Karsten Jahnke Gala Hamburg (Germany)
22 November 2007
brilliant birthday party took place in Hamburg’s finest
„Deutsches Schauspielhaus“ (http://www.schauspielhaus.de/).
Karsten Jahnke - German tour manager of The Dubliners from their very
first tour 1972 exactly 35 years ago and
a great fan of the group - celebrated his 70th birthday with friends,
guests and a huge number of well known musicians. A luxurious gala concert
was organized by his employees and his two sons as a surprise show so that
the “birthday boy” has no clue what would happen. The nearly 4 hours
lasting performance was named “Keep Swinging” which is the longtime
motto of the Jahnke-agency. Among many jazz musicians and international
renowned singers as Paul Weller, Nils Landgren and Hermann van Veen the
Irish music was represented by Luka Bloom (who sang unaccompanied “The
Golden Land”) and by The Dubliners as one of the gala’s highlights of
honoured his long time German friend with a very personal birthday
laudation: “It is a great privilege and a great pleasure to be here for
Karsten’s 70th birthday. Karsten we know you for half of your
lifetime. We look forward to many more years to go on. Karsten is a
wonderful man. Not just a promoter but a great friend over the years.
Thank you Karsten.”
it was Patsy who sang “Happy Birthday” with the lads and the audience
to Karsten Jahnke. Due to the very strict procedure there was only time
for one song so the Dubliners played “Wild Rover” with the singing and
clapping of the skilled Hamburg audience.
local Hamburg street press displayed an amusing lack of knowledge next day
reporting that the Dubliners performed in Irish “An der Nordseeküste”
(At the North Sea coast) which is a German carnival reproduction of the
famous Irish mega hit.
it was a fine and honourable start for the Dubliners’ second leg of the
tour and we say as well "Karsten Jahnke, Happy Birthday" and
here for a report from the January 2008 edition of Folker!
© 2007 Gerhard Braas, Hamburg,
All pictures 22 Nov 2007 ©
Gerhard Braas, Hamburg, Germany