The light and darkside of Bonn Folk Club

Folk Club 96 at Dotty’s Sportsbar.  There is a large gap between tables and where the performers will stand.  Tables are added, then more chairs, and more chairs, and more chairs…  Pretty soon there are no more chairs and people sit on the floor – shades of those black and white ‘Folk Music Television specials of the early 60’s with listeners camped out at the feet of players.  I would reckon that the number of listeners equalled at least the number of Folk Clubs(96).  Maybe it’s the double guest star slot of Canadian David Blair and always popular red-headed duo Brother Movement?  Even the number of dogs in the room seems to be growing.  What’s happening Mr Harrison?  I may have to do the German thing and drape a bath towel over a chair at Dott’s before going to work on the first Friday of the month.

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Time for a Kiss – Ana Popovic is Back

Ana Popovic was clearly taking the title of this concert series from 2getherconcerts and the Harmonie – ‘Blues for Lovers’ – very seriously. ‘Give me a kiss’ glitters on her white t-shirt.  Can anyone pass up such a request from the enigmatic blues guitar Queen?  Especially after such a long absence.  In 2011 Ana played two shows here in Bonn – one here at the Harmonie, and a notable appearance at Museumsplatz as support for the late BB King. Today Ana is finally back, and with a musical bang, in the form of a new horn section from Italy.

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Same Procedure As Every Year – Julian Sas at The Harmonie

 

The t-shirts in the front row said it all:  ’15 Years – Mr Music Presents Julian Sas‘. Sas himself celebrates the relationship by describing Bernd (Bernie) Gelhausen as “One of the few good Men still standing” in music – and dedicates ‘Devil Got My Number’ to the Man behind Mr Music.  The two have come a long way, always believed in what they do, never compromising, and built up solid support over many years for it – one making music and the other selling it. It may be a big living room – but for Julian Sas Bonn Harmonie really been home for well over a decade.

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World Music comes to Kessenich

 

As Dottendorf shapes up to be Bonn’s Jazz Centre with it’s popular Jazz Nights, why can’t Kessenich be the City’s World Music Centre?  Where would they play? I hear you ask.  Bucherei St Nikolaus (St Nicholas Library) in Putzstrasse is where.  Saturday evenings ‘Klein aber Fein’ concert by World Music Bonn proved an excellent live location with an audience that almost outnumbered the books by 8pm.

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Heavy lyrics from Freischlader ‘Lite’

The Harmonie stage looks strangely bare considering five musicians have set up on it. There’s only a single Fender Telecaster propped up in front of a battered speaker cabinet for Henrik Freischlader himself. Over on the merchandise stall, there is no sign of t-shirts, back-catalogue cd’s or signature Stetson caps. Just two cardboard boxes – one with the new release as cd and the other with its vinyl counterpart. Travelling Light could be the Tour motto.

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