My favourite shot of 2014 came pretty late in the year, November in fact, when I Caught Sam Fish and Mike Zito enjoying playing as much as we were enjoying hearing them do it.
There was lots to like about 2014. Some of it familiar, like the Kunst!Rasen shows and Jazztube livening up the Tube-stations. Other events were not so familiar to me, and my favourite new venue of 2014 was Alter Zoll. Steal a Taxi and Blümchenknicker were two of the free acts that had happy and smiling picnickers enjoying the music, the sunshine and the Rhine view.
It’s not often that I get to display a picture showing three award winners together but here it is!
Congratulations to Scotland’s Finest King King for picking up six nominations and taking home four trophies at this years British Blues Awards: Best Band, Best bass player (Lindsay Coulson) Best drummer (Wayne Proctor) and Best Keyboard (Bennet Holland). Alan Nimmo was just pipped at the post by the excellent Chantel McGregor for best guitarist and the equally excellent Ian Siegal for Best Vocalist. If you want to see if it’s all hype (it isn’t!) you can catch the band live in Cologne’s Yardclub this November.
Other deserved Awards by musicians who have played here in Bonn include Walter Trout (Best International Artist), Henrik Freischlader (International Artist,Runner Up), Dani Wilde (Female Vocalist,Runner up) and brother Will Wilde (Harmonica Player,Runner Up).
Airless, hot, smoky, overcrowded, why is it that tiny pub gigs are so much fun? The sort of gig that Mick Jagger can only dream about now. Musicians and music that can physically reach out and touch the audience. Alan Nimmo could almost physically touch the far wall of Godorfer Burg in Wesseling on Friday night it was so tiny. Whilst small pubs and clubs are of course where great music is born and raised it’s quite clear after another blistering show that King King are about to ‘fly the nest’ bigtime.