Wille & The Bandits back ‘home’ in Bonn

In 2015, if you were at Rockpalast for JJ Grey & Mofro in the Harmonie, you had a very pleasant surprise indeed in the form of Cornwall Power-Blues trio Wille & The Bandits.  You won’t have forgotten the show so easily – not least for the sight of Wille Edwards and the rasta hair ‘growing’ out from the lid of his battered black top-hat.  My reaction at the time was: “Harmonie, Book these guys ASAP if not sooner”.  Well, they did, and this was my third visit to see this excellent trio on a stage alive and rocking, where their music very much belongs.

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RosaWay – Stranger (Infinity Gritty/Ropeadope Records)

Stéphane Avellaneda will be familiar to many readers.  I remember first seeing him as the new drummer behind Ana Popovic some years ago now.  My thoughts then were that he was a rock drummer and that he was LOUD too!.  After a couple of shows though, it became apparent that Stéphane could also play subtle accompaniments too, and was a man always ready to experiment a little with the sound.  Of course, within the confines of the Ana Popovic Band, it was the lady in charge who dictated the shots.  Fair enough, it’s her band and her songs.  Fast forward to 2019, and with Ana Popovic now ripping it up a storm Stateside for much of the year with her band, Stéphane has taken the opportunity to team up with French vocalist/flautist Rachel Ombredane to make an intriguing debut disc via Kickstarter donations.  The result is a duo named RosaWay and an excellent Jazz/Synthpop EP named ‘Stranger’

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WIN TICKETS – Wille & The Bandits

 

3songs has two tickets to give away for the concert on 24 April of Wille & The Bandits at The Harmonie in Bonn. The band are from Cornwall, but offer up some of the gutsiest blues slide guitar you are ever likely to hear.  Check out my review of a previous concert HERE

…and if you still need convincing, watch the video below.

To win the two tickets, just send an Email to 3songsbonn@gmx.de with the header ‘Wille & The Bandits Competition’ to reach me by 20 April.

The first name out of the hat wins!

Rüdiger Baldauf in Dottendorf

Michael Jackson seems to be in the headlines for all the wrong reasons these days.  Rüdiger Baldauf’s Jackson Trip was actually released in 2017, but with the current Jackson Art retrospective at Bundeskunsthalle, now is the perfect time for the top trumpeter from Bensberg to bring a part of Jackson that is in no dispute back in the public eye – his incredible contribution to Funk/Soul and Pop music.

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English Dance / English Weather

 

Whats this?  Englishmen fighting on the streets of Bonn?  Has Brexit come to this – dividing the Nation into violence even on European streets?

Actually, Saturday saw the culmination of Oxford-Week in Bonn with a concert at Bottlerplatz that offered not just English Dance but also genuine English weather as it drizzled with icy rain for a large chunk of the day.  The last time I remember seeing genuine Morris dancing was sometime in the late 1970’s outside of the Still & West Public House in Old Portsmouth.  I’m still not sure what drives anyone, male or female, to Morris Dance, but I do agree they deserve some recognition for bravery in the face of hard wooden batons from each other, and hard stares from passers-by when they walk up the road afterwards with bells still ringing from their ankles. Today they also deserved applause.

The foul weather didn’t stop the smiles from Oxford Morris Men (who curiously also include a woman!).  3Songs also caught music from Reel Bach Consort playing music from Bach who was a visitor to Germany in days past that were hopefully sunnier than today.  Good also to see the familiar face of Tom Kannamacher amongst the youngsters.

SMALL PICTURE GALLERY HERE

More details on Oxford Club Bonn HERE