Folk in the lounge at Karin's

 

huisconcerten in Den haag

On this page you can read about all the artist who did play at my lounge.First you see a list of names and days when they played and when you scroll on you can read about all the gigs.

FIRST THERE WERE some houseconcerts,it wasnt like a season

.1.Maarten Willems,?? (several)

2.Salty Dog ??

3 Sarah Mc Quaid Feb 2009

4 Summerfolk 1- Kings Galliard Juni 2009

SEIZOEN 2009/2010

5.Daithi Rua Sept 2009

6.Pete Morton Okt 2009

7.Kieran Halpin Nov 2009

8. Roy Gullane Dec 2009

9.Tom Mc Conville Jan 2010

10. Maarten Willems April 2010

11 Summerfolk 2 Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer Juni 2010

SEIZOEN 2010/2011

12.Daithi Rua Sept 2010

13. Bob Fox&Billy Mitchell Okt 2010

14. Ewan Mc Lennan&David Ferrard Nov 2010

. BIG SESSION 1 Nov 2010

15. Niamh Parsons,with Graham Dunne-Dec 2010

16. SALTY DOG,new years gig Jan 2011

17. Sarah Mc Quaid Feb 2011

. Dancing in the lounge nr 1 Maart 2011

18. Celtann Maart 2011

19. Maarten Willems met Frenk van Meeteren April 2011.

20. Summerfolk 3-0John O’Dreams Juni 2011

SEIZOEN 2011/2012

21. Daithi Rua with The Teetotallers Sept 2011

22. Pure Irish Drops Sept 2011

23. Phil Hare,with Paul O’Brien Okt 2011

24. Other Roads Nov 2011

25. Martin Hutchinson,with FINVARRA Nov 2011

26. Pete Grassby Dec 2011

27. Vin Garbutt Dec 2011

28. SALTY DOG<New Year s gig Jan 2012

29. Flossie Malavialle&Chris Parkinson Jan 2012

30. Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer,with Botswing Febr 2012

31. Stephen Quigg Maart 2012

32. Bob Martin Maart 2012

33. Maarten Willems met Frenk van Meeteren April 2012

34. Brian McNeill Mei 2012

35. Tom Mc Conville Mei 2012

36. Summerfolk 4,Jon&Gill Loomes Juni 2012

SEIZOEN 2012/13

37. Daithi Rua Sept 2012

38. Niamh Parson with Graham Dunne Okt 2012

39.Lucy Ward Okt 2012

40. Paul O’Brien&Kate Huber Nov 2012

41.Linde Nijland with Bert Ridderbos &Fred Piek-Dec 2012

42. SALTY DOG <New Years gig Jan 2013

43. Alan Reid&Rob van Sante Jan 2013

44. Ailie Robertson Feb. 2013

45. Sarah Mc Quaid Maart 2013

46. Stephen Quigg with Pernilla Maart 2013

47. Maarten Willems. met Frenk van Meeteren April 2013

48. Kirsty Mc Gee&Quiet Loner with FINVARRA –April 2013

49.Meryam Backhouse(Erasmus)with Edie Carey- Mei 2013

50. Kyle Carey&Craigh Werth with Ronnie Goodin Mei 2013

51. Summerfolk 5- PILGRIMS WAY

SEIZOEN 2013/14

52. Judith Haswell&Trish MacLean Sept 2013

53. Phil Hare with An Scadan Og Okt 2013

54. Lucy Ward Okt 2013

55. Martyn Wyndham Read with 4 somefolk Nov 2013

56. OTHER ROADS Nov 2013

57. Simon Kempston with the Teetotallers Dec 2013

58. Tom Mc Conville&Chris Newman Jan 2014

59.Hannah Martin&Philip Henry Febr 2014

60. Pete Morton,with Chris Parkinson&Roger Wilson-Maart 2014

61.Maarten Willems&Fred Piek met Frenk van Meeteren.April 2014

62. Tommy Sands April 2014

63.Bill Parker with Sheep on the boat ,Mei 2014

64.Summerfolk6,with Roy Gullane,June 2014

SEIZOEN 2014/15

 65.CELTANN,opening the season

66.Greg Russell,solo 

67.Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer ,nov 20

68. Paul O'Brien with An Scadan Orga,dec 2014

69.Daithi Rua with Tijn Berends, Jan. 2015

70.Linde Nijland and Bert Ridderbos, Febr.2015

71.Flossie Malavialle ,March 2015

72. Maarten Willems&Fred Piek,met Ad Grooten, April 2015

73. Steve Ashley,Juni 2015

74. Summerfolk 7,met Bill Adair &Mischa Mc Pherson,Juni 2015


SEIZOEN 2015/2016

75. Katriona Gilmore &Jamie Roberts,Sept 2015

76.Golden Bough,Sept 2015

77.Miriam Erasmus with support from Cathy Shannon,Okt 2015

78.Nimue,Okt 2015

79.Craobh Rua ,Nov 2015

80.Lucy Ward ,Nov 2015

81.Pete Grassby  , Dec 2015

82.Fred Piek&Maarten Willems,with Frank Verlaan,Jan 2016

83.Roger Wilson &Chris Parkinson , Jan 2016

84.Bram Taylor ,March 2016

85.Alan Reid&Rob van Sante, April 2016

86.Jos Koning&Anouk Platenkamp met Maarten Willems,April 2016

87.O'Hooley&Tidow,Mei 2016

88. Summerfolk8 met Otto Groote/ Greg Russell&Ciaran Algar

Seizoen 2016/17

89.Damian Clarke ,Sept 2016

90.Ray Cooper ,Sept 2016

91.Sam Kelly duo (Sam Kelly&Jamie Francis),Okt 2016

92.Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer ,with support from Evrin, Okt 2016

93.Roos Galjaard&Sebastiaan Wiering,Nov 2016

94.Siobhan Owen,Nov 2016

95.Foolsgold,Dec 2016

96.Helen Flaherty &Philip Masure ,Jan 2017

97.Ewan Mc Lennan,Jan 2017

98.George Papapvgeris,Feb 2017

99.Hattie Briggs with Jasmine Scott-Neal ,March 2017

100.Simon Kempston,March 2017

101 .Paul O'Brien (special guest Cath Shannon)/Maarten Willems with                                             Frank  Verlaan and Gertjan Kaaijen ,April 2017

102. Stephen & Pernilla Quigg,April 2017

103.Summerfolk 9- Kieran Halpin/Dan Mc Kinnon



Summerfolk 9

Kieran Halpin/Dan McKinnon

 

June 2017-

 

How lovely my end of seasonparty was once again.

Happy to be able to do so,to organize,to catch musicians for my lounge and to see all those enthusiastic people in the audience,making time to travel and come along,part of them even bringing heavy instruments,cause they liked to play at the jamsession afterwards.

This time there was an open mic for three gentleman,(in the end it became 4 …)

Starter was the good musician Bart van Beeveren,always good to listen to him and see him perform and offcourse I was hoping for a”Dougie Mac Lean”song…and he did…lucky me.Great it had a good chorus too,so the audience joined in and the atmosphere was there…the start of my party.

Because we started early not everyone was able to join in already and send me messages to arrive later…A pity for Bart,but it didn’t seem to disturb him,he was happy enough to play for less people then expected and didn’t mind the door bell ringing time after time…AND the people who were already in,made it well for him too,cause they sing and clapped even louder.

Second it was turn to Jan Nijkamp,asked by me a little bit on the last moment ,cause the original planned in Rob van Leersum couldn’t make it this time after all. SO there was Jan…again and we all enjoyed…lovely voice…..good performance no doubt.

 Number 3 for the open mic was the almost everytime there (at my Summerfolk parties )Musonius(Martijn Breeman),BUT he wasn’t there at the right  time , due circumstances…SO happy enough anout the fact there were more musicians in my lounge and so it happened that we had a great song from Jan van der Kler,very well done ,AND the special guest from England,allways a pleasure to listen to too Terry Helyar So happy these two men were ready to perform so totally unexpected.

Then breaktime for the buffet,helas not set out in the garden this time,but lucky enough we could stand outside to eat.Special thanks to Marianne (kippetjespan)En Jan van der Klei,voor de onovertroffen chilli…..(always different,but always good!!)

Then at 18.15 time to listen to Cathinca van Sprundel (former Teetotallers)with her presentation of the book De Vrouwe van Mirdyn with music &singing from Gwendolyn Snowdon (Finvarra) What a great combination they did made. Very well done very celtic Very welcome .A big compliment to them both..and how lovely looks to book I can hardly wait to start and what a pleasure Cathinca signed for me and wrote some very sweet sentences for me..

Happy enough Musonius did arrive later on and thanks to Kieran making no problems about the fact he could sing his 15 minutes just before him.Needs no more to tell.Once again he was very good. He said the promised cd will come next year.The request from Jan Nijkamp did bring a lot of laughter.

Then finally time for Kieran Halpin ,started his long set at 19.30..Back after so many years it was a great pleasure to listen to him once again.His lyrics,tunes&singing everything fitted.

A lovely surprise was the fact that at his last number to play he invited Dan Mc Kinnon to join in …it was so special to see these two gentleman together on stage

After a short break finally time (2045) to start the first set with the great Dan Mc Kinnon.All the way from Canada finally in The Netherlands,

 Almost 3 years ago I booked him in allready I couldn’t squeeze him in then when he was touring in UK Thanks to Jan der Klei,who send me a message about this musician…

To be honest I never heard about him before ,but when I did listen to his voice I directly knew: YES please come over and play at my lounge

.Happy enough we could find him two more gigs..so it was worth coming for him Thanks Hanneke&Liesbeth

 Lovely to meet him and his lovely wife Nancy…although I saw them only for the first time I had a feeling if I knew them for years….

To end a long story short…

IT was all amazing….a good ending of a great season and a good time to publish my new season to the audience…

.(more about that will be on my site soon—and on this fbpage)

Thanks ..big thanks to all those who joined in (once again(coming back,spread the word)AND very special thanks to Joost Ligthart who made so may lovely pictures and did lead the jamsession afterwards,cause Maarten Willems wasn’t able to so .

 

 

 

Stephen and Pernilla Quigg

AND then just on a Wednesday in April,a day in the middle of the week which didnt give any problems to get the audience in,cause they are so lovely they came along IT was amazing to get them back once again. They are a great musician copple making the combination of Scottish and Danish AND I do love them :Stephen is a great storyteller too and has a lovely voice and so has his wonderful wife. It was really lovely to be again in Scottish atmosphere at my lounge.I did enjoy every moment of this music night at my lounge which was the lst real gig before the end of seasonparty coming in June.Thanks everyone who joined in once again !!



 Paul O Brien(special guest Cath Shannon)/Maarten Willems with                                             Frank  Verlaan and Gertjan Kaaijen

April 2017

  What a wonderful time we all had, that 101 st concert at my lounge .

It was a very special double gig with two lovely singer/songwriters mixed together.

 From Ireland the great Paul O’Brien with his own (new )material.Ever so good with lovely storytelling also and Maarten Willems,Dutch poet,making into lovely songs,hounting tunes a remarkable man.

These two man came back to the lounge,like they did before.

 Paul did bring in the lovely special guest Cath Shannon ( guiness with nasi goering she wrote about herself.This lovely singer half Irish/Indonesian Lady has a voice not to forget,the way she did perform Motherland from Nathalie Merchant was really amazing.

This time Maarten Willems did bring Frank Verlaan and for the first time great guitar playing of Gertjan Kaaijen.

Great session afterwards with lots of difference, good to see back Jerry Kooijman,specialized in John Denver songs and all the way back once again from England Terry Helyar.

Thanks to all the people who did join in for this folknight at my lounge.


Simon Kempston

March 26 2017-CELEBRATION TIME 100 x loungeconcerts !!!!

AND the just suddenly there was the day for the big celebration of the fact there were 100 houseconcerts played at my little lounge…isnt amazing?…It seems like yesterday since I started.How time flies when we have fun…AND how lovely it was the great singer/songwriter from Scotland came over once again..the man from Dundee,living at Edinburgh now :Simon kempston with his most wonderful guitarplaying.He was at my lounge before with, on that time wearing his Scottish quilt around my Christmas decoration supported by the former Dutch band The Teetotallers.As it was a good night then,it was a wonderful afternoon now too . How I like his cd’s ,listened to them quiet often so it was good to hear them once again performed  I do love his lyrics a lot …And how Simon did chat with the audience with lots of good stories &jokes it all was very much fun…..A special musician he is,hope to see him back many times again…A bonus encore was his own intepratation of Caledonia…I loved it …And also the audience who came along and did bring theirselves once again and lots also with very good homemade food,so there was a great choice at my kitchen table with lots of different tastes. It was a primeur for my grandson Jack to see a concert and he did love it a lot….The wheater was also at my favour so it was good to see the 100 time balloons swinging above the coffeetable in the garden….I loved all the moments it makes me very happy ,thank you all for all the help you give me again and again and special thanks for the incredible Maarten Willems who knows when the show must go on….And the jamsession afterwards was good,very good !


George Papapgeris


Saturday Februari 18…

 

Great time we did all have last night with a wonderful Greek,living in England for a long time,even for some time in Holland,so it was nice to discover he could understand a lot of the Dutch languages and was brave enough to talk a little bit and to sing part of a song A really lovely…Very enjoyable person :George Papavgeris,friend of Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer,well known for those who are a regular visitor to the lounge concerts…George made beautiful selfpenned songs with great lyrics and the melodies were easy to follow with the loads of chorusses…he did offer to the audience on a special piece of paper,which made it so more handy ,cause like George said,he loves the fact when people sing along with his songs We all did enjoy the very cosy atmosphere with helas not that much folk around ,but the people who joined in make together a really good jamsession afterward. Thank you all who once again came to my lounge….the 98th gig it was…..


Ewan Mc Lennan


Ewan Mc Lennan.

Came back after 6 years and two months….he was there before at November 2010…played then one of the first loungeconcerts…..At that time he was in good company of that other great singer/songwriter David Ferrard and playede a part of the night as for now he was there all by himself ,filling the whole night..and he was doing that very well !!!. I did see him at Sidmouth Folk week in 2015 and although I think he was great at my lounge in 2010,he was so much bigger ever since and I think now he is among one of the greatest.How I do love his wonderful special voice,,making all the songs so complete and his amazing Scottish talks were so lovely to listen to….So was the whole night…..Good to see new faces again and a great jamsession afterwards….filled in by new&old faces &sounds. Thanks you all so very much…and thank you Ewan so much for playing once again at my litte lounge…!!!


Helen Flaherty&Philip Masure

Helen Flaherty with Philip Masure and special guestplayer Simon Donnelly

Jan 14th2017

WHAT a absolutely fabulous night we all did have.

This first loungeconcert to celebrate the New Year 2017

It was so lovely that after so much waiting time,since we make the deal it was more then 18 months ago.

IT was absolutely enormous to catch Helen Flaherty for my lounge.

What an amazing Scottish  Lady,(living at Belgium nowadays)with such a warm voice and performance.

Funny jokes between in the very good company of Philip Masure,which whom she played for about 23 years now.

It all fitted in so well,

Lucky me and lucky audience who did all fit in at my full house lounge…even space in the kitchen,

Sorry to disappoint those 8 people on the waitinglist.

Very lovely atmosphere was created by these two musicians,

who also di have so much energy left to stay and join  in for the really superb jamsession afterwards …

Another great night to remember !!!

Thanks to you all.


FOOLS GOLD

(Steve and Carol Robson from Durham )

Came to my lounge Dec. 10th

A long time ago we did make the date for this gig, so it was exciting to meet them at last.

We spend a lovely afternoon together sightseeing The Hague&Scheveningen before their gig starts.

Only a few people did find time to come to the lounge this time ,which was a pity for Fools Gold.

BUT they said they didn’t mind and played their gig with loads of enthusiasme,stories,jokes and interaction with the audience…

A mix of traditionals &own work and a real Christmas medley…s

o we all came in the snowy atmosphere of an American Christmas.

Something new did happen at my lpunge by this surprise and it fitted in perfectly at my lounge, so much decorated for Christmas…..

The jamsession afterwards was great,a lovely meet&greet a still  energic Fools Gold ….some new people in the audience,who preferred :”Eerst de kat uit de boom te kijken “”

(no translation found) but meaning triggered to join in,but wait first and perhaps next time….

Hopefully they will,cause it was nice to meet them and I do love new faces among my audience.

The last concert of 2016 was a memorable one…no doubt about that…..Merry Christmas was the final message of them to all of you….!


Siobhan Owen


Sat 26 Nov 2016-11-27

 

WHat A NIGHT  it was last night….and the last copple of days.

At Thursdaynignt I did spend very special time with those wonderful people from Australia (Siobhan ,Arthur and Sheila Owen )

Then at Friday we had a great time with lots of enthusiastic listeners and performers at Maarten @Kartin 11

 So very well organized by Maarten Willems.

AND then finally we came to the Saturdaynight to see with lots of audience …cause there was a full house for Siobhan Owen,that fantastic singer/harpist from so far away.

Original born in Wales in the small town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndribwllllantysiliogogogoch to a Welsh father and an Irish mother.

How special Pieter Huisman was at the lounge as a guest and was able to pronounce this name well.

Siobhan is living in Adelaide now….I was so lucky I could catch this lovely young talented Lady ,cause she came at the path of harpist Joost Lighthart and he sended me a mail  with a you-tube movie of her ,asking:”Please listen to this and tell me what you think…WOOOOH what do you think…my season was totally filled in,but this was so special I has to squeeze her in ….and she was happy to come and play,which was very special cause on her way to play a part in EXCALIBUR now in a German tour this was to be her only Dutch concert….HOW enjoyable..tears in my eyes on certain moments..a voice like an angel I think……so pure….so special…

SO are all her cd’s which were on my discplayer all day today when I worked at my lounge  getting it back to normal )It s like an invasion after a  full house you know…)

BUT I do love it…it was all worth …

.it makes me feel privileged I can do organize this lovely houseconcerts …

Thank you so much all who joined in as a listener  or a player at the jamsession afterwards.So nice to catch some new faces  too…..!!

 

Reactions of the night

Maarten Willems ::

 “Er zijn al vele hoogtepunten geweest tijdens Folk in the Lounge. Het optreden van Siobhan was er zeker één van.”

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Ine Buurman  (who could be there but listened to the video)

 Wat mooi !! Kippenvel kreeg ik toen ik er naar luisterde. Prachtige stem .

 

Siobhan Owen,hersfelf: Thank you so much Karin Pronk for inviting me to perform at your lounge concert. It was a fun night with lovely people. Also for allowing us to stay for a few days and for the lovely veggie meals. Thanks also to Joost Ligthart for suggesting me to Karin. It was nice meeting you and hearing you play in the session afterwards. Please thank everyone for coming along and making it a very special evening

 

Jo de Fietser Thanx to you ! We've a great evening/night !! You're special ! We did enjoy your performance. Have a good trip and stay well

 

Siobhan Owen Thank you Jo. I really enjoyed meeting everyone

 

 

Joost Ligthart Thank you Siobhan for giving a wonderful performance for these lot of wonderful people!

Simon Oak making a pict :

This is how a full house looks at Karin's, with brilliant harp star singer Siobhan Owen, all the way from Adelaide. Believe it or not: she sang in no less than 6 languages, including Irish, Breton, Welsh and Japanese. I've asked for Dutch in her next concert.

Siobhan Owen Thank you for your kind words and for your great Irish songs in the session afterwards

Noratessa Ward A great photo of what must have been a great gathering

Simon Oak it was! We had a session afterwards with 4 harps. Two girls drove two hours to see Siobhan, who did just one concert in Holland before her tour in Germany.

Siobhan Owen

Had a fantastic night performing at Karin's lounge. Can't wait to return next year!

The night before : Sheila Owen

Had a fantastic evening in Karin's home with a great group of musicians for Maarten's Singaround. Siobhan has a concert here tomorrow night with s full house!

ME Exactly the same feeling Joost like you say :

Joost Ligthart Lucky to be alive with such a lot af very nice people

Me :A great night to cherish and remember .



Roos Galjaard en Sebastiaan Wiering

 

Zaterdagavond 5 November kwamen dan toch eindelijk,helemaal uit Groningen het Nederlandse duo Roos Galjaard en Sebastiaan Wiering naar mijn lounge.

Na een lange wachttijd,de meeste artiesten zijn onderhand gewend geraakt aan t bizarre feit,dat ik al lange tijd van te voren ongemerkt volloop met bookingen, zodat het vrij normaal geworden is om c twee jaar in de wachtrij te staan.

However,never mind.,gelukkig stonden deze twee gezellige mensen er zo in…

Roos,oorspronkelijk uit Gouda en Sebastiaan uit Alkmaar,beiden nu woonachtig in Groningen konden hun gig bij mij combineren met familie en vrienden bezoeken.Wat natuurlijk een mooie bijkomstigheid was.

Het werd een avond met enthousiast publiek.

 Prachtige geluiden uit de cello vulden mijn lounge,perfect passend in de herfstsfeer daarvan.

Bijzonder was het om Roos het lied”The sea”te horen zingen,mooi om te realiseren dat wij beiden de passie voor de zee delen.

Origineel repertoire in een geheel eigen stijl zette Roos neer,daarin fantastisch begeleid door Sebastiaan.

Fijn was het dat Maarten Willems,ondanks zijn eerdere optreden die middag toch in staat was om erbij aanwezig te zijn en zodoende de sessie te kunnen leiden. Klein maar fijn werd dit,weinig spelers onder het publiek deze keer,maar dankzij de enthousiaste inbreng van Sebastiaan op cello ,Terry ,Willem Jan en Maarten werd er nog aardige deun weggespeeld. Special thanks to Willem Jan voor het doorspelen van een bourree, opgestart door Maarten Willems,zodat wij wederom in de gelegenheid werden gesteld om ons bijna traditionele dansje te kunnen doen

.En special thanks too to Terry fors inging as promised to me “Dorset is lovely”

A night to rememeber !!


Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer ,with support from Evrin


8 Oktober 2016-
Was a really special night…cause Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer came back to my lounge for the fouth time…!!!!

The first time they came special for my Summerfolkparty at June 2010,after that they grew into more gigs at The Nertherlands,from support for the Tannahill Weavers two years ago at Zaandam they did play there this afternoon for a head act
…..THIS lovely folkmusic duo’s is one of my favourites from England ...
I did discover them about 10 years ago and ever since I do follow them and are very happy when they do perform at a festival in England and I m able to catch them
Like I did this summer and how much impressed I was then by the fact they also did play in a Purcell P Party band to be part of every day workshops” Playford dancing”
.How enjoyable that was.
Another dream of me now is to catch them with this act to The Hague one day in future ,so many people can be able to do some Playford dancing overhere too,..wouldnt that be lovely,??
As also would be the fact they can come over to do their special Christmas celebration show,when they do sing those lovely Christmas carols….like in a Victorian music hall like a real winter warmer.
SO more wish it..dream it…do it for me,,,
and as Vicki said to me,when I mention the idea..”O YES we will talk about that ….“
MEANWHILE it was really something to get them back at my lounge…they did have a lovely support twice before from the gentleman from Belgium with the lovely singer/piper Dimitri Claes,part of Botswing,who were not able this time to come over .
SO how suprising it was a lovely Dutch duo did want to give them a support this time.
EVRIN *The wonderful voice of Evi combinated with the lovely singer Riny and the extra dimension of guitar player Michael did all make it to a very special extra at this most wonderful night…With all those amazing instruments the nickelharpa sounds brings me to special atmosphere like in faitytale countries,so does the pipes&whistles and the instruments of Jonny are also a vey special thing with those harmony voices it s totally complete..It all fits in perfectly as in their latests cd..”Paper and pins” which is on my cdpalyer today for the third time right now….so happy to keep these memories alive…..


Sam Kelly duo

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Last night we had the pleasure to get a gig from the Sam Kelly duo at my lounge at The Hague…,


It was so exciting to finally catch them.


Although I saw the Sam Kelly trio for the first time this summer at Sidmouth folkweek ,


I allready booked in them quiet a long time ago…advised by Kelda Manley,who also did bring Ciaran Algar and Greg Russell at my path …


What I saw at SFW did make a big impression on me,so I really was looking forward to this gig very much….


AND the way the Sam Kelly duo (without the drummer ) = Sam Kelly &Jamie Francis  played was really absolutely fabulous.


How I did love their choice of songs&tunes…it all fit and mix in together so well.


So happy this part of the young generation did found my lounge..


. What a great voice Sam has and what a superb way of playing the banjo Jamie !!


Very special were the moments when the banjo played Irish tunes and so did bring memories to Maarten Willems,who played in a band Irish playing years ago with a banjoplayer,who sadly died young.Also special was the fact Jamie did like to play on Maarten’s guitar and a real bonus to me was the fact Sam sung the last song for me,on my request …I heard this most beautiful song about his granddad at SFW…Thank you ever so much.


As Sam&Jamie  wrote for my album a note with …”Our first gig in Holland…..the memories will stay with us forever….”


AND so it will for me…a very special night please come back guys….


They were sold out with their cd at Derbyfestival  the day before…so couldn’t bring them in,…but please go to Sam’s website and order..so you will all have your memory for those who came along,and for those who couldn’t make to come…you did miss really something….go for the cd….it will give you a lovely impression of these great young musicians.: 


Thanks for all who played so well at the jamsession and special thanks  to Willem Jan who did start a   Macedonian melody ,so my friend Zana original from there and me were able to dance for a while….and to Jamie with his never stopping playing the banjo also there…


A lovely meet&greet&atmosphere.with enthusiastic listeners and players .






Ray Cooper ,17-9-16


September 2016 Saturday 17

 

And finally there he came:Ray Cooper former member of the Oysterband,solo on tour since about 4 years,we did make this date about 2 ½ years ago,cause bizar as it is so many good artists did found their way to my litte lounge,which means there is much k in advantage  now.

I do feel very privileged,so many did and will do .

Yesterdag there was for the 90th time an official houseconcert.

Ray Cooper a most talented multi instrumentalist did perfom on a very lovely.way.

 Most talented also at songwriting and with a great voice.

SO those who came along were all very enthousiastic about the night.

How we all loved the most beautiful tunes and songs at his wonderful chello.

The way he did perform one of my favourite Robert Burns songs”We Yacobite”was amazing.I could see that episode in the Scottish history when I closed my eyes.

 Scottish atmosphere which Ray also like, cause although from England,living in Sweden now he does have Irish and Scottish roots.And as mentioned in his cd booklet,he did spend a time there every year of his life.

Also the Shetland tune he learned from Aly Bain was marvellous.

His songs with selfpenned lyrics were very good and I did love the way he talked about all those memories he did like to share with us from touring around with his band. Specially those of the DDR.

So something special ,did happen a man with a chello coming all the way from Sweden to my place

And last but not least to mention it became even more special cause Jessica de Korte did make a reportage bringing Timo a photographer with her ,for the magazine “ZIN”This will be published in the Christmas edition,So keep an eye open for it !!

Lovely also was the jamsession afterwards,special thanks to Rieke Pronk & Willem Jan Koorenegevel who did play so enthousiastic it did bring a lot of people at the dance floor too.

Thank you all very much for join in ,stay for the session,making pictures Casper de Weerd,Linda van Twist &videos and helping to prepare &taking it over for a while during the time I was busy with the interview special thanks to Maarten Willems once again.

 

Sat Sept 3----

Damian Clarke
 The opening of my new season 2016/2017
Was the concert with Damian Clarkethe man with roots in Donegal,living at Dorset /England finally came to play at my lounge. It was quiet a long time since we booked the date…to much was going on between…It was worth waiting to see and listen to this musician with these most beautiful original instruments,the hurly-gurdy and the hammered dulcimer…How the audience and me did enjoy all this. Damain proved to be a very frien...dly person with loads of interaction,sing alongs with traditionals,lovely own songs with stories …It all gave a very special atmosphere at my lounge…an evening to think back at with a smile on my face…More then a musician he is,he did bring also some of his lovely paintings which did make it even more special and give it an extra dimension hanging an the wall behind him when he was performing.Afterwards there was much time for meet&greet and those who liked to give the hammered dulcimer a try were invited and most welcome to do so . Also time left for the audience to play at the jamsession and lots of energy left from Damian to join in there too. Thanks all who came in...my folkies on who I can build around ,new facesTerry and Marga Middeldorp & ................and those made lovely picts &videos,Linda Van Twist,Joost Ligthart&……Lovely to see Ineke Buitendijk ,Yvonne de Zwaan &Casper de Weerd back again....Most welcome to Terry Helyarf rom England who sung so lovely without realizing ,the favourite song of my best friend Dennis and my dad too A very special moment to me,cause I do miss Den and me dad so much Thanks also to Maarten Willems who helped me through once again and lead the session so well.& made great picts And special thanks to Rieke Pronk who played with Damain a bourree so once again I was able to dance and dance and dance…..which I do love so much...


Summerfolk 8

June 2016

YEH…

First to start with lovely reactions about people on my party :

AND after that you can read about the night :

Otto Grootte at Folk in the Lounge at Karin 's tonight! Superb summer party!

Rose Little
19 juni om 1:01

Ciaran Algar and Greg Russell at Folk in the Lounge at Karin 's tonight, fantastic playing! (Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners). I hope they will come to the White Horse Folk Club, Highworth one day!
Rose Little
19 juni om 1:03

Thank you Karin Pronk for a lovely summer party in The Lounge tonight!

Terry Helyar Can't wait to come, it looks lovely

Linda Van Twist Hijs leuk he. But the dancing and music was better! Geeft wel een supersfeer weer!

Linda Van Twist Jij bedankt voor Alles! Was zo gezellig!

Joost Ligthart:
19 juni om 10:12 ·
Waking up after a marvelous summerfolk concert @ Karin's
Thank you Karin Pronk !
Linda Van Twist
19 juni om 3:04 ·
The great musicians at Karin Pronk s
19 juni om 2:56 ·
Fabulous eve at Karin Pronk 's lounge. Everything was perfect. Music, performers and the glorious food. Thank you my dears!


AND then  there was my Summerfolkparty number 8.A litlle bit tricky start with a feeling of:”The show must go on….”cause I did wake up that Friday before, feeling very sick…(off to the toilet every 15 minutes)but with a daytime  to recover and lovely help from friends and Maarten Willems,my rock in the sea….Allways prepare to help.when necessary he is the one I can count on ..Thank you ever so much Maarten !! ALSO much thanks for helping me out most of the season ,supporting all my ideas and little plans about all those folkmusicians ,its me who make the bookings and desicions,but most of time its him who make the breakfasts next morning when I m off to work….and its him who is carrying around all those chairs and is organizing the places ,so anybody can fit in (AND that was quiet a struggle this time,there were people even sitting in the garden and kitchen,but in the end it did all work out marvellous and it was really worth)  and make the jamssesions… ……..All those preparations…….WE did start early enough and did get the time to do very thing which was planned in at the programm.This time also Adri Reeumus did help me to get everything done in time.


First act we had the open mic with Adri Richter  she was singing three new selfpenned songs ,which she only was sung before at her own lounge,like she said.They were so personal and so good…Thank you very much Adri..After that we had a special performance from Maarten Willems…who  also did sing a song for the first time for the audience,his lovely new one; “”Ik denk aan jou …”Allready played in the studio for his new coming cd,with lovely whistleplaying of Frenk van Meeteren,.This night played and sung by Maarten in the good company of Ciaran Algar himself,who didnt have time to pracatize ,but was in for a challenge…AND how this did work out……just superb to hear his lovely fiddle playing togethher with Maartens song…I loved it very much…


A short special open mic after this was the happening of Rose Little with her two daughters Alice and Sarayana…..great to listen tot his lovely musicians.AND so happy once again Rose could make it to come over to Holland for holidaytime and made the combination with this houseconcert ,like she did before.


After that three  open mic acts,breaktime for the gardenbuffet,which people did like vey much…happy about…that too.


THEN we did listen to a great musiaian from Germany,something new for the lounge too. Introduced by his big fan,one of “my folkies”Adri Reemeus ,who had this man on his wishinglist for a long time.So finally there he came Otto Groote,ever so special to listen to his songs sung in Platdeutsch,with a lovely voice..


After that time for another little break and the we started with the great duo Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar …..HOW I do love them. Greg came before solo at September 2014 and did promise to us audience :”If you behave yourself”I ll come back with my duomate and great fiddle player Ciaran Algar AND so lucky we were,cause he did keep that promise. AND What a most wonderful combination. It seems like everything was just right, the music,the playing,the guitar,the fiddle,the voices,the songs ,the stories ,the chorusses, the interaction. And dont forget to mention making the possibiltiy to dance…dance at my loung&kitchen…We even did find place for that part too. How I love dancing……That was how we did end the second part of their gig.


