It happens every year in Bonn at Christmas. No, not the Rhine freezing over, or a rail strike, I mean of course the Festive concerts of Scottish Folk supremo Simon Kempston at Bonn Folk Club.
Legend has it that John Harrison made a deal at the Crossroads (somewhere near Grauerheindorf) that there would always be a stage for Simon – as long as Simon brought with him a new CD. And so the deal was set in 2010 over a flagon of whiskey (Scotch of course). Simon isn’t letting a little bug like Covid 19 stop him. If you can’t come to him then Simon is coming to you via Facebook: DIAL IN DETAILS HERE
On Sunday 13 December from 8.00 pm to 9.30 pm CET (7.00 pm to 8.30 pm UK time) you can catch a whole concert for the Folk Club statutory fee of nothing – but hopefully you will want to reward Simon in what has been a calamitous year for someone who makes his living from travelling the World and playing music. Paypal donations will be gratefully accepted.
With the news that Rhein in Flammen scheduled for the first Saturday in May has just been cancelled, I’m trying to be optimistic about live music coming back next year.
This is one I certainly hope to see: Veronique Gayot‘s appearance at this year’s Rockpalast Crossroads season in Bonn was superlative, and I was hoping that the talented French Blues/Rock singer would get the chance to do a full set here. Gayot has just been announced for a show at The Harmonie on 13 April next year. Keep all fingers crossed that it happens – it will be worth seeing/hearing for sure!
“Put the band together in a room, record some live-takes and put the best moments out on CD/vinyl”
That’s how the new release from Henrik Freischlader ‘Missing Pieces’ came into being, according to the band website anyway. As easy as that? Ah, but if you are familiar with Henrik at all you will know that under the cap, behind the pleasant grin and cool, easy-going persona, there is a lot of work, attention to detail and thought behind everything the man does – from the studio through to the cover artwork. Like it’s predecessor ‘Hands on the Puzzle’ the new disc is a veritable work of Art on all levels. In fact, unless you’re a dyed in the wool Alt-Blues purist or Hell-bent Rocker, you will very likely find ‘Missing Pieces’ to be Henrik’s best and most creative work to date. Henrik Freischlader’s manifesto for a peaceful revolution is a surefire winner.
Yes I know, at the current time this all looks hopelessly optimistic. But do keep that mask on, do keep 2 metres distance, don’t meet up with 20 of your mates at home, and just maybe we will actually get to see Sting finally…
In the hope that there is a tunnel. and we will see the light at the end of it soon… On 1 July next year Deep Purple will be joined by some very special guests at Kunstrasen.
The Allman Betts Band features Devon, the son of Allman Brothers frontman Greg Allman (already a visitor to Bonn Harmonie in the past), paired up with Duane Betts, son of original Allman’s guitarist Dickey Betts. Onboard too is Berry Duane Oakley, son of the Allman Brothers Band’s founding late bassist, Berry Oakley. The band is still pretty fresh out of the blocks but word is that they are chips off of their respective musical family blocks. Judge for yourself from this video.
Just days before live music disappeared from our daily lives, Baum’s Bluesbenders gave us a powerful reminder at the Harmonie of what we would be missing – as well as a reminder of what we are still missing compared to those carefree concerts that we were still enjoying at the start of the year.
A year ago I could not have imagined writing the words ‘Folk Club Bonn’ and ‘Harmonie’ in the same sentence. Even sitting down with co-owner of the venue Kolli to discuss a possible show there recently was surreal. Here it is then – the sentence in cold black and white for perpetuity: “Folk Club Bonn on Tour from the Harmonie“.