Steffen Basho-Junghans is a steel-string guitar maestro that has spent the last 50 years honing his craft. Growing up in the wild and natural landscape of Thuringia, in GDR Germany has greatly influenced his work and connection to nature. With a new record out, The Dancer on the Hill, The Fountain caught up with Steffen about the LP and where he plans to perform in the future.
TF: You have a new album out, what has the reception been like to Dancer on the Hill?
Oh, the reception of the album is amazingly good (it has actually just
been released). I’m amazed to see it offered in many countries, even at
big German distributors and markets where I didn’t really expect it. The
reviews so far are also consistently positive.
TF: How would you sum up the LP in one sentence?
It is, if you like, an Americana album with South American influences.
TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year, after this release?
My plan for the rest of the year is unfortunately mainly to bear my
current situation, which is mainly characterised by health problems,
side effects of cancer therapy. Unfortunately, there is little room for
anything else at the moment. On top of that there is the corona
situation, which also prevents live activities. So I am mainly in the
process of finishing some almost finished projects for albums and
sorting a lot of recordings from some spontaneous sessions from last fall.
TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?
There have been many places where performing live was really nice, like
years ago the Install Festival in Glasgow or a small cultural centre in
Tarcento, Italy. One of the most beautiful places was a small old
theatre in Ghent in Belgium, I don’t have the name in my mind in the
moment. It really had a wonderful atmosphere.
At the moment there are almost no “next places” for performances due to
the situation. I will play three concerts here in Berlin in March 2021,
otherwise we will see how this whole situation develops.
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