Between the breaks there was time for just one other open mic act ,with the lovely Musonius,a well known great Dutch troubadour ,to my Summerfolkparty,we cant do without him,I m afraid..There can be a possibility he is coming back this new season to come,with a support,together with   Gert van der Slikke and Dagmar Cloosterman . Gert was allready playing with him at the open mic,it all fits in so wonderful,but helas Dagmar was ill this night.


To cut this whole story down now I like to say :


, It was just one of those nights which did make such a great impression and creat a memory….one of the most happiest……SO how priviliged I do feel to be able to organize all this…Thank you al lso  very much for giving me the possibility to realize my dreams….thanks to the musicians and to the audience and offcourse to Maarten for his most wonderful support.  


Happy summertime after this summerfolkparty to all of you…and lets prepare for the new season to come soon……


COMING next my new season …..keep an eye open on this page and check my site for it….CAUSE like Liesbeth Peeters allways says: “Geen muziek zonder publiek”



O'Hooley&Tidow


May 18th 2016


YEH What a great night we all had with two lasses from Yorkshire


(one of my favourite areas in Britain )


IT really was a big happening for me to catch these lovely most talented musicians finally at my lounge. Two years ago when they came fort he first time to Holland it was almost going to happen, but because there was to much going on at my lounge fort hat moment I did have to say NO not now to them.I didnt feel that happy about, cause I really did want them, however they didnt mind and understood and because of this it became the fact that they were able to come this time.


How they changed the lounge into a very special warm intimate atmosphere. Although it wasnt a totally full house for them it was very much filled in with people who all did enjoy themselves and so did Belinda and Heidi themselves too.


Their  ideas about the lounge I could read later on at facebook and it means a lot to me to read their enthusiatic reactions about my lounge and home THANKS for that and also a huge THANK YOU  for performing so really superb…how we all enjoyed…funny it was to discover that I m the only one who announce them as Tidow & O Hooley instead as most people do: O Hooley &Tidow….(Heidi felt honoured about)


There voices are both beautiful and mix so well together…


It was a pity it all ended at a certain moment and part of the audience did give a standing ovation after the encore….


There was a really big meet&greet afterwards and later on a great session too. Thanks to all who joined in there too and thanks to my lovely neighbours,who didnt complain,cause it was all happening at a Wednesday ,instead of a weekend.


Thank you both so much :


Reactions online were:


Heidi Tidow met Belinda O'Hooley en Karin Pronk.

 3 uur ·

 A special evening in The Hague. A house full of love. Thanks for welcoming us, Karin and everyone.

 Hanneke Janissen We hebben genoten hoor Karin Pronk!! Was weer heél gezellig!

 Henk Westerik‎ aan Karin Pronk·

 Incredible concert!

 Belinda O'Hooley met Heidi Tidow en Karin Pronk.

 14 uur ·

 Karin Pronk thank you for making a couple o Yorkshire lasses so welcome at your beautiful concert. Podium Café 'Peter en Leni' tomorrow!


 O Hooley and Tidow :

 14 uur ·


First night in Netherlands has been absolutely brilliant. A tiny, acoustic gig with an audience that raised the roof in singing along. Honoured to do this for a living. Thanks for having us Karin!


Henk Westerik It was great!!!


 Gill Loomes Best spot in Den Haag, that lounge is!


Lucy Ward I know that bedroom …… karin for me and have a great time in NL xx


O'Hooley & Tidow Will do! X


Dick Barlage ,reaction at the gig and also the lovely B&B of my good friend Zana Bojain,who has a lovely B&B close by my home,so good combi with a concert:

Lieve Karin, dank voor een perfect concert en een perfecte B&B. Een mooie kamer, een heel lekker bed, heerlijk warme douche, en een vorstelijk ontbijt. Het kon letterlijk niet op, en wat een lieve/leuke mensen. .…….Het concert zelf was alles wat ik er van verwachte, namelijk GROOTS! Dank, Dank, en nog eens DANK. XXX.




Jos Koning&Anouk Platenkamp met Maarten Willems

 

Zaterdag 23 april gebeurde er iets bijzonders in mijn lounge.

Een goldie oldie ( denk aan Knerp, Twee violen en een bas ,Crackerhash )

Jos Koning kwam spelen

Op zijn site staat het al kort samengevat : Jos Koning heeft in tal van muziekgroepen gewerkt, in allerlei genres. Ze zijn te horen op meer dan 50 platen en CDs.

Ik voelde me dus zeer vereerd dat deze grote muzikant ook mijn lounge had gevonden. Tegenwoordig speelt hij in een prachtig emsemble met de fantastische harpiste Anouk Platenkamp.

Kende ik eerst Anouk als gast bij o.a. Ailie Roberston in mijn lounge en zodoende als muzikant bij de sessie ,prachtig spelend op haar harp. Haar spel van nu overtrof mijn verwachtingen.Zij is een enorm goede harpiste, die je mee kan voeren naar andere sferen.

Toen Jos mij indertijd benaderde en vroeg om te komen spelen, vond ik dit natuurlijk heel bijzonder. Echter het seizoen leek vol…..DUS hoe in te passen ??HEEL .jammer zou het zijn om dit aanbod van Jos op de lange baan te schuiven .

Maarten Willems bracht uitkomst door met de volgende suggestie te komen…”Waarom plaatsten we Jos niet in April, als ik optreed in de lounge en maken we er een mooie combi van"

Jos en Anouk waren daar voor te porren en zo gebeurde het dat er contacten werden gelegd en plannen werden gesmeed. Maarten vertelde mij dat het een genoegen was om met deze twee aardige mensen te oefenen.

Zo geschiedde het dus, dat liedjes van Maarten op een bijzonder mooie wijze werden begeleid door  mooie arregementen door hun bedacht.

Het al even mooie altijd ontroerende liedje van Maarten Willems “Pa ik heb nog steeds vragen”kreeg hierdoor voor mij een wel heel bijzondere dimensie, kippenvel ter plekke en toen ik het later nog eens via mijn filmpje kon terug beluisteren, sprongen de tranen mij in de ogen. Zo mooi met de harp van Anouk en de fiddle van Jos.

De deunen die Jos en Anouk samen ten gehore brachten waren ook enorm. Van de ene sfeer (van Zweden naar Bretagne etc) naar de andere was overweldigend.

Zo ook het mooie Middeleeuwse lied i.s.m met Maarten Willems en het lied wat zij samen zongen .Een klapper was Anouk haarzelf begeleidend op harp met haar mooie stemgeluid.

Dank aan deze drie muzikanten ,die zo’n geheel nieuwe combi hebben weten te brengen in mijn lounge. En veel dank aan het weer heel enthousiastse publiek,dat zo gaaf mee zong  met Maartens meezingertjes en later ook bleven bij de sessie en zodoende ook daar weer een hele fijne sfeer wisten te scheppen. Twee harpen en twee fiddles en nog heel veel  meer. Bijzonder moment was ook het lied van Danny Boy gezongen door Ernst Stoltz en de nieuwe aanwinst op gitaar van John Bilbao.

Thanks to all.

When I finished this article I did suddenly realized its all-in Dutch,I think I did write without thinking about, c use the artsists were Dutch.

 So anyone who need a translation,please google  for one time…

AND realize :…in one word to say it was a marvellous night at my lounge once again !!!




 Alan Reid and Rob van Sante

16 -4-16

A special day, cause after three years Alan Reid and Rob van Sante came back to my lounge.

They were there before at an  afternoonconcert in Januari 2013

How wonderful it was. Although it wasnt a full house at all,the audience WHO was there was ever so enthusiastic,which was lovely to see,cause Alan and Rob did made a lot of interaction with them with loads of sing alongs and chorusses AND like Alan said listened good tot the “couplet”

A beautiful choice of songs they played together at a mix of instruments. How  I did enjoyed and so did they,like Rob said later on :

 :” I enjoyed it immensely...xx”

 and Alan : “It was a pleasure Karin “

AND the audience too: “Alles was mooi zei een toehoorder. Indeed!”

A very Scottish atmosphere was there that Saturdaynight at my lounge…hope to catch them back in future and organize a full house then fort hem ,cause they are really something very special.

So are there cd’s I put them om yesteday and couldnt stop listening.

Thanks to all who came along and those who stayed for the jamsession afterwards,which wasnt with much people,but enough to create a lovely atmosphere,special thanks for singing Engelberthus Pronk,for try out new songs Jan Nijkamp,for playing lovely dance music ,so Linda and me could do some folkdance improvisation (plenty of room,this time) :Willem Jan Koorengevel AND to Maarten Willems for being there once more and very special thanks to Rob van Sante, who had such much energy left and so he did starting  to play Dutch traditionals with the other musicians. Very very special.


Bram Taylor,19-3-16

We had a great night celebrating the springtime with Bram Taylor,last Saturday.

 It took a while before I could fit in Bram at my lounge to do his gig. It was only after the lovely cd’s I received from Judith Haswell and Trish McLean I start mailing with this lovely musician.

 Also Hannekje Janissen recommended him to me. So thank you all for doing that.

 A most wonderful  voice he has and great interaction with the audiene ,a choice a lots of songs with chorusses. So everybody was very much involved.

 Funny was the duet wit the great Vin Garbutt.

 Nice also he introduces his good friends and musicians Bruno van den Hoek en Elly Beurkens, it was very special to see them on stage too several times.

 The session afterwards was helas not with Bram himself, cause he had to travel away earlier, but there was stil plenty of time to meet&greet and making picts with him.

 So nice chats&memories were made.

However the jamsession was good lead ,as many time before by Maarten Willems, so thank you very much Maarten…and nice to see and listen to new musicians in the circle like Ernst Stoltz and Heimen Kijf.

 Thank you all so very much for joining in once again ,it was a lovely way to celebrate my birthday and springtime all at one like this.


Roger Wilson &Chris Parkinson

31-1-16

Yesterday we all did have a very special winterafternoon at my lounge.

The atmoposhere with a most lovely audience was really superb !!!

AND so were the musicians Roger Wilson and Chris Parkinson.

Parky allready in the lounge at few years ago with Flossie Malavialle ,back

last time  as a trio with Pete Morton& Roger Wilson ,

came  back now as a duo....it was really brilliant the way they performed. 

Lots of different tunes and songs came along.

A very good mix with wellknown songs and unknown tunes.

Also plenty of chorusses to sing along which made the atmosphere very special.

It was wonderful to listen and enjoy  the voices of both Chris Parkinson and Roger Wilson.

And great to see them play on all those lovely instruments.

Very nice  it was possible to do a little bit of dancing with Maarten Willems at the side too.

The buffet afterwards was cosy and although the artists couldnt stay for the session afterwards(cause they had to catch the ferry in time ),it was good they did still find time for a meet&greet with the audience.

Thanks to all who did join in and special to Chris and Roger !


Fred Piek and Maarten Willems,with Frank Verlaan-

9-1-2016

Last night there was a really fantastic gig of Fred Piek and Maarten Willems,with Frank Verlaan.It was so great to see them back at my lounge...Very much impressed about their performance once again.It seems that after three times playing like this together ,there is a very natural interaction between them all.Funny jokes of both ,chats with the public and sing alongs ,it was all there. A very good programme also all togther,because there was a really very good mixed up play list with something for everyone:songs for crying...songs for making you think about the meaning of life and songs just for fun.Like last time it was very special to listen to Fred singing some of Maarten 's songs too. Good also to realize that the song "Ik wil weg",written by Maarten Willems is really something of a goldie oldie now...cause everyone could join in and also very good to handle by the new audience. It was very special to see there was a great international combination,this time ,people from UK,Germany and Palestina ,it alll worked out perfectly together,lovely to see that even if the Dutch songs were not understanble for them ,it didnt matter cause they just loved the tunes and atmosphere and the performance from Fred,Frank and Maarten a lot. Hoping for more to come in future again...cause it is never boring at all to listen to this gentleman together.Thank you very much once again Fred Piek,Maarten Willems&Frank Verlaan for playing such a wonderful gig at my home. I did feel very fortunated.AND also thanks to all the people who came along and special thanks for those who played so lovely at the session afterwards.


Pete Melodeon (Grassby)  in town .

12-12&13-12 2015

WOOH ….

What a weekend with Pete Grassby back in town.

 Like he came before ,almost like Father Christams himself at Dec 2011,there he was again.

AND this time he could spend more time in Holland, so we were so lucky to see him as a musician&caller at MUSICON at Sundayafternoon 13-12 teaching us English folkdance. It was a wonderful workshop and it was amazing to see how much energy &talent this musician had to manage and  combinated teaching,playing and calling what to dance all at the same time .

Not that many people around ,cause December is a busy month ,so others were to busy with Christmas preparations etc., but those who came were so enthuaistic that it seemed the double amount of people and the atmosphere was really marvellous. So many diffrent dances were teached and it was so relaxing just to dance and nothing more….Nice to organize this fort he firts time and who knows there will be another time to follow.

 It was lovely  to listen to Pete again at my lounge at Saturdaynight 12-12 Thanks Eduard Bekker so much for promoting at the Harmonicahoek.

How I love the sound of the beautiful hammered dulcimer and the way Pete was  performing,telling loads of stories between with funny jokes.

A wonderful voice when he sings. Much impressed by the song he dedicated to me  with the chorus:

He came as a stranger and leave as a friend

 Very much interaction with the audience too with singalongs and chorusses.

As this article shows hope Pete will come back another time…cause he really is something special.

The session after was also lovely with loads of people staying for the meet &greet &playing around.

 A bonus it was to see Nout Grupstra again at the Sundaynight playing another little session with Pete and Maarten.


Lucy Ward ,21-11-15


Much later then I did plan to do is my story about the performance of Lucy  Ward at my lounge last Saturday

I did became ill after she left,and stayed in bed with a fever since Sunday night.

However it was nice to dream further on of this lovely gig she played at my home.

How wonderful to catch all those people in to get her a full house…she deserved it so much…It was the third time Lucy came back to the lounge and I even didn’t have to promote and invitate people at the facebook for this happening,as soon as people did read at my seasoncard ,they said  :”O Lucy Ward is coming,can I book to come in??”
And so it happened she really was there at this sat Nov 21th to finishing her tour of Germany and Holland,which keep her away from home and her cats for about a month...AND it as the 80th gig at my lounge,which Lucy like to mention..

How good it was to see this wonderful Lady back at my lounge.

How happy I was ,when I reminded it was me who took her to Holland for the first time a few years ago.

How wonderful to listen to these most beautiful songs,she wrote ever since  and how happy to receive her latest cd. “”I dreamt I was a bird”

 Its on my cdplayer ever since ,cause it’s a lovely cd to listen too over and over again and again.

How much humour and what a charisma Lucy has ….and what an energy….unbelievable…she is a legend already !!!

I will copy some reactions of the audience in this article also…to prove it was a really wonderful night and my audience loved it all.

So thank you ever so much Lucy Ward and please come back …..!!!

AND thanks to all the people who came along and stayed for the session after.

It was great to hear Richard Schoon again on his whistle and very very special Sandy Gowan did get the time to stay and played wonderful songs with his most beautiful voice and a bonus for me it was to listen to the DougieMcLean song “Caledonia”.

Henk Westerik‎ aan Karin Pronk

Absolutely fabulous!!!!


A fantastic night with Lucy Ward @ Karin Pronk Folk in the lounge!!!


Na een fantastische dag........... 's-avonds door naar Karin Pronk voor wat misschien wel het mooiste en leukste en meest indrukwekkende optreden werd wat ik dit jaar heb meegemaakt. Hoeveel artiesten kunnen een klassieke prachtsong als dit met begeleiding van een ukelele zo brengen dat een zaal (in dit geval een overvolle woonkamer) met kippenvel zit?


Sandy Cowan

23 uur · ·

A pleasant evening in the company of Lucy Ward on Saturday night.




Craobh Rua

15-11-15

 

After all these wonderful gigs I did organize at my lounge (79 allready) it was really a premiere for the fact : FOR THE FIRST time I was able to have an irish band with 4 members at my lounge….

Thanks to Liesbeth Peeters who made there tour around in Holland and offered me the possibibility to join in ,so i was able to catch them fort he Sundaynight,the last night of there too.

SUCH a lovely great Irish atmosphere they did create at my lounge…it really make me feel I was in an Irish pub, listening to a very good band.

CUASE a very good band they are this CRAOBH RUA ,with four great members showing themselves,telling jokes and stories between,make it very much more ,cause they were standing when they introduced and sit down when they played.

The new way of putting the chairs at the othrt long site of my lounge made this all better possible.

How happy it made me to listen tot hes lovely Irish tunes and great songs between wonderful sung by the singer of the band: Jim Rainey

Jim Rainey (guitar and vocals) Belfast born, began playing guitar and trying to sing at around the age of 16. It was at this time that he first discovered Irish trad music and whilst immediately smitten, did not begin to play at sessions until into his twenties. A self-taught musician, Jim got most of his musical education at the various sessions throughout Belfast. His influences are too numerous to list-though he is particularly drawn to Breton fest noz music, blues, bluegrass and gypsy swing.

Most impressed by the uileanpipe &tinwhistle player :Desy McCabe

Desy McCabe (uilleann pipes and tin whistle) originally from Belfast and now living in Cork. Desy started initially playing the tin whistle at 15 and then a few years later began to play the uilleann pipes. His main influence on the uilleann pipes was the uilleann piper and pipe maker Sean McAloon. He also learned from recordings of The Chieftains, The Bothy Band and Planxty and started to play at the sessions around Belfast. He is the original uilleann piper with Craobh Rua and recorded on the first album Not A Word About It.

AND what a great fiddleplayer : Conor Caldwell

 

Conor Caldwell (fiddle) from Belfast is a student of Donegal fiddle music and was awarded a PhD in 2013 for his thesis on the fiddler John Doherty. He has taught and lectured as many prestigious festivals around Ireland and Europe including the Willy Clancy Summer School, the Glencolmchille Fiddle Week and Scoil Gheimhridh Ghaoth Dobhair, as well as having worked at Queen’s University, Belfast. Conor has collaborated with a number of artists in recent times, including Danny Diamond, Maurice Leyden and the Scottish fiddler Coll Macdonald.

And a very much style of his own by banjo player : Brian Connolly

Brian Connolly (banjo and mandolin) from Belfast was taught the mandolin by his grandfather and then started playing the banjo. His main influences include Barney McKenna of the Dubliners, The Chieftains, The Bothy Band and Planxty. He played with several groups while at school and began playing at sessions. He founded the original Craobh Rua in the mid-eighties and remains the driving force behind the band today. As well as touring with Craobh Rua he teaches banjo and mandolin and has published a banjo tutor book Play Tunes on the Irish Tenor Banjo Introductory Repertoire.

IT WAS A REAL NIGHT to remember…and hope to catch them back another time…when they are on the road again.

31 Oktober 2015


NIMUE

 

What a lovely night we all had last night.

The two Ladies from folkgroup Sheep on the boat are together a most talented duo.

Write about: NIMUE= Dagmar Cloosterman at cello and Gwendolyn de Boer (on harp)

These young talented people did ask me if they could perform at my lounge and although my season was already booked in advantage I decided to sqeeuze them in.

And so it happened we all come together on this halloweennight to see this duo.

For the audience it was in a different position at my lounge because we all needed to see what was to happen on the ground too.

Maarten and me created the possibility to make 3 rows with 13peopleon the front,

so YES everybody was able to see what was happening.

AND that was really necessary other wise we couldn’t see the fact that a man was falling down on the floor,dropped dead totally,

This fitted in great story telling:searchingfor Excalibur by Nimue.

 They travelledplaces in many countries every time a story was told with it,so we could travelwith them and the music fitted in [rfectly with each country.

SOMETHING special,  something new at my lounge more then singing,bt storytelling too and how lovely it was to listen to the most beautiful songs played in cello and harp/AND it was a real treat to listen to this warm special voice from Gwendolyn/

A bonus on it all was the fact that in the end Gwen and Dagmar decided to sing some Irish songs too.

Thank you all who made the lounge a fullhouse and thanks to Nimue. !!!

10-10-15

And there she was back again at my lounge…thousands of miles travelling all the way from South Africa:The lovely Miriam Erasmus. Because she is touring in Great Briatian I was so lucky to catch her for a weekend in Holland.
AND what a weekend, how we did enjoy to spend time together with on top of all the highlights her gig at that Saturdaynight.
It all started early,because there was a support of the lovely young talented singer/songwriter Cathy Shannon,this half Irish/half Indonesian Lady is a promise for the future and I was ever so lucky to catch her for my lounge. Lovely lyrics and tunes of her selfpenned songs and very special to hear her sing one of my favourite Irish ballads “ Raglan Road “sung at the jamsession afterwards.Please come back Cathy …..there are a lot more sessions to come and so will be our new project [email protected],info for that you can find by mailing Maarten Willems.
Miriam Erasmus was well known at the seventies in UK. ,her name was Backhouse then,but she moved away to follow her husband all down to South Africa,back in folk again,touring much in UK since 2006…I did meet at her at Warwick Folkfestival and invited her in May 2013,which was also a memorable night then too, when the lovely Edie Chase Careyfrom USA joined in to support her.
Miriam has a really beautiful voice and I do love the way she is performing with loads of interaction and little jokes between ,als a lot of sing alongs ,which the audience and me do like so much.
SO it all made a very warm Autumn night atmosphere,even though the lounge wasnt filled in that much with people,helas…
But however thank you ever so much to all who could come along and although the session wasnt that big also,(and we did miss the lovely low whistle playing of Richard Schoon and Gert van der Slikke)but it was a really good atmosphere too. Thanks very much for all the beautiful songs :Paul O'Brien and Jan Nijkamp
.Thanks to Engelberthus Pronk with his great srong voice singing seashanties and Henk Dorrestijn for coming back with the wellknown song Johanna.Nice to hear the voice of Linda van Linda Van Twist too…promosing for future…. Special thanks to Maarten Willems for leading and helping me out once again …I did enjoy every moment.
AND the bonus was next morning when Miriam treated me on one of my favourite Scottish songs The Skye boat song,just private for me in my lounge,cause she forgot to do so at the night before…..
Thanks Miriam Erasmus
Thanks Cathy Shannon !!

6-9-2015

Katriona Gilmore &Jamie Roberts

Yesterday was a very special day for me,that night I was able to celebrate the 75th gig played at my lounge. It was very nice to hang up all the decorations &balloons and make special treats for the people.

The atmosphere was great, cause a lot of people came around. It promised to be a full house, but in the end,some people couldnt make it  afeter all (and pity enough a few didnt show up),which means there were 8 people less then expected ,but nevertheless it was great.S o thanks to all  ,who came and for those who stayed at the session afterwards.

MANY special thanks to Adri Richter, that lovely Blue grass Lady from BABES IN THE GRASS, special singing for me that most beautiful song written by Enda Kenny ,the lovely musician from Australia (who hopefully will come and play in the season of 2017):Heart tattoo.This song did move me very much, cause it let my think about my dearest friend Dennis Evans,who died last July.

I did have to wait a long time before I could Katriona and Jamie squeezing in,last year there werf or the fisrt time touring in Holland and the ys asked,but it was to busy at the time .But it was worth waiting. Beautiful songs&superb tunes were played by this twice nominated BBC folk ward duo .

Nice interactions with the audience who did sing along so well.

Also very friendly people to have a chat with and with lots of energy left to play with the audience at the jamsession afterwards.

Thank you alle once again…cause as Liesbeth says: “Zonder publiek geen muziek”

And to finish with :Thanks you alsof or the lovely presents and congratualtions for the 75th  !!!!


Summerfolk 7

 Zaterdag 26 juni

OH what a day….what an evening….what a night…..

How we all enjoyed this very Scottish happening…..

This time Summerfolk(allready the seventh time )was a bigger happening then before.

I didnt  plan that really ,but things came just along and there seems to be so much interest  for playing at the open mic per example.

So I decided to start earlier….serving the buffet in between and then a really fantastic double headliner ,both from Scotland.

Young and old….we did have a great mix for everyone.

ALSO a premier for singing in Gaelic. How I love this language..its so pure…so mystical ….

We did start the open mic allready at 16.30h with :

Jan van der Klei opening.

 He performed their before and once again it was a great succes. Such good choice for songs,like allways….this time also songs from Dan Mc Kinnon….We will see him at Summerfolk 9 (this great singer/songwriter all the way from Canada is allready booked for a little tour in Holland, something the same Jan van der Klei did start up.

Second performance was from :

Jan Nijkmap ,a new face for the open mic, but a man with much experience,knowing so much from folk&more and did make a big impression on me at the many jamssession he did stayed in for.So i was very happy when he said YES when I did ask him to perform.

Third it was turn to once agian (somebody said for the 6th time returned, really could be true,cause so many people does like him to play and so do I ,so I invites him again and again to :

Musoius(Martijn Breeman) Those who know him loves him and the new faces in the audience were also much enthusiastic..it really is a must have on my Summer party each year… He is a very good singer/songwriter with very funny lyrics and the way he is performing looks like seeing a troubadour in the Middle ages.

Then the new just formed duo Danny Kegel(from Sheep)and Roxanne Biesheuvel,called:

 Minstrel Season came at stage. I saw them once before at a very special birthday party and was much impressed then and so I was now. I did recognize most songs cause there were put on their lovely new cd,which I bought at that party then

Danny Kegel didnt have to go off stage, cause he is just on of the sheeps ,so three other sheeps joined in almost directly aftr  and so:

 SHEEP ON THE BOAT did play for the second time at Summerfolk (we saw them with Pilgrims Way –Summerfolk 5 and last year May as a support for Bill Parker

There are marvellous I think…allways when they stop I do want to hear a lot more…

happy enough I could book in two of them who formed another duo,called Nimue,where the two Ladies from Sheep  will play this October coming.

Original stopping the open mic there ,but there was a singer on the way who I did promise he could sing at my party more then a year ago,and silly me I did forgot all bout…had a feeling somewhere there could be somebody,but I didnt know who ….anyhow he did mail me just a week before..so offcourse he was most welcome. His name is Rob van Leersum,people called him a guitarwonder. He also was there before.

Then it was time for buffet and it was great…..people told me …

After the dinerbreak time for those amazing wonderful young Scottish folk people coming from the North part and Hebrides.singing part in Gaelic.

IT was so good……I did enjoy every moment of it……cant tell with words how I felt when I did listen to them…it all did feel so pure Scottish…that I did dream at a certain moment I was in Scotland.and realizing thats my favourite country to go to, you can imagine I felt very very happy.

Lovely people this trio also to talk with. we had a lovely time with them the whole weekend…Hope to see them back again and again and again.

 Thank you ever so much Mischa Mc Pherson,Ali M Levack and Innes White to say YES when I did just write a little note on your mailing list when I saw you at the Perthshire Amber festival last October ,but wasnt able to talk with you then afterwards,cause I did have to take the trolleybus back from Dunkeld to Pitlochry.With the question;””Please do you wnat to play at my lounge?”

It was so nice I was able to make  a lovely combination with the great singer/songwriter Bill Adair,which cd’s I love so much.Such good lyrics and  What a beautiful voice he has and how flexible to sing a song together with the trio afterwards.Thanks a lot Bill coming all this way dow ,lovely to finally meeting you too !

That was a bonus on the night.

Another bonus was certainly also the BIG BIG session from the audience in combination with the trio,who did have so much energy left to sing and play with them all together. Because it was a party eveything was possible(only the neighbours could stop us)(and they didnt..thank you Ellen Peeman for it (Yvonne was in Edinburgh that moment) So by the time we stopped and I did make the lounge back to normal (Thank you Maarten Willems for helping me out ) it was allready light again.

Special thanks also to Gwendolyn  who was so sweet to share her harp with Mischa,cause she couldnt bring it to Holland with her …and to Nanja Bakker to,who did the same. It was lovely this way Misccould play….

AND Thanks to all the people who did join in once again.

Underneat some lovely reaction I did read from them…..

Linda Van TwistMartijn Breeman

21 uur · 

Dank je wel voor je geweldig leuke vriendelijke voorstelling gisteren bij Karin Pronk . Naast dat ik me weer even in Schotland waande had ik ook het gevoel even in een tijdloos sprookjeskasteel beland te zijn met een echte troubadour. Lekker ver weg van de boze wereld. Je maakt de wereld echt mooier.

Martijn Breeman

Gisteren om 4:31 · 

Je hebt van die sufferds die helemaal naar Schotland reizen om de cultuur aldaar op te snuiven (FrouckjeMart). Ik hoefde maar een paar minuten fietsen om getuige te kunnen zijn van een mooi optreden met prachtige Gaelic liederen. Mischa Macpherson speelde de sterren van de hemel. Het was weer een gezellige boel tijdens Summerfolk in Karin's Lounge met geweldige artiesten. Het is heerlijk om er te mogen spelen en geweldig om in het publiek te zitten.


Pim Boekesteijn

Gisteren om 0:52 · 

Thuis van een heerlijke avond "summerfolk" in Karin' lounge. En maar weer aan t oefenen geslagen. Weer eens meespelen in de se

ssie volgende keer.

Petrouchka Jansen Ja, was een leuke avond folk! En ook nog heerlijk gegeten


7:15

Dick Barlage

Goedemorgen Karin, nogmaals bedankt, ik heb genoten! XXX.

Ineke Buitendijk

hoi Karin,. ……………..Vond het concert  supermooi ………………………

Linda Van TwistKarin Pronk

28 juni om 16:34 · 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PB6tbZVbhH4

Lieve Karin Pronk en Maarten Willems
Hartelijk dank voor de geweldige mooie en gezellige avond gisteren. Wat hebben jullie een werk verzet. Volgende keer kom ik graag helpen met groenten snijden enz. Nogmaals dank voor de muzikale en andere vitamientjes.

Jan van der Klei Lovely day and night, end of season party with Bill Adair and the Mischa McPherson trio ( lovely singing voice) and I did a short performance singing two of Dan McKinnon's songs first The man of her dreams then Tommy Makem's Four green fields, finishing off with Dan's Remember me. plus lovely session afterwards.


 

Steve Ashley

Vrijdag 12 juni

AND there he came : Steve Ashley as mentioned “one of the best keep secrets of the British folk from the seventies”’

And to be honest when Koen from Zaandam did ask me to join in with Steve’s tour this summer, more then a year ago,I never heard from him before.But Koen was so enthusiastic and so was Dick so I start listening to his songs(not much to find on you tube,cause he doesnt like that) but I managed to hear something and I became enthusiastic too and I said YES to the proposol.

So when he arrived I wasnt sure what tot expect ,although I felt directly a very much positive atmosphere when he walked into my lounge ,cause what a positive energy did Steve bring in. Ready for a joke and smiling all the time,ever so friendly.

AND as soon as his gig started I was most impressed and overwhelmed by all his beautiful songs, How I love his voice and how I love his lyrics….SO REALLY GOOD ….!!!

Love to listen tot hem again and again .

AND I can ,because I was so lucky to buy a cd and its on my player for ever since many many many times.

Please come back Steve and dont wait another 20 years to visit Holland ….

It was also lovely to welcome some of Steve’s good old friends who did bring new face into my lounge to. Thanks to them to join in and also to everyone else (new and old faces )who came along once again and for those who stayed at the session …It was all lovely. Special thanks to Paul O’Brien who did introduce the wonderful Cathy Shannon to my lounge. Hope to see and hear more from this half Irish Lady at my lounge later on,cause the way she did sing “She moved through the fair “’ did give me gooseflesh .Just great…



Zaterdag 18 April 

Saturday April 18 -2015.

More then a week ago now,but because I went ill for the whole week after, no time to write about.

BUT it still is freshly in my memory,so no problem.

Cause what a night we all did have.>>!!

A full house for the first time this season with also people on the waitinglist !

Maarten Willems came back to my lounge once again ,again with Fred Piek

(Helas without Frenk van Meeteren and I most certainly do hope he will be there again next time too.)

BUT this two man together proved to be a great combination.

How I love the way Fred Piek was singing some Maarten Willems selfpenned songs and how lovely he performed lots of his songs from the just recently came out cd”BALADS: which is certainly a must have, cause then you can again and again listen to all this lovely music. A great choice of songs from all over the years Fred did make and very well performed too with lots of anecdotes and humoristical interaction with the public.

Maarten once again made it possible to sing his songs as only he can do it and the result of it was:the public allways have this lovely songs in their head. So much of sing along was happenening too.

It was a lovely surprise ,because on the last moment there came a mysery guestplayer,none less then Ad Grooten from formely Pater Moeskroen (now playing at the group Mannen van Naam)He did find the way to my lounge and it was superb to hear him sing his beautiful selfpenned song about Eilanders.

It was also very facinating to listen to all his jokes and stories .

So it was all lovely…and so was the jam session afterwards with not that many people, but those who stayed in did give it all a new dimension and loads of inspiration from the ladies from England. Thank you all who joined in at this wonderful Saturdaynight.


