Kunstrasen VIP Lounge – Part 2

Back to Kunstrasen’s ‘Klein aber Fein’ Vsecond Stage.  Roxanne de Bastion and Daniel Bongart were on the bill on a day when all the threat of rain during Sunday’s  VIP lounge concert arrived with a vengeance from early afternoon on Tuesday evening.  An hour before the music was due to start there were regular peals of thunder from the Rheinaue direction.  A wise man would have stayed home.  I set out – with a raincoat and strong umbrella.  Well, there was an English lady waiting for me.  Waiting for an audience of any sort I suspect as the lightning lit up the early evening sky.

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British Isles under the Cedar Tree

Not having been back to my home country for over two years it was rather pleasant to walk down to Kleines Theater in the Bad Godesberg Kurpark on Monday.  For one, it was slightly drizzling with rain.  ‘Even the weather will be Best of British’ I sighed happily inside my waterproof jacket.  Music from the British Isles was what it said on the flyers.  But what exactly was that?  I mean, we all know Irish jigs and Scottish bagpipes, but can you fit four individual territories into one evening, indeed into an evening ending at 10 pm,  in the park in one evening?  If anyone could, it would be the man stepping promptly onto the stage at 7:30 pm.

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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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