Bluegrass made in Cologne

Traditionals, Tunes, Originals

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Bashed Potatoes Logo in Weiß
Bashed Potatoes in a forest, holding a guitar and a mandoline

Tight vocal harmonies, hot solos, and in-the-pocket grooves best describe the music of the Bashed Potatoes. While bluegrass and acoustic music is still an insider tip in Germany, the Bashed Potatoes band is taking this music front and center stage. Just a microphone and five musicians — let the fireworks begin.

Joon Laukamp, Paul Lindenauer, Philipp Keck, Steffen Thede, and Pierce Black are each individual masters of their instruments. However they come from diverse backgrounds other than bluegrass: jazz, folk, rock, classic and baroque music, and two were originally at home in the USA and New Zealand. But it was their common love for the acoustic music traditions of the American south and their contemporary interpretations that brought them together in 2015 at the Cologne Bluegrass Bash jam session in Manni’s Rästorang in Cologne. Familiarity bred contentment, and in 2021 a band was born.

Each performance by the Bashed Potatoes is packed full of the cosmopolitan story that makes up bluegrass music, a true melting pot of elements which originated in European and Afro-American folk music. Their programs include traditional songs filled with spirituality, Newgrass songs on contemporary themes as well as hard-driving instrumentals, and original compositions.


Bashed Potatoes live in Concert

  • July 14, 2024, 6 pm: Sommersound, Stadtgarten Zeppelinallee, 45879 Gelsenkirchen, more informationen
  • May 5, 2024, 5:30 pm: Schloss Engers, Alte Schlossstraße 2, 56566 Neuwied
  • May 4, 2024: Bluegrass Festival Bühl, Bürgerhaus Neuer Markt, Europaplatz, 77815 Bühl, more informationen
  • May 1, 2024, 8 pm: Opener at the Cologne Bluegrass Bash, Theatercafé Filmdose, Zülpicher Str. 39, 50674 Köln
  • April 14, 2024, 4 pm: Bodega del Castillo, Paradeplatz 2, 34613 Schwalmstadt, more informationen
  • April 13, 2024, 8:30 pm: Bischofsmühle Hildesheim, Dammstraße 32, 31134 Hildesheim, more informationen
  • April 12, 2024, 8 pm: Halle 32, Steinmüllerallee 10, 51643 Gummersbach, more informationen


  • November 9, 2023: Kurhaus Bad Aibling, Wilhelm-Leibl-Platz 1, 83043 Bad Aibling
  • September 29, 2023, 8 pm: Folk Club, Kalkofenstr. 3a, 78050 Villingen-Schwenningen, more information
  • September 28, 2023, 8 pm: Theater in der Filmdose, CD-Release-Party, Zülpicher Str. 39, 50674 Köln, tickets, open Jam Session at 10 pm
  • September 22 to 24, 2023: Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival, Dumfries & Galloway in South-West Scotland, more information
  • August 19, 2023: Bluegrass I De Müli, Kulturmüli, Müli 1010, CH-9107 Urnäsch AR, more information
  • August 18, 2023, 7:30 pm: Alte TÜV Halle, Mönchweg 6, 71032 Böblingen, more information
  • June 23, 2023, time TBA: Noordplein, Rotterdam, more information
  • March 11, 2023, 8:30 pm: Bischhofsmühle Hildesheim, Dammstraße 32, 31134 Hildesheim, more information


  • October 13, 2022, 8 pm: Bashed Potatoes presents: Eine Momentaufnahme der Kölner Bluegrass-Szene, Heimathirsch, Mauenheimer Str. 4, 50733 Köln Nippes, more information
  • September 25, 2022, 8 pm: Bashed Potatoes Bad Münstereifel, Scheune Witscheiderhof, Wilhelmstraße 33 A, 53902 Bad Münstereifel, more information
  • September 24, 2022, 8 pm: Theater La Lune Stuttgart, Gablenberger Hauptstrasse 130, 70186 Stuttgart, more information, Facebook
  • September 23, 2022, 8 pm: Illertal Cowboys, Sandbergweg 17, 89129 Vöhringen-Illerberg, more information, Facebook
  • September 4, 2022, 5 pm: Landesmusikakademie Rheinland-Pfalz, Am Heinrichshaus 2, 56566 Neuwied, more information
  • September 2, 2022, 8 pm: Halle 32, Steinmüllerallee 10, 51643 Gummersbach, more information
  • August 28, 2022, 5 pm: Green Parrot Festival, Alfred-Schütte-Allee 165, 51105 Köln, more information
  • August 15, 2022, 8 pm: Konzert im Rahmen der Kleinen Montagsreihe, Kaufhausgasse 9, 76829 Landau in der Pfalz, more information
  • May 15, 2022, 8 pm: Ev. Kirche Schnellenbach, Alte Landstraße 31, 51766 Engelskirchen, more information
  • May 14, 2022, 8 pm: Mühle Neermoor, Kirchstraße 17, 26802 Moormerland, more information

