"Ladies & Gentlemen"
Eva Henneken & John Harrison
"I hate to see that evening sun go down"
Is that a violin or a fiddle?
It sounds sweet to me and W.C. Handy
Karin und Gerald
John Hay and the ever expansive
World Music Bonn
Carolin Schaulandt & Uwe Gillert
The guitar virtuoso down from Dortmund
for the very first time
takes us on some melodic mystery tours
It isn't because he is not photogenic,
but there really are fewer photos of Stephan
than other performers and there's a reason why.
A Yorkshire Matt with no hat
came down from Cologne for the fourth time
with a band
both laid back and tight
Young Sam cutting his spurs, he'll be going further
than Cornwall and the south of France in the years to come.
Matt's 1930s wooden-bodied Fender single-cone resonator,
older than most of the audience
Sascha finding the fiddle doesn't have a blow or suck
issue like this harp.
Dead Men Have No Dreams
(Obviously not Grateful Dead fans! )
Sascha Loss switching from fiddle to blues
harp and back again
Fresh from the Hambach forest protests, any attack on a forest
is personal for Sacha, like someone threatening his fiddle,
or future generations thereof!
Astrid Robb on Cajón provides the Rhythm,
leaving the Blues to Matthew!
Steve Perry despatching the public announcements
after the break, before
leading us "All Through The Night“ aka
"Ar Hyd y Nos"
("I kid you not ) " despite his Yorkshire ancestry on his mother's side, Professor Perry is actually a very keen
and ardent scholar of the Welsh language, a form of early hideous pre-medieval torture,
that today only those actually born and schooled in the principality have to endure,
without any choice in the matter. I might add that Steve was born in Connecticut,
which is not in Wales, so Steve whose passion for Welsh is absolutely voluntary,
He is thus, either a very rare eccentric
or a linguistic masochist,
or a mixture of both!
Knut Rausch on his first outing at Bonn folk club
packing a 12 string guitar and a voice to match
Stefan Mönkemeyer in the second half
Stefan Mönkemeyer treated us to warm, delicate,
soft instrumentals, invariably with a back story.
One of the few photos of Stefan actually playing, and one of
the few of him smiling when he's NOT actually playing,
the photographers tried to hide their shutter sounds
behind the rare clinking of a glass from the audience
Until the audience clapped at the end, they were so quiet
during the performance, I thought they'd left the room, John!
Matthew Rob and Band
These guys take shutter sounds literally in their strides
Sam tuning, he's young, but he already cares!
A happy chappy
Sizzling Sacha, like his mentor "Klaus der Geiger"
is active on topical environmental issues
After remembering his hat for the second half
Astrid has the best seat in the house
Matthew moves up into overdrive
Melancholy at times and I swear if he were
any more laid back, he would be almost horizontal!
Thanks, lads, and lassies for a great set
It's getting late and now there's only one thing left to do,
to toast one of the biggest rogues who successfully crossed
past the border reivers unscathed in so many different directions,
so many times, and in so many different guises,
that he has become a bit of a legend,
even in Folk Club Bonn:
"Jock Stewart, a man you don't meet every day"
Finally, a seldom said necessity.
A great "thank you" to our wonderful audience.
We could not, even in a wild dream, think of putting on such an evening, purely acoustically and with no amplifiers, without you all actively participating as well as you all do. It really beggars belief for all of those involved in it, who do it every month, that it is actually possible.
To do it with a "featured artist" of the calibre of Stefan Mönkemeyer and to NOT have to apologise afterwards to him for the excess background noise, whilst he was performing, his, even by FCB standards, most delicate and almost at times, silent performance, where no single harmonic went missing, is a magnificent credit to you all out there who were there and an inspiration to us all in here to do more, and to try to be even better in the future, in a rather quiet gentle and sometimes almost "silent" way to make music both real and wonderful, which it invariably naturally is, if only we let it be so.
"THANK YOU ALL!"
John et al @ Folk Club Bonn