Bobbin’ at the Museumsmeilenfest

A flaming hot boogie from the ‘Boppin’ Bobbin Baboons’

The weather was fine so I took a walk down ‘to the hop’ on Friday. Well, to the Museumsmeilenfest actually – but the theme was decidedly 50’s with music from a little combo with an unlikely name: The Wild Bobbin Baboons, a fashion show and vintage Oldsmobiles.

The Bobbin Baboons, to give them their shortened name, are already a popular act in the area and have played before at the Harmonie as well as in their home town of Koblenz at Cafe Hahn.  A potent mix of 50’s classics and stage acrobatics – not many bands set fire to pianos or wave double basses over their heads these days or any days past for that matter.   It’s ultimately the music that counts though, and clearly these guys respect and love it in equal measures.  As lead singer ‘Smelly Pelly’ told me later, He just heard Rock ‘n’ Roll  from the likes of Fats Domino and Buddy Holly and was instantly hooked.  “It doesn’t take much equipment-wise to play the songs, and most of them are simple Rock n Roll” as he described his favourite music.  The Art of writing classic Rock, Pop, or any other music that lasts of course is creating a song that sounds like it grew itself, which isn’t so simple – there is a wealth of such Classics out there and this Band play it with both a musical and a visual punch.

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Memory Lane on the Museumsmile

Dorota Lesch and 'Band' Die Madämchen

Just to prove it’s not all sex and drugs and Rock and Roll on ‘3Songs’ I caught these ladies onstage at the Museumsmile Festival in Bonn this weekend.

Die Madämchen are a Ladies Chamber Orchestra that was founded in 1984 in Cologne by Dorota Lesch (2nd left).  Their musical roots are in Chicago Ragtime so maybe I am slipping in a plug for something Bluesy in here again.  A little different though all the same.

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Robert Kreis tells it like it was – and is

Java born Robert Kreis began his musical career by chance. Whilst working as steward on a cruise-ship he was asked to entertain the passengers on piano. He  enjoyed himself so much that enrolment at a cabaret school in The Hague followed.  At the same time he began collecting old shellack gramaphone discs from junk shops and jumblesales.

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