The Band

The Bashed Potatoes

Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals

Joon Laukamp is a fiddler and mandolin player living in Cologne. Born into a family of musicians, he began playing violin at age seven. In high school he became interested in jazz and bluegrass, two genres he actively performs to this day. He studied jazz violin at the Cologne music conservatory and in the American Roots Program at the Berklee College of Music in Boston with Darol Anger and Casey Driessen. He has toured with diverse bands all over the world. Together with Bashed Potatoes member Philipp Keck he founded the Bluegrass Bude, a website source for instrumental and vocal instruction, workshops, and video tutorials. His mission with the Bluegrass Bude is to share and propagate what he finds to be the best of American Roots music.

Joon Laukamp

Fiddle, Vocals

Paul Lindenauer was born in the country that gave us the peanut, turkey and Halloween pumpkin. He arrived in Germany about 30 years ago to immerse himself completely in performing baroque violin and exploring "historically informed performance practice". Feeling immediately at home in the cultural, social and political climate on this continent, he considers himself a born-again European. He was a founding member of several leading Baroque orchestras in Germany, including Concerto Köln and La Stravaganza Köln, and played for many years with distinguished ensembles such as Collegium Vocale Ghent, Les Arts Florissants, La Chapelle Royale und Concerto con Anima. He teaches violin and viola privately and conducted for many years an amateur chamber orchestra in his adopted home in Waldbröl. A few years ago, he was bitten by the bluegrass mosquito and he fell into a fiddle-fever from which he has to this day not recovered.

Paul Lindenauer

Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals

Philipp Keck is a true multi-instrumentalist (guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, pedal steel, vocals, bass, drums), music pedagogue and video producer. He has been a freelance teacher since 2011 and is a graduate of the Cologne music conservatory. In 2012 a mandolin fell into his lap, and since then his heart beats in bluegrass time. Now he invests all his extra income in string instruments of every variety just to keep the beat. As a founding member of the Cologne Bluegrass Bash—the Cologne Bluegrass and Oldtime music collective—he produces jam sessions and concerts on a regular basis. Together with fellow Bashed Potato Joon Laukamp he founded the Bluegrass Bude website in 2020 (music lessons, workshops, and video tutorials). Philipp is a well-known Cologne studio musician and tours with diverse bands and projects throughout Germany. He is the former mandolin player in the band Covered Grass and has played together with the American mandolin virtuoso Mike Marshall.

Philipp Keck


Steffen Thede, while bass player of the stoner rock power trio Goldmouth, performed over 120 concerts inside of two years in Europe (including the Hurricane and Southside Festivals), China, and in the USA. Born in Schleswig-Holstein, the multi-instrumentalist was awarded a scholarship in 2014 by the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council) to the program Popcamp, a national master class for popular music. As a 20-year-old, Steffen discovered the 5-string banjo, and advanced through the differing facets of folk and jazz to arrive at the bluegrass style. Since then, he has been performing with various top-notch bands and has established himself high in the firmament of the European bluegrass scene with his unique, virtuoso approach to the instrument.

Steffen Thede

Bass, Vocals

Bass player, composer, festival director and teacher Pierce Black was born in New Zealand and studied classical bass at the Cologne music conservatory. Already during his studies, he began to make a name for himself as genre-breaking jazz, bluegrass and folk musician. He was nominated in 2015 for the Peer Raben Music Award and composed music for the film "Kinder" (2019) by Nina Wesemann in cooperation with Radio Berlin-Brandenburg and ARTE. He has toured the world, playing with various musicians and ensembles, including violinist Daniel Hope, the Cölner Baroque orchestra, the Kammerorchester Köln, and the Collegium Musicum Köln. Pierce has recorded numerous CDs as a band member and songwriter, among others "to the Wind" (2013) and "Riding with the Elephant" (2015). He is a founding member of the Cologne Bluegrass Bash and directed the first Cologne Bluegrass Bash Festival in 2019.

Pierce Black