Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. They make up the band A Show of Hands, which in case you doubt their credentials, has sold out the Royal Albert Hall no less. So how did they come to be playing in Troisdorf? Obviously the Bonn area is making a name in Folk circles. Who better than to give us a report than our own Folk Club MC John Harrison…
Special guests for the evening were Light Falls Forward all the way from London, but there was also plenty of homegrown musical talent to enjoy at Haus Müllestümpe as the Club celebrated it’s quarter Century (25th meeting) in style.
Thanks in no small part to the Local Folk Club, Bonn is starting to attract increasing interest from visiting Fok Musicians worldwide. An example of the excellent quality of music starting to come this way is Canadian James Murdoch. Seeking to combine a holiday with a few gigs, James contacted Bonn Folk Club. In the absence of a Folk Club meet though The Fiddlers Irish Pub snapped him up for a show. Armed with a borrowed guitar, some excellent self-penned songs, and a striking partner in the shape of girlfriend Amber Bissonnette on mandolin, James Murdoch set about changing diners and football fans into music fans.
Bonn Folk Club laid it’s hat in a new home this month as the first evening at Haus Müllestumpe got off, literally, to a ‘Whistle Test’ of a start. There were familiar faces in new places, playing new games like ‘deciding which side of the pillar to sing round’ and ‘dodge the waiter’. It soon settled down to ‘business as usual’ though, and soon I was the one playing familiar games like ‘name that tune’ and ‘new name to check out later on Wikipedia’.
‚From Henry Purcell to Robert Johnson’. That’s what the top line of John Harrison’s typewritten notes for the evening said. A tall order, even for Bonn Folk Club, but John wasn’t bluffing as the December meet revealed. He even had a new instrument up his sleeve (or in the evenings case, one might say his poncho) in the form of a Gamba.
The live Folk Season continues at GoVinum in Bad Godesberg. This week it was the turn of Currach to whet the musical whistles of patrons. Luckily, they had a tin whistle at hand for the job, and we had John Harrison on hand to have his whistle whetted and send a report.
The Godesberger ‘Wein & Bierstube’ GoVinum is offering live Folk Music this month.
Regulars at Bonn Folk Club will recognize the names here so I don’t need to tell you a fine time will be had by all!
Photo courtesy of John Hurd
”LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC ON TUESDAYS”
May is traditionally an important time in the Folk Calendar. In England Maypoles are danced around, in Germany they are hung high from the sides of houses. This makes it rather difficult for Folkdancers to do their thing. Maybe that’s why there were no Maypoles in the Gaststätte zum Schützenhaus on Friday. I must admit though I can’t quite imagine Barry and John hopping around with bells on their trousers. Best that they stick to what they do best – and that of course is, play music and entertain.