Montag, 3. Mai 2021

 Dear Folkies,

                        on the right-hand side of this blog, there are a few interesting links for you to enjoy. One such is the Mike Harding Folk Show. It is exactly what it says "over the door", or if you prefer "on the box." "The very best in folk, roots, and acoustic music."  

Here it is a two-hour podcast for you to listen to, for free, and at your leisure:

https://mikehardingfolkshow.com/category/podcasts/

Mike Harding is quite a character, and who he doesn't know in folk music, and the songs of this genre that he doesn't know, are frankly not really worth knowing. 

You can read more about him here on his Wikipedia page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Harding

Quite a remarkable man. After many decades as a successful folk singer/songwriter mainly playing the guitar and the mandolin, but indeed able to play most instruments known to man and a mean Blues harp player too. An author, a comedian, and a rambler through the dales of northern England. Later on, he took a job with the BBC Radio 2 and ran his own weekly half-hour radio show there, "The Mike Harding Show", but in 2012 after 15 successful years as a disc jockey, in a remarkable naive case of ageism, somebody at the BBC noticed that he hadn't retired at the customary age of 65 years and had well overshot the mark, even though Mike wasn't complaining in the slightest. So, they decided to unceremoniously "put Mike out to grass".  Mike though, in classical renegade style, had noticed that technology had sufficiently shifted the old tectonic plates of the radio music world to such an extent that a somewhat slightly angry and determined older man could now significantly take on a long-established traditional institution such as the behemoth that is the national radio broadcaster in the UK, ever since the radio was invented, and even win! Mike Harding speedily set up his own "new radio" show as an internet podcast as a new two-hour show, and literally ran rings around them and duly left them standing! What a wonderful story of a folky "David and Goliath!" Mike started the weekly show in January 2012 just after folk club Bonn started in 2010. By doing weekly shows as opposed to our monthly reality German folk music shows, it wasn't very long until he overtook our numbers. Finally, in 2017 it finally dawned on Mike that the BBC might have had a point after all, and perhaps it was a good idea if he slowed down a little, so he took a short break, but before long he started up again, but this time on a more reasonable leisurely monthly rather than a weekly basis. You can now listen to show number #292, as usual, a wonderful diverse platter of the very best, both old and new, folk, roots, and acoustic music. Please enjoy! If you enjoy it, do feel free to contribute "a few Bob" or whatever "Williams" you can spare, as Mike has licencing fees to pay in order to continue doing what he does so well. All previous 291 shows are also available for your perusal and enjoyment. If you look on this site under "Folk Clubs and Sessions" and look under the searchable site and insert "Germany" you will also find "Folk Club Bonn" there. If you simply click on the artist's name in blue listed after the title of each song in this episode of the podcast,  then you will be linked directly to the artist's homepage

For more information on Mike Harding, you can visit his regular web page here:http://www.mikeharding.co.uk/

A man who ticks all of the folk music boxes, with a vengeance, and then some!

Keep up the great work Mike and never cease to let us hear the best music ever to come out of a stone Yorkshire shed. There really are some incredible people in the world, who keep the music flowing, sometimes against all the odds, especially in these most difficult Coronavirus COVID-19 times, that seems to have stopped so many wonderful musical events dead in their tracks, with hardly any current reprieve.

Here are over two hours of Mike Harding's most recent show:

Click below on the orange arrow to listen, or find the podcast on iTunes.

I can certainly recommend it. Do try it and let us know in the comments below what you think of it.

Many thanks in advance.

Enjoy!

Podcast #292

Updated on date by author  


iTunes-175


 

Playlist:

 

