Music is a family affair: Duos Roads & Shoes and guest star Charly are convincing together


The elderly among us may remember that the music of the young people was once a rebellion against the bourgeois parents. That is long gone. That evening, at least, rock ‘n’ roll was a family affair.

The Angel Churchwoman Linda Laukamp now lives in Hanover. The Engelsart concert of their duo Roads & Shoes in the local cotton warehouse came about through the mediation of their parents, the musician couple Ursula and Bernt Laukamp (formerly Engelskirchen, now Gummersbach). Johanna Eicker from Cologne, the other half of the duo, had her musician mother and little daughter in the audience. And the sister on stage: Charly Klauser has often sung and played along with Roads & Shoes. She has recently been living in the Laukamps’ former home in Engelskirchen – so much for the close family ties.

The two duos fit that evening. albeit very different, well together

Charly Klauser is a real professional, among other things she belongs to the regular cast of Peter Maffay’s band. She is currently working on her first solo album. At the opening of the evening she presented these songs. During the unplugged performance with husband Simon Scheibel on the cajon, the quality of the songs (and their interpreters) was evident in the fact that they also work in these greatly reduced arrangements. Sometimes on the piano, sometimes on the guitar, the 30-year-old multi-instrumentalist accompanied herself with the casualness of a true virtuoso.

In addition, she played the show experience of a ramp pig that has already performed in front of the arena audience. During the song “Tür auf, Tür zu” she makes the audience shout “Ooohh” and “Yeaahh” alternately, and the atmosphere couldn’t be better.
Linda Laukamp plays the cello on “Forever Young”, a song that Charly Klauser wrote for Maffay’s new album.

Conversely, Roads & Shoes later repeatedly brought Charly onto the stage as a guest singer. The transition from one to the other duo takes place almost without a break, although the music is stylistically far apart. Klauser’s German pop, which sometimes moves forward, is followed by mostly tender, melancholy English-speaking folk. What continues is an impressive musicality full of instrument changes and sweet vocals. Johann Eicker sometimes roughen up the sound on the guitar pleasantly, Linda Laukamp with the cello provides ballad-like depth and almost orchestral abundance.

At the end all four come on stage together for one and another encore. Standing ovations, of course. Johanna Eicker’s daughter Sophia also apparently enjoyed the first concert at which she was allowed to hear her mother. This musical family saga is certainly not over yet.


Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger – Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger by www.ksta.de.

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