WIN TICKETS – Wille & The Bandits


3songs has two tickets to give away for the concert on 24 April of Wille & The Bandits at The Harmonie in Bonn. The band are from Cornwall, but offer up some of the gutsiest blues slide guitar you are ever likely to hear.  Check out my review of a previous concert HERE

…and if you still need convincing, watch the video below.

To win the two tickets, just send an Email to with the header ‘Wille & The Bandits Competition’ to reach me by 20 April.

The first name out of the hat wins!

English Dance / English Weather


Whats this?  Englishmen fighting on the streets of Bonn?  Has Brexit come to this – dividing the Nation into violence even on European streets?

Actually, Saturday saw the culmination of Oxford-Week in Bonn with a concert at Bottlerplatz that offered not just English Dance but also genuine English weather as it drizzled with icy rain for a large chunk of the day.  The last time I remember seeing genuine Morris dancing was sometime in the late 1970’s outside of the Still & West Public House in Old Portsmouth.  I’m still not sure what drives anyone, male or female, to Morris Dance, but I do agree they deserve some recognition for bravery in the face of hard wooden batons from each other, and hard stares from passers-by when they walk up the road afterwards with bells still ringing from their ankles. Today they also deserved applause.

The foul weather didn’t stop the smiles from Oxford Morris Men (who curiously also include a woman!).  3Songs also caught music from Reel Bach Consort playing music from Bach who was a visitor to Germany in days past that were hopefully sunnier than today.  Good also to see the familiar face of Tom Kannamacher amongst the youngsters.


More details on Oxford Club Bonn HERE


Record Store Day

Tomorrow (13 April) is Record Store Day, so get out and support your local record store, Mr Music in Münsterstrasse from 10 am to 3 pm!

Special offers include Thin Lizzy’s 1979 classic Black Rose.  This version, exclusive for Record Store day, contains the original album as well as a set of unheard (till now) Demos of the record from Phil Lynott’s archive. The album has enhanced artwork and a new cut has taken place of the record for the best audio quality.

For details of all the special releases on offer, please check THIS link.

Kunst!Rasen for Kim Wilde


Kim Wilde of ‘Kids in America’ fame has just been announced as support on the Tears for Fears show at Bonn Kunst!Rasen on 28 June.

Wilde last appeared here at Münsterplatz in July 2018 where the picture was taken accompanying this post.  It’s somewhat odd that Wilde had a number 1 hit with her very first single in 1981 about being one of the ‘Kids in America’ when she actually hails from Chiswick in the UK.  It didn’t stop her going on to be one of the most successful female singers of the early 1980s though, and she is still making good pop music as her last release ‘Here Come The Aliens’ from 2018 proves.

More details of the concert HERE

Reason enough to take a step back in time to the days of MTV video…

Rainer Böhm Standard Trio coming to Bonn Pantheon


A treat is in store for Jazz lovers at the end of April when Rainer Böhm brings his ‘Standard Trio’ to the Pantheon.  Böhm has been one of the outstanding German jazz pianists on the jazz scene for some years now and has won numerous prizes.  He studied jazz piano and jazz arrangement at the Musikhochschule in Mannheim and Cologne and has participated in more than 50 CD recordings both as a bandleader and as a sideman. As a much sought-after pianist, the 40-year-old has made a name for himself in the international jazz scene.

For the concert in Bonn on 29 April Böhm will be joined by Christian Ramond on Upright Bass and Jonas Burgwinkel on Drums.   As internationally sought-after sidemen and multiple prize winners, both Burgwinkel and Ramond have made a name for themselves around the globe.  Ramond is a master of his trade and has performed alongside Joe Pass, Albert Mangelsdorf, P.Catherine, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Ch.Mariano, Thomas Stanko, Bobby Shew, Jon Eardly, Dave Liebman, K.Berger, Itaru Oki.

Burgwinkel is a co-founder of the Cologne Jazz Collective ‘KLAENG’ and nominee/recipient of numerous Jazz awards such as “ECHO JAZZ 2012”, the SWR- and the WDR-Jazzpreis, and the “BEST SOLOIST AWARD” at the North Sea Jazz Festival.  He has appeared on numerous CDs;  and countless radio and television recordings document the success of his musical work. Like Ramond, Jonas Burgwinkel has performed worldwide, with jazz greats such as John Scofield, Chris Potter, Uri Caine, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz and John Taylor.

The Standard Trio set-up is one of the favourite projects of Rainer Böhm, and his interest in interpreting the standards of the “Great American Songbook” sets a contrast to his many other musical focuses.
In this project, the trio play the compositions quite unpretentiously – and by doing so bring to the audience’s ears what normally happens behind closed doors in the rehearsal room.

Freedom and joy of improvisation of the completely unarranged original are in the foreground and promise an exciting evening full of surprising moments.

Monday, 29. April 2019 Pantheon Theater Bonn
Concert: 20:00 Uhr / Doors open: 18:30

More Details/Tickets see Pantheon Website

Big Daddy Wilson coming to Bonn Harmonie

You might remember him from the 2017 Blues Caravan with Sy Cranston and Vanessa Collier.  Perhaps even in 2018 when Big Daddy Wilson returned to Bonn again, this time with Baums Bluesbenders as support.

Big Daddy will be back again on 14 April bringing his new CD ‘Deep In My Soul’ with cool, authentic Soul-blues to The Harmonie.  Well recommended!

Big Daddy Wilson in Bonn

More details HERE


Michael Jackson Jazz-style with Rüdiger Baldauf in Dottendorf

Rüdiger Baldauf’s “Jackson Trip” is an instrumental and jazzy homage to unique titles by Michael Jackson.  Bensberg born  Baldauf is one of the most versatile trumpeters in Germany so his decision to re-visit some of Michael Jackson’s hits from a new perspective should make for an interesting and enjoyable evening at the Dottendorfer Jazz night on 12 April.

Baldauf has toured with greats like Shirley Bassey, Joe Zawinul and Maceo Parker.  He has also been involved in various projects with George Duke, Ray Charles, James Brown and Barbara Streisand.  He describes ‘Jackson Trip’, his second own project after the successful jazz album Own Style, as a journey through an unforgettable, unique musical repertoire.

Concert date: 12 April

Entrance 7 pm,  start 8 pm

More details HERE