July saw two amazing Salons in one long week with great punk attitude and soulful songs from the amazing Emperor X and Remarkable Shipwrecks, plus a very sticky, summery night of music from Big Strong Brute and exuberant Italian trio Lapingra.

Thank you to the artists, the audiences, my housemates and hosts and to Elena at Paper & Iron Booking for bringing Chad/Emperor X to Sofa Salon.

The second half of the year sees some astonishing songwriters grace the Sofa Salon, including two Salons for Berlin Music Week and the new Sofa Salon dinner series near Zoo Station.

I’m really excited to bring you these performers. Email berlinsofasalon@googlemail.com for reservations.

AUG
3

Saudia Young (DE)

Our guest for the next show is Berlin-based NYC songwriter and cabaret performer Saudia Young who turns her soft and low alto voice onto swinging jazz styles.You don’t need to have dinner to see the show, but come and watch some great live music near Zoo station.

DE: Präsentiert von Sofa Salon und Kartoffelkiste: Berlins neueste Liedermacher-Serie. Echtes Berliner Essen und Original Live Musik in der gemütlichen, charmanten Atmosphäre der Kartoffelkiste auf dem EuropaCenter. Jeden zwei Wochen. Frei Eintritt. Einlass: 20:00.
EN: Sofa Salon and the Kartoffelkiste present Berlin’s newest singer-songwriter series featuring real Berliner food and local music in the cozy, charming atmosphere of the Kartoffelkiste at the Europa Center, Zoo. Every fortnight. Free entry. Doors 20:00.
Facebook event     Venue

 AUG
17

Die Wanderdüne (DE)

Our guest for this show is Berlin folk musician Die Wanderdüne who roams widely through gorgeous improvisations and different instruments.

DE: Präsentiert von Sofa Salon und Kartoffelkiste: Berlins neueste Liedermacher-Serie. Echtes Berliner Essen und Original Live Musik in der gemütlichen, charmanten Atmosphäre der Kartoffelkiste auf dem EuropaCenter. Jeden zwei Wochen. Frei Eintritt. Einlass: 20:00.
EN: Sofa Salon and the Kartoffelkiste present Berlin’s newest singer-songwriter series featuring real Berliner food and local music in the cozy, charming atmosphere of the Kartoffelkiste at the Europa Center, Zoo. Every fortnight. Free entry. Doors 20:00.

AUG
18

Ned Collette (AU), Ben Salter (AU) + Mark Geary (IE)

Three great songwriters grace us with music from their critically-acclaimed new albums. Ben Salter is from Brisbane bands Giants Of Science and alt.country collective The Gin Club and co-produced his intelligent, complex debut solo album The Cat with members of The Drones. Ned Collette is a past host and performer at Sofa Salon. He brings us literate musings from his sixth album, 2. Mark Geary is an Irish singer-songwriter whose time in NYC saw him share stages with acts like Jeff Buckley and Glen Hansard (The Swell Season, The Frames) as well as releasing four albums including the haunting melancholia of this year’s songs about love, songs about leaving. Hear some great music and enjoy drinks at the Peter Falk Memorial Bar.

Email reservation requests to berlinsofasalon [aet] googlemail.com

SEP
5-7

Berlin Music Week Showcases

Sofa Salon and A Headful of Bees host three official showcases for Berlin Music Week.

Mittwoch 5. September – Sofa Salon presents Phia (AU) + Town of Saints (NL)
Australian songwriter Phia has made kalimba (African thumb piano) and loops the centre of her indie pop sound, constructing energetic, layered songs with soaring vocals reminiscent of Björk’s Vespertine album. She will play songs from her new album recorded in Poland. She is supported by Dutch/Finnish acoustic folk-punk act Town of Saints who are renowned for their joyous live shows and will be playing songs from their new EP The Silent Sea.
Facebook event     Berlin Music Week page 

Donnerstag 6. September –
A Headful of Bees Music presents Eric Eckhart (US), Ken Burke (IE), Wasp Summer (AU), Miss Kenichi (DE) and Nina Hynes (IE) at Lovelite, F’hainMy label-collective A Headful of Bees showcases new music from five of Berlin’s finest folk/roots singer-songwriters at Friedrichshain venue Lovelite for Berlin Music Week: the classic guitar pop of Eric Eckhart, Ken Burke’s Irish acoustic-pop storytelling, Wasp Summer‘s soulful alt.country folk, the delicate East German Americana of Miss Kenichi and the experimental pop of well-known Irish indie chanteuse Nina Hynes.
Facebook event     Berlin Music Week page 

Freitag 7. September – Sofa Salon presents Mute Swimmer (UK) + Il Tempo Gigante (DK)

Over solid and ingenious melodies, Mute Swimmer commits darkly funny and metaphysical sabotage on the art of performance. Il Tempo Gigante is Danish musician Rolf Hansen whose distinctive guitar-style and layered folk-pop recalls a one-man Beirut or Radiohead.
Facebook event     Berlin Music Week page 

Email reservation requests to berlinsofasalon [aet] googlemail.com. I will be taking email reservations like normal but you will need to reserve your spots early as I need to save space for people who buy Berlin Music Week Club Tickets. If you want to experience three days of incredible showcases all within the Friedrichshain/Kreuzberg nexus, pre-order your Club tickets for these events here.

OCT
6

Roller One (AU) + Justin Cusack (AU)

Both acts are previous Sofa Salon performers. I’m happy to welcome back Melburnians Roller One and Justin Cusack with their distinctive takes on dusty, spacious Australian Folk.

Email reservation requests to berlinsofasalon [aet] googlemail.com

NOV
16

Matt Walker (AU) + Lucie Thorne (AU)

Matt Walker is a well-loved figure on the Australian roots music scene, known for his astonishing white-boy blues voice and mastery of dobro, lap steel and guitar. His tourmate, Lucie Thorne is an itinerant troubadour armed with a deadly red Guild electric guitar and a seductive, womanly voice.

Email reservation requests to berlinsofasalon [aet] googlemail.com

JAN
26

Susie Asado (DE) + guest

Sofa Salon is delighted to work again with Paper & Iron Booking to present alternative Folk doyenne Susie Asado and her wonderful portmanteau of languages, cities and well-travelled songs.

Email reservation requests to berlinsofasalon [aet] googlemail.com