01 The Rosewood Jig / Tripping Upstairs – Diatonics – Diatonics

02 Arrogance, Ignorance And Greed  – Show Of Hands – Arrogance, Ignorance And Greed

03 Follow The Heron Home – Nóirinn Lynch – In Her Own Time

04 Bold Riley – Peter Knight’s Gigspanner – From Poets To Wives

05 Cod Liver Oil And The Orange Juice – The Mary Wallopers – A Mouthful Of The Mary Wallopers

06 Bell Book & Candle – Nóirinn Lynch – In Her Own Time

07 Baking Bread – Nóirinn Lynch – In Her Own Time

08 Joe Bowers – Martin Simpson – Live Before Lockdown

09 Palaces Of Gold – Martin Simpson – Live Before Lockdown

10 Heartbreak Hotel – Martin Simpson – Live Before Lockdown

11 Lullabyes For Strangers – Peggy Seeger – First Farewell

12 Gotta Get Home By Midnight – Peggy Seeger – First Farewell

13 Blackbirds & Thrushes – Banter – Three

14 Corrina Corrina – Kenneth “Jethro” Burns – Swing Low, Sweet Mandolin

15 The Doffing Mistress – Varo – Varo

16 Hangman´s Reel – Mary Z Cox – Carolina Banjo

17 St Helena – Dermot ByrneEamonn CoyneJohn Doyle – Liag

18 Blow The Candle Out – Jumbo Brightwell – Songs From The Eel’s Foot

19 As I Roved Out – Varo – Varo

20 River Of Gold – Track Dogs – Single

21 Peoples’ Palace Kitty Sheain’s Jig- Dermot ByrneEamonn CoyneJohn Doyle – Liag

22 Banana Boat Song – Edward II – Dancing Tunes

23 John Willie’s Ferret – The Oldham Tinkers – Sit Thee Down

24 The Hard Times Of Old England – Peter Knight’s Gigspanner – From Poets To Wives

25 The Sun’s Coming Over The Hill – Karine Polwart – Faultlines

26 The Rosewood Jig / Tripping Upstairs – Diatonics – Diatonics

 


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Sonntag, 2. Mai 2021


 

Often life is not quite so bad as it might at first appear



Folk Club Bonn wishes you all a pensive and a healthy and hopeful May!

Soon there will be swifts appearing on the horizon from the south, 

screeching, wheeling, and heralding summer and who knows, 

perhaps some music sometime after that..........

Samstag, 1. Mai 2021

Hail! Hail! The First of May

 Here is a rather topical song for today!

If you click on the link below the title you will be transported to a page of Jon Boden's

"A Folk Song A Day", which was first posted on Friday, May 1st, 2015, and thankfully is still available six years later. Jon Boden is performing and singing Dave Webber's May song accompanied by an accordion. When you arrive on the linked page if you look once again immediately below the title you will find a black stripe running across the page. Click on the white arrow on the left-hand side and turn your sound up and you will hear this song.

Enjoy!


 Hier ist ein ziemlich aktueller Song für heute!


Wenn Sie auf den Link unter dem Titel klicken, werden Sie zu einer Seite von Jon Bodens


"A Folk Song A Day", die erstmals am Freitag, den 1. Mai 2015, veröffentlicht wurde und glücklicherweise auch sechs Jahre später noch verfügbar ist. Jon Boden spielt und singt das Mai-Lied von Dave Webber, begleitet von einem Akkordeon. Wenn Sie auf der verlinkten Seite angekommen sind, finden Sie direkt unter dem Titel einen schwarzen Streifen, der sich quer über die Seite zieht. Klicken Sie auf den weißen Pfeil auf der linken Seite und drehen Sie den Ton lauter und Sie hören dieses Lied.


Viel Spaß dabei!



Hail! Hail! The First of May    Dave Webber


http://www.afolksongaday.com/?p=2817


Winter time has gone and past-o,

Summer time has come at last-o.

We shall sing and dance the day

And follow the 'obby 'orse that brings the May.


Chorus (after each verse):

So, Hail! Hail! The First of May-o!

For it is the first summer’s day-o!

Cast you cares and fears away,

Drink to the old horse on the First of May!


Blue bells they have started to ring-o,

And true love, it is the thing-o.

Love on any other day

Is never quite the same as on the First of May!


Never let it come to pass-o

We should fail to raise a glass-o!

Unto those now gone away

And left us the 'obby 'orse that brings the May!


(repeat first verse)

A hobby horse used to be a very popular toy for children in the pre-digital age, which did not require the purchase of an expensive leather saddle!

Ein Steckenpferd war im vordigitalen Zeitalter ein sehr beliebtes Kinderspielzeug, für das man keinen teuren Ledersattel kaufen musste!


This song makes excellent use of the "Rhyme-o" technique, this allows one to rhyme any words, simply by adding an "-o" to the words at the end of the line. Even if it technically not necessary it certainly underscores and enhances the rhyme.  Do experiment yourselves, it is rather good fun-o!


Dieses Lied nutzt hervorragend die "Rhyme-o"-Technik, mit der man beliebige Wörter reimen kann, indem man einfach ein "-o" am Ende der Zeile anfügt. Auch wenn es technisch nicht notwendig ist, so unterstreicht und verstärkt es doch den Reim. 