Woensdag 4 Maart 2015

Flossie Malavialle

 

4-3-2015

 

Flossie was there again last night….

This time without Parky, she did gave a really superb solo performance.

What a lovely Lady she is,

I love the way she tells stories  between the songs with so much impression.Maarten Willems did make some great pictures to prove that.

She did made another good choice of lovely songs all together.A great mix from English folk,ballads…(one of Pete Abbott which was so very special…,and also the Eva Cassidy one makes me feel goose bumps..)and French chansons. One of my favourites too: La vie en rose….The way she sings that song is so absoluty amazing good.

….She was very happy to do some requests we did ask for,no problem at all.

We asked she did.

So we all had a happy feeling about.

Sad songs(miserable ones ) and songs with joy it all cames along,like sing along songs with good choruses,lots of interaction with the audience.

 

A very good opener she did with the sweet Irish song Teddy O’Neill, inspired to sing this because when she visited Australia people there tought she was from Ireland, she thought it would be nice to put a real Irish song at her repertoire.

It was like in the song she sung “What a wonderful life,”indeed a wonderful night.

She even did find time to stay a little while afterwards starting to sing with Pim Boekenstijn on guitar ,and did some meet&greet although she a long drive ahead going to Sneek leaving just before midnight.

So thank you ever so much Flossie Malavialle for coming back,….wishing you a great rest of your tour in Holland…..!!


Zondag 1 Februari 2015

 

LINDE NIJLAND &BERT RIDDERBOS.

 

It  was a great winterafternoon at Karin’s lounge with Linde Nijland and  Bert Ridderbos .

Of course Linde sang some Sandy Danny songs, but she also sang beautiful traditionals from Groningen

And other beautiful ballads from her new cd I am here ,well chosen by Linde and Bert.

Very special it was alo to hear Bert play a thought be Norwegian song but it was really a tune  from Mozart .

Also very special it was to see unexpected Philip the Goey from the audience play on the whistle with a tune with Bert Ridderbos.

 After the show as usual the music continued sessionwise,but first we all did enjoy a lovely buffet, made by a lot of people from the audience.

I'll mention some of the songs that came by: Engelberthus Pronk with the seashanty Douwe jongens douwe, Jolande Pronk:Who can sail without?

Great singer Cora van der Vrande in combination with Philip de Goey .Willem Bakker did sing some good English songs,and we even heard a tradtional from Ruwanda sung by a student from there,who also found his way to the lounge.

and still I leave some musicians unmentioned.

It was also super so many peopel did help me out with everything,cause I did wake up taht day with a fever and did feel very unwell,but as Bert said,paracetamol can do miracles…and so did they by singing and playing all those lovely music…Thanks Linde and Bert and all who joined in….


Paul O Brien

Support An Scadan Orga

13-12-14

What a lovely night we all had.

We started early with the support from An Scadan Orga ,who came even earlier to play a little to prepare their gig.

My grandson Jack was very interested and enjoyed when they played on request for him “In de Maneschijn”very much.

It is nice to realize he is almost old enough to sit on a chair and enjoy all this lovely folk music soon !!

It was a pity about eight people were on the last moment not well enough or had something else to do ,so they cancelled .

A piy cause they really did miss a great evening !

But after all at my lounge were enough people to create a lovely atmosphere…all together.

It was so good to enjoy the performance from An Scadan Orga,(Richard Schoon,whistle Charlie Chalmers,(vocals –guitar)Jessica de Korte(fiddle,vocals)&Nathalie Persoon-bodhran)

a folkgroup who was at my lounge before to support Phil Hare at October last year…

On request they came to support paul O brien,very special too for him,cuase yeras ago jessica plyed along with Paul on her fiddle.That was also when I did meet her for the firts time.

Many thanks to Jessica to sing one of my favourite Dougie Mclean ballads for me again ,the lovely song:”Garden Valley”

Good to see them as Phils support then and good to see them now .

They did grow a lot and its lovely to see the bodhran played by Nathalie,it gives the group certanly more power !

The gig from Paul,presented his new cd. Was once again lovely .

Once he started at my lounge to play at Summerfolk,then as a support for (also) Phil Hare (October 2011)AND the with Kate Huber on the whistle at November 2012.

Now he played solo,all his beautiful song.Regognized by some great fans..so we could sing along with many people.

How I love this fantastic storyteller ,who made out of stories (around family happenings and life circumstances)really wonderful lyrics and tunes.

Beautiful ballads came along because of this.

Ballads which are luckily enough on cds,to listen at home again &again.AND I can promise you once you are involved in all thes beautiful songs,its difficult to stop,its most wonderful.

Thanks to the musicians and anyone who came along to enjoy with me and played or listened at the session.



Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer

15-11-14

What a lovely night we all had….It was superb to see the lovely duo Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer back at my lounge.

They came for the third time.since I meet them at Warwick Folk Festival in 2006.

And again they were supported by three members from the Belgium folkgroup Botswing. Dimitri Cleas,Jos Tielens and Lode

More about them on their site : Botswing is een gezellige groep folkfreaks, die met volle teugen genietvan het maken van muziek, van het samen zingen,van het brengen van muziek voor een folkminnend publiek.Botswing skiffelt met een arsenaal aan instrumenten en stemmen een zeer gevarieerd repertoire van Ierse en Schotse folk bijeen. Je kan genieten van de rustige ballades en de melancholische instrumentale nummers, maar je kan evenzeer uit de bol gaan op de klanken van de ruige pubsongs, de dansbare polka's en de opzwepende jigs en reels.Een toevallige samenloop van omstandigheden bracht de verschillende Botswingers met elk zijn eigen geaardheid en zijn eigen visie bij elkaar, één ding hebben ze echter gemeen: de liefde voor de folkmuziek. Elk optreden wordt ervaren als een collectief muzikaal orgasme. Een avondje Botswing is een must voor elke folkie, Botswing brengt muziek vanuit de buik.

Happy three off them made again a lovely support for the night. Happy that they played again some off my favourite Dougie McLean numbers.

Great to sing along with “”I feel so near” And ever so good to listen to the lovely ballad “Absent friends” ,the beautiful song I do love so much ,which did bring memoreis back to Vin garbutt,who was also once at my lounge.

And how I love to listen to Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer with their hunting tunes on their beautiful instruments ,a lot came around: (we did need to make space in the kitchen fort hem all)smallpipes,accordeon,guitar,whistles and Vicki’s speciality the nickleharpa. A really very special instrument played ever so good by this Scottish/ Swedish Lady.A good choice of different tunes ,melodies and songs they perfomed at my lounge once again with a lot of interaction with the audience and talked together with funny jokes made by Jonny Dyer. Ever so good musician too.

So good to see that among thegoldie oldies there were people among the audience who did find my lounge for the first time.

A really BIG SESSIOn there was afterwards with two nickelharpa’s involved,loads of talents among the people who joined in.

SO thank you all so much for playing again at my lounge on this cold November night !!!


Greg Russell

September 20

YES

And then came Greg Russell.

How much I was looking forward to that gig.I did book in him for a more then a year ago . His manager did find out about my housceconcerts and asked me to book him in. And so I did,even I didnt know him,I thought it was nice to give a new young person a gig at my home.

The year went by,and then it became clear I did book a young talent,cause Greg did win The BBC horizon folk award with his duo mate Ciaran Algar, a really superb violinplayer of the next generation. So I even became more enthusiastic about.

AND THEN I went to the lovely Shrewsbury Folk Festival finding out the duo would perform there and so I went to watch,very curious now. I must say I didnt expect what I then saw. I WAS TOTALLY IMPRESSED…what a great musicians were performing there.HOW lucky I felt

…YES Greg is coming to my place too this coming September, we did meet,so enthusiastic he also was,looking forward to it coming over to do his firts gig in Holland ever. I could hardly wait ,you can understand.

Trying to give him a full house by promoting again &again,alsmost we did…SO then finally it became Saturday 20-9.

Greg allready arrived from Chester the night before,so we could spend a nice day sightseeing The Hague. He is a fan of Holland,went several times before on holiday,so it was also very specvial for

him to perform there now.

AND what a performance we all did get.

What a voice, what a good choice of songs&tunes. Very good interaction with the audience,nice chatting &jokes between. Lot of energy left for the meet&greet session.A really GREAT NIGHT we all had.

Thanks Greg for coming and play,thanks to all the people who joined in.AND a big pity for those who couldnt do so.

Very good news:

Greg was so enthousiatic he likes to come back with Ciaran Algar next season .!!!

So again something to look forward to !!

AND SAID BY: 

    Peter Martens

    Gisteravond een prachtige folk avond mee mogen maken tijdens een huiskamerconcert in Den Haag met een optreden van Greg Russel.
    Muziek brengt verbroedering, brengt fijne mensen samen, toont de essentie aan
    De organisatie was in handen van Karin Pronk. Geweldig !



Celtann-6 September 2014.


Opening of the season


(Annemarie de Bie)singer from Fling,solo.

At my home again……

She was there before to celebrate my birthday in March 2011 and how lovely she came back.

I did enjoy every moment of her performance.

I really think she is one of those greatest who did perform at my lounge.

What a great interaction with the audience this great lady has….what an energy..she went on&on…..

There was even no space anymore at the videosystem.

Such good choice of ballads &tunes.

Such a great surprise she sung three songs of Dougie Mc Lean for me as a real Dougiefan

It was something very very special.!!!

Specially the lovely song of “Garden Valley”she did with so much emotion,I could hardly hold my tears with …

Such good storytelling between.also

Lovely way of playing the bodhran too.

And she also stayed in for the session,even tough she had to drive back all the way up to Groningen in the middle of the night.

Also some people from there came specially down to see her at my home. And how nice it was meeting them too.Allways so nice to enjoy new people playing along at the session.

Thanks a lot everyone who did join in !

AND a guestwrote this :

En als toetje naar het 75e huisconcert bij "folkinthelounge" in Den Haag bij Karin Pronk waar Katriona Gilmore en Jamie Roberts tijdens hun eerste tour in Nederland een zeer intiem concert gaven voor een uitverkocht huis. Ik was aangenaam verrast door dit perfecte optreden van deze twee jonge songwriters/musici die met hun nummers die aan de ene kant stevig in de engelse folktraditie geworteld waren en aan de andere kant lieten zien dat de new folk tradition niet aan hun voorbij gegaan was. Een echte aanrader!! Hulde aan Karin die met dit 75e concert laat zien dat je gewoon in je eigen huiskamer de mooiste dingen kunt laten zien. Nadien was er nog een jam-sessie zoals gewoonlijk


Summerfolk6-end of seasonparty


June 21th-2014 Roy Gullane


And then suddenly this folk season became also to an end. Allways nice to celebrate with a summer party. Seeing new people who do like to play at the open mic,organized before the head act of the night,in this case Roy Gullane ,solo (leadsinger from The Tannahill Weavers)ans seeing artists who came before and did like agian to perform. Also nice to discover new people among the guests. And so lovely to see a few people did stay for the session afterwards and with Roy,who had plenty of energy left they did make a lovely atmosphere. Lovely to hear the song “” Come closer to me my darling ”made by Maarten Willems It wasnt very often he did sing this in English life.

Within this article I will write about all the open mics artists in Dutch.


1: Eduard Bekker

Eduard Bekker was al eerder op Summerfolk .Hij keerde na twee jaar terug met zijn trekzak..Eduard beheert ook “de harmonicahoek” in Nederland en is een kenner van dit fascinerende instrument. We luisterden naar zijn verhalen en heerlijke deunen… Meer: www.harmonicahoek.nl


2.Jan van der klei

Jan van der Klei is een trouwe bezoeker van mijn huisconcerten Hij trad al een keer eerder op bij Summerfolk Ik had hem toendertijd daartoe overgehaald, hij vond het nl een beetje “kaal”om er te staan zonder instrument. Zijn grote kennis van diverse folkliederen inspireren hem elke keer opnieuw om een ballade groots “a capella” neer te zetten.En zo was het ook weer deze keer,mooie weloverwogen keuze van songs en kippevel bij “”There were roses”


3.Anneloes Middendorp

Ik ontmoette Anneloes voor de eerste keer in November 2013 in theater aan de Steeg. Zij zat toen naast mij en we keken naar het concert van de Tannahill Weavers.Het viel mij toen op dat zij heel ritmisch was en helemaal mee ging in de liedjes die ten tonele verschenen. We raakten aan de praat en ik nodigde haar uit voor een van mij huisconcerten. Heel leuk was het dat zij inderdaad kwam en vol overgave mee deed aan de sessie. Een mooie stem en een goed spel op de bodhran zijn kenmerkend voor haar. Op deze Summerfolk hebben we mogen genieten van haar eerste optreden bij de open mic Ik hoop haar nog vaker terug te zien.


4. Stanilaus Jaworski

Stanilaus Jaworski is dichter.Ik ontmoette hem voor het eerst in April,toen hij als toeschouwer aanwezig was bij het huisconcert van Fred Piek en Maarten Willems met Frenk van Meeteren. Hij reageerde meteen enthousiast ,toen ik hem vroeg om op te treden tijdens de open mic van Summerfolk6.Het was leuk om na het optreden van Harry Zevenbergen in 2012 wederom een dichter te zien.Genoten van deze man met al zijn mooie teksten.

Gedichtje:

Pimpelmees behouden vaart
Hoe zou het de twaalf pimpelmezen
net uitgevlogen vergaan? Zouden er
van het dozijn nog overgebleven zijn
hun pad gevonden in de natuur...
Belaagd door kraaien en Vlaamse gaaien
door reiger, rat en kat of botsing
met een reusachtige vrachtwagen
hangt het vogelhuisje vreemd leeg
hun geluiden stemmen herinnering.

www.gedichten.nl/biografie/Stanilaus+Jaworski


5. Bart van Beveren &Dennis den ouden

Bart van Beveren en Dennis den Ouden kwamen terug op Summerfolk, nadat zij vorig jaar zoveel enthousiaste reacties mochten ontvangen,hadden zij zich wederom aangemeld voor de open mic. Dit duo verzorgtde mooie ballads. Bart is geinspireerd geraakt door Kenny Spiers en treedt in diens voetsporen met zijn mooi gekozen liedjes.Het was heel fijn om ze vanavond terug te zien.En wat een bonus ,dat ze prachtige liedjes van Dougie McLean ten gehore brachten.

Meer over dit duo: scroll on you tube.(Bart van Beveren)


6.Johnny Verger

Johnny kwam terug op Summerfok na zijn daverend optreden van vorig jaar. Hij is een singer/songwriter met mooie teksten en zang. Zelf organiseert hij ook concerten in Boskoop in The Stables,een prachtige locatie waar vele mooie optredens te zien zijn. Het was een hele eer om deze zanger wederom in mijn lounge welkom te heten..

Meer: site : www.johnnyverger.com

www.thestables.nl


7. MUSONIUS

Musonius is Martijn Breeman, een oude bekende op Summerfolk,op velerlei verzoek was hij er nu ook weer bij. Het was zoals altijd weer een genot om te luisteren naar deze Middeleeuwse troubadour met zijn gave teksten, doordrengt met humor en herkenbaar, als het leven zelf. Ik ging er goed voor zitten en liet me meeslepen door deze altijd weer boeiende mucicus.

Gedichtje: Ik weet gewoon niet wat ik met
Dat meisje moet beginnen
Ze speelt al maanden 'hard to get'
Ik vrees dat ze gaat winnen

Zijn site vermeldt: Martijn Breeman schrijft zijn eigen liederen, gedichten, conférences, monologen en sketches. Zijn liederen kenmerken zich door vormvastheid, dikwijls cabareteske inhoud en direktheid.

Uit: www.musonius.webklik.nl


8.AISLING= BEN VAN LEEUWEN &FRIENDS

Aisling is Ben van Leeuwen,zang en gitaar-,Marianne Steenbergen,zang en gitaar,Mariette Meisters,fluit en zang en Karel Das,viool en zang.

Mariette was vandaag afwezig ,zodat de band vanavond maar uit 3 leden bestond

Een leuke folkband,die heerlijke traditionals heeft laten horen. Zij waren al vaker als publiek aanwezig en het was leuk ,dat zij zich nu hadden aangemeld om op Summerfolk een optreden tijdens de open mic te verzorgen. Alleen een gebrek mijnerzijds,keer op keer het verkeerd uitspreken van de naam van hun band,daar brak ik dus echt mijn tong over.


9.Wesley mc Hollander

Wesley treedt vaak op in zijn duo Lachlan. Ook is hij vaak aanwezig bij velerlei sessies,en festivals.Ik ontmoette hem bij de sessie in cafe Boeien in Katwijk, georganiseerd door Simon Oak (ook een bekende op Summerfolk) Het was mij gelukt om deze gave zanger naar mijn lounge te lokken voor een optreden bij de open mic van Summerfolk. Een prachtige nieuwe aanwinst, die ons mee voerde naar Schots/Ierse sferen, door zijn keuze van mooie,ook selfpenned songs

Thanks a lot Wesley for joining in

Meer:www.mchollander.nl


And then after all this lovely performances there came finally the man where we all waiting for.

:Roy Gullane

He was at my lounge before at December 2009 and fitted in lovely then amongst my Christmas tree,but he also fitted in so well in this really summer atmosphere.What a lovely choice for songs he did made,what an atmosphere he did created,so much interaction with the audience,such a lovely way of singing together wit hall those lovely chorusses.AND how I love the way he is talking Scottish I said to the audience (Which is quiet normal people said to me,cause he is a Scot ) Loads of humor also of this great man,leadsinger from the great Scottish folkband The Tannahill Weavers.

So Very happy I felt to announce Roy Gullane was coming back to my lounge.

He was so good to say:”YES” to my offer, which I only could give at the last moment ,cause my original booked in artsist fro the night did say “NO”at the last moment.

However I did feel very honoured Roy did play at my lounge again.

Roy Gullane did perform solo tonight, most of time he is as a duo with Eric de Jong or with his lovely band The Tannahill Weavers. So real Scottish they are,how I love them !!And how I love Roy,listening to him again as a highlight on my end of season party.!!!!Thanks a lot Roy.

The site tells us: Roy, as many of you will know, is along with Phil Smillie one of the two longest serving professional members of the Tannahills. He plays guitar, sings lead vocals, tells silly stories, and keeps us all laughing through adversity on the road

www.tannahillweavers.com

Thank you all for joing in this night and to “my folkies”for coming along each time they can do.

  1. Its because of you I can keep going organizing this housconcerts and enjoying all those wonderful musicians.And what a great season we did get, celebration the end of it tonight.

 

Bill Parker with sheep on the boat

24-5-2014

Last Saturdaynight we had a lovely time with Bill Parker ,singer/songwriter from Arizona.

It was almost a year since Bill asked me to play at my lounge and ever since we did have a nice mailcorrespondence. So it was really something very special to meet him at last.

What a great man he is,a real story teller with a lovely view about all kind of things and how to live your life.

A man with a great life experience,so good reflected in the lyrics of his songs.He did sing with a strong voice,lovely to listen to.

He was introducing himself as just a man with a guitar,but he is so much more.It was a pity he couldnt bring his cd’s with him on the plane, all the way from USA ,a distance from about 6000 miles he made to travel to my little lounge.

How special and what a lovely surprise it was ,he did start with a selfpenned song for me:playing at Karin’s lounge

 If you want to see and hear more about Bill Parker,just visit his website or try to catch him somewhere (again) in Holland, cause he will be touring around Holland for the next 5 weeks.For instance at Peter&Leni’s podium Cafe at Steendam.this Friday .

It was because of his friendship with Peter van Zeijl, Bill did contact me and I like to say Thank you peter for introducing this man to me.

The night was even more special, because Bill did get a superb folky

support from :Sheep on the boat.This new folkgroup just started at Februari 2013,had a start at my lounge last Summerfolk, played allready at a big stage at ELFIA.,and was there a my lounge again to play before Bill’s gig started.

What an energy,it all seems so easy the way they played,so well mix all together. Lovely combination these four people: Gert van der Slikke,Dagmar Cloosterman,Danny Kegel and Gwendolyn de Boer .

And what a lovely idea,it was they contact Bill by mailing and practizing with a big ocean between two continenents to share some songs together.

A  nice and very funny surprise was Gert dressed up as an drunk Irish man.Hope to see more of them later on.

Thank you all who came along and all those who stayed at the session afterwards.Very special it was to meet Guido Debeus and Hans Teigeler,members of The Bues,the other totally different band of Danny Kegel and to realize when Danny started it up so well there can be suddenly arise a ballad……..!!

     

     




Tommy Sands

 17-4-2014

  1. A wondeful moment to start the Easter weekend was the playing of Tommy Sands at my lounge, last Thursday night.
    How lucky I was, this big name from the legendary Sands family came on a little tour in Holland and decided to play at my little loun...ge too.
    This is the man, who wrote one of my favourite Irish ballads, once so beautifully performed at my lounge by Celtann, who is coming back to open my new season !!Lucky me again
    What a lovely voice Tommy has and what a good choice of lovely songs he made.
    Also a very great story teller he is with loads of very nice jokes.
    Really very funny indeed…
    Surely it became another night to remember, among all those other concerts.
    I do feel very happy about.
    So thank you all who came along and those who stayed for the jamsession too.
    It all ws very lovely again and:
    Thank YOU dear Tommy Sands !!!

  1. Duo optreden 12-4-14
    Maarten Willems&Fred Piek,met Frenk van Meeteren.

    Gisteravond een heel speciaal optreden bij mij thuis van Maarten WAmazing stroopwafels.
    De derde man in het geheel was Frenk van Meeteren(voormalig Kings Galliard) en gast spelers: Govert Willems,Frank Verlaan en Peter Hersbach,die in no time de lou...nge om toverden in een echte band sfeer.
    illems,Haags dichter en liedjesschrijver.en Fred Piek ,bekend van Fungus en Maarten Willems,een oude bekende bij de lounge concerten,starter van de eerste orde was helemaal op dreef. Mooi om te zien,hoe hij zich steeds opnieuw helemaal geeft in zijn liedjes,die vaak voortgekomen zijn uit een gedicht..Mooie gevoelige zelf geschreven doordachte teksten en zelf gecomponeerde deunen ,die je nog dagenlang kunnen bij blijven.
    Heel byzonder was het om op deze avond ook Fred Piek wederom welkom te mogen heten.
    Hij speelde eerder in de lounge in December 2012,toen als speciale gastspeler bij Bert Ridderbos en Linde Nijland.
    Fred speelde gisteravond een aantal verzoeknummers en deed dit vol overgave. Hij zette in het geheel een prachtige variatie neer van diverse goed uitgezochte liedjes. Heel speciaal was het ook om hem het nummer “”Als het stomt aan de zee””geschreven door Maarten Willems te horen vertolken.
    Even zo deed Frenk een soortgelijke duit in het zakje door Maarten’s liedjes: De liefdesbeker en Depressieve vrouwen”te zingen”
    De heren waren ook gedrieeen goed op elkaar ingespeeld en aan elkaar gewaagd.
    Een en ander smaakt eigenlijk naar een nieuwe cd, zoals na afloop een paar gasten wisten op te merken,
    door hun 3 neergezet,met hoe mooi zou het zijn enige begeleiding van bassist Peter Hersbach,lepelaar Govert Willems en Frank Verlaan op de mandoline.
    Hoe mooi fraai was ook de sessie na afloop,met o.a. oude bekenden Paul O’Brien ,wat een aangename verrassing was zijn komst en Martijn Breeman,de troubadour van de lounge(Coming back at Summerfolk) en aanwinst Jan Nijkamp,prachtstem en goed gitarist. De sessie werd ook zeker behoorlijk aangewakkerd door Maarten,Fred en Frenk,en het was echt gaaf om te zien en horen,dat ook een sessie met vnl gitaar, ZO prachtig kan klinken.
    Dank jullie allen voor je komst,en in het byzonder ook Monique Westerink,die het plekje van mijn vaste cameraman Richard Schoon,die door omstandigheden er niet bij kon zijn,zo bereidwillig overnam.
    Na afloop met Martijn even leuk gebrainstormt over een mogelijk andere opstelling van het publeik in de lounge,met het opruimen al wat heen en weer geschoven. ZOU leuk kunnen zijn,met Summerfolk doen we een try out van deze mogelijkheid..SPANNEND..!!!

March 9-2014

Pete Morton,with Chris Parkinson&Roger Wilson

Last night a very good night at my lounge. A lovely way to have an early celebartion of my birthday with my folk-friends.

Big surprise was the birthday song by the trio on requesttof Maarten Willems.

A good time we all had in a lovely atmosphere . Lots of interaction from the musicians with the audience. Funny jokes made it all very laughable.Specail the story abouth the Danish pastries.

Very good to see Pete Morton back at my lounge . He came for the third time,this time together with fiddle player Roger Wilson,who also is a great singer/songwriter himself.

Very special to hear him sing  a song,as Parky did later with his accordion. Parky is Chris Parkinson and he came along earlier with Flossie Malavialle.It was very good to see him back again. I love the way he plays. !

About Pete Morton himself,lovely to see him this time with this two other musicians,this made this performance more folkie I think.

 I love Pete songs and it was a great joy to hear them again.

 Songs like the Luckiest man,When we sing together and Another train  makes me allways very  goose bumps.

It was a lovely night,thanks a lot everyone who came along !!

 2-2-2014

Hannah Martin&Philip Henry 

The second winterafternoon was also a big succes.
It was so special to see the lovely young folk duo Hannah Martin from Devon from Lancashire and Philip Henry at my lounge.How superb they did made the atmosphere. I was already very enthusiastic about their new cd,did put it on for so many nights,so it was a good way to recognize all the songs and tunes.
Really very impressed... by their performance in this little lounge. I saw them on stage at Warwick Folk Festival in 2012 and it was after that show I wnet to them to ask them in. Lucky me they said yes.
Their biography tell us:
Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are one of the most exciting and innovative duos to appear on the folk/roots/acoustic scene in recent years. They have been nominated for 'Best Duo' in the 2014 BBC Folk Awards. With a rapidly expanding following and a truly unique sound that effortlessly spans many genres, the duo have been touring constantly for the past three years, winning new fans of all ages wherever they go. Festival appearances have included regular Glastonbury slots; all the major folk festivals including mainstage slots at Sidmouth Folk Week; Broadstairs; Warwick; Shrewsbury; Gate To Southwell; Shepley Spring; Priddy; and a constant presence on the greenfield festival circuit, at events such as Larmer Tree (mainstage); Sunrise Celebration (mainstage); and Green Man.
So we did all have a superb time with this two friendly people,who even had the energy to stay and join in at the session afterwards.
A wonderful buffet and session it was once again,thanks to all the old(and new)folkies who stayed to play and listen and even more special cause my grandson Jack decided to dance also seeing the beautiful example of Kate(Richards daughter) doing some Irish dancing.Very impressed !Thanks all.

Tom Mc Conville&Chris Newman

Sunday Januari 26 -2014

The first winterafternoon at my lounge.

 The first concert of 2014…and how lovely it was.

 Tom Mc Conville came back for the third time to my lounge.He was there in 2010 and 2012 before)

This time he took his good friend Chris Newman with him.He did make a joke about,saying:

””.I do play with my good friend this time,but not to often,cause we like to stay friends”

It was a wonderful combination.

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Chris Newman  a great British acoustic guitarist I saw playing at Warwick folk festival in 2006 as the partner of the Irish harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh, And how special it was to see him now at my own lounge.

Underneath the biography of Tom.

Tom McConville, primarily known as The Newcastle Fiddle Player, is one of the leading fiddle players of our time. A virtuoso musician and fantastic singer, his rich and warm voice makes his interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs greatly admired by singers throughout the world.

In great demand as a performer, session musician and teacher, playing the fiddle is his lifelong passion and he has achieved every player’s dream of creating his own unique, instantly recognizable sound.

His live performances combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes , through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing. All presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style

And really so it is.!!

How I enjoyed this lovely gig he played again at my house.

Thank you ever so much Tom.Also thanks to the lovely audience who came along,and a  full house after al !!Thanks to Gert,Richard ,Maarten and everyone else who promoted and ask around to get my lounge filled in .And a delicious buffet and session afterwards .A very special afternoon it was.

 

Simon Kempston,with the Teetotallers

14 December 2013

 

Last Saturday we did have the last concert of this year at my lounge

A special winternight in Christmas atmosphere.

It was very special to listen Simon Kempston, a young  Scottish singer/songwriter from Dundee, based in Edinburgh. He is travelling a lot around Europe and did wait more then 2 years for the possibility to play at the lounge cause bizar enough ,its allways so much filled in here with loads of artists who do like to play on this very little stage.
However he finally came and did sing a lot of his own work.

Good storytelling about the songs and  between with several jokes.

An  acoustic fingerstyle guitarist composed and performed original and contemporary acoustic music steeped in the traditions of folk, celtic and blues music.

The songs bear all the hallmarks of an experienced craftsman who works tirelessly to produce music which is captivating, beautiful, distinctive, and above all, relevant.

And most important a very sympatic man in his way of manners, and I most appreciate how he did play with my grandson Jack. However it was lovely to meet him .

Very special it also was the way the Dutch folkgroup The Teetootalers played at his support.

 They played before ,more then two years ago to support Daithi Rua in my lounge .

Although good they were then,but very much growed together now and they did play 30 minutes real good folk.

A good choice of music,played with lots of energy bringing to us the real folky atmosphere like we were in Ireland and Scotland all together.

As they said on their site they are really in for every pubsong,knowing how to transform the area into a very lively active place to be.

You can hardly stay sit down on your chair ,but would like to join in and dance all the time.

Between beautiful ballads came along and it was a  big surprise ,to hear Cathinca van Sprundel sing one of my favourite Dougie mc Lean songs “Caledonia”

A very enthuasiastic band they are these three young people.

Beautiful instruments they know all about.

Lovely to see and hear Dries Coone play on his whistles,really great.

 And how superb Tijn Berends was playing on his mouth-organ combinated with his guitar.thats one of my favourite combinations in the folk music.

Interesting to know Tijn is also playing as a duo with Erik de Jong. I saw them at Noordfolk, the lovely festival Bert Ridderbos and Linde Nijland did organize last October and was very impressed there too. Hope to catch them as a support in future…?!

Thanks everyone who came along to join in at this last concert of the year, which was in the beginning quite hard to fill in-(only 12 people on the guestlist)-but in the end a lot more came along, so we had almost a full house there.

Thanks also to Sheep on the boat who were all there too and stayed in so nicely for the lovely session More abpout them as a support for Bill Parker ,May coming and to the other musicians,who did again.And so nice there were new people too who did sung lovely on the session...Thank you Anneloes Middendorp.,so happy we meet at the Tannahill Weavers ,last november .And how great Simon did have the energy to play also along there,cause he had an early rise to do next morning,leavingf for Breittany to play an Sunday afternoon gig overthere.

 And last but not least:Thank to Maarten Willems who did lead this session ago like he did  so many times before.!

OTHER ROADS

13-11-13

And then they came back.The lovely band Other Roads(former members of the John Wright band)

For a long time I knew they would be at my lounge again,this november month. And so the audience knew.I did have a full house booked in allready at a very early day.  AND SO we had a very well filled in lounge for these three musicians,who toured last week in Denmark and had there first gig in Holland this tour at my place.

How lovely they were. Nice to see them before the gig and my grandson Jack was very impressed by them all.He prefered reading  books with Gregor and keep them busy all the time.

Their performance was really fantastic. They had a lot of interaction with the very enthusiastic audience,real fans who came from all over Holland to my lounge. The atmoshere was lovelt and there was a lot of sing along to do !!

Beautiful ballads sung by graet singer/songwrites :Pete Abott & Dave Walmisley mixed between very lively fiddle music played by the great fiddleplayer Gregor Borland .It feels like we were in Scotland.

Afterwards there came a nice session,although it did start up a little bit slow,because there was a lot of meet&greet to do with the  guys from the band.

And also of the late show with lots of encores,we did start quiet late.So it wasnt that well organized at that part,but never mind,its just the way the session can be after this kind of lounge  concerts.The plan is there is allways the possibility for a session afterwards,but also for a meet&greet and sometimes that takes a little bit longer then expected. Nevertheless at the lounge sessions there will allways be room for people to play,sing,dance ,whatever, all togehter or just by themselves. That is what I  like very much about this informal possiblity that the people can show what they want. Sometimes its lovely all together ,people now what they are doing,sometimes just duo’s or a solo performance.GREAT…I love it.. Thanks to all people who played again afterwards during the session. And also to the visitors who came to watch,cause without them it wouldnt be the same…like OTHER ROADS said….!!

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Martyn Wyndham Read,

with support from 4somefolk

Saturday November 2

About two years ago Vin Garbutt played at my lounge, and it was because of him I invited Martyn Wydham Read at my home.

So I waited about two years for his man.

