Anybody Seen My Girl’ to more recent Pop Hits like ‘Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’.   Whatever the tune, there was a suitable dance routine.  The World Para Dance Sport Championships were in town – After only a few moments I realised – forget the wheelchairs – just keep the shutter speed of my camera high.  These Ladies and Gentlemen are graceful and fast out on the dancefloor.  Take your partners please for an introduction to the increasingly popular sport of Para Dance.

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Escape to Bonn – Danny Bryant at The Harmonie

The new disc ‘Means of  Escape’ was recently nominated for Best Album of 2019 in the European Blues Awards, as well as being included in Joe Bonamassa’s personal Spotify Playlist of music from musicians who are keeping the Blues alive.  It was recorded in as few takes as possible says the English guitarist behind it, in order to keep the live feel.  Here we are then to test out just how well that live CD vibe aimed for by Danny Bryant matches a room full of Blues fans on a chilly November evening at The Harmonie

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