Bonn Folk Club #132 – You’ve got a friend with David Lübke

“Don’t miss this month’s Bonn Folk Club” I brazenly declared a week in advance, and people, you did not let me down. This was an evening up there with the best of times. An audience so big that Bob on the door had to collect extra chairs from the bar, and a standing ovation for guest star David Lübke. If you weren’t at Dotty’s in Dottendorf – or went home because you had nowhere to sit – here is what you missed…

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Kunst!Rasen Update


We’re only just in 2023 but already more than 40,000 tickets have been sold for this Summer’s Kunst!Rasen Season.

A rundown of the current program:

15.06 Santiano                                                                                                                                                                                         18.06. Klassik!Rocknacht
19.06. Bon Iver
20.06. Porcupine Tree
24.06. Achtung/Note: No Classic Rocknacht at Kunst!Rasen. Instead E Werk Köln with Billy Gibbons & The Bfg’s!
04.07. One Republic
07.07. Roland Kaiser
14.07. Simply Red
15.07. Broilers
02.08. Bastille – Neu
04.08. Brings
10.08. Placebo
12.08. Niedeckens BAP

With a couple more shows still to be confirmed so watch this space…


Wolfgang Niedecken’s BAP in 2016. Back by very popular demand in 2023!


Richard Bargel – Dead Slow Stampede (Clementine Music)

First a quick catch-up for those who are not familiar with the name Richard Bargel. Growing up in Bonn Bad Godesberg, Bargel started out as a folksinger but even early on was thinking outside the box and formed his own puppet and theatre company ‘Lumpentheater’. The ’70s saw him building up a following in England by playing at some of London’s premier pubs and clubs (100 Club, Dingwalls, Half Moon in Putney). He was in some excellent company too embracing a mixture of styles with the likes of D.P. (Elvis) Costello and Wizz Jones. The ’70s also saw Bargel forging his blues links through concerts with luminaries of the genre such as Champion Jack Dupree and Memphis Slim.

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How many guitarists have you seen lately using a tremolo arm/Whammy Bar on their guitar? Not too many I would bet. There was a concert in Bonn between the museums in 2010 that if you saw it you will probably never forget. ‘The Three J’s’ featured up-coming Canadian Jimmy Bowskill, THE Bluesman of the moment Joe Bonamassa, and top-of-the-bill Jeff Beck. The show finished with Jeff Beck playing ‘Over the Rainbow’ on his famous white Strat.  I tried to see how he conjured up those notes from my vantage point fifty rows back and all I knew for certain was that his right hand was barely moving as he played the whole melody. as if he was playing everything by magic with the fretting fingers on his left hand. Take a look at the video under this article and you will see he is actually controlling much of the tune using that tremolo bar and the tone/volume controls below them. It’s a masterclass on guitar control.  maybe not magic, but musical wizardry for sure.

For quite a while there was a ‘Holy Trinity’ of Blues Rock guitar Gods. Sure, there were several others also ‘in the frame’ at times, like Jimmy Page, Keith Richards and Rory Gallagher, but THE names were Hendrix, Clapton and Beck. Three men who between them defined the sound of pretty well every electric Rock guitarist that has since plugged in an amplifier. Whilst Jimi was taken tragically early Clapton and Beck seemed to be playing musical chairs in the literal sense of the term as Beck replaced Clapton in John Mayall’s legendary Yardbirds. This was at a time when walls in the UK were being spray-painted with the words ‘Clapton is God’, so no pressure there!

As history relates though, Jeff Beck wasn’t bothered by the hype, he did things his way, as he would continue to do throughout his career, and by the late 60’s had formed his own group – with Rod Stewart on vocals and Ronnie Wood on bass. Indeed, if you look at Beck’s career he has always found top-notch musicians to deliver his musical vision and been successful enough from an early time so that he never had to rely on hit records – aside from his sojourn in the 60’s pop charts with ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’ which was sent his way by the supremo Pop Impressario of the time Mickie Most. Tellingly, Beck left the track off of his album that year ‘Truth’ (although it later got added to re-releases). At any rate, Jeff Beck was never again a ‘pop star’ and from the 70’s onwards brought out ground-breaking albums that sold well enough to finance the next one and help define the place of electric guitars in Jazz-rock.

Back to that Museumsmile concert in 2010 and I remember doing an interview with Jimmy Bowskill in a port-a-cabin backstage room afterward when the door sprang open and in came Jimmy’s bass player Wayne Deadder like a man who’d just won the lottery proudly carrying a copy of Beck’s latest disc with the autograph on it still wet from Beck’s pen. I would not have been surprised if Joe Bonamassa had also headed over to the Beck marquee for a signature too. The people onstage were fans as much as those in front of the stage that evening.

There are many excellent guitarists out there today of course. Buddy Guy and Walter Trout are pretty special. Laurence Jones just keeps getting better every year. Mike Zito, Gary Clarke Jr… ladies are also making a real mark these days like Joanne Shaw Taylor and Samantha Fish. Whoever they are though, the DNA of Clapton, Hendrix and Jeff Beck’s playing is likely to be somewhere in them, making them play as they do. I first saw Beck from the photopit when he played Museumsplatz in 2006 and in my first ever picture of him he is standing at the very back of the stage with his arms up, acknowledging the loud applause – and that was before he had played a single note that evening. Only musical legends can command an audience in such a way – and we have sadly lost another.

Harps and Banjos – Bonn Folk Club – 131

Isn’t there an old joke that Heaven is full of harp players, and Hell is full of banjo players? I can imagine the twinkle in John Harrison’s eye when he decided to put this event together. Having said that though, there is also a saying that the devil has all the best music (written by a blues fan I suspect) so, let’s see what this evening’s interesting Bonn Folk Club mix masterminded at Dotty’s has in store.

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Jazz at the Kameha 2023

Bonn Jazz fans will be glad to hear that last year’s Kameha Jazz Nights prove so popular that the venue will again be hosting top jazz musicians and, even better, they won’t have long to wait! – here are the three shows currently planned…

12.1. Sendecki & Spiegel

2.2. Jin Jim

2.3. Omer Klein

Omar Klein (here in Dottendorf 2018)

Tickets for the Kameha Grand concerts from BONNTICKET

There is also Jazz coming Bonn’s way again from Dottendorf soon, where the Christine Corvisier Quintett will be playing on 24 March in what will be the venue’s 100th Jazz concert.

More details on Christine Corvisier HERE

Folk Club Bonn January 6th – Harps and Banjos

Friday’s (6 January) Bonn Folk Club is a Harps and Banjos evening.

“This time we have no most “special guest”, but rather many, and several, guests of all kinds and talents galore.
There will be those kinds of harps that comfortably fit into peoples’ pockets and between the lips (see above), and other kinds of harps, that unlike said “Gob irons” will not fit into one’s pockets, however large their pockets may or may not be. These “Celtic” types simply do not fit between the lips, not even of “Satchmo”, “Satchel Mouth” Mr Louis Armstrong himself.
They are though very melodic and soothing to the soul. Naturally, there will be several banjos too, and some “Joes” who can play them!” – John Harrison Folk Club MC

Location as always is Dotty’s Sports Bar 
(Bonner Tennis- und Hockey-Verein – BTHV), 
Christian-Miesen-Str. 1,
53129 Bonn-Dottendor

Start: 7:00 pm