To be honest I never heard about him before that but I was very curious, so I did order a few cd’s ,found  him on you tube –this man and his music and listened to the enthusiastic stories about him , told to me by his true fans all over the years, people out of the audienc of the houseconcerts.

So it was really something finally to meet the  man, to listen to him at my lounge.

There came real fans of him to the gig ,it was nice meeting them too.Also very special was the support before from  the folkgroup 4somefolk.Very nice how these 4 good musicians played all together.4SomeFolk bestaat uit de folkliefhebbers Anika, Hans, Louis en John. De drie laatstgenoemden speelden jaren samen in de folk-groep Knijn. Toen Knijn begin januari 2011 na 30 jaar stopte met reguliere optredens vonden Hans, John en Louis dat hun muzikale kaarsjes nog niet gedoofd waren. Zij besloten daarom hun krachten nogmaals te bundelen en samen met Johns vrouw Anika was muziekgroep 4SomeFolk compleet.

Very special they did want to play the support for Martyn,cause John Cameroon know him for such a long time. Thanks folks!!

As a bonus I saw him again at a special birthday party ,last Sunday afternoon.

It was very special to listen to his songs, and his choice of songs from other singer/songwrites like Graeme Miles (Where ravens feed),Stan Graham ,Mike Silver (Jackeroo)and ,Mike OÇonnor,Ewan mcGoll and Eric Bogle.

This very friendly man, more then 40 years on the road, was settled for a long time in Australia,bases in England again, travelling all over the world, knows so many people,so many stories,poems ans songs because of that.

A great story teller he is. ...!

It was a great pleasure and privilege to meet him finally in person.

 When I asked him yesterday about the possibility of travellingproblems(yet-leg)he was just back from USA<landing In England,coming to Holland for the weekend and leaving for Australia next week he said:” O no,I just goes on and on  and when I do land somewhere else I m so excited to be ,I just think lets  go for it. “Like he answered on a question about retiring soon,he said:”Well  what I like to do when I m retired is making music…so I just go on.”

Thanks Martyn for coming over, thanks to the audience for joining  in and also play at a very nice session afterwards all together. …!!!

 

Friday October 18- 2013

LUCY WARD

And back to the lounge came Lucy at that warm Autumn night.-Friday October 18 th. And so was her performance again, warm with loads of strength.What an energy Lucy has, what a dynamic ,what a voice and what a charisma !!I feel very fortunated she did want to play again at my lounge.Like last year she was lovely again with loads of humor too.How I love her songs and tunes. It was all so exciting to see her back.We did have a full house for Lucy and the audience did love her again.A great night it was all over ,with lots of interaction between her and the audience.It was great to see a few new people also did arrive to the loungeconcerts. Hope to see them back another time.So nice to see that again there was a real fan from Lucy all the way from Derby to The Hague:Kieran JohnMason,thanks for joining in again.Thanks also to all the musicians who did stay in for the lovely session, happily lead by Maarten Willems again. Nice to discover that Pim Boekestijn,a new musician at the lounge, decided on that moment to play on his guitar in public again after 12 years of silence to do so….!That was really something very special.A bonus later on was for me I was able to follow Lucy to the North on the Sunday, where the great Linde Nijland&Bert Ridderbos did organize a very well planned in little festival in Autumn-Noordfolk -at the beautiful location Coco Maria. Lovely to see and hear also there and so good to find out that also on stage came the wonderful Fred Piek, with his beautiful daughter Arnee. How well they played together.How good to realize Fred will come back to my lounge with a solo program in combination as a duo performance with Maarten Willems, Dutch singer/songwriter solo too and accompanied by the great Frenk van Meeteren. We should have to wait for that…more about that will follow later on, but I already can babble that it will be in April, when the spring is coming in after this lovely autumn time all together…..!!!

Saturday Oct 5

Phil Hare,met An Scadan Og

What a good night we all had .

On Sat. Oct 5th Phil Hare

came back to the lounge.

A lot of people knew him from 2 years before,when he was supported by Paul O’Brien and Kate Huber.

This year his support was from An Scadan Orga,(which means A golden Haring) a just recent started up folkband ,who played their debut performance  at my lounge. It was good to listen to Richard Schoon on whistles, Jessica de Korten on fiddle/vocals  and Charlie Chalmers on guitar/vocals.

 A wonderful surprise and a bonus was the fact Jessica rembered the way I did  meet her in lokaal Vredebreuk at 2006,when she sung one of my favourite songs Garden Valley,written by Dougie McLean .It was because of this ,she got my attention and we keep in touch ever since,I also saw her a few times playing with Paul O’Brien.So it was lovely to hear her sing this song again.

After the break we all enjoyed to listen to the mighty guitarist from Engeland:Phil Hare.

 There he was again, playing so well all those lovely tunes on the guitar.  How I loved: Music for a found harmonium  and si begh si mor.

Also his selfpenned were great .His voice, his performance, his songs it all fits in together and I love the way he wears his hat !!

After his gig Phil had a lot of energy left to join in with the session over and over again and even find time to give Gert van der Slikke a private lession on his guitar.

Thanks everyone who joined in as an audience once again and alsof or those who stayede for the jamsession and played along. I must say we all did manage to  create another lovely night. ….

       

 


SEASON 2013-2014

JudithHaswell&Trish McLean

Saturday Sept 21-2013

Two ladies from Yorkshire came to the lounge at Saturday September 21th to open the new season of the loungeconcerts.

To be honest I didnt really know what to expect, I did listen to them at you tube It,sounded nice...but it was because of the advise from Vin Garbutt to invite them to my home.

Well how well it was to listen to Vin. They were marvellous.

The way they performed was just great.

Beautiful lyrics, lovely tunes, two great voices which sounded so perfectly together ..

It was all did fit in so good. They did start with the swallow song, they told us that’s the way they always open.Well it was really overwhelming for the audience. After that they went on with several totally different songs,but it all was in a perfect combination.

A lot of interaction with the audience, loads of British humor.

Also ballads with a sad story.

A big impression on me made the lovely written song by Trish about her great granda who died in the first world war and left her great gran mother with seven small children behind.

 A lot of chorusses, with the songs,well told by them before we had to sing. It all worked out lovely. So we did share a superb night all together to celebrate the opening gig of this new season….!!!

Happy I do have their lovely cd now :“beginning to see the light “äs a lovely memory.

 

Summerfolk 5.June 2013

PILGRIMSWAY 

My end of seasonparty ,

To start with an open mic with:

*Fabian Schrama,wasnt he lovely?

The way he played and sung was really very good. I felt honoured that ,although he is used to bigger audiences he was perfectly ok which such a small space as folk in the lounge is.

Henk Dorrestijn,back at Summerfolk. I like his humor and songs a lot .It was good to see him again,the brother of………….?!

Rob van Leersum

New to Summerfolk,he was on the list last year allready,very impressed the way he played at his guitar with 12 strings.

Bart van Beeveren &Dennis Den Ouden. I meet Bart at a gig of Real Time,he made it clear to me he was inspired by the great Kenny Speirs and curious to hear I invited him to play at the open mic. Nice to see he did bring his musical friend Dennis den Ouden. I loved the way they covered songs written by  Kieran Halpin and Damien Rice

Musonius, This is the man who came for the third time at Summerfolk. A real troubadour with well penned self written songs in the atmosphere of the Middle-ages. Good to have him back again.And how we look forward to his cd……!!

Simon Oak.

Dedicated to Irish folk for about 7 years now. Good to hear how lovely he played the Irish music….!!

Johnny Verger –did play 4 songs of his last cd. I really did enjoy that very much. Beautiful lyrics and tunes of his seflpenned songs.

Sheep on the boat

Just a new young band ,found only this Februari.,named after the fisrt song they played at public. And what a big impression they did make on the audience and me. People did ask to see more of them in the future. And so do I…

PILGRIMS WAY

And the after the open mic it was time for the band .How special it was they came special all the way from England just for this gig at my lounge.

Happy I was able to invite them, because Gill Loomes introduced me to  Edwin Beasant,  one of the members at the Warwick Folk Festival in 2011.I was very impressed when I listened to their first cd,which they launched at that time. Looking forward for a long time to finally see them at my lounge. It was worth waiting let me tell you that. Their gig was really SUPERB DUPERB…!!What a music, what an instruments, what a voice,what a good choice of melodies and what a way of playing. SO MUCH energy ,that they could even dance when they played. And on a certain point it inspired for Maarten Willems and me on a suggestion of Joland Pronk  to dance too at their music. There was just enough space to do a little Scottish …

THE SESSION

Was lovely as allways…very different again, a bonus was the fact Tijn Berends of the Teetotallers joined in. A lot of music came around ,great combinated by Maarten Willems again as session leader. So happy to see the members from Pilgrims Way had saved enough enrgy fort his too. Unbelieveable they all joined in time after time. WHAT A GREAT ATMOSHERE..Thank you all so much…!And  special thanks to Engelberthus &Jolande Pronk for introducing again the nice song they made for me to say thank you to me for the whole folk season this year. It did make me feel emotional.

Thanks every one for join in this night and many times before ,hope you will come back to the lounge time after time.There certainly is booked a great new season to come,kick off with two ladies from the UK at September 21th.

Friday May 31th

KYLE CAREY,

with Craig Werth& Ronnie Goodin

 And  then  there was the second concert in the month of May.

The last concert of the season before the end of seasonparty Summerfolk in June.

For this night Kyle Carey came along with Craig Werth from USA &Ronnie Goodin from Limburg.

I was looking forward for a long time to Kyle’s performance.

 Cause I really did like to fit her in last year ,when she was on tour in Holland, but because of the two fiddlers I had that time in May,she really couldnt come along.

Anyhow there she finally was, and how superb she did sung !!I did love her beautiful songs(recognizing them from her beautiful debut cd I did collect last year) The way she sung Gaelic songs,was lovely.

She calls it Gaelic Americana, interested as she is in Scotland, where her ancestors came from .With her came as a bonus for me cause I didnt expect him at first a great singer/songwriter from  USA –Craig Werth.

 How I love his songs and voice.

 It was a delight to listen to him too and the way their voices harmoned was really marvellous.

To make this even more musical cachet there came Ronnie Goodin, original named Ron Janssen.

This superb musician Kyle did meet last year when she was touring around in Limburg. I wouldnt have miss him !

So we all had a superb night last Friday.

Happy enough there came some people along,although it werent that much,which was pity,cause they really did miss a lot.

But for many reason there couldnt be more audience helas.

The people who stayed were very enthusiastic to play at the session afterwards and so were the artists.S

o thank you very much to be there again: Richard Schoon&Gert van der Slikke on whistle, Jerry Kooyman on guitar and voice,Simon Oak,on many instruments&voice, Rieke Pronk on fiddle, Jolande&Maarten Pronk on the bodhran, Maarten Willems on mandoline&voice. Engelberthus Pronk,voice..

and thanks to Kyle,Ronnie & Craig to be there all the time !!!

Vrijdag 3 Mei

MIRIAM ERASMUS
with support act from EDIE CAREY

What a lovely night we had with this two ladies.

Because of the May holiday we didn’t have a full house,

but it didn’t really matter.

The atmosphere was lovely…warm….and great !

Edie Carey from USA on tour in Holland for this two weeks did find me and ask if there was room for her to play, I already was booked in for that moment for Miriam Erasmus, but we did sort something out, she agreed to play only a support act this time. Hope she will come back for a whole night in future.

Cause I like to hear a lot more from her. What a great singer/songwriter she is. Beautiful tunes, lovely guitar playing like Paul O’Brien said and great lyrics.

This award winner singer/songwriter from Chicago.

The backstage was very special too,

cause Edie did bring her husband and beautiful baby boy son Luca  with her ,which it all made it more special cause it was nice meeting with my grandson Jack.

 

This all was a lovely way to start the musical night quiet early.

After Edie it was Miriam Erasmus who made the show.

Such a different style of singing ,but also very impressing .All those lovely songs Miriam did choose to sing, mixed up with self penned ones….great surprise there was, she did song special for me a Scottish song, cause she discovered I m very much into Scotland, how I loved the way she sung the “Sky Boat song .

I loved her humor and performance,can understand she is at home a great puppetshow player too.

She came all the way up from South-Africa(But just from England now, where she is touring around, this Lady of the folk for 40 years !!).

So we were all treated also on songs in African language and into Afrikaans.

A really superb performances of both the Ladies.

Another night again to remember.

Thanks to all the people who did came along and stayed for the session afterwards.

 Good to see Paul O’Brien was back again and so was Jan van der Kleij and lovely whistle player Richard Schoon .

Nice to see the new bodhran of Jolande Pronk,that can give an extra dimension on the sessions which will follow.

Just for one time it was funny too, there were 3 of mine cats among the audience, normal there are out of the way for a copple of hours,not disturbing to much,but with all the bedrooms filled in with babies and stuff there wasn’t a possibilitie to leave the cats there,so they joined in and I think they were most impressed.!!!

 

Kirsty McGee ,with Quiet Loner

Saturday April 20

Support from Finvarra.

 

 Last Saturdaynight we had another great night at the lounge.

 Kirsty McGee came along with Quiet Loner and there was a support from FINVARRA. It all was superb....thanks to the lovely singing,playing,chatting and atmosphere.

Also the session was very special,new people came along..and again there was Peter Hersbach with his super bass.

It  was a great night,so finally see Kirsty McGee at my lounge,

we did make this deal quiet a long time ago. It was a big surprise for me she did bring Quiet Loner with her.

Kirsty has a lovely voice which brings you in a special mood I think. Superb to listen too.

Beautiful  love songs ,a lot of lovely self penned songs made with haunting tunes.

A very special  atmosphere came around in the lounge. Very nice also she invited lovely bass palyer Peter Hersbach out of the public to play with her for 2 songs. It did bring a special dimension to her jazzy songs.

And like I said before the big surprise of the night was Quiet Loner. Very much impressed by this great sing&songwriter from Manchester ,on tour in Holland for the first time !!

Don’t forget to think back on the supportact from Finvarra. How great they played all together. And how wonderful Dieke Elfring did sing at my request the beautiful song MOTHERLAND. It was amazing how they managed to fit in again at my little lounge.

The session which came afterwards was superb too with a lot of energy left from the artists. Joined in by the musicians from the audience. Great to meet Willem Noorderstrand who came all the way down from Groningen, what a lovely surprise he did play those wonderful songs from Dougie McLean,.Good to see Peter Hersbach back again. And thanks very much to the goldie oldie folkies during the session. !!

 

Zaterdag 6 april

MAARTEN WILLEMS

&Frenk van Meeteren, with guestplayer Frank Verlaan.

Last Saturday, he was there again.!

Maarten Willems returned to the lounge. Again he was singing his beautiful own-penned songs.

With a poem between.

 It is allways very special to see Maarten back, cause it was all around him how the houseconcerts really started. He was the one who give me the courage and idea to start and later on with the enthusiatic “YES” of Sarah McQuaid it carried on…and on….

Maarten managed again to get the audience all together into a real fantastic atmosphere.  Real fans of him did recognize his songs and were very happy to sing along with him .

A lot of his tunes do have the quality they stay in your mind for quiet a while. So dont be surprise if you suddenly start singing a song a few days later. ….

Maarten was  accompanied again by the great musician Frenk van Meeteren(for the goldie oldie folkies well known from the former folkgroup King’s Galliard)So it all was lovely. Very special because the was also a part for guestplayer Frank Verlaan(Maarten’s duopartner from Salty Dog)and very spontaneousthere was a new person ready for the lounge concerts. His name is: Peter Hersbach. He managed to play on his very special homemade bass instrument ,as like he was there for ever before. Hipe to see him back.

Not forget the part of Govert Willems on the spoons,it sounded great,as allways.

The session around Frenk van Meeteren was worth to stay for afterwards, lovely the way Jolande Pronk did manage to play with her whistle together with all the musicians.

Certainly a night to remember.!!

 


Stephen Quigg,with Pernilla

30-3-13

A Scottish Easter.

  And there he came again…back to the lounge, helas again without Nick Keir,duo from te former McCalmans,due to his illness.Stephen Quigg,who played a beautiful gig unexpected last year,did play again at my lounge solo……AND how superb it was again.Real Scottish atmosphere was there, because of his lovely singing, choice of songs and humoristic chats between.Special with a lot of sing a longs with chorus from the audience. It wasn’t a very much filled in lounge, probably because of the Easter celebrations this weekend ,but neverr the less the audience who joined in, were very enthusiastic and it all work out great.What a lovely surprise Stephen did song the beautiful Scottish song Caledoniafrom DougieMcLean special for me.And another lovely surprise that he did bring his lovely wife from Denmark:Prunilla Quigg,who is working on a cd, and did sing some songs as a guestplayer for Stephen. And how special it was they finished off together with the beautiful song Amazing Grace.It was a wonderful gig again Stephen did realize to make. And so was the very small session afterwards, nice the way James Jones, John Cameroon-Webb and his wife Anika Gerrtits, members from folkgroup 4somefolk (more about them will follow with the two other members of that group as a suppoThanks all who came a long,to make this special Easter night to a successful night rt act for Martyn Wydham Reed-this November following)joined in with Richard Schoon and Jolande Pronk..!!!!

SARAH MC QUAID
13-3-13

 Celebrating my birthday.


What a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday Wednesdaynight.


I feel most fortunate that all those lovely people joined in to be the audience of the artist I invited to help me celebrate my bithday again.


Sarah Mc Quaid, a most lovely artist.

Very special to me ,she feels like a friend,inviting me to her home,where I did spend a wonderful time in beautiful Cornwall .

Very special also because she was the first artist from Britain who was brave enough to say “yes” on my invitation,didnt know what to expect,a houseconcert in The Hague?


I first meet her at Sidmouth folkfestival 2007 and felt directly very attracted to her most wonderful voice.

Her songs with beautiful lyrics did something to me.

And how honoured I felt,she simply said YES I will sing at your lounge.


First time she came was in March 2008,she even did learn three Dutch birthday songs for it ,from Linde Nijland.


What a surprise it was then…and so it was last Wednesday.

 She came back for the 4th time ..It was superb again.


The atmosphere,the songs,the lyrics ,the sing/alongs,the tunes,the guitar-playing how very special it all was.

Also very special Sarah did dedicate her beautiful song “The last song” to Lara,Jack and me.


Very special also was the fact the lovely Fred Piek was among the guests.


And so was the jamsession afterwards.

What a moment when the audience song for me on 24.00h to congratulate.


How lovely Jessica de Korte did sing one of my favourite DougieMcLean songs”Garden Valley”” for me .


Jan van der Kley –"Forever young" from Bob Dylan and Maarten Willems,who translated his Dutch song “”Kom maar hier mijn liefste”special for me into English””Come closer to me my darling."

THANKS ever so much everyone who played at the session ..coming back again Hanneke&Arie Janissen ,special from Tilburg(Folk at home) ,

Martijn Breeman with his beautiful written songs,Maarten Pronk on the bodhran,Govert Willems on spoons again.

Great to hear ” the JOHANNA” song again written and sung by Henk Dorrestijn.


Lovely whistle playing from Richard Schoon and Gert van der Slikke.

And fiddle time for Rieke Pronk and Jessica de Korte again. Thanks everyone!!

Ailie Robertson


Friday Februari 22-2013

Ailie Robertson


  What a night,last night….Very impressed by Ailie Robertson,the lady with the harp.


I did meet Ailie during her performance at the Outside Track band at Sidmouth folkfestval  in 2007 and decicided to be brave enough to do a workshop harp she did teach.


We did mail each other now and then and I gave her the offer whenvever she should be in Holland,tocome and play in my lounge.


And so it all started and at last this month in 2013 Ailie landed finally in Holland,that was a premiere for her , like it was for me to hear a harpist musician  at my lounge.


Happily enough  thanks to Leo Plugge &Sandra Jansen van Galen who did gave the offer to take Ailie from the airport, cause it could be most complicated to travel by tram with a harp.


And so we all did have a wonderful night with a  very special concert:


Ailie Robertson from Edinburghbeautiful playing on the harp.·

At first she was not sure if  it should be to much for theaudience ;only instrumental harp without singing,but it certainly wasn’t at all !!


Like Gert van der Slikke said: “Betoverend mooi. Ik geloof dat nog nooit een heel publiek zo ademloos stil heb horen luisteren.


And: Wat een prachtig huisconcert was dat!!!! Overtrof al mijn (toch al hooggespannen) verwachtingen!!!!!


And Richard Schoon admitted by saying: “Het was nog nooit zó stil bij Karin in de lounge. Haar woonkamer werd gevuld met de prachtige klanken van Ailie Robertson. Het was een concert om nog lang van na te genieten.”


Andthat is certainly true….!!!

Beautiful sound like in a fairytale, filled the lounge ,even better then I expected,

A concert to think back about and still enjoying in mind…..


Alsovery special was the fact, that once again there were new people among the audience who did join in at the session afterwards.

So it was super to meet Maarten Pronk at last  and hear him play the bodhran,and Gwendolyn de Boer,Danny Kegel and Dagmar Cloosterman playing all together with  Gert van der Slikke. Goldie oldies Rieke Pronk on the fiddle,Maarten Willems  on mandoline ,Jolande Pronk on the spoons and Richard Schoon on the whistle.


Lovely to see also people from the world of the harp,all because I was able to put an article on the page of the Dutch Harp organisation.


 Huisconcert in Den Haag


Ailie Robertson is a musician in the broadest sense: composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso. “Her synthesis of Irish, Scottish and contemporary harping technique into an individual style represents the realization of otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic harp” (Niall Keegan, 2006).She has some of the most impressive credentials in the Scottish harp world. A 5-time National Mod Gold Medalist, she was also 1st prizewinner at the inaugural London Harp Competition, and bestoverall musician at the Edinburgh Competition Festival. She has represented Commun na Clarsach for Scotland at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland, and in 2005 she was awarded a scholarship from the ESU in recognition of her ‘virtuosic clarsach playing’, and was a winner of the St Albans New Roots award. She was the winner of the Live Ireland award for ‘Instrumental Cut of the Year’ for her debut album ‘First Things First’.She has performed all around globe, and is recognised for her unique fusion of Scottish, Irish and contemporary styles.Zij is een byzondere harpiste, ik ontmoette haar in 2006 bij Folkfestival Sidmouth en volgde bij haar een workshop Celtic harp.Omdat het normaliter singer/songwriters and div andere muzikanten met diverse mooie instrumenten betreft bij de huisconcerten, bij deze graag een bekendmaking op Uw site wat betreft deze harpiste. De Harpist zal de primeur hebben bij mij. 


Lovely to hear Anouk Platenkamp from Faerydae playing together with Ailie Robertson.

A pity my battery was low so I wasn’t able to make much pictures of this lovely evening.


But the memories are settled in my soul !

How good I feel after such a relaxing evening listening to one of my favourite instruments.


ALAN REID&ROB VAN SANTE -Januari 2013

 


l  Alan Reid &Rob van Sante

Sunday Januari 27th 2013 A  special winter afternoon.

 And so it was a very special afternoon. The snow outside was melting,but the winter atmosphere inside was still there.

 Nice to be together with the wonderful audience who came through the bad wheater to my lounge to watch the gig Alan Reid &Rob van Sante gave for us.

It really was splendid the way they performed and did make it possible to change the room in a special Sottish atmosphere.

 It was amazing Alan did find the space and did manage to play his keyboard in my little lounge

Loveley how he played his instruments and sung so Scottish the most beuatiful ballads.

Like Rob did too.

It all felt very warm.

How I like also their humor

. And feel very touched they did play one of my favourites songs-The Skye boat song on my request.

The good thing of a afternoon gig is the possibility to have a nice meet&greet/session with buffetdinner *warm wine afterwards.

 And I must say it all was a big succes.

 Good food was bring in and the people enjoyed  my  erwtensoep and chili con carne a lot.


Thanks all folks who came along !!!

New Years  concert   SALTY DOG


Zaterdag Januari 2013-New Years gig with SALTY DOG

Saturday night,Januari 2013 we all had a great  night at  Folk in the lounge.

Folkduo SALTY DOG from the Hague,(Maarten Willems &Frank) Verlaan, played their traditional   new year.’s Concert.

To celebrate the beginning of 2013 with oliebollen&gluhwein.

So we made a toast to the new year.

.It was a night with a lot of difference,beautiful ballads,among quick played traditionals with a tip of humor talked by both Frank&Maarten.

It all feels very comfortable.

When the gig was finished with the wonderul sing-along Old woman of Wexford,

,it was not the real ending of the night,afterwards because there was time for a session.

It s nice to realize the sessions are always different,each time,because of the different people,combination of instruments and initiatives among the audience.

This time there was also a new whistle player Dirk Pronk and Kitty Visser made herself helpful to play on the bodhran on the right moment to make Whiskey on the jar more powerful.

Great surprise for me was one of my favourite songs,written by Dougie McLean-This love will carry-played&sung for me by Adri Richter  and on the banjo Geert............

And after that came another song,even written for me and played by Maarten Willems_Iets goeds komt ook onverwachts. Thank you both.

So it was all very enjoyable.

Thanks to Salty Dog,because they were ok with starting the new year again.!!!

 

ZATERDAG 15 December

LINDE NIJLAND &BERT RIDDERBOS

with special guestplayer:
FRED PIEK

Now that was a great night again at Karin's lounge! Linde Nijland, Bert Ridderbos and Fungus' first man Fred Piek did a lovely show with some surprisingly new combinations and unheard songs. Of course Linde sang some Sandy Danny songs, but she also sang a beautiful traditional from Groningen. She even sang one Bhutanese verse from her tour with the royal singers from Bhutan! But the most exciting moments were the songs where Fred Piek joined Bert and Linde.

Being in this small audience at their first public performance as a trio,was a great honour to all of us.

 

After the, show as usual the music continued sessionwise.

I'll mention some of the songs that came by: Ben Van Leeuwen and Marjan sang Motherland, Dieke Elfring en Patrick Broekema did Patrick's "Jack Was A Sailor", I did "The Red Knickers" and for the first time in public: "The Shore Whaling Song" from the NZ tradition. Paul O'Brien did his "Dollymount Strand", Maarten Willems &Engelberthus Pronk their  lovely Douwe-song.

Richard Schoon and Gert van der Slikke played some tunes on their whistles and still I leave some musicians unmentioned.

We all joined Fred Piek when he started the famous Dutch traditional: "Kaapre Vaaren".

Yes, we do have some traditionals in Holland too!

Thank God, this time we didn't have to stop at midnight for the neighbours.

O, what a night!

This text was written by Simon Oak,one of the musicians in the audiecnce.

 And what more for me tosay, its just thew way it was. So I only can agree:

The last gig of 2012 was:

WHAT A NIGHT !!!!
Thanks Simon and everyone who joined in.

And thank for your support for the whole 2012 too..!!

 

Paul O’Brien&Kate Huber.

Saturday  November 10th  2012

What a great performance of Paul&Kate last Saturday.

 After their most pleasant performace as a support act for Phil Hare, October last year, I decided to ask them back in my lounge for a whole night.

And what a full house we had,peopleonly  just fit in !!

 Great atmosphere to sing along with the beautiful  selfpenned songs  by Paul.

How I love the way Paul sings with his beautiful voice and what a lovely way of whistling Kate is doing with his songs.

Also the way he chats about the songs is very interesting, every song has a story of his own.

All together we has a SUPERB night again,with this time 12 new people who found their way to the lounge. Among them were also musicains who were most happy to join in for the lovely session afterwards!!

Happy also Paul&Kate had enough energy left to stay and join in for the session .

Thanks for all who came (again)and discovered my lounge just recently. Hope to see you all again.

 

And  then it became October 27th.

The day I invited Lucy Ward to play in my lounge.And what a night it was…….

I meet Lucy a year ago at Warwick Folk Festival 2011.I saw a lovely young lady on a small stage.I like to scout there.And how impressed I was. It was a lot more then a singing lady. It was like the atmosphere around became magical. Her performance was like a hurricane. Everything fits in it. Humor and tragic ,it all was there.

I loved what I saw and that was the reason I invited her to play at my home.

She wasnt prepare,never had the thougt to play abroad. I did convinced her to do so…and so it did work out.

Later on the road,more and more people find out about her,that was how it happened she was the winner of the BBC folk award-horizon

And how much I looked forward to the day.

And it was like magic again.Her voice so clear and pure.

Her performance,like sprankling stars.

Well people, yesterday a hurricane with the name "Lucy" hit our living room. And it wasn't a tropical storm, but a storm coming over from Derby in the UK.

Math Heijnen from Landgraaf said,she played  her gig there 2 days before my lounge concert and so she went also to Nieuwe Statenzijl,where Peter van Zeijl did see her, he said:

I've just seen a houseconcert with Lucy Ward. By far the most entertaining performance by any artist i've ever seen! And I've seen a few ....
BRILIANT!!!

And at my home,the audience was overwhelmed too ,cause nobody saw her before

(expect her excited fan Kieran,who followed her from England)

and didnt know what to expect.

But everybody knows now. The audiende was so entusiastic to listen to the beautiful songs Lucy selfpenned .How happy I was so also sung on my request As the time goes by ...A wnderful performance of a great song made by Sandy Denny,knowing by me because the wonderful Eva Cassidy sung,but so very lovely also the way Lucy did sing.

And how great it was she had so much energy she even joined in at the session afterwards.

Dreaming about to get Lucy back in the future….!!

 

Niamh Parsons, with Graham Dunne

Back in my lounge.

Saturday October 6-2012

And there she was again…The lovely lady from Ireland came back to my lounge.What a lucky girl I was to get her for my loungeconcert . And so were all the people who came and join in to see her and stay for the meet&greet&session afterwards.

A totally full house we had and the atmosphere was warm all together. Cause Niamh was singing the stars from the heaven. What a lovely voice she has. What a marvellous choice of the most beautiful songs she made.And how much she knows about the song history.

How great Graham Dunne played on his guitar with Niamh singing and by himself the most perfect instrumentals tunes.Just a couple he said.

How perfect was the night…a night to remember for ever.

Thanks Naimh &Graham and a all who came and played at the lovely session.

Nice to listen to you again,Patrick Broekema,Dieke Elfring,(great members of Dutch folkgroup Finvarra,happy to know you are coming to perform at my lounge at April-loved the way you sung the song “Motherland”Dieke)Simon Oak,Ellen Lagerwerf,James Jones,Maarten Willems,Richard Schoon,Kate Huber,Paul O’Brien en Gert van der Slikke.Thanks !!

 


SEASON 2012/2013

DAITHI RUA

Saturday September 29 


The official opening of the new folkseason.


Last night we had a great night with the lovely music of Daithi Rua..

Huray tothis wonderful great Irish singer/songwriter who did came for the fourth time to my home to open the season of folk in the lounge.

He was enthusiastic to do so again and said he want to go up for another 15 times !!


Beautiful selfpenned songs and also a few from others, among them a great song of his good friend Albert Niland.


I still can remember the day I meet him for the first time as a guestplayer at Mulligans giving support to Danny Guinan. Soon after that night I saw him perform on the boulevard at Scheveningen at an Irish day overthere,


It was then I just recently started with the houseconcerts, brave enough cause SarahMcQuaid said YES to come to my lounge.


However I did ask Daithi to come and sing too and so he did.


Marvellous to catch such a great singer for my lounge.


What a powerful strong wonderful voice he has.


Lovely to listen to the song Causeway he dedicated to Martha Teekens,who came special over from the North part to enjoy this night.

Thanks to Paul O’Brien who makes this possible.


Great Daithi did sing the beautiful song Black is the color for my daughter Lara.


Just enjoyed the whole night again.


Very special also was the song: Pontchartrain, when Daithi invited the whistle players among the public to play with him.


So there came a great sound all together played by Maarten Willems, Simon Oak, Richard Schoon, Gert van der Slikke and Pluim Gielens. 


Nice to see again his roadie Pluim again, who was most friendly to sing a beautiful Gaelic song after the session again.


A big surprise it also was to see he did bring a beautiful real uliean pipes with him for the session.


Pity my video stopped for that part.


Great somany people stayed for the session after rhe gig,


And happy so did Daithi and Pluim,even they has to travel back a long way home afterwards.Thanks to everybody who came along again.

 

August 26 -2012

MIKE SILVER

A Sunday afternoon,a late summer special 

There was an extra summerspecial in folk in the lounge on a rainy/sunn summerafternoon.

Mike Silver from Cornwall came  to a nice festival Noordfolk,organized by Bert Ridderbos&Linde Nijland in the North part of Holland.

Because of this I was also able to catch him and let him play in my lounge. Although there were a lot of people still on holiday,not able to join in ,other people were able to come over and join in this wonderful gig of Mike.

New faces for folk in the lounge,but old faces to Mike. He did bring in some very good old fan/friends.

Nice to see how all those people together did enjoy this very special afternoon.

Inside we had a superb time listening and sing along with all those wonderful selfpenned songs and a few from other singer/songwriters.

