“It begins in the heart, in the soul,
and then in the fingers.
Everything else comes way after”
– Henrik Freischlader on why Gary Moore was, and remains, his Guitar Hero
We’re outside in the Harmonie beer garden, sitting in the sunshine, and sipping cool drinks, but talking business. Not the atmosphere to talk about The Blues maybe, but for the man sitting opposite me Blues is very much his ‘business’. The recent trio release and tour seemed like a change of direction for Henrik Freischlader, and now there is another change of direction with the release of ‘Blues for Gary’ a Homage to Henrik’s hero Gary Moore – so I kick off my interview by asking Henrik if this is indeed a change similar to the one Gary Moore himself made, back to his Blues roots?
Many thanks to Ryan McGarvey for taking time after his sensational concert at Bonn Harmonie to answer a few questions at very short notice (he agreed, I had five minutes to assemble my thoughts on the back of a 3songs visiting card, and here we are…) Fender or Gibson? Big venues or small? who was behind the foot-pedal wizardry of Purple Haze? and the secrets of that Toggle Switch solo…
“When I want sax, I call Candy” was how Prince once famously described his admiration for the musical abilities of Candy Dulfer. At Bonn Folk Club John Harrison might well say the same for Paolo Pacifico and his Harmonica. The familiar sight of Paolo ambling calmly from his pint at the bar to pull a C harp out of his top pocket and nonchalantly ‘just join in’ is deceptive. I suspected that you can only ‘just join in’ if you really know what you’re doing, so I figured there was a story behind Paolo’s seemingly effortless appearances – and I was right. Here it is. Enjoy!
“When I get up on stage and sing the words “I’m a superhero” I keep on fighting. I’m ready to take on the World and whatever comes my way”– sleevenotes ‘Superhero’ 2009
In January 2008 Candye Kane recorded a concert in Bonn for RUF records and I interviewed her for the local (now defunct) website ‘Bonn English Network’. I still remember her sitting on the big leather sofa backstage at the Harmonie next to a colleague, Manfred Schmitt, who seemed dwarfed by her. Back then Candye was a big woman and proud of it. Drummer Denis Palatin dropped in with a bottle of Jack Daniels, Deborah Coleman put her head round the door but closed it again – when Candye was in a room she ‘owned’ it. Not by demand but by sheer presence. Up and coming Brit Bluesgirl Dani Wilde was also there on probably her first major European tour and Candye, always smiling, happily posed for pictures.
A month after the interview Candye was first diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. The eight years between this diagnosis and her death this week were hard ones but the interview she gave me shows the years before were pretty hard ones too. That Candye Kane will be remembered by so many for not just her music but her smile and her kick-ass attitude to life and what it throws at you is the measure of her talents – as both a very special singer and a very special human-being.
I hope you enjoy my interview with Blues Superhero Candye Kane.
Don’t believe the angelic smiles – these girls had my interview firmly under control!
Despite it being Valentines Day 3songsbonn was hard at work for you, dear readers. Shut away, shortly before concert begin, in a back-room at Bonn Harmonie with only three pretty girls and a microphone for company. The occasion was a chance to interview the ‘Blue Sisters’ as this years RUF Blues Caravan calls itself. Last year the tour featured three ladies with guitars. This year the instrument of choice is a voice – or three to be precise.
Three singers and only one microphone? As it turned out Tasha Taylor, Ina Forsmann and Layla Zoe were all in perfect harmony both on and off stage. Of course it’s very early days on this years RUF Records Blues Caravan and these are three ladies with their own unique styles and expectancy from what the coming months will bring as my interview reveals…
If you turn around at one of the Jazztube concerts on Bonn’s stations the chances are there will be a man wearing glasses and a concerned expression behind you. Thomas Kimmerle is the man behind JazzTube itself in fact, and I managed to squeeze a few minutes out of his busy day to ask where the idea came from and naturally as soon as the topic was jazz – time and questions flew by…
Not so long ago a rather excellent Folk oriented CD arrived on my music player called ‘Wild Skies’. Not surpisingly, when the creator of said CD was announced as a special guest at Bonn Folk Club I packed my camera, notebook and microphone and headed down to Graurheindorf. Here is the resultant interview with Cable Car recording Artist and Blues/not-Blues singer Linda Sutti.