Ron Randolf

Geboren in Richmond, Virginia / USA, begann Ron Randolf seine Musikkarriere im zarten Alter von drei Jahren in der Northminster Baptist Church mit Hits wie „Away in the Manger" und „Jesus loves me". Als Ron zwölf war, begingen seine Eltern den wohl schwerwiegendsten Fehler ihres Lebens und kauften ihm eine Gitarre. Sie brachte ihn auf eine Wanderschaft durch unzählige Schul-Tanzveranstaltungen, Bluegrass Festivals, dreckige, verqualmte Bars und zur US Armee. Nun bestens geschult in den Künsten der Spionage und des Feierns, wurde er nach West Berlin gesandt, um das „Licht der Freiheit“ zu verteidigen. Hier wurde er schon sehr bald ein fester Bestandteil der Folk Szene und Gründungsmitglied von Ramesh B. Weeratunga’s „Feel-Wheel-Music-Band“. Endlich ließ die Armee ihn gehen, und so kam er mit der „Paradise Island Band" während ihrer damals letzten Tour zusammen. Nachdem die Band sich getrennt hatte, gründete er mit Hans Hartmann und Joe Kucera „Triangel". Ron ist auch Chef und Vater des legendären wacko-alternativen Bluegrass Trio „The Hot Nachos“ (www.hotnachos.de). Verschiedene Bands folgten, Soloauftritte, Musicals sowie viele Studioarbeiten. Er spielte u. A. mit allen Hagelberger Ladies und Gentlemen (www.hagelberger14.com), mit Julian Dawson, Harald Juhnke, Alex Konti, Ian Melrose, Nena, Jörg Kokott, Charlie Eitner, Lou Bega, Joceylyn B. Smith und Western Union.

1994 brachte er seine erste Solo CD A Matter of Time. Sie ist vollgepackt mit alltäglichen Wundern und Katastrophen, ein Licht werfend auf Gefühle und Leidenschaften wie Liebe und Furcht, die wir alle nur zu genau kennen. Das neuere Album „Different Streams“, produziert von Ramesh B. Weeratunga, spiegelt ganz ähnliche Ansätze wieder, allerdings beeinflusst von Musik aus aller Welt gespielt von Musikern aus aller Welt. Songs vom Herzen fürs Herz. Ron´s unvergleichbare Stimme, sein Charme und Witz, sowie seine gefühlvolle Spielweise machen jedes seiner Konzerte zu einem unvergesslichen Erlebnis! Seit 2010 kann man ihn zusammen mit Conny H1 in dem Duo „The Schizophonics“ bestaunen; eine Mischung aus herzlicher, fröhlicher, bewegender und mitreißender Musik vieler Genres. Zweistimmiger Gesang, Multiinstrumentalismus und viele andere Überraschungen erwarten Sie!

 

 

What a year 2015!

And this year has brought wonderful extreme changes in our lives as well!  In April we moved to Groß Schönebeck and are still grinning!  We have a beautiful flat next to a lovely old stone church built in the middle ages and I get to direct the church choir and play the barock organ whenever I want to!  Especially Conny is involved in integrating our refugees from the Syrian war zone and helping them get back on their feet.  We've been welcomed with open arms by our many and varied neighbors and feel more at home than we ever have!  Musically,

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03

Jan

2014

Happy New Year

Happy New Year, everyone! 2013 was a huge success for us.  We wrote some good songs, played lots of gigs to wonderful audiences – not only with the Schizophonics and East-West Connection, but with my dear old friends in the Band of Brothers. On the private arena, things were even more spectacular when, on the 14th of November, our daughter, Joni and our son, Randy were born over two months early!  They were given excellent medical attention in the hospital at Berlin-Buch and we were released right before 2014 blew in with a clean bill of health!  We've been blessed in so many ways, and, in this spirit, I'd like to digress a moment.

 

Not only am I thankful for the health (and extreme cuteness) of our twins, but we were privileged to be able to stay at the “Ronald McDonald House”, which is located on the hospital grounds.  This is a house with several apartments that are made available to the parents of sick or prematurely born children while they are being treated in the hospital.  It is built and maintained by the McDonald's Stiftung and was a godsend to  us.  We had our own beautifully furnished apartment, great kitchen facilities and a quiet place to “come down” after hours spent in the clinical hospital environment.  The management and staff of the house went out of their way to make us feel comfortable and welcome and were always there with advice, good cheer and a smile. If anyone out there is looking for a worthwhile charity to donate to, this is one I can heartily recommend!

 

While we were there, Conny and I made new friends, listened to stories of success and tragedy and were truly inspired by how the parents of seriously sick children were coping with their fates.  Despite language barriers, everyone was able to communicate with each other and help out with small and large chores and problems.  I was able to learn a bit of Russian and our new friends from Kazakhstan, Armenia and the Ukraine were speaking better German every day (Of course, Peter and Natalie speak better German than I do anyway!).  In our little micro cosmos, there were lots of laughs, interest and cooperation and I find myself wondering once again why “everyday life” has to involve spite, bickering and even war among people capable of bigger and better conduct.  I’m thankful for this experience and hope to stride into 2014 with just a little more hope, understanding and compassion.

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