Mike did make some nice jokes between and explained the stories around the songs,which was very interesting.

He also mentioned his good friend Martyn Wydham Read who will come to the lounge next season.Seems to be a humorous man too,so looking allready forward to that .

After all those loveley songs ,there was time left to share a buffet together,some people did bring somethoing nice to eat and we all enjoyed again.

 After that time there was time left for a good session.

 Different,because again there were new names. So Gert van der Slikke did bring his children Marian and Robin,who were brave enough to join in at the session at accordeon and guitar,it was superb.

So was John Cameron-Web.Who knows a lot about Robert Burns songs.Perhaps he can join in, in future to treat the audience of the lounge on a real Robert Burns afternoon,cause he is singing with his wife specially these songs.

Thanks also to wellknown session singer Jan van der Klei, guitarplayer /singer James Jones. Whistler players Gert van der Slikke and Richrad Schoon. On spoons again Jolande Pronk,Rieke Pronk on fiddle and sessionleader on mandoline this time Maarten Willems.

It was a superb great afternoon/evening. One to remember !


SUMMERFOLK 4

 JON and GILL LOOMES

June 2012

Endof seasonparty…

 


Last weekend we had a superb evening with loads of different acts at the open mic.

It was al between the hectic episode of my just born grandson Jack.

So there was still decoration up in the lounge from blue ballons&more.and that did make the party even more special.

Its strange to realize this was already the 4 party of ending the folkseason.

Unbelievable how time flies….and life with music goes on on and on.

This year it was good to say at the open mic:

Henk Dorrestijn&Maarten Willems, well known already by some of the audience,cause they came back again.Very good strong performance and the song of Henk “Voor jou heb ik altijd de tijd”” made a big impression om me,although I heard the song  before or perhaps because of that.It was very special cause it told something about my feelings for my lovely daughters.And this time special for Lara, who just became mum,and had to go to hospital because of a fever.so happy everything worked out ok.

It was good to have Ed Citroen,great Dutch singer/songwriter with very nice songs.And very special the way he sung:””Voor haar”” wellknown of one of my favourite Dutch singers,who died much to young Frans Halsema.

Also a good primaire on Summerfolk was Harry Zevenbergen, formal poet of the city of The Hague.It was a really good performance of poems he gave,very impressed about this.

Another primaire was there for ;Jan van der Klei.

Good to hear to this very pure way he was singing traditional songs. Good to hear also songs written by Paul O’Brien ,who was among the audience and could appreciate the way Jan sung his songs.Later there should be more of this at the nice session afterwards,when paul was able to join in also.GREAT.

Another musician who made a good impression was Eduard Bekker who knows all about harmonicas and did played ever so well and made nice chats between.

Very good also to hear again Musonius(Martijn Breeman) it was if we were back in earlier times,very special the way this man is making a song to something very special with most of the time loads of humor and a voice which stays on with you.

 


The big act of the night was up to Jon &Gill Loomes.Special coming to Holland for this summer party.Very special performance cause this duo doesn’t play together so very often.Great the way Gill performed different songs from Norma Waterson and did have the energy to do real step dance just in the lounge on a space special made piece  of wood.Also she played very well on a real hammered dulcimer.

Jon is a real multi instrumentalist who played on every different instrument on a very relaxed way,from hurdy –gurdy to lots more.Also good to hear him sing.

It was real English folk all together.

The session afterwards was also very succesfull. The musicians stayed in and played lovely together,joined in by Jolande Pronk,PaulO’Brien &Richard Schoon.

Thanks to everyone who came in to this party and special to those people who managed to came to the whole season.That was just great !!!

 

 

TWO FIDDLERS IN ONE WEEK

Brian Mc NeilL

Tom McConville


MAY 2012


May was the month of the fiddlers in my lounge.

There came just two fiddlers within one week time.And because of that also nice fiddlers came within the public and joined in lovely at the sessions

.

First it was Brian Mc Neill who came along and played his superb gig in my lounge on Friday May 11.

It was a pleasure to see him in my lounge and to listen to his loveley tunes and also great songs he made as a singer/songwriter and played on his guitar.

A multinstrumentalist he is,so there was a big part of the lounge totally filled in with beautiful instruments.And it felt like we were in Scotland.

So that was a great evening last with Brian McNeill performing in my lounge.

We had a lovely full house with a very enthusiastic public, new faces also who found their way to my home to join in and enjoy this special night together.

Very special also that Brian found the energy to stay for a while after his great gig to join in to play at the session after.

Thanks to Maarten Willems,Patrick Broekema,Dieke Elfring,Theo Wentink,Richard Schoon,Jeroen van Wijk and Rieke Pronk who stayed so enthusiastic to make this all lovely.

 


Then last Tuesday it was up to  TomMcConville  to play at my lounge.

The Newcastle fiddler with a BBC folkaward.

He was there before in Januari 2010 and again I was very impressed by the loveley way he played.a beautiful atmosphere was there again with lots of interaction with the public.

Lots of humor he has and he played a lovely gig again .Also he had lots of energy left to play at the session too.
Thanks to Maarten Willems,Theo Wentink,Jessica de Korte ,Engelberthus Pronk and Richard Schoon to play so enthusiastic with the session.

 

Maarten Willems

14 April 2012

Maarten Willems,dichter,zanger,liedjesschrijver ,de oprichter van de huidige huiskamerconcerten gaf een mooi optreden in mijn lounge .

Zoals bekend van eerdere optredens zorgt hij voor een mooie sfeer met goede interactie met het publiek. Zijn liedjes zijn om naar luisteren, gevoelige teksten om over na te denken. Ook meezingers met humor zitten in zijn reportoire. Afgewissseld door een mooi gedicht. Deze keer zelfs een versgeplaatst in de krant :”Jeugdherinneringen”over zijn Haagse jeugd rondom het paleis van Den Haag.

Heerlijk was ook het ontstaan van een echte bluessfeer bij het liedje:”Vrijdagavond”

Hij begeleidt zichzelf op gitaar en tussendoor op viool. Een en ander werd omlijst door oude bekende Frenk van Meeteren ,op gitaar en mondharmonica en gastspeler Frank Verlaan met de banjo.

Lekkere sfeer, gezellig publiek ,al met al een fijne avond om naar terug te kijken.

 

Maarten Willems.

April 14 -2012

Maarten Willems,poet and singer /songwriter ,the founder of the houseconcerts did play a great gig in my lounge.

As known from before he  created again a good atmsphere with good interaction with the public.His song are real for listening, sensible lyrics to think about.Also sing alongs with humoristic sentences.And between a beautiful poem.This time even a fresh edition placed in the newspaper”Memories of my childhood” about his early years spend around the palce of The Hague.

Great was the atmosphere when there were  real blues in my lounge with the song “Fridaynight”

He plays on the guitar and between on the fiddle.This was accompanied by Frenk van Meeteren  on guitar and mouthorgan and guestplayer Frank Verlaan  on the banjo.

Good atmosphere,nice audience,after all a good night tot think back about.

 

Bob Martin

28 maart 2012

 Op Woensdag 28 Maart 2012 kwam er voor de eerste keer een echte Amerikaan in mijn huiskamer.

Bob Martin,een groots singer/songwriter met meer dan 40 jaar ervaring was on tour in Europa en dankzij Hans Jacobs lukte het mij hem voor mijn huiskamerconcerten te porren.

Het was een bijzondere ervaring, alsof ik Bob Dylan hoorde zingen in mijn huis.

Heel mooie zang,goede teksten,veel humor.

Bob creeerde een fantastische sfeer voor een goed luisterpubliek, dat  meer gewend is aan de Britse folkmuzikanten in mijn lounge,maar allen enthousiast luisterden naar een Amerikaan en vol passie meezongen met zijn liedjes.

Fijn dat Bob tijd had om nog even te blijven voor de sessie na afloop. Alhoewel hij zelf niet mee deed, was hij een goede luisteraar.

Leuk om te zien, dat er wederom nieuwe mensen waren voor de sessie, er klonk zelfs een mooi Frans lied in het midden van de kamer. En er was een soort van balletoptreden door Maarten Willems en Kitty Visser op het prachtige lied”Perhaps love”gespeeld door Jerry Kooyman. Mooi om te zien dat Ricahrd Schoon zo goed speelt op de fluit en Rieke Pronk op de viool.

Mooie acapellas gezongen door Jan van der Kley

Dank aan allen die er bij waren op deze byzondere avond.

 

On Wednesday  March 28th 2012 for the first time a real American came to my lounge.

Bob Martin, a great singer/songwriter with more then 40 years experience was on tour in Europe and because of Hans Jacobs  I was lucky to catch him for my lounge.

I think it was a  special  experience, almost like hearing Bob Dylan singing in my home.Very special singing, great lyrics .Lots of humor.

Bob created a marvellous atmosphere with the good listening audience, more used to the British folk ,but all enthusiastic to see and hear an American  and singing along with much passion.

Superb Bob found some time to stay for the session afterwards,although he didnt play himself,he was a good listener.

Nice to see and hear new people at this session, even a French song sounded in the middle of the lounge. And there was almost a real ballet dansion version danced by Maarten Willems and Kitty Visser on the beautiful song “”Perhaps love” played by old known Jerry Kooyman.

Good to realize Richard Schoon is playing so well on the whistle and Rieke Pronk on the fiddle.

And great acapellas by Jan van der Kley.

Thanks to all who joined in at this very special night.

 

Stephen Quigg-

11 Maart  2012.

Op zondag 11 maart gaf ik een speciaal verjaarsdagsfeestje.

Ik had daar Nick Keir en Stephen Quigg voor geboekt. Helaas echter kon Nick er niet bij zijn.

Maar ook zonder Nick is  Stephen Quigg ,solo een fantastisch optreden geworden.

Stephen, 1 van de 3 McCalmans, zette een geweldig optreden neer, vol met humor en prachtige liedjes.

Gevoelige ballades, afgewisseld met liedjes met humor.

Hij begeleidde zichzelf op gitaar en ook bodhran dit gaf een geweldig geluid.

We hadden wederom  een vol huis, zodat de sfeer lekker warm werd, ook door het vele meezingen van het publiek met die heerlijke Schotse traditionals. Als ik mijn ogen dicht deed, kon ik mij voorstellen dat ik langs Loch Lomond liep. Wat een heerlijke Schotse sferen bracht Stephen ten gehore.

Stephen ,die de volgende dag al om 6 uur de deur uit moest om op tijd op Schiphol te zijn, zodat hij vanavond bij Loch Lomond zou kunnen zingen, bleef toch nog even om de sessie na afloop op te luisteren. Leuk was het om oude bekenden Ben van leeuwen en Paul O’Brien ook bij deze sessie te zien.

Mooi om te weten: Stephen komt nog een keer terug met Nick !!

Dank aan een ieder die er bij was om mijn verjaardag tot een bijzondere te maken.

 

 

Stephen Quigg

March 11 2012

On Sunday March 11  I did celebrate a special birthday.

I booked in Nick Keir and Stephen Quigg. Helas Nick couldnt come to play.

But without Nick, the solo gig of Stephen became also fantastic.

Stephen, 1of the 3 McCalmans, made a wonderful performance, with loads of humoristic chats and beautiful songs.

Sensitive ballads combinated with  humoristical songs

He played on the guitar and the bodhran,which made a very good sound. Again we had a full house,so the atmosphere became warm and cosey,also because of the sing alongs from the audience with the Scottish traditionals .When I did close my eyes I could see myself walking along Loch Lomond. Great Scottish atmosphere was there because of Stephen.

Stephen had to leave 6 o’çlock next moring to get his plain, but he did manage to stay in for a while to play with the session. It was nice to see that goldieoldies :Ben van Leeuwen and Paul O’Brien did join in again for the session.

Good to realize Stephen is coming back with Nick.

Thanks to everyone who was there to made my birthday so special.

 

Vrijdag 3 februari 2012

Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer

a long late winternight (or early spring)with supportact from:

Dimitri Claes,Jos Tielens &Lode  Leyssens

part of folkgroup Botswing


Inderdaad :Een lange late winteravond !!!


Het ging sneeuwen in Holland en Vicki&Jonny kwamen uit Engeland en 3 Belgen reden meer dan 5 uur door  sneeuw en winterweer,een helse tocht zo noemde Jos het.

In mijn huiskamer was het warm en gezellig.En het was heel bijzonder om ze allemaal terug te zien na Summerfolk 2010.

Deze keer namen Jos&Dimitri hun maat en violist Lode mee en dit gaf een verdieping aan hun optreden .En hoe speelden zij…fantastisch .Het was grandioos,veel mensen vroegen zich af of zij een keer voor een avondvullend optreden konden terug keren en misschien een cd hadden.

Vicki&Jonny speelden weer prachtig.Mooi instrument de nickelharpa.Een nieuwe deze keer,bij elkaar verdiend door de verkoop van de vele nickelhats ,die Vicki in de loop der jaren zelf fabriceerde.. En daar  waren ook weer  de doedelzak en de fluiten .En natuurlijk Jonny fantastich op gitaar en accordeon.En hoe prachtig zongen zij weer samen en gaven zij het publiek de mogelijkheid met de refreinen mee te galmen.

Door het barre winterweer waren Vicki&Jonny niet in de gelegenheid om te blijven voor de sessie na afloop,maar gelukkig konden de Belgische muzikanten dit wel en zodoende ontstond er wederom een hele mooie sessie.Met een primeur van violist vanuit het publiek:Anne Bouwman.

Prachtig optreden

Supermooie avond.Dank aan alle doordouwers die ondanks dit winterweer weer mijn huisje wisten te vinden.

Friday Februari 3

Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer,

With supportact from 3 members of folkgroup Botswing:

Lode Leyssens,Dimitri Claes&Jos Tielens.

A long late winternight indeed.

The snow came into Holland and so did Vicki&Jonny coming from England and their supportact from Belgium did drive more then 5 hours through real winterwheater.

In the lounge it was nice ,warm and cosey.It was so good to see them all back after their gig at Summerfolk 2010.

Jos&Dimitri took their mate and fiddler player Lode with them this time and it gave a real dimension to the gig they played.And how well they did.It all was just great.A lot of people of the audience did want to see them back in future for a whole night and did hope they will work on a cd of their own.

Vicki&Jonny played wonderful again. Lovely instrument the nickelharpa,a new one this time ,earned together by all the nickelhats Vicki made all through the years. And offcourse the smallpipe and whistle were great too. So was Jonny on his guitar and accordeon.And how well they sung and give the audience the oppurnity to join in at the chorus.

Because of the wheater Vicki &Jonny werent able to stay in for the session afterwards,but gladly enough the guys from Belgium did decided to stay in for a while. So after all we had a good session all together and it was nice to hear our new comer in the public on his fiddle:Anne Bouwman.

Great gig,loveley night.Thanks all who came along,real dy hards through this cold winternight.

 

Zondag 22 jan.2012

Flossie Malavialle&Chris Parkinson

Op zondag 22 Januari hadden wij een hele  speciale middag in mijn huiskamer. Voor de eerste keer werd er een middagconcert gehouden met een optie om daarna te blijven voor de sessie, gecombineerd met een buffet. Het eten wat werd mee genomen was grandioos.

Het was een tjok volle huiskamer, maar het lukte om iedereen een plekje te geven. De sfeer was fantastisch.

Flossie Malavialle&Chris Parkinson speelden een combinatie van Franse chansons, Engelse folk en er kwam zelfs een spaans liedje aan bod, wat leuk was voor de Spaanse gast in het publiek.

Een prachtige stem heeft Flossie,met een enorme uitstraling en veel interactie met het publiek.

Chris Parkinson is een groots accordeonplayer met heel veel ervaring met veel verschillende muzikanten door alle jaren heen. En ook deze combinatie met Flossie werkt prachtig.

De  sessie na afloop werd gecombineerd met het eten van het buffet, en alhoewel er niet zo heel veel muzikanten waren, de mensen die er speelden maakte de sfeer heel leuk.

Om een paar te noemen: de zang van Willem Bakker en Jan van der Kley, en ook een vriend van hem, wiens naam ik helaas niet meer kan herinneren, speelde heel leuk op gitaar. En de Franse gast zong spontaan mee met een Franse deun.

Ook was het goed om te luisteren naar het fluitspel van Anneke Holt en Richard Schoon.

Hartelijk dank aan Maarten Willems ,die wederom de sessie in de juiste proporties leidde, zodat iedereen aan spelen toe kwam.

Sunday  Jan 22-2012

Flossie Malavialle&Chris Parkinson

On Sunday  Januari 22 we had a very special afternoon in my lounge.For the first time there was a concert in the afternoon with an option to join in at the meet&greet&session buffet.The food they people brought  in was great.

It was a full house.But we did manage to fit everybody in. The atmosphere was just superb.

Flossie Malvialle&Chris Parkinson played a mix of French chansons,English folk and even a Spanish song was performed.Which was very special,because there was also a Spanish lady among the public.

Such a beautiful  voice Flossie has and also a great performance and interaction with the audience.

Chris Parkinson is a great accordeonplayer with loads of experience with a lot of different artists all over the years.And this new combination with Flossie also worked outto be  great.

The session afterwards was combinated with the buffet and although there were  not so much musicians ,the people who played made the atmosphere great.Among others  it was great to hear singing Willem Bakker and Jan van de Kley.Also his frien d whose name I didnt remember(sorry about that)played very nice on the guitar.And the French lady who joined in singing with the French tune.

Good to listen to the whistles of Anneke Holt and Richard Schoon too.

Thanks to Maarten Willems who leaded the session once again in the right proportions,so everybody could have a go.

 

 

Nieuwjaarsconcert 2012 SALTY DOG


. Gisteravond een SUPER avond in folk in the lounge,

Het Haagse folkduo,Maarten Willems en Frank Verlaan, gespecialiseerd in Ierse en Schotse traditionals speelde voluit om het nieuwe jaar in te luiden. Er was helaas niet al te  veel publiek op afgekomen ,maar zij die er waren genoten met volle teugen van dit spetterend optreden en de oliebollen.Ook werd er een toast uitgebracht op het Nieuwe jaar.

Instrumentale nummers afgewisseld door mooie ballades,duidelijk en met humor aan elkaar gepraat door Maarten en Frank wisten het publiek van het begin tot het eind te boeien

Verrassend was het begin met de prachtige deun van “The Lonesome boatman”

En de vertolking van “”Mull of Kintyre”” met een onverwacht mooi einde:Maarten verdwijnend in de mist,kwam terug met doedelzak en speelde het lied uit.

  En toen was de avond nog niet klaar, hij werd verder ingevuld met een kleine sessie.

Leuk is het vooral dat alle sessies in the lounge elke keer weer verrassend anders zijn,door andere spontane combinaties, verschillende instrumenten en verrassende initiatieven.

Zoontstond er deze keer een mooie dans  uit Macedonie,gedanst door Zana Bojain en Jessica Willems.

Genieten dus!!!

Dank aan Salty Dog,dat zij wederom het nieuwe jaar wilde inluiden.

 


Last night,a superb night in Folk in the lounge.

The folkduo from the Hague,Maarten Willems &Frank Verlaan,specialized in Irish a nd Scottish traditionals played to start the new year.

Helas there were nt to many people,but those who were enjoyed  the evening loudly ,watching this superb performance and all the” oliebollen”

We also made a toast to the new year.

Instrumental tunes among beautiful ballads,clearly and humoristic talked together by Maarten and Frank .

Surprise was the start with the sensible tune of “The Lonesome boatman”and the way they song “”Mull of Kintyre”with un expected ending:Maarten disappeared in the misty fog,coming back with a real smallpipe and finished off the song.

And then it was not the real ending of the night,afterwards there was time for a small session.

It s nice to realize the sessions are always different,each time,because of the different people,combination of instruments and initiatives.

This time there was a real dance from Macedonia,danced by Zana Bojain and Jessica Willems.

So it was very enjoyable.

Thanks to Salty Dog,because they were ok with starting the new year again.

DECEMBERCONCERTEN


PETE GRASSBY.

 


Ik zag Pete voor het eerst bij Warwick Folkfestival en was meteen onder de indruk van zijn muzikaliteit.Behalve een fraai singer-songwriter,vertolker van pure Engelse folk ,ook een reparateur en maker van instrumenten.

Een caller ,een danser,een verhalenverteller,kortom een briljante muzikant van vele markten thuis.

Vorig jaar maar even in de lounge, voor een sessie ,geen tijd voor en optreden,op doorreis naar Duitsland,nu was er wel een mogelijkheid om hem te laten optreden in mijn huiskamer.

Er kwam duidelijk nieuw publiek op hem af,een aantal via de harmonicahoek,nieuwsgierig geworden naar Pete Melodeon en zijn instrumenten en ook fantastisch hem te zien spelen op een hakkebord,heel aardig te leen aangeboden na mijn oproep op folkforum door twee heel goede muzikanten Irina en Wietse. Een prachtige klank zat er ook in dit instrument.

En heel even leek het wel of de Kerstman in de kamer aanwezig was.

Pete had heel veel energie en deed na afloop nog veel mee met de sessie,waarvoor ook Frank Verlaan en Nout Grupstra waren teruggekeerd. Leuk ook om kennis te maken met muzikant Eduard Bekker.Verder ook dank aan alle oude getrouwen.

 


Decemberconcerts in the lounge

I meet Pete for the First time at Warwick Folkfestival and was very impressed.

Except for being a good singer-songwriter,he is playing pure English folk, is a repairer and instrument builder.

A caller, a dancer, a storyteller ,to go shortly a just brilliant musician.

Last year only in the lounge for a session on his way to Germany there was time this time for a gig in my lounge.

New people came specially for in curious to meet Pete Melodeon and his instruments and it was lovely to see him play on a hammered dulcimer which most happy he could use, because two good musicians, Irina and Wietse came to bring this in after I asked on the folkforumsite for it.

There was a beautiful sound in this instrument.

For a moment it seems Father Christmas was playing in the lounge.

Pete had a lot of energy left to play along with the session.

Frank Verlaan and Nout Grupstra returned for that.

And it wasnice meeting Eduard Bekker.

Thank to all the goldie oldies too.

 


Impressie van Eduard Bekker :

Britse harmonicaspeler voor één avond in Den Haag.


Pete Grassby tijdens het huisconcert.

Wij kenden deze man niet. Maar nu wel.


Pete Grassby zorgde op 10 december voor een aangename, authentieke, Haagse folkavond met veel muziek en typisch Britse humor.

Zaterdag 10 december 2011

Hij was op doorreis nog speciaal langs gekomen voor een huisconcert bij een dame, die wel vaker angelsaksen in haar huiskamer laat musiceren. Dit keer begeleidde hij zich behalve over met dulcimer (niet de hommelversie, maar meer een hakkebord) en gitaar ook met zijn Ierse Cairdin in DG gestemd. Voor ‘JingleBells’ pakte hij een oude ukkepukhohner uit dertiger jaren van de vorige eeuw.

Dit alles in de intieme sfeer van een Haagse huiskamer. Folk in Den Haag blijft toch iets bijzonders!

Ook de jamsessie hierna was gezellig: tal van instrumenten werden tevoorschijn gehaald. En zo onstond de sfeer van een Ierse of Schotse folkpub

 


December concerten in the lounge

 


VIN GARBUTT

 


Fantastische concerten in December.

Veel echt Engelse folk.Veel humor.

Meer licht in deze donkere maand,door zoveel muzikale klanken en gevoelige teksten.

Midden tussen de kerstversiering was daar opeens Vin Garbutt.

Alsof een droom uitkwam…

Het was zomaar mogelijk Vin in de lounge.

Helemaal goed.

Veel echte fans kwamen om Vin te zien.

De sfeer was groots.

Wat een fantastische persoonlijkheid,een en al uitstraling.

Een echte verhalen verteller in hart en nieren.

Teksten vol met gevoel,vaak met humor.

Het werd veel meer dan een avondje muziek.

Prachtige zang,wondermooi fluitspel.

Een optreden van Vin vergeet je nooit meer.

 


 VIN GARBUTT

 


Fantastic concerts in December.

Real English folk,real humor

More light in this dark month because of beautiful tunes and sentimental lyrics

Just in the middle of the Christmas decorations there came Vin Garbutt.

If a dreamcame true…

Just possible:Vin in my lounge.

Perfectlygood.

A lot ofreal Vin fans came to see him.

Theatmosphere was very warm.

What afantastic personality.

A realstoryteller with heart and soul.

Sentimentlyrics,often with humor.

It became alot more then a musicnight.

Beautiful songs,wonderful whistle playing.

A performance of Vin nobody will forget.

 


SESSIONS

 After Vin stopped with his gig there was much time for meet and greet.I was a great experience to see so much people knew Vin and specially came from different corners from Holland,even in this stormy wheater night.I think there was a feeling once you decided to go to see Vin ,you have to go.

So it became  late,very late for most people to join in for the session afterwards,but the few who stayed had a good time together and Vin also had some energy left to play with his whistle again.

Nice to see a new face at the session,Otto Vogel great.

 

Een hele mooie avond vol folkmuziek met Martin Hutchinson en Finvarra,nov 2011

Info omtrent deze muzikanten:

Irish singer-songwriter was born into a musical family in county Kildare, Ireland.


"A restless drifter and an engaged observer with an original        and                                                                                                        unique music style" OOR (NL)

After many years of music in many different bands and projects, Martin’s musical journey  has come full circle now that he has started to perform as a solo acoustic artist.


“By way of his songs, his voice, his tune-driven fingerpicking and slide-guitar Martin takes his audience on a beautiful trip through the worlds of folk, ballads, and blues.”

……It is a delight to listen to the pensive lyrics and original music of Martin Hutchinson. They are real 'header goals': play them once and you won't forget them again. ……..

Support act from FINVARRA****

*****Finvarra, vier geroutineerde muzikanten uit de regio Leiden vervlechten Keltische folkmuziek met oosterse invloeden en jazzy elementen. De muzikanten vonden elkaar op de folksessies in Leiden in Cafe de Trechter.

Zij arrangeren traditionele Ierse muziek met zelfgeschreven nummers en brengen een gevarieerd reportoire met een eigen geluid.

 


Helemaal waar,prachtige songs

Prachtige folk,mooie sferen.

Byzondere aanvulling van Jerina Welgraven van folkgroup  http://www.faerydae.nl

op klarinet en mijn nieuwe facebookvriend Smoky.
 En Martin en alle leden van Finvarra hadden volop energie om mee te doen met de sessie.

Mooie sessie ook met deze keer weer Simon Oak en Jan van Leeuwen.

Maarten Willems die mij wederom verraste met zijn mooie eigen geschreven liedje voor mij:”Iets goeds komt ook onverwachts”

Altijd weer een rede om “verlegen”van te worden.

Leuk ook dat wederom Richard Schoon ten tonele verscheen om met zijn fluitspel een eigen extra dimensie aan het geheel te geven.

Prachtige sfeervolle avond.Dank aan allen die erbij waren.


Nov 2011Gisteravond een fantastisch optreden van de band “Other Roads”” in mijn huiskamer.Een gedeelte van de vroegere “John Wright” band.Pete Abbott,Gregor Borland en David Walmisley speelden vol overgave voor een enthousiast publiek.

De sfeer was warm en het voelde geweldig om mee te zingen met deze fantastische muzikanten.

Prachtige ballads,afgewisseld met opzwepende ritmes op de viool,wat meteen een Schotse sfeer schepte.

Na afloop hadden zij  er nog genoeg energie om mee te spelen met enthousiaste muzikanten uit het publiek.Intiem en uniek werd het in de late uurtjes. Dank aan een ieder die erbij was met in het byzonder aan Hanneke en Arie Janissen,weer helemaal gekomen uit Tilburg.Zij zijn nu ook gestart met huisconcerten aldaar,de primeur gaat aldaar op 25 november naar Anthony John Clarke.folkathome

Aan Jan van der Kley, die hele mooie liederen ten gehore bracht. Aan Richard Schoon en Gert van der Slikke die een extra aanvulling gaven door het bespelen van de whistles.

 

Last night a fantastic performance of the band “Other Roads”in my lounge.

A part of the former “John Wright “band.

Pete Abbott,Gregor Borland and David Walmisley played with all their heart in front of an enthousiatic public.The atmosphere was warm and it felt great to sing along with this lovely musicians.

Beautiful ballads,between fast rythms on the fiddle,which felt like being in Scotland.

Afterwards they had enough energy left to join in with the musicians from the public.

The late hours became intimate and unique.Thanks to everybody who came along,and in particiculary to Hanneke and Arie Janissen,again coming back all the way from Tilburg to join in.They also will start their own houseconcerts overthere,with the premiere on November 25th with Anthony John Clarke.folkathome

To Jan van der Kley,who sung beautiful songs.To Richard Schoon and Gert van der Slikke who gave an extra dimension to the session to play on the whistles.

 

MONTH OF FOLK _OCTOBER 8-16


PHIL HARE with supportact Paul O'Brien&Kate Huber


Heel veel folkmuziek.

October was de maand van de folk in mijn huiskamer

 


Het startsein werd gegeven op 8 Oktober met een fantastische supportact door Paul O’Brien,groots Iers singer/songwriter,samen met Kate Huber,prachtig spelend op de lowwhistle.Zij zullen op 3 december hun nieuwe cd presenteren in het Zeehelden theater in Den Haag.

De hoofdact was Phil Hare,super gitarist **speciaal naar Nederland gekomen vanuit Engeland om te spelen in mijn huiskamer.Prachtig singer/songwriter met vele mooie teksten en leuke praatjes tussendoor.

Na afloop was er een goede sessie met nieuwkomers :jessica de Korte,Richard Schoon,Kees en Marianne Kwant en van Wales :James Jones.En tot groot genoegen zong Henk Dorresteijn wederom zijn Johanna.

PURE IRISHDROPS

Benny Mccarthy,John Murphy and Donal Clancy

De 16e October was het einde van deze speciale maand.Na het prachtige weekend met het optreden van Phil hare was het de beurt aan De echte Ierse dropjes.

Donal Clancy,Benny McCarthy en John Murphy hadden een bomvolle huiskamer.Echte instrumentalisten met hun eigen instrument.

Leuk om te zien dat er zoveel nieuwe mensen de lounge wisten te vinden voor de sessie. Jasper LangenbergandRobbert Langenberg,Dennis Heijt,Hanneke Nagtzaam (Lowland Paddies)and Nout Grupstraoude maat van  John Murphy "Oude bekende " Kees Bakker keerde terug naar de huiskamer en ook waren daar, Phil Jackson,James Ellis and Bar Plunkett

En terug na de gig van  Daithi's kwam  Herco Schuchard.En wederom was daar weer Richard Schoon.Deze keer prima op tijd.

Hoop velen van hun terug te zien bij andere concerten met sessies.

Plenty of folk.

We started off on Oct 8th with a great supportact from great Irish singer/songwriter Paul O'Brien,together with Kate Huber,lovely playing on the lowwhistle.They will present their new cd on December 3td in the Zeeheldentheater in The Hague.

The big act of the night was super guitarist ,all the way over from England,special for folk in the lounge Phil Hare,lovely singer/songwriter with loads of good lyrics and chats between

After there was a good session with new to the lounge ,Jessica de Korte ,Richard Schoon,Kees and Marianne Kwant and Welshman James Jones,and luckily enough a lot of golden oldies.Henk Dorresteyn sung.again his "JOHANNA"song.

 


On the 16nd  it was the finishing of ***October "Month of folk in the lounge" with after the wonderful gig last weekend ,a full house for The Pure Irish drops on tour,Donal Clancy,Benny McCarthy and John Murphy. Real pure instrumentalists with their own instrument.

Nice to see new people found the lounge to join in with the session.Among them were:

Jasper LangenbergandRobbert Langenberg,Dennis HeijtHanneke Nagtzaam (Lowland Paddies)and Nout Grupstra

,old mate of John Murphy "Old known" Kees Bakker returned to the lounge,and also there came along Phil Jackson,James Ellis and Bar Plunkett

and back after Daithi's gig came Herco Schuchard.And also again there was Richard Schoon.

,very good on time,this time.Hope to see many of them back on future houseconcerts.

 

 Daithi Rua

Zaterdag 3 September 2011

Voor de 3 keer speelde Daithi Rua,het openingsconcert van het nieuwe seizoen van “Folk in the lounge at Karin’s”

En wederom werd het een fantastische avond.Het was weer volop genieten.Vol overgave zong hij zijn prachtig mooie liedjes.Er was weer een “”full house” een fijn publiek,dat enthousiast mee zong.

Voordat Daithi optrad was er een supportact van “The Tetootallers” een enthousiaste Nederlandse folkband met Ierse vertolkingen.Dit werd een heerlijk halfuurtje vol met deunen en liedjes,waarbij het publiek ook mee kon doen.

