We do not normally do birthdays so so please do not expect this to become a regular feature.
However, there have recently occurred a few things of note which are worth considering. Bonn folk club is a truly amazing place and at our last meeting on Friday 03.03.23, I was personally expecting a seriously diminished attendance due to the Verdi strike of workers on both Bonn and Cologne local transport networks. Instead, we were graced with a record post C-19 crowd of over 100 souls.
One birthday of great note was our dear friend Hans-Günter Peters who had passed from being an octogenarian earlier in the year to becoming a nonagenarian by the time he played at the March folk club. What many people do not realise is how long Günter has been attending the folk club and he was a very early visitor when the doors first opened in 2010 in the Schützenhaus in Graurheindorf in the north of Bonn. So he is not only currently our oldest performer, but also one of our longest attendees.
Furthermore, after two successful inaugural meetings in 2010 with many varied performers dear Günter literally saved my bacon on FCB # 3 in April 2010 when for some reason no other performers turned up and I ended up doing 18 songs that evening, plus one with Yvonne Roche-Harth singing, but I had to learn the chords to that song during the break. Günter gave us a wonderful rendering of his piano medleys which saved the evening, and as a folk club we have never looked back since then, and Günter tickling the ivories has become a regular folk club feature ever since, and long may it continue to be so.
Plato once said that "music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything".
So not only is music generally good for prolonging active life and longevity it would appear that performing music specifically in the folk club is particularly enriching for longevity as Günter is a wonderful example of this. So a belated happy birthday to Günter and long may he continue to perform on first Fridays. Günter, whilst now retired, was an architect by trade and has phenomenal drawing skills as an artist as the cartoon below attests, one which he commissioned by himself and gifted to the folk club.
Many thanks for this wonderful gift Günter and a belated happy birthday and many, many more of them!