Always a pleasure to see a new video from one of the best (and nicest) musicians on the British Folk Club circuit: Bonn Folk Club’s regular Guest Star Simon Kempston has had less time to tour, but more time to write. Here he is with the brand new ‘Hand on my Heart’. There’s lots more great music from the melodic Scotsman HERE
A month goes so quickly. On 1st August ‘One Take Toni’ (Anton Weber) took to the streets of Bad Godesberg as the opening street musician of the Verein ‘KunstKitsch’ and on Saturday local musicians Cayu and co-organizer Cynthia Nickschas brought the Klangstationen initiative to a colourful musical close outside of Bergfeld’s Biomarkt who initiated the whole Street Music project.
This year’s planned ‘Over The Border’ Festival has sadly had to be moved to 2021. The good news just out though is that the organizers of the popular music diversity festival have now been able to still schedule one event in 2020. Local ambassadors are already a tradition at the Festival. The formation around Fanta4 percussionist Roland Peil, who has been part of the festival since its inception, will be the evening’s main guests, but there will be lots of top-class additional guests to enjoy too. In order to comply with hygiene considerations in view of Corona Virus the concert will now take place at Bonn Brückenforum on 19 September at 8pm, seating and tables will allow the correct distancing of attendees. Note too that everyone who has already purchased tickets (the concert was originally scheduled to kick off the Festival in March 2020) should contact Manuel Bahna promoter at firstname.lastname@example.org for registration and table reservations.
John Harrison not only got street music in Bonn going again last week-end, he also got to enjoy live music in the City from others. Here is his report on the return of outdoor music and a visit to Folk Club venue Dotty’s where a glimmer of hope for future Folk meetings was suggested by a live appearance on the tennis court by local legends Room-Service.
Along with the recent good news that street music permits are again available comes the welcome news of a new ‘mini’ open-air festival in Bonn centre this Summer. The cultural office (Kulturamt) has organized a varied music program from August through September 2020 titled OpernRasenLIGHT in compliance with the applicable hygiene measures to enliven the open land in front of the Bonn Opera House. Jazz, world music and acoustic folk are on offer. The musical will be playing from 5 to 7 p.m. with two sets of 30 minutes each.
This weekend saw a positive relaxation in the Corona regulations here in the Bonn area. For the first time since lockdown Bonn Council has been allowing permits to entertain in the City streets. Folk Club impresario John Harrison was proudly the first to play Bonn’s shopping streets again, so I joined him for some of his journey as a street musician to see how people would react to hearing a real guitar and a real voice out on the streets again.
Street Music is coming back to Bonn! The City’s regulatory office has put up markings that indicate the necessary minimum distance between the musicians and the audience, and playing music will, as before, only be permitted with a valid playing permit and at the specified locations. The fact that our streets will have a bit more vibrancy now though is a welcome change.
For those interested in chasing one of these prized permits, they can be obtained from the Bonn Bürgerdienst(Call (0228) 77 25 45 for further information)
(the photo above shows Melchi in 2018. Since then he has gone on to play at Bonn Harmonie and Stadtgarten. Proof of the quality that can be found whilst you are out enjoying the Summer sunshine)
New Open-Air venue BonnLive has got off to a flying start in the Rheinau, with lively and colourful opening shows from Brings and Bukahara. A further 50 Corona-compliant shows are planned until the end of August on what is Germany’s largest open-air stage.