Daithi had energie genoeg om mee te doen met een fijne sessie met The Teetotallers en met nieuwe muzikanten voor folk in the lounge :Ellen Lagerwerf en Jacqueline van Hoogenhuyze,zij  gaven een prachtige vertolking op hun concertinas.En Herco Suchard met diverse fluiten.Ook Paul O’Brien was weer van de partij en heel fijn de “oude getrouwen “ Rieke Pronk,Maarten Willems en Jolande Pronk.

Ineke Buitendijk bleek een enthousiaste zangeres van “Molly Mallone”

 Speciale traditionals van folk in the lounge ,waar wij niet meer omheen kunnen zijn geworden :het nummer “”Johanna” van Henk Dorrestijn en “Douwe jongens”vertolkt door Engelberthus Pronk.

Maarten Willems liet verrassend ook nog zijn liedje horen:”Iets goeds komt ook onverwacht”,speciaal voor mij geschreven.Ik voelde mij vereerd.

Mooi was het ook dat Pluim Gielens,op mijn verzoek een prachtig Gaelic lied ten gehore bracht.

Fijn ook dat Kees Stravers,de weg gevonden heeft naar mijn lounge,hij is nl een fantastisch fotograaf,zodat er nog meer mooie herinneringen bewaard kunnen blijven.(zie mijn facebook)

Iedereen die er bij was,heel hartelijk dank daarvoor!

En goed nieuws:Daithi komt volgend jaar weer de loungeconcerten openen !!!

 

Translation

For the 3th time Daithi Rua played the openingsconcert for “Folk in the lounge at Karin’s”.And again it was a fantastic night.Very enjoyable.With a lot of power he sung his beautiful songs.Again there was “a full house”with a nice audience,singing along enthuasiastic.

Before Daithi started there was a supportact from The Teetotallers,an enthusiastic Dutch folkgroup performing Irish reportoire.This was a nice half hour,with tunes and songs,sing along with the audience.

Daithi had enough energy left to play along with a very nice session with the Teetotallers and new musicians for folk in the lounge :Ellen Lagerwerf and Jacqueline van Hoogenhuyze .They played lovely on their concertinas.And Herco Suchard with differnet whistles.

Again Paul O’Brien did join in,and old goldies Rieke Pronk,Maarten Willems and Jolande Pronk.

Ineke Buitendijk became an enthusiastic singer of “Molly Mallone”

Special traditionals for “Folk in the lounge”are now :the song “Johanna”written by Henk Dorrestijn and “Douwe jongens” sung by Engelberthus Pronk.

A lovely surprise was Maarten Willems sung his own song”Iets goeds komt ook onverwacht”special written for me. I felt very honoured.

I also was very pleased Pluim Gielens did sing a beautiful Gaelic song,just as I asked him to do.

Very nice it is Kees Stravers found his way to my lounge too.He is a vey good photographer,so there will be kept more memories of this night(see my facebookpage)

Everybody who was there,thank you vey much.!

Good news to tell : Next year my loungeconcert season will be opening again by DAITHI…!!!

 


SUMMERFOLK 3

JOHN O'DREAMS.

Zaterdag 18 Juni 2011

Als eerste bij de open micHenk Dorrestijn,begeleid door Maarten Willems. Een goed duo met Ned.talige luisterliedjes,vaak goed voor een glim of schaterlach.Veel meer van Henk en Maarten zal er vanaf September elke vrijdagavond te zien zijn in Theater aarde-werk in Den Haag,


http://www.zonnigeondergang.nl/

steeds wisselende gastmuzikanten zullen hierbij de revue passeren.


Oude bekenden van Summerfolk Adri Richter en Toos van Leeuwen speelden als vanouds heerlijke songs.


Daarna was het de beurt aan Haags Iers folkduo SALTY DOG,bekend van het New Years concert in folk in the lounge.Deze keer vulden zij niet de kamer met Ierse deunen,maar met only the blues…Nieuwkomer Musonius vertolkte Middeleeuwse ballades op een geheel eigen wijze,tot groot genoegen van het publiek.


Tot slot van de open-mic was het een genoegen te kijken naar Paul O'Brien,http://www.paulobrien.eu/deze keer niet samen met Kate Huber. Met zijn gevoelig geschreven liedjes over Dublin,een prachtige afsluiting van het geheel.Meer van Paul &Kate,met hun nieuwe cd kan je zien op Zaterdag 8 oktober bij folk in the lounge.

Na afloop nog een kleine,maar gezellige sessie met Paul O'Brien,Maarten willems,Rieke Pronk,Lideke van Gool,Toos van Leeuwen en Adri Richter.

Saturday June 18th.,2011

Summerfolk again.

First came Henk Dorrestijn,with Maarten willems.A good duo with Ducth songs to listen to,most of times good for a smile or big laugh. More about Henk &Maarten you can see from September in Theater Aarde-werk in Hugo de Grootstraat.,with everytime different guestplayers who comes along.


Familair with Summerfolk Adri Richter and Toos van Leeuwen came back and played as allways beautiful songs.


After that came Irish Dutchfolkduo SALTY DOG,known because of the New Years concert of folk in the lounge. This time they didn't play Irish tunes,but only the blues.

New coming Musonius played ballads from the Middleaged on a very special way of his own,which was much appreciate by the audience.


At the end of the open mic it was pleasure to watch Paul O'Brien,this time not together wit Kate Huber.With his sensitive  songs about Dublin,a very good ending of the open mic. More about Paul &Kate you can see at Sat Oct 8 at folk in the lounge.

Afterwards a cosy intimate session with Paul O'Brien,Maarten Willems,Rieke Pronk,Lideke van Gool ,Toos van Leeuwen en Adri Richter.


Maarten Willems

Zaterdag 24 April 2011

Gisteravond wederom een optreden van Ned.talig singer/songwriter Maarten Willems.


www.maartenwillems.nl


Hij werd begeleid door Frenk van Meeteren,een fantastische extra dimensie voor vooral de blues nummers .Wat een sfeer…zetten die twee samen neer.

Ook een rol voor gastspeler Frank Verlaan,Maartens vaste maatje in folkduo Salty Dog.

Hij speelde heel mooi op de banjo.

Op het laatste moment voegde Kate zich erbij voor een klein gastoptreden op dwarsfluit

.Dit speelde zij tijdens een door Maarten voorgedragen gedicht.

Maarten droeg zijn gedichten vol overgave voor met als achtergond prachtige foto's van aquarellen.,gemaakt door Jeroen van Duyn,met als voorbeeld door Maarten gemaakte foto's

Heel mooi '

.Heerlijke avond met weer wat nieuw publiek en oude getrouwen.

De sessie kreeg goed vorm door Kate  ……….en Paul O'Brien.met nieuwkomer Willem Jan Korengevel op concertina,fascinerend instrument,dat ik toevallig de vorige avond in handen had gekregen,een heel oud exemplaar van Maarten's vader.

Frenk en Maarten maakten de sessie verder compleet.

Een  avond voor herhaling vatbaar,en een byzondere dag in zijn geheel,daar ik in de middag n.a.v. een artikeltje in de krant was uitgenodigd door rtvdiscus voor een interview, Het was heel byzonder om daar samen met Maarten de huisconcerten te mogen toelichten.

Een dag om te herinneren dus.

 

April 24

Last night again a gig of Dutch singer/songwriter Maarten Willems.

He played  together with Frenk van Meeteren,he made a fantastisc extra dimension for the blues songs.

He played very good onthe banjo.

On the last moment Kate was asked to play on the whistle during a poem Maarten spoke.

Maarten was saying his beautiful poems with passion,with on the background pictures of aquarels Jeroen van Duyn maid from pictures Maarten made.

Very good.

Lovely evening with new audience and goldie oldies,

The session was made by Kate….and PaulO'Brien,with new coming Willem Jan Korengevel on concertina,fascinating instrument,with I hold by coincidence the evening before,a very old one of Maartens dad from a long time ago.

Frenk and Maarten completed the session. An evening I hope will repeats itself,a special day anyway,because in the afternoon I was invited because of a little article in the newspaper to come to the studio of rtvdiscus for an interview. It was very special to be there with Maarten to talk about the houseconcerts, Biografie Maarten Willems Maarten Willems schrijft al geruime tijd gedichten en liedjes. Regelmatig geeft hij dichtvoordrachten en is hij te horen als Nederlandstalige singer/songwriter. Hij heeft voor de eeuwwisseling 6 dichtbundeltjes in eigen beheer uitgebracht. Pas in 2001 maakte hij een cd 'Nadien … gedichten, liedjes en melodietjes' waarop hij ook als Nederlandstalige singer/songwriter te horen is. Later in 2002 bracht hij in eigen beheer de live-cd van zijn programma 'Er is geen leven zonder liefde' (levend opgenomen in Den Haag) uit met begeleiding op bas en gitaar door Frenk van Meeteren en Jorn Plas en als achtergrondzangeres Iris Willems. Hierop is ook 'De Euroot' te horen, het liedje waarmee Maarten het 'Euro' songfestival van Radio West in januari 2002 gewonnen heeft. Ook heeft hij meegedaan met het 'Haagssongfestival'. Zijn inzending hiervoor 'De klokken van de Beeklaan' staat op de dubbel cd 'Het Haagssongfestival Album '.In 2004 bracht hij in eigen beheer de cd 'Alles is al eens eerder gezegd.' uit en in 2005 de cd 'Laveloze obsessie''. Ook verscheen dat jaar het dichtbundeltje 'Kringloop van water.'In 2007 kwam zijn dichtbundel 'Tenslotte wint de liefde' uit. De bundel bevat 49 nieuwe en al eerder gepubliceerde gedichten. De illustraties, 5 aquarellen, zijn van Jeroen van Duyn. Eind 2009 werd zijn cd 'Iets goeds komt ook onverwacht' uitgebracht.

 

 

CELTANN

Zaterdag 12 Maart 2011

Annemarie de Bie, zangeres van folkgroup Fling,vaak als support-act voor Rapalje,kwam optreden in mijn  lounge.Zij zette een echt Ierse sfeer neer. Met haar stem, haar gitaar, bodhran en lowwhistle voerde ze ons mee naar het Ierse landschap… Ik vond het heel speciaal om met haar mijn verjaardag te vieren, met veel humor praatte zij de liedjes aan elkaar. Ik vond het fantastisch dat zij kwam. Annemarie had ook nog veel energie over om mee te spelen met de sessie. Er waren gezellig veel muzikanten op afgekomen, zodat er weer een zeer flitsend geheel ontstond. Dank aan Ben van Leeuwen en Marianne, Monique Gregory, Hanneke en Arie Janissen,Judith en Jan?, Ko Arkestijn, Henk Dorrestijn, Rieke Pronk, Anneke Holt, Maarten Willems, Frank Verlaan, Govert Willems en nieuw gezicht Paul O'Brien, die vol overtuiging prachtige liedjes vertolkte. En aan alle andere vrienden,die mijn verjaardag tot een onvergetelijke avond bestempelden.


 Saturday March 12 Celtann(Annemarie de Bie,singer of folkgroup Fling) sometimes as supportact fro RAPALJE came to play a gig in my lounge.She created an Irish atmosphere,with her voice,her guitar,bodhran and lowwhistle and it felt if we were in an Irish landscape.I think it was very special to celebrate my birthday with her.She talked with a lot of humour between the soungs.I think it was fantastic. Annemarie also had left a lot of energy to play with the session musicians.There came a lot of  them,so again it was like  magic.Thanks to Ben van Leeuwen and Marianne,Monique Gregory,Hanneke and Arie Janissen,Judith and Jan?,Ko Arkestijn,Henk Dorrestijn,Rieke Pronk,Anneke Holt,Maarten Willems,Frank Verlaan,Govert Willems and new Paul O'Brien,who sung lovely his beautiful songs.And to all other  friends,who made my birthday to a unforgettable evening. QUOTES :Annemarie de Bie Zang, Concert flute, Bodhrán Met haar krachtige stemgeluid is Annemarie de zangeres en het boegbeeld van Fling. Daarnaast speelt zij dwarsfluit en bodhrán. Hoewel Annemarie in acoustische situaties gewend is om een stevig volume voort te brengen, hebben de theaterconcerten ook een plaats geboden aan haar meer lyrische en verstilde vocale kwaliteiten. ……. Annemarie de Bie, imponeert met een krachtige en melodieuze stem. Ze beschikt over het juiste timbre en de juiste klankkleur en toon waar deze muziek om vraagt……. -----Annemarie de Bie heeft de perfecte stem voor deze liedjes. Met haar mimiek en lichaamstaal bracht ze de teksten zelfbewust over het voetlicht…………..


Vrijdag 4 Maart-

FIRST dance in the lounge: Tijdens Dancing in the lounge speelde   Cajun Craze ( Fred van Hemert, akoestische gitaar en zang,  Elena Nakovska viool en zang, en Nout Grupstra, accordeon, viool en zang.) een try-out. Een totale try-out ,omdat dancing in the lounge voor de eerste keer werd gehouden. Een select gezelschap had zich aangemeld en er bleek zelfs genoeg dansruimte te zijn voor 4 koppels en zowaar een Engelse cirkeldans.Enthousiast publiek,enthousiaste muzikanten een zeer geslaagde avond...Er werd volop gedanst en Maarten Willems  leerde de aanwezige muzikanten Bourrée Theux  aan, omdat op de Cajun deunen makkelijk een scottish gedanst kan worden, maar voor een bourree is deze muziek minder geschikt. Kortom een zeer geslaagde avond.Voor herhaling vatbaar? Friday March 4th-First dancing in the lounge. During dancing in the lounge CAJUN CRAZE(Fred van Hemert.acoustic guitar and vocals,Elena Nakovska,fiddle and vocals&Nout Grupstra,melodeon,fiddle and vocals) played a try -out.A total try-out,cause this was the first time ever there was organized " a dancing in the lounge", a select audience came after it,and there seems place for 4 copples to dance,even an English circle with a caller.Enthousiastic audience,enthousiastic musicians,a very enjoyable night.There was a lot of dancing going on,and Maarten Willems teached the musicians a Bouree Theux,because people can easily dance a Scottish on a Cajun tune,but not very much a bourree.After all a very good night.Do it again??

 

 

SARAH MCQUAID


Woe 2 Febr.-2011


En toen kwam Sarah terug….. Na 2 jaar tijd was Sarah terug met een tour in Nederland.Ik vond het heel fijn,dat zij op mijn uitnodiging inging om wederom te zingen in mijn huiskamer. Dit betekende al voor de derde keer,zij is immers het startpunt van de huidige serie huisconcerten,de eerste keer was met mijn verjaardag in 2008. Deze keer een heel vol huis voor Sarah. Vele mensen kwamen om haar te zien en genoten ervan om met de sessie na afloop me te spelen. Sarah speelde en zong haar mooie eigen geschreven liedjes,die hopelijk in Juni op haar nieuwe cd zullen verschijnen,en ook wat traditionals met haar prachtige warme stemgeluid. Een van de toeschouwers zei later "Ik werd verliefd op Sarah zodra zij begon met zingen" Hoop Sarah nog vele malen terug te zien.   And then there was Sarah back again…. After 2 years SarahMcQuaid came back on tour to Holland,I was happy she accepted my invitation to do a concert in the lounge again. So that means she was at my home for the third time,cause she was the original starter of the regular serie of these kind of concerts,since she came first in 2008 to celebrate my birthday. This time there was a absolute full house for Sarah. A lot of people came to see her and enjoyed to play the session afterwards,happy to see Sarah. Sarah played and sung loveley own written songs,which will be recording this June on a new cd hopefully,and some traditionals with her beautiful warm voice. One of the people who came around mentioned later,"I felt in love with Sarah when she started to sing." Hope to see Sarah back again&again.


Quotes: ...Haar rijke, diepe stemgeluid en briljante gitaarspel zijn de wapens waarmee Sarah McQuaid elk publiek voor zich weet in te nemen. Met haar hartverwarmende songs en tunes laveert ze tussen de Ierse traditie en Amerikaanse oldtime Music.  Muziek als balsem voor de ziel, ingetogen, subtiel en ontroerend mooi.... ..."Pure magic!! ... I never experienced such a thrilling interaction between artist and audience who rewarded you with three encores!! You have the ability to create an intimate atmosphere with your stories, songs and guitar playing and make the audience part of the gig."

 

 

SALTYDOG


Nieuwjaarsconcert 2011. Gisteravond een SUPER avond in folk in the lounge, Het Haagse folkduo,Maarten Willems en Frank Verlaan, gespecialiseerd in Ierse en Schotse traditionals speelde voluit om het nieuwe jaar in te luiden. Er was gezellig veel publiek op afgekomen en zij genoten met volle teugen van dit spetterend optreden. Instrumentale nummers afgewisseld door mooie ballades,duidelijk en met humor aan elkaar gepraat door Maarten en Frank wisten het publiek van het begin tot het eind te boeien. En toen was de avond nog niet klaar, hij werd verder ingevuld met een mooie sessie.Veel mensen waren gebleven om mee te zingen en mee te spelen. Leuk is het vooral dat alle sessies in the lounge elke keer weer verrassend anders zijn,door andere spontane combinaties, verschillende instrumenten en verrassende initiatieven. Genieten dus!!! Dank aan o.a: Hanneke en Ari Janissen,die helemaal vanuit Tilburg naar the lounge kwamen en die jaarlijks deelnemen aan het Robin Hoodfestival around Nottingham met the Crazy Dutch Regulars (zie link op deze site). Ben van Leeuwen,die elke 2 weken op dinsdag avond een folksessie leidt in cafe de Tregter in Leiden, Iris Willems,die vol overgave meezong met de Nederlandse liederen, Frank Verlaan, Maarten Willems, de sessieleider, Engelberthus en Jolanda Pronk .ouwe getrouwe bezoekers, Govert Willems met lepels, Rieke Pronk op viool en Henk Dorrestijn die zijn eigen lied arme Johanna ten gehore bracht. Wim v.d. Hoeven gaf aan het geheel een speciale tint door prachtige tekeningen van deze avond te schetsen. Translation: SALTY DOG. New Yearsconcert 2011 Last night a SUPERB night at folk in the lounge. The Hague-folkduo Maarten Willems and Frank Verlaan,specialised into Irish and Scottish folk,played to welcome the New Year. There was a lot of audience,and they enjoyed all because of this wonderful performance. Instrumentionals along with beautiful ballads,pronounced  humoristic by Maarten and Frank.were enjoyable from the start till the end of the evening. And even then the night wasn't over,because there came an afterward session. A lot of people stayed to sing and play along. Its very nice that all the sessions in the lounge are different ,each time,surprisely because of the instruments,spontanic combinations and intiatives.So because of this: time to enjoy. Thanks to, among others: Hanneke and Ari Janissen,who came from Tilburg,and play every year on the Robin Hoodfestival around Nottingham with the Crazy Dutch regulars(see link on this site)Ben van Leeuwen,who leads every two weeks on Tuesday a session in Café de Tregter in Leiden,Iris Willems who sung along with the Dutch songs,Frank Verlaan,Maarten Willems,sessionleader,Engelberthus and Jolande Pronk,goldie oldie visitors,Govert Willems on spoons, Rieke Pronk on fiddle and Henk Dorrestijn who performed his own song "Poor Johanna. Wim v.d. Hoeven made this night extra special because of the lovely drawings he made of this evening.

 


Niamh Parsons

14 December 2010

Ik telde de dagen af voordat ze kwam…

En DAAR WAS ZIJ

Wat een prachtige avond,Niamh zong als een "kesrtengel"in mijn lounge

Wat een prachtige stem,wat een mooi reportoire,en wat een fantastische gitaarspel van Graham Dunne.

Wat valt er nog meer te zeggen..zij is een van de zeldzame….

Dank je wel Niamh,ik voel me zeer vereerd en verheugd dat jij echt in mijn lounge kwam spelen.

Ook dank aan de sessie muzikanten,die er ondanks het kleine aantal en leuke afsluiting aan deze avond gaven.

 Simon Oak,among the audience,and ne of them wrote a little article about it:(thanks Siem for posting)

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They're so inspiring! Niamh and Graham performed lovely songs like

Valentine O'Hara

, Black is the Colour

, Carrigfergus

, 1917

, John Condon

, etc, etc. A special mention to the song

The San Patricio's

, followed by some real Mexicano-style guitar playing of Graham. And it all sounded so natural, honest and right from the heart. You just can't imagine how beautifull this was, if you weren't there.

Also the intimate session afterwards was lovely. Not before waving out Niamh and Brian, I dared to start off with

Look At The Coffin

 

as a tribute to Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers and as a proof of how bizar the irish tradional songs sometimes can be. Toos and her friend did some lovely singing, Blue Monday's Hans sang

Dublin In The Rare Old Times

and

The Town I Loved So Well

 

and did a very nice reel on his inimini squeezebox. Maarten and his friend did

Douwe Jongens Douwe

again and I could do

A Roving Blade

 

and

Spancil Hill

. I promised Maarten to learn the lyrics of the famous

Boulavogue

for next time.

And last but not least: I promised my new guitar to never leave him at home anymore.

Thanks Maarten for borrowing yours!

From folkforum:

Het Ierse duo Niamh Parsons&Graham Dunne laten je wegsmelten met Irish heartbeat songs.Zij roepen de intens warme sfeer op,die zo kenmerkend is voor de donkere dagen voor kerst.

Niamh is maatgevend als verzamelaar en vertolker van t Ierse lied.

Haar vocale kwaliteiten staan te boek als emtioneel doorvoeld en kristalhelder.

Een zangtalent als Niamh Parsons kom je 1,hooguit 2 x per generatie tegen.Een avondje met Niamh is een avondje puur genieten  van goudeerlijke diep ontroerende Irish heartbeat songs.

 

Zij zelf zegt: "I dont rememember a time in life I was not singing ,I love songs.These songs are living in me…

 

TRANSLATION:

Counting the days before she came….

And THERE SHE WAS...!!!
What a marvellous nigt we had...Niamh sung like a "Christmas angel"in my lounge.What a loveley voice,what a great reportoire,and what a great guitarplaying of Graham Dunne.

What more can I  say…she is one of those….rarely ones….
Thanks Niamh,I feel excited&honoured you really played in my lounge.

Also thanks to the sessionmusicians,who although there wernt many ended this evening in a pleasanr way.

 

From Folkforum:

The irish duo Naimh Parsons &Graham Dunne let you "melted""with Irish heartbeatsongs.They bring you in the special warm atmosphere,we recognize from the dark days before Christmas.

Niamh is important as collector and singer of the Irish songs.

Her voice qualities are very emotional and clearly

A talented singer like Niamh Parsons,you only meet once or twice in a generation.

An evening with Niamh is an evening pure enjoying of very pure touching Irish heartbeat songs.

 

One of the most beautiful and expressive voices in all of Ireland. Niamh Parsons has the ability to climb into a song, take ownership and then sing it for the listener to experience--not simply hear."

-Cindy Reich, Music journalist for "Irish Music Magazine" (Dublin, Ireland), "The Living Tradition" (Ayrshire, Scotland), "The Celtic Connection" (Denver, Colorado

Herself she is mention:I don't remember a time in life I was not singing,I love songs.Thes songs are living in me.

 

Pete Morton

20 november 2010

Fantastische avond met Pete Morton,heel goed om hem terug te zien in mijn wederom volle huiskamer.

Mooie teksten,mooi gezongen,Pete in topvorm.

Enthousiast publiek,nieuwe gezichten,oude bekenden.Dank aan allen die er bij waren.

Byzondere sessie na afloop,met o.a. dank aan Renate & Dirk Egberts,Anneke Holt,Kees Bakker,Jerry Kooyman en Maarten Willems.

Translation

Fantastic evening with Pete Morton,very good to saw him back in my lounge,again a full house.

Beautiful lyrics,beautiful sung by Pete on his high level.

Enthusiastic audience,new faces,old faces.Thanks to all who were there.

Special session afterwards,with thanks to Renate &Dirk Egberts,Anneke Holt,Kees bakker,Jerry Kooyman and Maarten Willems.

FROM AN ARTICLE ABOUT HIM :

Pete Morton is one of the best English singer/songwriters.He has a beautiful voice,sounds like Cat Stevens,and plays guitar on his own special way.His songs are about all situations in life,from love to politicy,from personal stories to worldnews.But although his lyriscs are a bit dark sometimes, there is always a light waiting on the horizon.His song"Another train" is a classical and for a lot of people on the whole world a song of hope.His latest cd"Casa Abierta"contains 10 songs in 10 different languages.He also is brave enough to sing in Dutch the song"Avond" from Boudewijn de Groot.

At the beginning of next year,there will be another new cd,with some beautiful tracks,we allready know from his gigs; Good enough for me, The gorilla song,The sock on the line,Bigger then life,When we sing together.A lot of singer/songwriters are a little bit introvert,not Pete ,he is superb entertainer with his typical English humour and self knowledge.(from www.folkforum.nl)www.petemorton.com

BIG SESSION-folk in the lounge at Karin's nr. 1

November 2010

And between all those concerts Bob,Billy,Ewan,David and Pete,we did have totally unexpected a big session, in my lounge. It all started with a meeting on Warwick folk festival last Summer, with the great musician Pete Grassby. Hope he is coming back one day to give a gig in me lounge, or somebody else of this wonderful musicians all together.

However these four musicians were on their way to Germay, for a couple of gigs ,came by ferry to the Hook of Holland,and because of that could stay in my home for just one BIG MUSICAL EVENING - and an overnight. We has a beautiful musical evening, very good atmosphere and also lots of humour. Hope they are going to stop again&again in my home,it really was superb to meet this lovely people. Thanks for being there Pete, Martin, Jon and Gilly, it was all great -

Thanks also to the guest players who joined in ,because they saw my invitation on facebook.

Because of this I have the idea to do more spontaneous sessions, so watch my facebook and join in.

Lovely memories from this gig you can see on this site by clicking  on you tube.

 Gilly Loomes

More from her at Summerfolk 4(23/6/2012)

Martin Trewinnard

Pete Grassby

ll play a gig at December 2011

with John Loomes

Also playing at Summerfolk 4(23/6/2012)

 With Nout Grupstra&friend

enthusiastic musicians playing together.


Translation:

Tussen alle concerten door hadden we totaal onverwacht een grote sessie in mijn huiskamer.

Het begon allemaal met een ontmoeting bij Warwick folkfestival afgelopen zomer,met de fantastische muzikant Pet Grassby.

Ik hoop dat hij en/of de andere muzikanten een keer terug zullen komen voor een optreden in mijn huiskamer.

Deze muzikanten waren op weg naar Duitsland voor een serie concerten,met de boot naar Hoek van Holland,en stopten toen bij mijn huis voor EEN GROTE MUZIKALE AVOND-en een overnachting.We hadden een fantastische muzikale avond,hele goede sfeer,met veel humor.

Hoop dat zij nog vele keren bij mij willen stoppen.Het was echt enorm om deze aardige mensen  te ontmoeten.Dank je wel Pete, Martin,Jon en Gilly,

Ook dank aan de gastspelers,die zo spontaan op mijn facebook uitnodiging reageerden.

Door dit spontane idee ben ik van plan meer GROTE SESSIES te gaan organiseren,dus hou mijn facebook in de gaten.\

Een mooie indruk van deze sessie kan je krijgen door via deze site op you tube the klikken.

 

 

 

Players:Maarten Willems*Frank Verlaan*Siem Eikelenboom*Nout Grupstra*Fred van Hemert*

 

Publiek:Karin&Lucia

 

Guestplayers from England:

 

*Martin Trewinnard - bass, flute, whistles, vocals:

Martin has played with several other ceilidh bands during his performing career. He is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (concertina, various wind instruments, guitars etc.) but mainly provides the bass in Aardvark.  Like Pete G, Martin plays and dances for Coventry Morris.

 

*Pete Grassby - melodeons, hammered dulcimer, vocals, calling:Pete G. is a fine musician and singer, in his own right (e.g. Sidmouth competition winner 1993 and well-known as a solo performer at clubs and festivals around the UK and abroad).  The founder member of Aardvark, Pete collects many tunes and dances during his travels and brings them to the band.  He also plays for and dances with Coventry Morris and has been known to call for other bands.

*Jon Loomes"A  well informed, experienced and entertaining performer of traditional songs accompanied with enviable skills on guitar, hurdy gurdy, concertina and fiddle"- Pete Coe
He sings traditional songs and accompanies himself on guitar in a variety of tunings, assorted violin family instruments in a variety of tunings, mandolins in a variety of tunings, melodeons in an assortment of keys, English and anglo concertinas and hurdy gurdies in a variety of tunings.


He manages the Melodeon, Concertina and Violin departments at The Music Room in Cleckheaton and also runs his own recording studio specialising in acoustic music. He has a solo album out on Fellside records, and plays hurdy gurdy in the trio "Hérétique" who are currently mid way through recording a second album.

Gilly Guinn :: singer en playing the hammered dulcimer.GREAT MUSICIAN-.!!!

 


Ewan McLennan&David Ferrard

7 November 2010
Op Zondag 7 november speelden Ewan Mclennan&David Ferrard een fantastisch concert in mijn huiskamer.Ik had David al gezien in The Pleasance,Edinburgh folkclub,en Ewan vaak beluisterd op you tube en ik was meteen heel erg onder de indruk.Ik keek dus zeer uit naar dit optreden ,en het overtrof al mijn verwachtingen  Het werd een SUPER avond. Ewan MCLellan , is opgegroeid in Schotland en liet in zijn muziek een groot Schots repertoire zien .Zijn goede gitaar spel en zijn unieke stem kwamen tot uiting in zijn gepassioneerde optreden. Hij zong en speelde geweldig, van traditionele ballades tot aan dansmuziek of melancholieke tunes voor zijn gitaar. David Ferrard, is een Schots Amerikaanse zanger en songwriter. Zijn Transatlantische wortels konden duidelijk worden getraceerd in muziek en zang van zijn eigen composities en werden gekenmerkt door een sterk verlangen naar sociale rechtvaardigheid en vrede.

Een mooi plan is ,in de toekomst nog eens David en Ewan terug te laten keren in "folk in the lounge"Zij zijn daar zeker voor te porren.Ook het publiek was er weer in grote getale,en deed op verzoek enthousiast mee met de refreinen.Voor de sessie konden maar een klein aantal mensen blijven,waardoor het klein en intiem werd. Heel mooi om wederom kennis te maken met nieuwe muzikanten. Dank aan Auke Hofstra en Ben van Leeuwen daarvoor

TRANSLATION

On Sunday November 7th,EwanMclennan&David Ferrard played a fantastic concert in my lounge.I saw David in the Pleasance,folkclub in Edinburgh,and listened many times on you tube to Ewan,and was completely impressed.Because of that I looked forward to the gig very much,and the reality was even more then I expected.It became a SUPERB night.Ewan McLennan grow up in Scotland and showed in his music a big Scottish repertoire.His very good guitarplaying and unique voice were all used in his passionate performance.He sung and played beautiful,from traditionals ballads up to dansmusic and melancholic tunes for just guitar.

David Ferrard,is a Scotiish/American singer/songwriter.His Trans-Atlantic roots could be recognized in his music and sung of his own compositions,and showed very much his longing for justice and peace.

A good plan,is to see David and Ewan  in future again in my lounge.They are certainly enthusiastic for that.Again there was a full house,and everybody joined in for the chorus enthusiasticly.There only could stay a few people for the session afterwards,so it became small and intimate.Very good to meet new musicians again,Thanks to Auke Hofstra and Ben van Leeuwen.


ABOUT EWAN MC LENNAN


Ewan McLennan has been making headlines over the last year, performing at festivals, clubs, and concert halls across the country. Of Ewan's singing BBC Radio 2's Mike Harding has said "he sings beautifully, with great sincerity, great empathy, he's terrific!", while his classical-influenced folk guitar playing has been described as "stunning". His music combines traditional music from around Britain and beyond, with a particular focus on the music of Scotland, where he was brought up. But Ewan retains a unique and compelling sound of his own in which traditional songs run parallel to his own earthy, self-penned songs.

Quotes:

'I was completely and utterly bowled over by Ewan's music...one of the most exciting new voices I've heard in years.'


Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

'Only once in a while do you hear a new voice, a new sound that is really worth listening to. Ewan McLennan is definitely one such.'Martin Simpson

About his new cd:

With a gorgeous lilling voice,a quietly assured and commanding presence and some smart guitar arrangements,it's the tender sincerity of McLennan's own performance that makes the album so moving-..

-.a resoundingly fresh -sounding album of folksongs.Ewan McLennan well be the best singer you ll hear all year.

 ABOUT DAVID FERRARD.

I saw David as a support act of Vin Garbutt last May in Edinburgh folkclub,and he was fantastic,very honoured he is coming to play in me lounge with Ewan McLennan.

