Donnerstag, 18. Oktober 2018

Sabines Bilder vom Folk Club Nr. 95 am 5. Oktober 2018

 "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

 Eva Henneken
Carolin Schaulandt & Uwe Gillert

The guitar virtuoso down from Dortmund
for the very first time

Stefan Mönkemeyer 
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!

Wakey Wakey!
 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"

Goodnight all!

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.


John et al @  Folk Club Bonn

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