Spotlight on: Musketeer & his new EP Seven Long Years!

Musketeer

In his just released studio EP Seven Long Years Australian singer-songwriter Musketeer (who very recently moved to Hamburg) explores quite a dark time of Australian and European history: It follows the journey of a 19th century British convict sent to the prison camps in Australia. The record combines old sea-tale story telling with a nu-folk musical sentiment. It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for singer-songwriters, especially if their music, voice and stories sound as authentic as Musketeer’s. Seven Long Years instantly had my attention. Luckily, I had the chance to ask him two questions:

Your EP deals with quite a dark time in the Australian and European history. Why did you decide on this topic?

Musketeer: I wrote this EP at a time when I was living in Australia’s second oldest city, Newcastle. I was considering the history of the place and my own European ancestry. Newcastle was a city built on mining and chain gangs. The British ravaged the landscapes and displaced the existing communities there. You can still see the same mining going on there today and the effect it has on people. I guess I thought that was something worth exploring and so I wrote a song about it, and then another, and it kind of transformed into this dark journey which you can now listen to on the EP.”

You just moved to Hamburg. What makes this city unique for you? Do you already have any favorite places?

Musketeer: “Hamburg is beautiful. I guess what makes Hamburg unique for me is that I am now one step closer to becoming a notorious pirate, plundering the choppy waters of the Elbe. Haha. Not really. But I love the river and there is a seaworthy grunginess to this city that I find very interesting.

There are also a lot of cool bars close to the river that I have slowly being discovering. I haven’t been here long enough to pick and choose the best ones yet, but Weinladen in St Pauli has very tasty wines… I guess I am more of a coffee gent. There is an abundance of delicious places that I like to go to. I would recommend Nord Coast, they roast their own coffee and have excellent waffles. Less Political is also pretty damn great. You can find them in the Schanze. The staff are warm hearted and hilarious and make a fine coffee. Can’t go past that.

Enjoy listening!

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The 4th Advent Weekend 2016!

Beautiful Eimsbüttel. All Pics by Franzi.

The fourth Advent weekend in Hamburg! Yes indeed, I spent the last three weekends in this wonderful city. But now it’s time to grab my bags again and to take the next train: First I will be a few days in Berlin, during X-Mas I will be in Hesse and finally I plan to celebrate the new year with friends in Quedlinburg

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a stress-free one :)!

Friday night we made mulled wine with a rum-soaked sugar-loaf lit above it (German: “Feuerzangenbowle“).

Saturday I helped a friend moving!

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The 3rd Advent Weekend 2016!

Look onto Hamburg from the musical area. All Pics by Franzi.

The third Advent weekend in Hamburg! We were in the cinema (Arrival – a really entertaining SF movie!), in a musical (Das Wunder von Bern – go there if you like musicals! It’s awesome!) as well as in the Hamburg Museum. …You see: a weekend in Hamburg is never boring. Here are lots of things to experience, not only during X-Mas time.

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a restful one :)!

Friday night: We watched the fantastic (!) SF movie Arrival in the Savoy cinema in St. Georg.

Saturday night: The musical hall, where we watched Das Wunder von Bern.

Sunday we were in the Hamburg Museum. There was a special exhibition about beer (I learned that Hamburg was really famous for its breweries in the past).

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The 2nd Advent Weekend 2016!

The second Advent weekend in Hamburg! Since we had guests, we used the bright blue sky on Saturday to visit the harbor and some X-Mas markets. During sunset we were on a boat tour on the Alster – incredible romantic :). Sunday morning we looked down on Hamburg from its newest highlight – the Elbphilharmonie. A perfect weekend in this wonderful city!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a bright one :)!

we3Sunset over Hamburg. View from the Außenalster. All Pics by Franzi.

we1Saturday: Blue sky and the bright sun at the harbor!

we2Saturday evening: A boat trip on the Alster during sunset!

we4Sunday morning: A look onto the harbor from the Elbphilharmonie.