-Half Scottish,half American,David built an impressive reputation in Britain in the unsubscribed of songwriting-.a gentle voice-the songs are mostly tradiotional,but they carry a ceas resonance for ferrard-..he won the Darny Kyle award at Celtic Connections in 2006-..david is a serous ballad singer-..

About David's cd

Brought up and still bases in Edinburgh,the young Ferrard crosses the atlantic regurlarly with his nmother to her family home in Pensylvania,and in his second album he pays homage to the great song traditions that unite his two countries.

Songs of hardship,love and compassion,created by unknown authors of traditions,as well as Robert Burns-.were recorded in a studio in Carolina-.an album that feels like a home coming.

 

Bob Fox & Billy Mitchell

3 oktober 2010

Fantastische avond gisteravond met Bob Fox &Billy Mitchell.

Met heel veel energie, humor en prachtige stemmen zetten zij een geweldige sfeer neer in mijn huiskamer. met mooie liedjes. Anekdotes, en informatie over de liedjes maakten het tot een goed geheel.

Het publiek was heel enthousiast,en deed voltallig mee met de refreinen.

Ook de sessie was wederom zeer geslaagd,met weer een aantal nieuwe muzikanten,er waren nu zelfs twee harpisten.Voor herhaling vatbaar.

Weer een vol huis.Dank aan iedereen die er bij was.

 

Fantastic night,last night with Bob Fox&Billy Mitchell.

With lots of energy,humor and beautiful voices they created a great atmosphere in my lounge,with loveley songs.

Anecdotes and information about the songs made the gig complete.

The audience was very enthousiastic,and joined in with the chorus.

Also the session afterwards was again superb,with a few

new musicians,there even were two harpists,Hope they come again.

Full house again,Thanks for everyone who was there.

Biography BOB FOX

 

          Bob started 2003 with a busy schedule,including extensive tours in the UK, a third US tour, a return to Australia to perform at the National Festival in Canberra and Fairbridge Festival in W.A. and continued with appearances at some of the most prestigious Folk Festivals in England throughout the Spring and Summer. He also signed a 3 CD deal with TOPIC RECORDS, the first one entitled BORROWED MOMENTS" released on Sept 2003 immediately received ecstatic reviews. Bob was nominated Best Folk Singer once again in the 2004 Folk Awards and his version of the Chris Leslie song My Love is in America, recorded on "BORROWED MOMENTS", gained a nomination for Best Original Song.

Biography Billy Mitchell

Billy started playing the guitar in the early sixties when they were all made of wood and mostly the same colour.

He formed a 'beat group' with some pals at the local youth club and played local clubs and pubs till the sad arrival of full time employment forced their demise.He then joined with former beat group pals to form a 'folk group' during the great 'folk scare' of the late sixties and early seventies. The Callies showed the good people of Newcastle what they thought folk music should sound like. They recorded one album, went to London, didn't like it... then came home.After a spell in Vancouver, Canada, Billy was invited to return to England to join Jack the Lad with members of the recently split Lindisfarne . Then followed four albums and four years touring the UK and Europe, playing every venue known to man and some that weren't-At the end of the seventies he joined with Peter McIntyre to form the hilarious Maxie & Mitch who have spent the last twenty four years playing music in a very funny way to people all over the world who fancied a laugh-1996 saw Billy join Newcastles' favourite sons Lindisfarne who enjoyed critical acclaim for their live concerts in the UK and the USA, and their subsequently-released albums of new songs Here Comes the Neighbourhood and Promenade.Since Lindisfarne's retirement in 2003, Billy has embarked on a very successful solo career with his Backtrackin' show and CD, and in 2005 he recorded The Devil's Ground album, which received critical acclaim and extensive radio play.

In 2006, he celebrated his 60th birthday by forming the first ever Billy Mitchell Band, who played an emotional 'sell out' concert at The Sage, Gateshead.

Billy has recently dipped back into his 'folk roots' by collaborating with Bob Fox on two UK tours and a highly acclaimed 'live' album Five-star B&B.

From page folk on the moor folkclub:

Bob Fox

To say Bob is a class act hardly does his talents justice, I saw him recently at a major festival and witnessed one of the most polished and moving performances I have ever seen. His lovely segue of "Waters of Tyne" into "Big River" was a genuine highlight. As far as FOTM is concerned, we can all recall that it was Bob who started us off at our current venue... but then we also remember his appearance with Benny Graham.... more elsewhere! Bob also has some superb recordings... I love the "Hush" album!
•September 13th '09... without doubt, a glorious night of exceptional music from two of the very best in the business. If you were there, you know what I mean when say it was dazzling stuff and truly moving, too.

 

Season 2010/2011

DAITHI RUA

4 SEPTEMBER 2010


  Vorig jaar opende hij het seizoen van Folk in the lounge,en dit jaar deed hij dat weer .Op velerlei verzoek keerde hij nl terug in mijn huiskamer,het werd wederom een fantastische avond met na afloop  een grandioze sessie met veel nieuwe gezichten,jonge muzikanten van de groep THE TEETOTALLERS,Siem Eikelenboom,ook al iemand,die thuis is in de Ierse folk,Hans Woudenberg en vrienden,al jaren trouwe fans van Daithi,en niemand minder dan SIMPLY GREEN, een Haags Ierse band,die het geheel een zeer sterk Ierse folktint gaf,zo uitnodigend was hun opzwepende muziek,dat ik zelfs nog samen met Maarten Willems van SALTY DOG een dansje durfde te wagen.En net als vorig jaar bleek,dat Daithi ook na afloopvan zijn gig nog te porren was voor prachtige Ierse deunen.Ik was ook heel blij met zijn gezongen lied van mijn Schotse favouriete singer/songwriter Dougie McLean-Caledonia. Iedereen heel hartelijk bedankt ,allen die er bij waren,luisterden en mee speelden met de sessie.

TRANSALATION:


Last year he opened the folkseason of folk in the lounge at Karin's and he did it again this year.

On many request he came back in my lounge,and again it was a wonderful night,with afterwards a superb session with lot of new faces of musicians,young ones from the band THE TEETOTALLERS,Siem Eikelenboom,someone who knows about folk,Hans Woudenberg,and friends, musicians ,longtime fans of Daithi,and last to mention , but not least SIMPLY GREEN,a Irish band from The Hague,they made the session very Irish,so wonderful filled with energy,so I was tempted to do a dance with Maarten Willems from SALTY DOG on one of their tunes.And just like last year also Daithi had a lot of energy left to play with the session with beautiful Irish tunes.Very happy I was also with one of my Scottish favourites of Dougie Mc Lean---Caledonia.Thank you all for being there,listening and joining in.

 Over Daithi-. Uit: recensie New Folksounds 2005:"" Ter afwisseling van het instrumentale gedeelte had men Daithi Rua als gastzanger uitgenodigd. Hij liet onder meer een schitterende versie van The Lakes of Pontchartrain horen, een van de mooiste uitvoeringen die ik ken. Zijn stem heeft enerzijds iets van Christy Moore en anderzijds heeft zijn presentatie iets van Luka Bloom." Uit Wikipedia, de vrije encyclope die Daithi Rua is Iers voor 'Rode David', de artistennaam van David Donegan. Hij is een Iersezanger en gitarist. Hij is geboren in Ierland, en kreeg de muziek van The Dubliners en Planxty met de paplepel binnen. Ook was hij begeesterd door The Fureys, Moving Hearts en The Pogues.David Donegan kon aardig goed overweg met stem en gitaar en via kroegen en jeugdhuizen bouwde hij aan zijn loopbaan als muzikant. Bijna tien jaar later staat David nog steeds op het podium.Tegenwoordig woont hij in Gent Het is een uitvalsbasis voor concerten in heel Europa. Zowel solo als met zijn begeleidingsband. Hij wordt nu geïnspireerd door muzikanten zoals: Luka Bloom, Nanci Griffith en Andy Irvine.Hij wordt doorgaans begeleid door Ed Veltrop (accordeon, piano en zang) van het Nederlandse folkduo John O'Dreams

 

TRANSLATION:

About Daithi

From NewFolksounds 2005-to make a change after all the instrumental tunes,they invited Daithi Rua,as a guestplayer,he sung a wonderful version of the Lakes of Pontchartrain,one of the best I ever heard.His voice sounds like Christie Moore,his performance seems like Luka Bloom-

From Wikipedia:

Daithi Rua is Irish for Red David,the artistname of David Donegan.he is an irish singer and guitarist,he was born in Ireland and listened since he was a child to the music of the Dubliners and Planxty very often,also he was influenced by The Fureys,Moving hearts and the Pogues.David Donegan was very good with his voice and guitar and from pubs and youthhouses he started his way as a musician.More then 10 years later he still is on stage.For the present he lives in Gent,good spot for all kind of directions all through Europe.Solo or with his bandmembers.He was inspired by musicians like Luka Bloom,Nanci Griffith and Andy Irvine.

A lot of times he is in companion of Ed Veltrop(accordion,piano and vocals)from the Dutch folkduo John O'Dreams.

SUMMERFOLK 2

Zaterdag 19 Juni 2010


Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer

 

 

 

Zaterdagavond was het zo ver Summerfolk 2,de feestelijke afsluiting van het seizoen-folk in the lounge at Karin's.

Een jaar is voorbij gevlogen ,een van de gasten verwonderde zich er ook over,dat het alweer een jaar geleden was,dat we de eerste Summerfolk hielden,met King's Galliard en een open mic.

Heel succesvol was het ook deze keer, lekker veel publiek,met HEEEEEEEEEEEEL veel instrumenten,voor de sessie na afloop.

De open mic(zonder microfoon)verliep prima, optredens met voor elk wat wils, Ned.talige luisterliedjes van Henk Dorrestein ,begeleid door Maarten Willems,mooie American songs door Adri Richter en Toos van Leeuwen,onvervalste Ierse folk door Lucky Spoons,en  twee leden van Botswing,een folkgroep uit Belgie;Dimitri Claes en Jos Tielens speelden een grandioze afsluiting.Prachige sounds.Wie weet keert er nog wel eens iemand terug met een avondvullend programma.

De hoofdact bestond uit Vicki Swan &Jonny Dyer,ik vond het grandioos dat zij speciaal op mijn verzoek voor Summerfolk een weekend naar Den Haag wilden komen.Zondag hebben zij goed besteedt door met Maarten Willems de geluidstudio in te gaan en samen met Frenk van Meeteren hem te begeleiden voor nieuwe cd opnames,ook speelden zij als duo enige prachtige door Maarten gecomponeerde instrumentale stukken.Prachtig al die instrumenten,en wat een geluid die nickelharpa,echt wondermooi vind ik.

Genoten heb ik dus van de heerlijkeavond vol Engels/Zweedse folk,met humor door Vicki en Jonny aan elkaar gepraat,een heerlijk life optreden.

Ook de sessie was fantastisch leuk.

Een avond ,die mede door het enthousiaste publiek een prachtige herinnering is aan de afsluiting van dit seizoen,en om nog lang van na te genieten.

 

Summerfolk 2


2010 /18 Juni

On Saturdaynight we did Summerfolk2,a party ending of the folkseason-folk in the lounge at Karin's.

A year passes by very quickly,one of the guest wondered that it allready was a year ago,since we did the first Summerfolk,with King's Galliard and an open mic.

This time also very succesfull,a lot of audience,with VERY much instruments,for the session afterwards.

The open mic(without a microphone)went very well,gigs for everyone,Dutch listen songs from Henk Dorrestein with Maarten Willems,beautiful American songs by Adri Richter and Toos van Leeuwen,real Irish folk by Lucky Spoons,and two members of Botswing, a Belgian folkgroup :Dimitri Claes and Jos Tielens played wonderful at the end.Beautiful sounds.

Who knows someone of these will come back for a whole evening.

The big attraction were Vicki Swan &Jonny Dyer,I think it was very special they came over for a weekend on my request just for Summerfolk.They did well also on Sunday,when they went with Maarten Willems to the studio and played with him and Frenk van Meeteren  for Maarten's new cd,also they played as duo some beautiful instrumental tunes,composed by Maarten.Just great all those instruments,and what a wonderful sound from the nickelharpa,I think its beautiful.

So I really enjoyed this superb evening full with English/Swedish folk.humoristic talked between by Vicki and Jonny,a superb life performance.

Also the session was great.

An evening,because of all the enthuastic people a beautiful memory of the end of the season,to enjoy in mind.

·       

 

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have developed a strong reputation for a delivering great performances time and time again. Once known mainly for for their instrumental skills with Scottish Smallpipes, accordion and even Swedish Nyckelharpa, they are now being accepted as impressive song arrangers and writers.

Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar

Following in her father's footsteps Vicki is a second generation piper. Having begun the music ladder at the age of five, Vicki went on to study the double bass at the Royal College of Music, becoming the principal double bass and winning the solo double bass competition. Vicki has now returned to her Swedish roots with the addition of the Nyckelharpa and the translating of Swedish ballads.

Composer and competition-winning guitar player; Jonnyâ--s outstanding technical ability, coupled with a wide-ranging musical taste has made him a tireless and forceful musical innovator. Jonny has been singing choral music, soul, jazz and folk for as long as he can remember.

MAARTEN WILLEMS


April 2010

Zoals ik al beschreef op de homepage van www.karin.maartenwillems.nl

gaf Maarten Willems ,Ned.talig singer/songwriter de aanzet tot de huidige huiskamerconcerten.


Hij speelt Iers in folkduo Salty Dog en folkgroup Lucky Spoons.

Ook was hij er een aantal keren solo,soms begeleid door Frenk van Meeteren,met zijn avondvullend programma vol mooie Nederlandstalige luisterliedjes en echte meezingers,die nog dagen in je hoofd blijven na klinken,aangevuld met gedichten uit eigen bundels.

Meer over Maarten: www.maartenwillems.nl

En binnenkort een presentatie van zijn nieuwste cd "Iets goeds komt ook onverwacht" in Theater Pepijn in Den Haag.


 

 


 

As I wrote on the homepage of www.karin.maartenwillems.nl

Maarten Willems,Dutch singer/songwriter  started the houseconcerts at my home.

He plays Irish folk,in a folkduo Salty Dog and also in folkgroup Lucky Spoons.

He also played solo, sometimes together with Frenk van Meeteren,with his eveningfilling program of songs and poems,from his own poemnovels.

Beautiful Dutch songs,with good lyrics and sometimes sing a long songs,which can stay in your mind for some days.

More about Maarten Willems:www.maartenwillems.nl

And soon the cdpresentation of his latest cd "Something good happens unexpected in Theater Pepijn in The Hague.

TomMcConville

27 januari 2010

 Op woensdagavond 27 Januari 2010 speelde TomMcConville bij mij thuis een solo-gig.Ik zag hem eerder in Warwick folkfestival en later in t soldaatje,folkclub Noorwijkerhout,met Aaron Jones en Claire Mann,kocht toen 3 cds,en heb ze heel vaak gedraaid.Vond het geweldig ,dat hij bij mij thuis kwam spelen en het werd ook geweldig

Mooie ballades,afgewisseld en opgevuld met prachtige vioolsolos.Fantastisch hoe hij viool kan spelen en tegelijk ook nog kan zingen.En tussendoor nog tijd om het een en ander humoristisch aan elkaar te praten.

Al hoewel hij midden in de nacht al uit Newcastle was vertrokken,had hij toch nog voldoende energie om ook nog met enthousiasme mee te spelen bij de sesssie. Super-!!!

Een leuke sessie ook,met wat nieuwe gezichten,Jerry Kooyman ,die hele goede covers speelde van o.a. John Denver en Don mcLean,en Nout Grupstra ,die diverse instrumenten had meegebracht,en naarstig op zoek is naar een violist voor in zijn eigen band(cajun)Wederom heerlijke avond,met toch nog een aardig gevulde huiskamer met veel enthousiast mee zingende mensen.

Bedankt weer dat jullie er waren-!!!

 On Wednesday Januari 27th 2010,Tom mcConville played a solo gig at my home.I saw him before at Warwick Folkfestival,and later on ,at  t'Soldaatje,folkclub Noordwijkerhout,with Aaron Jones and Claire Mann,I bought then 3 cds and listen to them a lot.I think it was great he did want to come and play in my lounge,and it really was great.

Beautiful ballads,with fiddleplaying solos between and after.Fantastic the way he can play fiddle and singing together.And between the songs time to talk humouristic.Although he left Newcastle in the middle of the night,he still had energy left to play enthousiast with the session afterwards.A nice session,with some new faces,Jerry Kooyman,who played very good covers from John Denver and DonMcLean and Nout Grupstra,who did bring a copple of instruments and is looking for a fiddleplayer for his own band(Cajun)Again it was a wonderful evening,with a well filled lounge,with a good singing audience.

Thanks for coming .

The Newcastle fiddler.

 

He is one of the leading fiddleplayers of our time.

A virtuose musician and fantastic singer,his rich and warm voice makes his interpretation of traditional and competary song,greatly admired by singer all through the world.

He plays the fiddle in a long life passion.,musical delights from fast,rhythme dance tunes,through beautiful slow airs.

All presented with intimitable sence of humour and style

 


Roy Gullane.

 

Op vrijdagavond 11 december 2009

kwam Roy Gullane bij mij thuis optreden.

in het AD/Haagsche Courant stond hij in een klein artikeltje van Jesica de Korte vermeld als een Schot in de huiskamer-of te wel een Schot in de roos-

En inderdaad,dat werd het---helemaal raak-helemaal goed en echt Schots.

Ik kende hem van de Tannahill Weavers en kwam er achter,dat hij ook wel eens solo wilde optreden..Hij heeft sinds kort ook een solo cd,-te bestellen via: www.amiestreet.com

Het werd een fantastische avond,met een full house, vol enthousiast publiek.

Roy speelde een reportoire vol zelfgekozen liedjes in maar liefst 3 sets en had toen ook nog genoeg energie over om mee te spelen met de sessie.

Hij praatte het geheel aan elkaar met grappige anekdotes .

Roy zei,dat hij graag nog eens terug wilde komen, en dat is zeker iets om naar uit te zien,een echte Schot in mijn huiskamer, met veel uitstraling en een mooie stem,wat wil je nog meer.

 

Zie ook mooie foto's bij mijn fotoverslag,gemaakt door fotograaf Michel v/d Heuvel.

 

Roy Gullane

 

On Fridaynight December 11 -2009

Roy Gullane came to play a gig at my home.

In the newspaper I read a little article of Jessica de Korte,saying a Scot in the lounge-or like a Dutch saying a S-hot in the heart-

And indeed-it was totally good-really fantastic and really Scottish.

I knew him from the Tannahill Weavers,and heard he did want to play solo.

Since a short time he also has a solo cd,order viawww.amiestreet.com

It became a fantastic night,with a full house,with a lot of enthousiatic public.

Roy played a repertoire of songs he choose by himself in 3 sets,and he still had energy left to play along with the session.

He talked between with funny little stories.

Roy said, he like to come back another time,and thats certainly something to look forward to,a real Scotsman in my lounge,with  a great charisma and a beautiful voice, what more do a person want .

 

See also nice pictures in my fotoverslag,made by photographer Michel v/d Heuvel.

Roy, as many of you will know, is along with Phil Smillie one of the two longest serving professional members of the Tannahills. He plays guitar, sings lead vocals, tells silly stories, and keeps us all laughing through adversity on the road.  He also has taken on the persona of booking agent for the band in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Roy has also done a lot of songwriting. He has recorded a solo album called "Not Only But Also..." including many of his own songs plus other favorites that he'd always wanted to record but hadn't had the chance.

Roy Gullane

Uit Wikipedia, de vrije encyclopedie

(

Glasgow

,

19 maart

1949

) is een

Schotse

folkmuzikant. Hij is

zanger

en

gitarist

. Hij is onder andere met

Phil Smillie

oprichter van de befaamde Schotse folkband

The Tannahill Weavers

. De band werd opgericht in 1968 en Roy is dan ook één van de oudste leden van de groep. Inmiddels hebben zij 16 albums geproduceerd.

www.myspace.com/gullanedejong

ROY GULLANE,

From Wikipedia,the free encyclopedia

Glasgow ,March 19-1949 is a Scottish folkartist.He is a singer and a guitarist.He plays among others with Phil Smillie,the founder of the famous Scottish folkgroup The Tannahill Weavers.

The band started in 1968 and Roy is one of the oldest members of the group.

Till so far they produced 16 albums.

KIERAN HALPIN

 

Zondagavond 15 november 2009

kwam Kieran Halpin zijn lange tour van concerten in mijn huis afsluiten.


Het was het 39ste in 42 dagen.

Het werd een fijne avond,met veel enthousiast publiek.

Er was zelfs door Jessica de Korte een artikeltje geschreven voor de AD/Haagsche courant,d.d.13/11

    

       FOLK IN DE HUISKAMER.

Ierse muziek past het beste in een gezellige,knusse ruimte.daarom nodigt Karin Pronk geregeld bands uit in haar huiskamer,nabij de Dedemsvaartweg.Zondag is Kieran Halpin aan de beurt.

Zijn nummers werden door artiesten als Ilse de Lange en Niamph Parsons gecovered en hij heeft dit jaar alweer zijn negentiende album uitgebracht.Een hardwerkende singer/songwriter dus.Muzikanten kunnen hun instrumenten meenemen,want naar Iers gebruik is er achteraf een sessie.Voor reserveren en het precieze adres:[email protected] of 0703296864.


  Al met al was het genieten...!! Voor iedereeen ,die er weer bij was,bedankt.

Since 1979 Kieran halpin has recorded 17 albums,one live-dvd and published 2 songbooks.He is a succesfull songwriter with many of his songs covered by other artists,such as Ilse de Lange,Vin Garbutt,TommcConville,Niamph Parsons and the Battlefield band.Live on stage Halpin makes his mark.Powerful and passionate,intimate and intense.His voice has such an edge to it that he sounds like he is living every song.He has managed to marry his intilligent and thought provoking lyrics ,great melodies and has developed over the years into a writer with a style of his own.

KIERAN HALPIN .

On Sunday November 15 -2009

Kieran Halpin came in my home,to finish off his long tour of concerts.

It was number 39 into 42 days.

It was a nice evening with an enthuasiatic public.

There was even a little article in the local newspaper 13/11,wrote by Jessica de Korte

 

FOLK IN THE LOUNGE

Irish music sounds best in a cosy,intimate space,that's the reason Karin Pronk invites regular musicians into her lounge,near de Dedemsvaartweg.

This Sunday its Kieran Halpins turn.

His tracks were covered by artists,like Ilse de Lange and Niamph Parsons,and this year he allready brings his 19 album.

A hardworking singer/songwriter so.

Musicians can bring their instruments ,because of the Irish habit there will be a possibility for a session afterwards.

For information and reservation mail: [email protected] or phone 0703296864.

 

HOWEVER IT WAS ENJOYABLE. FOR EVERYONE WHO WAS THERE AGAIN ,THANKS.

Pete Morton

Op Zaterdag 24 oktober 2009

trad Pete Morton op in mijn huiskamer.

Ik zag hem voor het eerst in 'Soldaatje-folkclub Noordwijkerhout,en vond hem meteen FANTASTISCH. De cd's ,die ik toen kocht,bleef ik draaien,en wat begon als een grap,met Monique,een vriendin:"Ik vraag hem of hij thuis komt zingen...",pakte goed uit....hij bleek graag op de uitnodiging in te gaan en kwam speciaal voor een weekend over uit Engeland. Het werd een fantastisch optreden,met veel publiek,die ook heel enthousiast mee zongen. Heel bijzonder was het ook, om hem Nederlands te horen zingen.   Nice memories:pictures+you tube filmpjes.

ARTIKEL OVER HEM

Pete Morton wordt beschouwd als een van de beste Engelse singer-songwriters. Hij heeft een prachtige stem, die doet denken aan Cat Stevens, en een gedreven heel eigen gitaarstijl. Zijn liedjes bestrijken thema's uit het hele leven, van liefde tot politiek, van zeer persoonlijke verhalen tot wereldnieuws. Maar hoe donker de teksten soms ook zijn, er gloort altijd hoop aan de horizon. Zijn lied 'Another train' is al een klassieker en voor veel mensen over de hele wereld 'a song of hope'. Zijn laatste CDCasa Abierta bevat tien liedjes in tien verschillende talen. Daarop waagt hij zich aan het Nederlands met 'Avond' van Boudewijn de Groot. Begin komend jaar komt een nieuwe weer volledig Engelstalige CD uit met daarop een aantal prachtige nummers die we al kennen van zijn optredens: Good enough for me, The gorilla song, The sock on the line, Bigger than life, When we sing together.
Veel singer-songwriters zijn in zichzelf gekeerd. Pete niet, hij kan zijn publiek geweldig vermaken met zijn typisch Engelse humor en zelfspot. (uit:www.folkforum.nl)

www.petemorton.com

PETE MORTON

On Saturday October 24th Pete Morton played in my lounge..

I saw him for the first time in Folkclub "t soldaatje-Noordwijkerhout",en thought he was FANTASTIC, the cd I bought then I put on and on,and what started as a joke with a friend Monique,like: "I m going to ask him ,if he wants to sing at my home",became really true.He just accepted the invitation,and came special for me from England to Holland, just for a weekend..It was a fantastic gig,with a lot of audience,who also sing along with him.It was very special to hear him sung Dutch.Nice memories:pictures+you tube videos.

FROM AN ARTICLE ABOUT HIM :

Pete Morton is one of the best English singer/songwriters.He has a beautiful voice,sounds like Cat Stevens,and plays guitar on his own special way.His songs are about all situations in life,from love to politicy,from personal stories to worldnews.But although his lyriscs are a bit dark sometimes, there is always a light waiting on the horizon.His song"Another train" is a classical and for a lot of people on the whole world a song of hope.His latest cd"Casa Abierta"contains 10 songs in 10 different languages.He also is brave enough to sing in Dutch the song"Avond" from Boudewijn de Groot.

At the beginning of next year,there will be another new cd,with some beautiful tracks,we allready know from his gigs; Good enough for me, The gorilla song,The sock on the line,Bigger then life,When we sing together.A lot of singer/songwriters are a little bit introvert,not Pete ,he is superb entertainer with his typical English humour and self knowledge.(from www.folkforum.nl)www.petemorton.com

 

 

Season 2009/2010

Daithi Rua

Sept 2009

Daithi Rua( of Red David,i.v.m,zoals hij zelf zegt zijn" lange rode haren") zag ik voor het eerst op de Scheveningse boulevard tijdens het festival "Ierland aan zee"met Aidin Burke.


Ik was toen zeer onder de indruk van zijn optreden.

Later zag ik hem in Vlaardingen(nov 2008)en in Mulligans-Amsterdam deze zomer,met Ed Veltrop,FANTASTIC-!!!

Kort daarna vroeg ik hem om solo op te treden bij mij thuis, hij was meteen enthousiast,en zijn performance op 6 september was heel imponerend.

Ook speelde hij vol energie daarna nog door met de sessie, het ene nummer na het andere volgde.Ook zijn vriend Pluim uit Belgie vertolkte heel mooi een gaelic song.

Daithi is veel on tour in Noorwegen en Belgie, af en toe gelukkig ook in Nederland en zeker en vast wil hij terugkomen voor "another gig"

Meer van Daithi Rua: www.daithirua.com  


DAITHI RUA

 

Daithi Rua,or Red David,because as he said by himself,of his long red hair.

I saw him for the first time on the boulevard in Scheveningen,during the festival Ireland on sea,with Aidin Burke.I was most impressed.

Later I saw him back in Vlaardingen(nov 2008) and in Mulligans-Amsterdam,this summer,with Ed Veltrop.FANTASTIC.

Shortly after that I asked him,if he want to come and play a gig at my place,and he was very enthusiatic to do so.

His performance on Sept 6th was really very impressing.

Afterwards he played also with a lot of energy along with the session,a lot of Irish/Scottish traditionals came along.

Also his friend from Belgium,Pluim joined in to sing a Gaelic song.

Daithi is much on tour in Norway and Belgium,but luckily enough now and then in Holland too,and he said he certainly want to come back in my lounge to play another gig.

More about Daithi:www.daithirua.com

 

 

Summerfolk


19 Juni 2009


King's Galliard


 

It was great to see them singing in my lounge,my favourite folkgroup when I was 18.

Part of King Galliard's said YES to play in my lounge.

Thanks very much :Frenk van Meeteren,Lenneke Willems and Jan Erik Noske.Hope you will come again.

 

Sarah McQuaid
Febr 2009


Sarah McQuaid  trad 2x op in mijn huiskamer, beide concerten waren heel geslaagd. Bij het eerste concert zong zij zelfs in het Nederlands!!! Een grote verrassing . De 2e keer begeleidde Maarten Willems haar bij de titelsong van haar eerste cd.


Ik zag haar voor het eerst in 2007 tijdens een optreden bij het jaarlijkse folkfestival in Sidmouth en vond haar heel goed.

Haar eerste cd, die ik toen kocht, heb ik daarna talloze keren gedraaid. Inmiddels is er een 2e cd verschenen in een meer Amerikaanse sfeer en nu werkt zij aan een 3e cd, die waarschijnlijk eind dit jaar uitkomt.

Sarah vroeg mij of zij in 2011 nogmaals bij mij kan optreden.

Lets hope so!!!


Meer van Sarah McQuaid: www.sarahmcquaid.com

SARAH MCQUAID

 

Sarah mcQuaid performed twice in my lounge,both concerts were very succesfull.

At the first concert she surprised me to sing into Dutch too..

The second time Maarten Willems played with her on his fiddle,with the titlesong of her first cd.

I saw her for the first time in 2007,when she gave a gig at the yearly Sidmouth folkfestival,and thought she was great.Her first cd,which I thenbought,was for many times on my cdplayer.

Since then she made a second cd,in a more American atmosphere,and now she works on a 3th cd.This will be ready by the end of the year.

.

.

       

 


SEASON 2013-2014

JudithHaswell&Trish McLean

Saturday Sept 21

Two ladies from Yorkshire came to the lounge at Saturday September 21th to open the new season of the loungeconcerts.

To be honest I didnt really know what to expect, I did listen to them at you tube It,sounded nice...but it was because of the advise from Vin Garbutt to invite them to my home.

Well how well it was to listen to Vin. They were marvellous.

The way they performed was just great.

Beautiful lyrics, lovely tunes, two great voices which sounded so perfectly together ..

It was all did fit in so good. They did start with the swallow song, they told us that’s the way they always open.Well it was really overwhelming for the audience. After that they went on with several totally different songs,but it all was in a perfect combination.

A lot of interaction with the audience, loads of British humor.

Also ballads with a sad story.

A big impression on me made the lovely written song by Trish about her great granda who died in the first world war and left her great gran mother with seven small children behind.

 A lot of chorusses, with the songs,well told by them before we had to sing. It all worked out lovely. So we did share a superb night all together to celebrate the opening gig of this new season….!!!

Happy I do have their lovely cd now :“beginning to see the light “äs a lovely memory.

 

Summerfolk 5.

PILGRIMSWAY 

My end of seasonparty ,

To start with an open mic with:

*Fabian Schrama,wasnt he lovely?

The way he played and sung was really very good. I felt honoured that ,although he is used to bigger audiences he was perfectly ok which such a small space as folk in the lounge is.

Henk Dorrestijn,back at Summerfolk. I like his humor and songs a lot .It was good to see him again,the brother of………….?!

Rob van Leersum

New to Summerfolk,he was on the list last year allready,very impressed the way he played at his guitar with 12 strings.

Bart van Beeveren &Dennis Den Ouden. I meet Bart at a gig of Real Time,he made it clear to me he was inspired by the great Kenny Speirs and curious to hear I invited him to play at the open mic. Nice to see he did bring his musical friend Dennis den Ouden. I loved the way they covered songs written by  Kieran Halpin and Damien Rice

Musonius, This is the man who came for the third time at Summerfolk. A real troubadour with well penned self written songs in the atmosphere of the Middle-ages. Good to have him back again.And how we look forward to his cd……!!

Simon Oak.

Dedicated to Irish folk for about 7 years now. Good to hear how lovely he played the Irish music….!!

Johnny Verger –did play 4 songs of his last cd. I really did enjoy that very much. Beautiful lyrics and tunes of his seflpenned songs.

Sheep on the boat

Just a new young band ,found only this Februari.,named after the fisrt song they played at public. And what a big impression they did make on the audience and me. People did ask to see more of them in the future. And so do I…

PILGRIMS WAY

And the after the open mic it was time for the band .How special it was they came special all the way from England just for this gig at my lounge.

