my all time favorite sessions

There are now over 50 canoe concerts videos online. while I had to ask musicians to join me for a concert in the beginning, I now have to choose who gets to play a concert. with more and more concerts the obvious question for someone coming to this site for the first time is: where should I start?
So here are my personal all time favorites. this is very personal and my choice not only reflects which song, performance or video I think is best, but it is much more about the memory of these sessions…

Game Over Baby, “Vorne du und hinten das” CC22

When the plan to do concerts on the canal first came to me, I immediately thought of Ferdinand, a friend of mine who plays in the band “Game Over Baby”. So we met and he just played the guitar while I tried different settings for recording the sound and video. Video quality was nice but the audio was horrible because of the wind noise. So I had to make a deadcat and a little wooden thingy to hang the microphone I bought second hand. Now everything was good. So we tried for four month to finally find a time to do the real concert with “Game Over Baby”. We finally did it just a week before Ferdinand’s bandmate gave birth to her first baby…
In this recording we were out on the Havel. It was pretty windy and the waves gave us a good shaky time…see for yourselves:

Conor Deasy from Biggles Flys again plays “City like a River” CC21

I met Conor on a gig by our friend Rhob and later had a look at some of his videos. We recorded four songs all of which are nice, but for a change I liked the look of “City like a River” and the songs fits the atmosphere and setting so nicely. It is always nice going up and down the canal, seeing people stop for a while or walk along to listen to the music performed in the canoe…join us and enjoy:

Bright Blue Gorillas play “The Worl is Mad” CC20

Some people play music, some people producer movies, other do both. In this last category falls the couple “bright Blue Gorillas. Robyn and Michael contacted me a while ago, if they could play in the canoe when visiting Berlin for the premiere of their most recent movie “Go with Le Flow”. I had a look at some of their work and was impressed with the variation. For the session they played a couple of songs, but this one just fitted perfectly to all the big crisis the world is facing right now. So enjoy, “The world is Mad”!:

Southern Gothic Tales plays “Drunk and Mad or High and Sad”

When canoe concerts had just started my good friend Christoph, who lives in Copenhagen and works for a record label there, was immediately in for a cooperation. We had a look at a number of bands that would fit. One was Marstal:Lidell another one was Southern Gothic Tales. Anders Riis, who is the bands front man really wanted to play under the bridge, so we decided to do the concert when he was in Berlin to promote the band’s new album “I’m an Island”. We recorded three songs, the first one being the beautiful “Drunk and Mad or High and Sad”

Roy Dahan plays “Does Anyone Know” in Canoe Concerts #18

When I started of with canoe concerts the idea was to take the musicians on board who were sitting at the canal practicing their instruments. after a while other musicians contacted me and asked if they could come on board for a concert. By now I have so many musicians interested that I need to start thinking about how to choose the ones that actually get to do a concert, a process which I very much dislike to be honest. An absolute high point of my project was when some weeks ago it wasn’t even a musician that asked me but a manager!! Roy Dahan’s music is probably one of the most listened to music I have had on my canoe, and for a good reason. His voice in itself is amazing, as you will see in this beautiful performance under Hobrechtbrücke. We did only one take of this song, it was perfect right from the start.

Stephanie Grace plays “Dollar Bills”

When Georgie Fisher had played in my canoe she suggested I should take her sister out in the canoe as well. Great I thought, if she is half as good as her sister it will be awesome…
The style is very different and yet they definitely share the talent! Steph played three songs, for now I chose the fastest one, because of the amazing atmosphere and the fact that we had a blow up paddle boat with seven spaniards, another paddler in his canoe and a woman daringly standing under the bridge to listen…

Georgie Fisher and Harry Leatherby play “Blue”

Sometimes life throws opportunities at you and this was definitly the case with Georgie Fisher and Harry Leatherby, who where just setting up their equipment on Hobrechtbrücke, a popular bridge for people to sit and musicians to busk in the evening, when I saw them. The bridge connects to very popular places, kreuzberg an northern neukölln. They were immediately in for a concert and played two songs the first of which was “blue”, a delightful piece that has a very special “flow” (sorry have no better word).
Thanks to you two, enjoy:

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