3songs – choose your language

Whilst I’m writing happily and confidently away in English, I am aware that Bonn is in Germany and that Bonn is also a City known and loved worldwide. If you are interested in Bonn’s music that makes me very happy. That you have found my site makes me happier still, and I hope you will come back, whatever Country you are living in.

If the English language is not your strongest point (or if I get carried away and start rambling in a way only close friends and psychiatrists would understand!) a solution is just two clicks away.

1 -click on the dropdown box shown above and

2 – Click on the language that you best understand

I can’t vouch for the accuracy of the Igbo or Hausa translations, but the German translation seems reasonably solid.

That said – Schöne Tag noch, Aufwiedersehen, Tot ziens, À plus tard and Wela’i di wedyn…

Kunstgarten ‘klein aber fein’ with Roxanne de Bastion

Roxanne de Bastion

Alongside the eagerly awaited return of the big Kunstrasen stage in August there are other concerts planned to catch the hearts and ears of Bonn residents and visitors. One to recommend is the appearance on 10 August of Roxanne de Bastion. Visitors to Bonn Folk Club will recognize that surname for certain, and indeed, Roxanne is the daughter of popular Folk Club visitor Richard who sadly passed away in 2019.

Roxanne de Bastion is very much a chip off the folk-singing block, and has garnered praise including the Sunday Times in England finding her “Astonishingly assured” as a writer and performer. She has also appeared at the UK’s top folk festivals including Cambridge and Glastonbury.

Supporting Roxanne on the night will be the excellent Bonn singer/songwriter Daniel Bongart.

Daniel Bongart

The concert starts at 6pm and entrance is free but donations to the musicians in these tough times (c. 10 Euros) are appreciated.

There are further slots available for entertainers who are interested in appearing. Just email info@kunstrasen-verein.de..

The British Isles is coming to Bad Godesberg – Unter der Zeder

The ‘Unter der Zeder’ concerts are proving to be very successful (two of the first three were sold out in days) so make sure you don’t leave it too long before booking. A special tip from 3songsbonn.com is the concert on 2 August. Simon Kempston is one of Scotland’s finest singer/songwriters. Tom Robinson on the BBC praises his “Beautifully authentic guitar style & heartfelt vocal” whilst the Edinburgh Festival Magazine praises his “Brilliant and quite unique guitar skills” describing Simon as “One of Scotland’s most poetic and expressive musicians”. Local Folk heroes John Harrison and Shay McVeigh will also be on stage to prove that Brexit doesn’t mean missing out on music from the British Isles.

Cynthia Nickschas – Return of the Egoschwein

“Die Bühne hier gehört jetzt mir.  Ich könnt‘ hier wohnen!“ from ‘Jamsessions‘

For Cynthia Nickschas a stage, any stage, seems like a second home.  Even no stage, when she is playing on street corners for change collected in her famous ’Mad Hatter’ top hat.  So why tonight, for her Unter der Zeder concert, is she nervously plucking at her guitar strings and chattering like a nervous sparrow in a tree full of sparrow hawks?  Looking round at the sold-out seats in front of her, Cynthia explains her predicament. “I know everyone here personally!”  It’s a ‘home concert’ for Cynthia, playing in her own backyard of Bad Godesberg, and that’s the source of the nervosity.  She’s actually relieved later on when the light dims and the stage lights mean recognizable faces are hidden from her sight.

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Jazz im Biergarten with Stefan Ulbricht

Down at the Parkrestaurant in the Rheinaue something is stirring… It’s a new music season.
Every day between now and 27 August there will be music to hear with a cool drink in the Summer air. Monday to Saturday the music is varied but kicks off at 7.30 pm. Sunday though is Jazz day. The concerts here take place between 2 and 5pm, as with today’s offering of Boogie Woogie Blues from Stefan Ulbricht and his Trio (Ulbricht, Paul G. Ulrich und Jan Koeckstadt).

Nothing too fancy, or too fine, just good-time music with boogie piano at its heart. ‘My Blue Heaven’, Seintimental Journey, Louis Jordan’s ‘Choo Choo Boogie’ (sung by bass player Paul G. Ulrich). All good fun and delivered with a smile from the band. What more do you want from a Sunday afternoon Jazz fans? Sunday at Rheinaue is your day – and it’s free. There’s a Schnelltest Centre in case you haven’t been double vaccinated yet and my tip for ‘dancers’ is to do your thing outside of the beer garden itself – inside it’s sadly banned to dance. Also, bring some patience when ordering a drink – two waitresses for the whole beer garden concert area is hard on the feet of the waitresses and the throats of the thirsty visitors. Otherwise, a perfect way to relax on a Sunday afternoon amongst friends for music fans.

New video for upcoming Samantha Fish CD

It’s been too long since we saw Samantha Fish playing here in Bonn.  My last pictures are from 2017, and she has certainly come a long way from those early shows here with RUF’s Blues Caravan.

With a string of top-selling Blues/Americana CD’s under her belt, Samatha is back with a new disc on 10 September.  She worked with producer Martin Kierszenbaum (Lady Gaga, Sting) on her impending release titled ‘Faster’, and word is that this could be her big crossover album.

If 10th September seems too long to wait for new material, enjoy ‘Twisted Ambition’.  As Samantha explains:  “It’s all about flipping the power structure, the power dynamic, in your life. The world or a personal figure might be putting you down; it’s about taking control and owning your life and owning the situation.”  Samantha Fish seems well in control of her ‘situation’ right now.  Expect great things in September, and in the meantime enjoy the video.

R.I.P. Al Collins 1960-2021

3songsbonn is sad to hear that Al Collins died on Tuesday (July 6).

As bassist of the legendary Jason & the Scorchers band, Collins was the driving force behind much of what came out of Nashville and Atlanta in terms of roots rock’n’roll, making a formidable rhythm section alongside Pontius Snibb on drums.   Bonn music fans though will know him as the always smiling man behind Stacie Collins with his ‘AL mighty Band’.  He was the  Bandleader,  and always had a smile for me too when we met.  My last message from Al was him asking if I had any good shots he could use from the last Stacie Collins show in Bonn.

Most importantly of course he was Stacie’s husband.  They had a chemistry together on stage that just oozed good feeling, and Al had one of those infectious smiles that if you were watching the show from his side of the stage you would come away with a grin as big as the one he had.   I love musicians who clearly love being musicians – that was Allen J. Collins.  RIP Al Mighty.

There is a TRIBUTE CENTRE online for anyone wishing to send their respects and memories of Al.