 Experimentieren Sie selbst, es macht ziemlich viel Spaß-o!



Mittwoch, 3. März 2021

In My Garden

 Here's another musical oasis from half of  folk clubbers meoneo. A track from Werner Krotz-Vogel new solo album Soul Kiss", recorded in La Gomera Spain and mixed and mastered on planet earth. Definitely a recommended buy.  This track is composed by Werner in the unusual tuning of  DADFAD and is entitled "In My Garden" and this is certainly the mental image conjured up in the listener's mind with this enchantingly haunting guitar instrumental.


Enjoy!

Such is the delightful quality of some of the guitarists that one is able to encounter in Folk Club Bonn when times improve and we are able to meet once more on the first Friday evening of the month. I cannot guarantee that all guitarists are this good, but many are authentic and it's always live!

Thanks for this Werner!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imvG1ef_l3M&lc=z22wzlfonxfit1vvqacdp435khjq3ipxiiacwwch5dhw03c010c&feature=em-comments

Carneval In Lockdown

 


Dear Folkies, 

there is not a lot currently happening and it is certainly the quietest Carnival that I have ever experienced.

Even the annual two-day Royal Shrovetide Football match in Ashbourne in Derbyshire fell victim to, and was cancelled due to, COVID-19:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Shrovetide_Football

Such a shame, that used to be one of the few places in England where the pubs were open all day long before licencing laws were eased!

Ashbourne in the very heart of English is a beautiful country market town and is certainly a town I loved so well and still do.



Despite the current restrictions due to COVID-19 and the lockdown, one can still find the odd oasis of music going on despite the odds, and here is one such from folk clubber Sebastion Landwehr

https://3songsbonn.com/2021/02/14/town-i-loved-so-well-simon-landwehr/

presenting a gem from The Dubliners on YouTube

Montag, 1. Februar 2021

The Mike Harding Folk Show Podcast

 Dear Folkies,

                        on the right-hand side of this blog, there are a few interesting links for you to enjoy. One such is the Mike Harding Folk Show. It is exactly what it says "over the door", or if you prefer "on the box." "The very best in folk, roots and acoustic music."  

Here it is a two-hour podcast for you to listen to, for free, and at your leisure:

https://mikehardingfolkshow.com/category/podcasts/

Mike Harding is quite a character, and who he doesn't know in folk music and the songs that he doesn't know, are frankly not really worth knowing. 

You can read more about him here on his Wikipedia page:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Harding

Quite a remarkable man. After many decades as a successful folk singer/songwriter mainly playing the guitar and the mandolin, but indeed able to play most instruments known to man and a mean Blues harp player too. An author, a comedian and a rambler through the dales of northern England. Later on, he took a job with the BBC Radio 2 and ran his own weekly half-hour radio show there, "The Mike Harding Show", but in 2012 after 15 successful years as a disc jockey, in a remarkable naive case of ageism, somebody at the BBC noticed that he hadn't retired at the customary age of 65 years and had well overshot the mark, even though Mike wasn't complaining in the slightest. So, they decided to unceremoniously "put Mike out to grass".  Mike though, in classical renegade style, had noticed that technology had sufficiently shifted the old tectonic plates of the radio music world to such an extent that a somewhat slightly angry and determined older man could now significantly take on a long-established traditional institution such as the behemoth that is the national radio broadcaster in the UK, ever since the radio was invented, and even win! Mike Harding speedily set up his own "new radio" show as an internet podcast as a new two-hour show, and literally ran rings around them and duly left them standing! What a wonderful story of a folky "David and Goliath!" Mike started the weekly show from January 2012 just after folk club Bonn started in 2010. By doing weekly shows as opposed to our monthly reality German folk music shows, it wasn't very long until he overtook our numbers. Finally, in 2017 it finally dawned on Mike that the BBC might have had a point after all, and perhaps it was a good idea if he slowed down a little, so he took a short break, but before long he started up again, but this time on a more reasonable leisurely monthly rather than a weekly basis. You can now listen to show number #285, as usual, a wonderful diverse platter of the very best, both old and new, folk, roots and acoustic music. Please enjoy! If you enjoy it, do feel free to contribute "a few Bob" or whatever you can spare, as Mike has licencing fees to pay in order to continue doing what he does so well. All previous 284 shows are also available for your perusal and enjoyment. If you look on this site under "Folk Clubs and Sessions" and look under the searchable site and insert "Germany" you will also find "Folk Club Bonn" there.