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Home Sweet Home!

we2I made some apple jelly! All Pics by Franzi.

I spent the last two days in Hamburg – without any appointments! I lay on the sofa, read books, made some apple jelly, went to a friend’s flat for a ‘mulled wine’ gathering to start into X-Mas time, had a delicious Sunday brunch and relaxed. It was wonderful to have some time for myself and now I start refreshed into another wild week: Hamburg – Berlin – Hamburg – Osnabrück – Hamburg. Those will be my next seven days :).

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a relaxed one :)!

we1On Sunday we had a perfect brunch in the lovely bistro LilliSu.

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Winter Dom Time in Hamburg!

we3The blue Hamburg sky. All Pics by Franzi.

It’s Winter Dom time in Hamburg! During the last weekend, friends from Osnabrück visited me. Together with their little son we went to the Dom – Hamburg’s fair that takes place in spring, summer and winter (Yes indeed, nearly the whole year-long ;)). It’s a wild, colorful, loud, (cold) and fun adventure. Their little one looked thunderstruck from the first second until the last!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a fun one :)!

we1Hamburger Dom I…

we2… and II.

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Those Golden Fall Days!

we1The autumnal campus of the university of Hamburg. All Pics by Franzi.

This was a golden fall weekend here in Hamburg. Okay, there was a lot of rain and icy wind as well but it’s always amazing to see the sun come through the heavy clouds at this time of the year. Nevertheless, I spent quite some time inside: On Friday we were at The Great Gatsby ballet show (which was ok but nothing more). Saturday I was at the Hamburger Gitarrenfestival to hear a friend of mine play on stage and yesterday I was happy to stay at home with my books and watch (like every Sunday) my favorite crime series Tatort :).

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – have a golden one :)!

we2On the way to the ballet The Great Gatsby in the Mehr Theater.

we3The Chilehaus at night!

we4My pal Annika played with her guitar partner Janis at the Hamburger Gitarrenfestival!

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Coffee Days!

we1View from the Altonaer Balkon. All Pics by Franzi.

The last three days I spent in Hamburg, watching a show in the Hafencity, strolling through lots of bookshops, trying out my new sewing machine, making a walk through Ottensen and drinking coffee. Actually, a lot of coffee. Below I show you just a few cups I enjoyed during the weekend…

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – with some good cups of coffee :)!

we5Friday lunchtime: Sweet Vietnamese iced coffee as ‘dessert’.

we4Friday afternoon: A flat white at less political.

we3Saturday afternoon: Latte macchiato and (gluten-free) cake at Jussi (coffee & crime books)!

we2Sunday brunch: Latte macchiato and a perfect (gluten-free) breakfast at the lovely (!) Café Winklers Platz.

we6Sunday afternoon: Espresso at el rojito.

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A Relaxed Hamburg Weekend!

hh2The opening of the brewery Hopper Bräu. Pics by Franzi.

This last weekend I tried to relax a bit and to enjoy the first days of fall. I went (again) to the farmers market, cooked soups, visited the opening of the craft beer brewery Hopper Bräu and had a game night with friends. Perfection!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – enjoy those beautiful September days!

hh4I was at the farmers market, again :)!

hh1Hamburg’s town hall by night looks amazing!

hh3Inside the Hopper Bräu brewery!

Happy Birthday Mum!

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Late Summer in Hamburg!

we1Sunset with the Telemichel. Pics by Franzi.

Another weekend in late-summer Hamburg! I enjoyed the bright red sky on Friday evening, a stroll through the Isemarkt and cooking delicious meals. Saturday we celebrated the bachelorette party of my pal D with a fun photo shoot and an Italian dinner. Now we all look forward to her wedding in two weeks!

I wish you a wonderful start into the fresh week – enjoy those last late-summer days!

we5The farmers market “Isemarkt” is filled with tasty late-summer fruits and vegetables…

we4…as well as with beautiful flowers!

we2It’s figs season! I used them for a fig-ricotta pizza (recipe will follow). Delicious!

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