More Gary from Henrik

Gary Moore had gone to bed after a quiet evening eating and drinking with friends in Spain.  It was February 2011 and some hours later I was leaving a concert at the Harmonie in Bonn when the news swept round the hall that Moore was dead of a heart attack at only 58.  Fitting then for me to be back at that same venue with Henrik Freischlader and two members of Gary’s final band paying the great Irish Bluesman tribute.

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Three cheers for the Young Folk

IF0131Bonn Folk Club number 79 might well have set a record for the average age of it’s performers at around 18 years.  No, John Harrison and co haven’t discovered a fountain of youth long hidden away in the nearby Kottenforst, the average was largely formed by fresh faced youngsters from, as Steve wryly put it, the nearby suburb of Bonn known to locals as Cologne.  The evening was, as John Harrison described with a particular emphasis that will become apparent, ‘Seltsam’ (unusual)

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Feeling good at the Harmonie

Fate is a curious thing.  Too young to catch Muddy Waters, I was however lucky enough to catch BB King onstage.  I missed out on Hendrix, but then many a young guitar star would envy my seeing Rory Gallagher in his prime.  With regard to today’s music, I was slightly too young to catch Dr Feelgood with Wilko Johnson but I did catch them one memorable evening at Portsmouth Polytechnic with Lee Brilleaux.  Swings and Roundabouts as they say.  But where in this musical ‘fairground’ do the present Dr Feelgood stand in all this?  I would have said, as many indeed have, that a Feelgood without Wilko and Lee isn’t Feelgood – yet I still look forward to the gigs and have never been disappointed by the show.

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Temperance at the Crossroads

Circumstance meant 3songs could only manage a visit to the very last of this year’s four day Rockpalast Crossroads Festival at the Harmonie.  Modern technology meant a bit of ‘Catch Up’ was possible though, with the festival being streamed online and available to anyone from Bonn to Bondi Beach with an internet connection.  My catch-up  suggests that  the final show may well have been the best of the bunch – Utrecht Prog-Rockers Birth of Joy and Glaswegian Phil Campbell’s band The Temperance Movement provided the fireworks – I arrived in time to see them crackle into a sparkling nights Rock.

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Loud, Sweaty, Groovy, King King

Tucked away on Ben Poole’s Facebook page is a snippet of video showing King King headed back to the stage as a packed Harmonie screams for an encore.  A smiling Alan Nimmo stops for a moment to ask a young lady “Great show darling?”  Well I managed to get the young lady’s answer to that question Alan.  King King take Bonn Harmonie by storm and guest writer Elisabeth Kassing takes up the story…

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Ben Poole – Time has come?

It seemed like a ‘dream team’ bill – King King supported by Laurence Jones, and like all dreams, it never made it to the cold light of day.  In it’s place came the news that suppport slot for King King’s Harmonie gig last week would go to another shining star of British Bluesrock guitar Ben Poole.   Many readers will have seen Poole at the Yardclub in Cologne, some even possibly as guitarist a few years back with Dani Wilde.  For me it was a first chance to catch the man live and add a question mark to the title of Ben Poole’s latest cd release ‘Time Has Come’.

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Risager’s Black Tornado’s are Hot Stuff

risager_2017-5518Thorbjørn Risager and the Black Tornado“consistent great taste and beautiful pain”.  So said the label of a miniature hot sauce bottle with the band’s name on it taking pride of place on the merchandise table.    Well it beats badges, stickers and T shirts for sure.  Over on the Harmonie stage Copenhagen’s finest Blues/Soul combo were indeed laying down some hot music and the music was indeed as beautiful as it was painless.

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