For more information on Mike Harding, you can visit his regular web page here:http://www.mikeharding.co.uk/

A man who ticks all of the folk music boxes, with a vengeance, and then some!

Keep up the great work Mike and never cease to let us hear the best music ever to come out of a stone Yorkshire shed. There really are some incredible people in the world, who keep the music flowing, sometimes against all the odds, especially in these most difficult Coronavirus COVID-19 times, that seems to have stopped so many wonderful musical events dead in their tracks, with hardly any current reprieve.

Here are over two hours of Mike Harding's most recent show:

Click below on the orange arrow to listen, or find the podcast on iTunes.

I can certainly recommend it. Do try it and let us know in the comments below what you think of it.

Many thanks in advance.



Category: Podcasts

Podcast #289

Updated on date by author 

iTunes-175


 

Playlist:

 

01 Summer Is A-Comin’ – Merry Hell – The Ghost In Our House And Other Stories

02 Cricklewood – Christy Moore – (BBC Live Session From ‘As I Roved Out’ / 1979) – The Early Years: 1969-81

03 Pound A Week Rise – Monkey See Monkey Do – The Night Out

04 Farewell Shanty – Ninebarrow – A Pocket Full Of Acorns

05 Carbolic Rag – Scottdale String Band – Rags, Breakdowns, Stomps & Blues

06 The Diggers Song – Chumbawamba – English Rebel Songs 1381-1914

07 Lowlands Of Holland – Trad Arr – Further Tales Of Love Death And Treachery!

08 McGoldrick’s / The Gallowglass / Whelan’s / O’Brien From Newtown – Trouble In The Kitchen – When The World Was Wide

09 Pay Day – The Unwanted – Pay Day

10 A Million Miles Away – Steve Tilston – Such Times 

11 Nothing To See Here – Steve Tilston – Such Times

12 My Mystery Train – Steve Tilston – Such Times

13 The Steam-Boat / The Winter’s Night Schottische – The Twagger Band – Sound The Bugle Blow The Horn

14 Mole In A Hole – Blue Murder – No One stands Alone

15 Who By Fire – Bob Jensen – For The Sake Of The Song 

16 Wildflowers – We Banjo 3 – Single

17 Lad O’Beirne’s Hornpipe/The New Century – Randal Beys & Joel Bernstein – The Pigtown Fling

18 The King & Queen Of England – Sandy Denny – Circle Dance

19 Coal Not Dole – Swan Arcade – Circle Dance

20 Eanach Mhic Coilin / The Music Room – Pat Walsh – Simply Whistle

21 The Lowlands Of Holland – Martin Carthy – Second Album

22 Man Of The Earth – The Teacups – In Which… 

23 A Proper Sort Of Gardner – June Tabor – Aleyn

24 The Slip Jigs And Reels – North Cregg – Mi Daza

25 Half Wild – Kitty McFarlane – Single

26 Girls Are Crazy About Me – Boo Hanks With Dom Flemons – Buffalo Junction

 


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Sonntag, 31. Januar 2021

Thank you Simon for such a wonderful online concert and kudos to whoever was looking after 

your sound and internet connection for a "job well done!" 

Such events do certainly not yet have a "plug-in and simply play" embodiment to them, and demand a lot of hard graft in order to make them function!

I must admit I concur with Bill Baum of Baum's Bluesbenders and owner and CEO of the music business shop  in Bonn-Bad Godesberg that "LIVE is indeed better"  but confronted with the lack of real choice currently on offer, your concert this evening was much much better than the alternative, which would have been,

 "no concert at all!"

Thanks again Simon,

Keep up the good work!

PS Anybody who enjoyed the concert and/or those who are simply curious and wish to discover more 

can, and should, satisfy their curiosity here:

https://simonkempston.co.uk/

All of his history and numerous CDs are available here which can be bought via PayPal and any additional donations for the concert would also be much appreciated by Simon.

Imagine if you were used to playing 150 paying gigs a year and then suddenly hit the brick wall of COVID-19 lockdown nearly a year ago! No concerts to play and literally nowhere to go.

It simply beggars belief.

It is never a negative thing to try and project oneself into another person's shoes. It projects one's Vorstellungsvermögen!