Happy I was able to invite them, because Gill Loomes introduced me to  Edwin Beasant,  one of the members at the Warwick Folk Festival in 2011.I was very impressed when I listened to their first cd,which they launched at that time. Looking forward for a long time to finally see them at my lounge. It was worth waiting let me tell you that. Their gig was really SUPERB DUPERB…!!What a music, what an instruments, what a voice,what a good choice of melodies and what a way of playing. SO MUCH energy ,that they could even dance when they played. And on a certain point it inspired for Maarten Willems and me on a suggestion of Joland Pronk  to dance too at their music. There was just enough space to do a little Scottish …

THE SESSION

Was lovely as allways…very different again, a bonus was the fact Tijn Berends of the Teetotallers joined in. A lot of music came around ,great combinated by Maarten Willems again as session leader. So happy to see the members from Pilgrims Way had saved enough enrgy fort his too. Unbelieveable they all joined in time after time. WHAT A GREAT ATMOSHERE..Thank you all so much…!And  special thanks to Engelberthus &Jolande Pronk for introducing again the nice song they made for me to say thank you to me for the whole folk season this year. It did make me feel emotional.

Thanks every one for join in this night and many times before ,hope you will come back to the lounge time after time.There certainly is booked a great new season to come,kick off with two ladies from the UK at September 21th.

Friday May 31th

KYLE CAREY,

with Craig Werth& Ronnie Goodin

 And  then  there was the second concert in the month of May.

The last concert of the season before the end of seasonparty Summerfolk in June.

For this night Kyle Carey came along with Craig Werth from USA &Ronnie Goodin from Limburg.

I was looking forward for a long time to Kyle’s performance.

 Cause I really did like to fit her in last year ,when she was on tour in Holland, but because of the two fiddlers I had that time in May,she really couldnt come along.

Anyhow there she finally was, and how superb she did sung !!I did love her beautiful songs(recognizing them from her beautiful debut cd I did collect last year) The way she sung Gaelic songs,was lovely.

She calls it Gaelic Americana, interested as she is in Scotland, where her ancestors came from .With her came as a bonus for me cause I didnt expect him at first a great singer/songwriter from  USA –Craig Werth.

 How I love his songs and voice.

 It was a delight to listen to him too and the way their voices harmoned was really marvellous.

To make this even more musical cachet there came Ronnie Goodin, original named Ron Janssen.

This superb musician Kyle did meet last year when she was touring around in Limburg. I wouldnt have miss him !

So we all had a superb night last Friday.

Happy enough there came some people along,although it werent that much,which was pity,cause they really did miss a lot.

But for many reason there couldnt be more audience helas.

The people who stayed were very enthusiastic to play at the session afterwards and so were the artists.S

o thank you very much to be there again: Richard Schoon&Gert van der Slikke on whistle, Jerry Kooyman on guitar and voice,Simon Oak,on many instruments&voice, Rieke Pronk on fiddle, Jolande&Maarten Pronk on the bodhran, Maarten Willems on mandoline&voice. Engelberthus Pronk,voice..

and thanks to Kyle,Ronnie & Craig to be there all the time !!!

Vrijdag 3 Mei

MIRIAM ERASMUS
with support act from EDIE CAREY

What a lovely night we had with this two ladies.

Because of the May holiday we didn’t have a full house,

but it didn’t really matter.

The atmosphere was lovely…warm….and great !

Edie Carey from USA on tour in Holland for this two weeks did find me and ask if there was room for her to play, I already was booked in for that moment for Miriam Erasmus, but we did sort something out, she agreed to play only a support act this time. Hope she will come back for a whole night in future.

Cause I like to hear a lot more from her. What a great singer/songwriter she is. Beautiful tunes, lovely guitar playing like Paul O’Brien said and great lyrics.

This award winner singer/songwriter from Chicago.

The backstage was very special too,

cause Edie did bring her husband and beautiful baby boy son Luca  with her ,which it all made it more special cause it was nice meeting with my grandson Jack.

 

This all was a lovely way to start the musical night quiet early.

After Edie it was Miriam Erasmus who made the show.

Such a different style of singing ,but also very impressing .All those lovely songs Miriam did choose to sing, mixed up with self penned ones….great surprise there was, she did song special for me a Scottish song, cause she discovered I m very much into Scotland, how I loved the way she sung the “Sky Boat song .

I loved her humor and performance,can understand she is at home a great puppetshow player too.

She came all the way up from South-Africa(But just from England now, where she is touring around, this Lady of the folk for 40 years !!).

So we were all treated also on songs in African language and into Afrikaans.

A really superb performances of both the Ladies.

Another night again to remember.

Thanks to all the people who did came along and stayed for the session afterwards.

 Good to see Paul O’Brien was back again and so was Jan van der Kleij and lovely whistle player Richard Schoon .

Nice to see the new bodhran of Jolande Pronk,that can give an extra dimension on the sessions which will follow.

Just for one time it was funny too, there were 3 of mine cats among the audience, normal there are out of the way for a copple of hours,not disturbing to much,but with all the bedrooms filled in with babies and stuff there wasn’t a possibilitie to leave the cats there,so they joined in and I think they were most impressed.!!!

 

Kirsty McGee ,with Quiet Loner

Saturday April 20

Support from Finvarra.

 

 Last Saturdaynight we had another great night at the lounge.

 Kirsty McGee came along with Quiet Loner and there was a support from FINVARRA. It all was superb....thanks to the lovely singing,playing,chatting and atmosphere.

Also the session was very special,new people came along..and again there was Peter Hersbach with his super bass.

It  was a great night,so finally see Kirsty McGee at my lounge,

we did make this deal quiet a long time ago. It was a big surprise for me she did bring Quiet Loner with her.

Kirsty has a lovely voice which brings you in a special mood I think. Superb to listen too.

Beautiful  love songs ,a lot of lovely self penned songs made with haunting tunes.

A very special  atmosphere came around in the lounge. Very nice also she invited lovely bass palyer Peter Hersbach out of the public to play with her for 2 songs. It did bring a special dimension to her jazzy songs.

And like I said before the big surprise of the night was Quiet Loner. Very much impressed by this great sing&songwriter from Manchester ,on tour in Holland for the first time !!

Don’t forget to think back on the supportact from Finvarra. How great they played all together. And how wonderful Dieke Elfring did sing at my request the beautiful song MOTHERLAND. It was amazing how they managed to fit in again at my little lounge.

The session which came afterwards was superb too with a lot of energy left from the artists. Joined in by the musicians from the audience. Great to meet Willem Noorderstrand who came all the way down from Groningen, what a lovely surprise he did play those wonderful songs from Dougie McLean,.Good to see Peter Hersbach back again. And thanks very much to the goldie oldie folkies during the session. !!

 

Zaterdag 6 april

MAARTEN WILLEMS

&Frenk van Meeteren, with guestplayer Frank Verlaan.

Last Saturday, he was there again.!

Maarten Willems returned to the lounge. Again he was singing his beautiful own-penned songs.

With a poem between.

 It is allways very special to see Maarten back, cause it was all around him how the houseconcerts really started. He was the one who give me the courage and idea to start and later on with the enthusiatic “YES” of Sarah McQuaid it carried on…and on….

Maarten managed again to get the audience all together into a real fantastic atmosphere.  Real fans of him did recognize his songs and were very happy to sing along with him .

A lot of his tunes do have the quality they stay in your mind for quiet a while. So dont be surprise if you suddenly start singing a song a few days later. ….

Maarten was  accompanied again by the great musician Frenk van Meeteren(for the goldie oldie folkies well known from the former folkgroup King’s Galliard)So it all was lovely. Very special because the was also a part for guestplayer Frank Verlaan(Maarten’s duopartner from Salty Dog)and very spontaneousthere was a new person ready for the lounge concerts. His name is: Peter Hersbach. He managed to play on his very special homemade bass instrument ,as like he was there for ever before. Hipe to see him back.

Not forget the part of Govert Willems on the spoons,it sounded great,as allways.

The session around Frenk van Meeteren was worth to stay for afterwards, lovely the way Jolande Pronk did manage to play with her whistle together with all the musicians.

Certainly a night to remember.!!

 


Stephen Quigg

30-3-13

A Scottish Easter.

  And there he came again…back to the lounge, helas again without Nick Keir,duo from te former McCalmans,due to his illness.Stephen Quigg,who played a beautiful gig unexpected last year,did play again at my lounge solo……AND how superb it was again.Real Scottish atmosphere was there, because of his lovely singing, choice of songs and humoristic chats between.Special with a lot of sing a longs with chorus from the audience. It wasn’t a very much filled in lounge, probably because of the Easter celebrations this weekend ,but neverr the less the audience who joined in, were very enthusiastic and it all work out great.What a lovely surprise Stephen did song the beautiful Scottish song Caledoniafrom DougieMcLean special for me.And another lovely surprise that he did bring his lovely wife from Denmark:Prunilla Quigg,who is working on a cd, and did sing some songs as a guestplayer for Stephen. And how special it was they finished off together with the beautiful song Amazing Grace.It was a wonderful gig again Stephen did realize to make. And so was the very small session afterwards, nice the way James Jones, John Cameroon-Webb and his wife Anika Gerrtits, members from folkgroup 4somefolk (more about them will follow with the two other members of that group as a suppoThanks all who came a long,to make this special Easter night to a successful night rt act for Martyn Wydham Reed-this November following)joined in with Richard Schoon and Jolande Pronk..!!!!

SARAH MC QUAID
13-3-13 Celebratingmy birthday.


What a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday Wednesdaynight.


I feel most fortunate that all those lovely people joined in to be the audience of the artist I invited to help me celebrate my bithday again.


Sarah Mc Quaid, a most lovely artist.

Very special to me ,she feels like a friend,inviting me to her home,where I did spend a wonderful time in beautiful Cornwall .

Very special also because she was the first artist from Britain who was brave enough to say “yes” on my invitation,didnt know what to expect,a houseconcert in The Hague?


I first meet her at Sidmouth folkfestival 2007 and felt directly very attracted to her most wonderful voice.

Her songs with beautiful lyrics did something to me.

And how honoured I felt,she simply said YES I will sing at your lounge.


First time she came was in March 2008,she even did learn three Dutch birthday songs for it ,from Linde Nijland.


What a surprise it was then…and so it was last Wednesday.

 She came back for the 4th time ..It was superb again.


The atmosphere,the songs,the lyrics ,the sing/alongs,the tunes,the guitar-playing how very special it all was.

Also very special Sarah did dedicate her beautiful song “The last song” to Lara,Jack and me.


Very special also was the fact the lovely Fred Piek was among the guests.


And so was the jamsession afterwards.

What a moment when the audience song for me on 24.00h to congratulate.


How lovely Jessica de Korte did sing one of my favourite DougieMcLean songs”Garden Valley”” for me .


Jan van der Kley –"Forever young" from Bob Dylan and Maarten Willems,who translated his Dutch song “”Kom maar hier mijn liefste”special for me into English””Come closer to me my darling."

THANKS ever so much everyone who played at the session ..coming back again Hanneke&Arie Janissen ,special from Tilburg(Folk at home) ,

Martijn Breeman with his beautiful written songs,Maarten Pronk on the bodhran,Govert Willems on spoons again.

Great to hear ” the JOHANNA” song again written and sung by Henk Dorrestijn.


Lovely whistle playing from Richard Schoon and Gert van der Slikke.

And fiddle time for Rieke Pronk and Jessica de Korte again. Thanks everyone!!

Ailie Robertson


Friday Februari 22-2013


  What a night,last night….Very impressed by Ailie Robertson,the lady with the harp.


I did meet Ailie during her performance at the Outside Track band at Sidmouth folkfestval  in 2007 and decicided to be brave enough to do a workshop harp she did teach.


We did mail each other now and then and I gave her the offer whenvever she should be in Holland,tocome and play in my lounge.


And so it all started and at last this month in 2013 Ailie landed finally in Holland,that was a premiere for her , like it was for me to hear a harpist musician  at my lounge.


Happily enough  thanks to Leo Plugge &Sandra Jansen van Galen who did gave the offer to take Ailie from the airport, cause it could be most complicated to travel by tram with a harp.


And so we all did have a wonderful night with a  very special concert:


Ailie Robertson from Edinburghbeautiful playing on the harp.·

At first she was not sure if  it should be to much for theaudience ;only instrumental harp without singing,but it certainly wasn’t at all !!


Like Gert van der Slikke said: “Betoverend mooi. Ik geloof dat nog nooit een heel publiek zo ademloos stil heb horen luisteren.


And: Wat een prachtig huisconcert was dat!!!! Overtrof al mijn (toch al hooggespannen) verwachtingen!!!!!


And Richard Schoon admitted by saying: “Het was nog nooit zó stil bij Karin in de lounge. Haar woonkamer werd gevuld met de prachtige klanken van Ailie Robertson. Het was een concert om nog lang van na te genieten.”


Andthat is certainly true….!!!

Beautiful sound like in a fairytale, filled the lounge ,even better then I expected,

A cocert to think back about and still enjoying in mind…..


Alsovery special was the fact, that once again there were new people among the audience who did join in at the session afterwards.

So it was super to meet Maarten Pronk at last  and hear him play the bodhran,and Gwendolyn de Boer,Danny Kegel and Dagmar Cloosterman playing all together with  Gert van der Slikke. Goldie oldies Rieke Pronk on the fiddle,Maarten Willems  on mandoline ,Jolande Pronk on the spoons and Richard Schoon on the whistle.


Lovely to see also people from the world of the harp,all because I was able to put an article on the page of the Dutch Harp organisation.


 Huisconcert in Den Haag


Ailie Robertson is a musician in the broadest sense: composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso. “Her synthesis of Irish, Scottish and contemporary harping technique into an individual style represents the realization of otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic harp” (Niall Keegan, 2006).She has some of the most impressive credentials in the Scottish harp world. A 5-time National Mod Gold Medalist, she was also 1st prizewinner at the inaugural London Harp Competition, and bestoverall musician at the Edinburgh Competition Festival. She has represented Commun na Clarsach for Scotland at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland, and in 2005 she was awarded a scholarship from the ESU in recognition of her ‘virtuosic clarsach playing’, and was a winner of the St Albans New Roots award. She was the winner of the Live Ireland award for ‘Instrumental Cut of the Year’ for her debut album ‘First Things First’.She has performed all around globe, and is recognised for her unique fusion of Scottish, Irish and contemporary styles.Zij is een byzondere harpiste, ik ontmoette haar in 2006 bij Folkfestival Sidmouth en volgde bij haar een workshop Celtic harp.Omdat het normaliter singer/songwriters and div andere muzikanten met diverse mooie instrumenten betreft bij de huisconcerten, bij deze graag een bekendmaking op Uw site wat betreft deze harpiste. De Harpist zal de primeur hebben bij mij. 


Lovelyto hear Anouk Platenkamp from Faerydae playing together with Ailie Robertson.

Apity my battery was low so I wasn’t able to make much pictures of this lovely evening.


Butthe memories are settled in my soul !

How good I feel after such a relaxing evening listening to one of my favourite instruments.


ALAN REID&ROB VAN SANTE -Januari 2013

 


l  Alan Reid &Rob van Sante

Sunday Januari 27th 2013 A  special winter afternoon.

 And so it was a very special afternoon. The snow outside was melting,but the winter atmosphere inside was still there.

 Nice to be together with the wonderful audience who came through the bad wheater to my lounge to watch the gig Alan Reid &Rob van Sante gave for us.

It really was splendid the way they performed and did make it possible to change the room in a special Sottish atmosphere.

 It was amazing Alan did find the space and did manage to play his keyboard in my little lounge

Loveley how he played his instruments and sung so Scottish the most beuatiful ballads.

Like Rob did too.

It all felt very warm.

How I like also their humor

. And feel very touched they did play one of my favourites songs-The Skye boat song on my request.

The good thing of a afternoon gig is the possibility to have a nice meet&greet/session with buffetdinner *warm wine afterwards.

 And I must say it all was a big succes.

 Good food was bring in and the people enjoyed  my  erwtensoep and chili con carne a lot.


Thanks all folks who came along !!!

New Years  concert   SALTY DOG


Zaterdag Januari 2013

Saturday night,Januari 2013 we all had a great  night at  Folk in the lounge.

Folkduo SALTY DOG from the Hague,(Maarten Willems &Frank) Verlaan, played their traditional   new year.’s Concert.

To celebrate the beginning of 2013 with oliebollen&gluhwein.

So we made a toast to the new year.

.It was a night with a lot of difference,beautiful ballads,among quick played traditionals with a tip of humor talked by both Frank&Maarten.

It all feels very comfortable.

When the gig was finished with the wonderul sing-along Old woman of Wexford,

,it was not the real ending of the night,afterwards because there was time for a session.

It s nice to realize the sessions are always different,each time,because of the different people,combination of instruments and initiatives among the audience.

This time there was also a new whistle player Dirk Pronk and Kitty Visser made herself helpful to play on the bodhran on the right moment to make Whiskey on the jar more powerful.

Great surprise for me was one of my favourite songs,written by Dougie McLean-This love will carry-played&sung for me by Adri Richter  and on the banjo Geert............

And after that came another song,even written for me and played by Maarten Willems_Iets goeds komt ook onverwachts. Thank you both.

So it was all very enjoyable.

Thanks to Salty Dog,because they were ok with starting the new year again.!!!

 

ZATERDAG 15 December

LINDE NIJLAND &BERT RIDDERBOS

with special guestplayer:
FRED PIEK

Now that was a great night again at Karin's lounge! Linde Nijland, Bert Ridderbos and Fungus' first man Fred Piek did a lovely show with some surprisingly new combinations and unheard songs. Of course Linde sang some Sandy Danny songs, but she also sang a beautiful traditional from Groningen. She even sang one Bhutanese verse from her tour with the royal singers from Bhutan! But the most exciting moments were the songs where Fred Piek joined Bert and Linde.

Being in this small audience at their first public performance as a trio,was a great honour to all of us.

 

After the, show as usual the music continued sessionwise.

I'll mention some of the songs that came by: Ben Van Leeuwen and Marjan sang Motherland, Dieke Elfring en Patrick Broekema did Patrick's "Jack Was A Sailor", I did "The Red Knickers" and for the first time in public: "The Shore Whaling Song" from the NZ tradition. Paul O'Brien did his "Dollymount Strand", Maarten Willems &Engelberthus Pronk their  lovely Douwe-song.

Richard Schoon and Gert van der Slikke played some tunes on their whistles and still I leave some musicians unmentioned.

We all joined Fred Piek when he started the famous Dutch traditional: "Kaapre Vaaren".

Yes, we do have some traditionals in Holland too!

Thank God, this time we didn't have to stop at midnight for the neighbours.

O, what a night!

This text was written by Simon Oak,one of the musicians in the audiecnce.

 And what more for me tosay, its just thew way it was. So I only can agree:

The last gig of 2012 was:

WHAT A NIGHT !!!!
Thanks Simon and everyone who joined in.

And thank for your support for the whole 2012 too..!!

 

Paul O’Brien&Kate Huber.

Saturday  November 10th  2012

What a great performance of Paul&Kate last Saturday.

 After their most pleasant performace as a support act for Phil Hare, October last year, I decided to ask them back in my lounge for a whole night.

And what a full house we had,peopleonly  just fit in !!

 Great atmosphere to sing along with the beautiful  selfpenned songs  by Paul.

How I love the way Paul sings with his beautiful voice and what a lovely way of whistling Kate is doing with his songs.

Also the way he chats about the songs is very interesting, every song has a story of his own.

All together we has a SUPERB night again,with this time 12 new people who found their way to the lounge. Among them were also musicains who were most happy to join in for the lovely session afterwards!!

Happy also Paul&Kate had enough energy left to stay and join in for the session .

Thanks for all who came (again)and discovered my lounge just recently. Hope to see you all again.

 

And  then it became October 27th.

The day I invited Lucy Ward to play in my lounge.And what a night it was…….

I meet Lucy a year ago at Warwick Folk Festival 2011.I saw a lovely young lady on a small stage.I like to scout there.And how impressed I was. It was a lot more then a singing lady. It was like the atmosphere around became magical. Her performance was like a hurricane. Everything fits in it. Humor and tragic ,it all was there.

I loved what I saw and that was the reason I invited her to play at my home.

She wasnt prepare,never had the thougt to play abroad. I did convinced her to do so…and so it did work out.

Later on the road,more and more people find out about her,that was how it happened she was the winner of the BBC folk award-horizon

And how much I looked forward to the day.

And it was like magic again.Her voice so clear and pure.

Her performance,like sprankling stars.

Well people, yesterday a hurricane with the name "Lucy" hit our living room. And it wasn't a tropical storm, but a storm coming over from Derby in the UK.

Math Heijnen from Landgraaf said,she played  her gig there 2 days before my lounge concert and so she went also to Nieuwe Statenzijl,where Peter van Zeijl did see her, he said:

I've just seen a houseconcert with Lucy Ward. By far the most entertaining performance by any artist i've ever seen! And I've seen a few ....
BRILIANT!!!

And at my home,the audience was overwhelmed too ,cause nobody saw her before

(expect her excited fan Kieran,who followed her from England)

and didnt know what to expect.

But everybody knows now. The audiende was so entusiastic to listen to the beautiful songs Lucy selfpenned .How happy I was so also sung on my request As the time goes by ...A wnderful performance of a great song made by Sandy Denny,knowing by me because the wonderful Eva Cassidy sung,but so very lovely also the way Lucy did sing.

And how great it was she had so much energy she even joined in at the session afterwards.

Dreaming about to get Lucy back in the future….!!

 

Niamh Parsons, with Graham Dunne

Back in my lounge.

Saturday October 6-2012

And there she was again…The lovely lady from Ireland came back to my lounge.What a lucky girl I was to get her for my loungeconcert . And so were all the people who came and join in to see her and stay for the meet&greet&session afterwards.

A totally full house we had and the atmosphere was warm all together. Cause Niamh was singing the stars from the heaven. What a lovely voice she has. What a marvellous choice of the most beautiful songs she made.And how much she knows about the song history.

How great Graham Dunne played on his guitar with Niamh singing and by himself the most perfect instrumentals tunes.Just a couple he said.

How perfect was the night…a night to remember for ever.

Thanks Naimh &Graham and a all who came and played at the lovely session.

Nice to listen to you again,Patrick Broekema,Dieke Elfring,(great members of Dutch folkgroup Finvarra,happy to know you are coming to perform at my lounge at April-loved the way you sung the song “Motherland”Dieke)Simon Oak,Ellen Lagerwerf,James Jones,Maarten Willems,Richard Schoon,Kate Huber,Paul O’Brien en Gert van der Slikke.Thanks !!

 


DAITHI RUA

Saturday September 29 


The official opening of the new folkseason.


Last night we had a great night with the lovely music of Daithi Rua..

Huray tothis wonderful great Irish singer/songwriter who did came for the fourth time to my home to open the season of folk in the lounge.

He was enthusiastic to do so again and said he want to go up for another 15 times !!


Beautiful selfpenned songs and also a few from others, among them a great song of his good friend Albert Niland.


I still can remember the day I meet him for the first time as a guestplayer at Mulligans giving support to Danny Guinan. Soon after that night I saw him perform on the boulevard at Scheveningen at an Irish day overthere,


It was then I just recently started with the houseconcerts, brave enough cause SarahMcQuaid said YES to come to my lounge.


However I did ask Daithi to come and sing too and so he did.


Marvellous to catch such a great singer for my lounge.


What a powerful strong wonderful voice he has.


Lovely to listen to the song Causeway he dedicated to Martha Teekens,who came special over from the North part to enjoy this night.

Thanks to Paul O’Brien who makes this possible.


Great Daithi did sing the beautiful song Black is the color for my daughter Lara.


Just enjoyed the whole night again.


Very special also was the song: Pontchartrain, when Daithi invited the whistle players among the public to play with him.


So there came a great sound all together played by Maarten Willems, Simon Oak, Richard Schoon, Gert van der Slikke and Pluim Gielens. 


Nice to see again his roadie Pluim again, who was most friendly to sing a beautiful Gaelic song after the session again.


A big surprise it also was to see he did bring a beautiful real uliean pipes with him for the session.


Pity my video stopped for that part.


Great somany people stayed for the session after rhe gig,


And happy so did Daithi and Pluim,even they has to travel back a long way home afterwards.Thanks to everybody who came along again.

 

A

Sunday afternoon

August 26 -2012

MIKE SILVER

There was an extra summerspecial in folk in the lounge on a rainy/sunn summerafternoon.

Mike Silver from Cornwall came  to a nice festival Noordfolk,organized by Bert Ridderbos&Linde Nijland in the North part of Holland.

Because of this I was also able to catch him and let him play in my lounge. Although there were a lot of people still on holiday,not able to join in ,other people were able to come over and join in this wonderful gig of Mike.

New faces for folk in the lounge,but old faces to Mike. He did bring in some very good old fan/friends.

Nice to see how all those people together did enjoy this very special afternoon.

Inside we had a superb time listening and sing along with all those wonderful selfpenned songs and a few from other singer/songwriters.

Mike did make some nice jokes between and explained the stories around the songs,which was very interesting.

He also mentioned his good friend Martyn Wydham Read who will come to the lounge next season.Seems to be a humorous man too,so looking allready forward to that .

After all those loveley songs ,there was time left to share a buffet together,some people did bring somethoing nice to eat and we all enjoyed again.

 After that time there was time left for a good session.

 Different,because again there were new names. So Gert van der Slikke did bring his children Marian and Robin,who were brave enough to join in at the session at accordeon and guitar,it was superb.

So was John Cameron-Web.Who knows a lot about Robert Burns songs.Perhaps he can join in, in future to treat the audience of the lounge on a real Robert Burns afternoon,cause he is singing with his wife specially these songs.

Thanks also to wellknown session singer Jan van der Klei, guitarplayer /singer James Jones. Whistler players Gert van der Slikke and Richrad Schoon. On spoons again Jolande Pronk,Rieke Pronk on fiddle and sessionleader on mandoline this time Maarten Willems.

It was a superb great afternoon/evening. One to remember !

It

SUMMERFOLK 4

 JON and GILL LOOMES

June 2012

Endof seasonparty…

 


Last weekend we had a superb evening with loads of different acts at the open mic.

It was al between the hectic episode of my just born grandson Jack.

So there was still decoration up in the lounge from blue ballons&more.and that did make the party even more special.

Its strange to realize this was already the 4 party of ending the folkseason.

Unbelievable how time flies….and life with music goes on on and on.

This year it was good to say at the open mic:

Henk Dorrestijn&Maarten Willems, well known already by some of the audience,cause they came back again.Very good strong performance and the song of Henk “Voor jou heb ik altijd de tijd”” made a big impression om me,although I heard the song  before or perhaps because of that.It was very special cause it told something about my feelings for my lovely daughters.And this time special for Lara, who just became mum,and had to go to hospital because of a fever.so happy everything worked out ok.

It was good to have Ed Citroen,great Dutch singer/songwriter with very nice songs.And very special the way he sung:””Voor haar”” wellknown of one of my favourite Dutch singers,who died much to young Frans Halsema.

Also a good primaire on Summerfolk was Harry Zevenbergen, formal poet of the city of The Hague.It was a really good performance of poems he gave,very impressed about this.

Another primaire was there for ;Jan van der Klei.

Good to hear to this very pure way he was singing traditional songs. Good to hear also songs written by Paul O’Brien ,who was among the audience and could appreciate the way Jan sung his songs.Later there should be more of this at the nice session afterwards,when paul was able to join in also.GREAT.

Another musician who made a good impression was Eduard Bekker who knows all about harmonicas and did played ever so well and made nice chats between.

Very good also to hear again Musonius(Martijn Breeman) it was if we were back in earlier times,very special the way this man is making a song to something very special with most of the time loads of humor and a voice which stays on with you.

 


The big act of the night was up to Jon &Gill Loomes.Special coming to Holland for this summer party.Very special performance cause this duo doesn’t play together so very often.Great the way Gill performed different songs from Norma Waterson and did have the energy to do real step dance just in the lounge on a space special made piece  of wood.Also she played very well on a real hammered dulcimer.

Jon is a real multi instrumentalist who played on every different instrument on a very relaxed way,from hurdy –gurdy to lots more.Also good to hear him sing.

It was real English folk all together.

The session afterwards was also very succesfull. The musicians stayed in and played lovely together,joined in by Jolande Pronk,PaulO’Brien &Richard Schoon.

Thanks to everyone who came in to this party and special to those people who managed to came to the whole season.That was just great !!!

 

 

TWO FIDDLERS IN ONE WEEK

Brian Mc Neiil

Tom McConville


MAY 2012


May was the month of the fiddlers in my lounge.

There came just two fiddlers within one week time.And because of that also nice fiddlers came within the public and joined in lovely at the sessions

.

First it was Brian Mc Neill who came along and played his superb gig in my lounge on Friday May 11.

It was a pleasure to see him in my lounge and to listen to his loveley tunes and also great songs he made as a singer/songwriter and played on his guitar.

A multinstrumentalist he is,so there was a big part of the lounge totally filled in with beautiful instruments.And it felt like we were in Scotland.

So that was a great evening last with Brian McNeill performing in my lounge.

We had a lovely full house with a very enthusiastic public, new faces also who found their way to my home to join in and enjoy this special night together.

Very special also that Brian found the energy to stay for a while after his great gig to join in to play at the session after.

Thanks to Maarten Willems,Patrick Broekema,Dieke Elfring,Theo Wentink,Richard Schoon,Jeroen van Wijk and Rieke Pronk who stayed so enthusiastic to make this all lovely.

 


Then last Tuesday it was up to  TomMcConville  to play at my lounge.

The Newcastle fiddler with a BBC folkaward.

He was there before in Januari 2010 and again I was very impressed by the loveley way he played.a beautiful atmosphere was there again with lots of interaction with the public.

Lots of humor he has and he played a lovely gig again .Also he had lots of energy left to play at the session too.
Thanks to Maarten Willems,Theo Wentink,Jessica de Korte ,Engelberthus Pronk and Richard Schoon to play so enthusiastic with the session.

 

Maarten Willems

14 April 2012

Maarten Willems,dichter,zanger,liedjesschrijver ,de oprichter van de huidige huiskamerconcerten gaf een mooi optreden in mijn lounge .

Zoals bekend van eerdere optredens zorgt hij voor een mooie sfeer met goede interactie met het publiek. Zijn liedjes zijn om naar luisteren, gevoelige teksten om over na te denken. Ook meezingers met humor zitten in zijn reportoire. Afgewissseld door een mooi gedicht. Deze keer zelfs een versgeplaatst in de krant :”Jeugdherinneringen”over zijn Haagse jeugd rondom het paleis van Den Haag.

Heerlijk was ook het ontstaan van een echte bluessfeer bij het liedje:”Vrijdagavond”

Hij begeleidt zichzelf op gitaar en tussendoor op viool. Een en ander werd omlijst door oude bekende Frenk van Meeteren ,op gitaar en mondharmonica en gastspeler Frank Verlaan met de banjo.

Lekkere sfeer, gezellig publiek ,al met al een fijne avond om naar terug te kijken.

 

Maarten Willems.

April 14 -2012

Maarten Willems,poet and singer /songwriter ,the founder of the houseconcerts did play a great gig in my lounge.

As known from before he  created again a good atmsphere with good interaction with the public.His song are real for listening, sensible lyrics to think about.Also sing alongs with humoristic sentences.And between a beautiful poem.This time even a fresh edition placed in the newspaper”Memories of my childhood” about his early years spend around the palce of The Hague.

Great was the atmosphere when there were  real blues in my lounge with the song “Fridaynight”

He plays on the guitar and between on the fiddle.This was accompanied by Frenk van Meeteren  on guitar and mouthorgan and guestplayer Frank Verlaan  on the banjo.

Good atmosphere,nice audience,after all a good night tot think back about.

 

Bob Martin

28 maart 2012

 Op Woensdag 28 Maart 2012 kwam er voor de eerste keer een echte Amerikaan in mijn huiskamer.

Bob Martin,een groots singer/songwriter met meer dan 40 jaar ervaring was on tour in Europa en dankzij Hans Jacobs lukte het mij hem voor mijn huiskamerconcerten te porren.

Het was een bijzondere ervaring, alsof ik Bob Dylan hoorde zingen in mijn huis.

Heel mooie zang,goede teksten,veel humor.

Bob creeerde een fantastische sfeer voor een goed luisterpubliek, dat  meer gewend is aan de Britse folkmuzikanten in mijn lounge,maar allen enthousiast luisterden naar een Amerikaan en vol passie meezongen met zijn liedjes.

Fijn dat Bob tijd had om nog even te blijven voor de sessie na afloop. Alhoewel hij zelf niet mee deed, was hij een goede luisteraar.

Leuk om te zien, dat er wederom nieuwe mensen waren voor de sessie, er klonk zelfs een mooi Frans lied in het midden van de kamer. En er was een soort van balletoptreden door Maarten Willems en Kitty Visser op het prachtige lied”Perhaps love”gespeeld door Jerry Kooyman. Mooi om te zien dat Ricahrd Schoon zo goed speelt op de fluit en Rieke Pronk op de viool.

Mooie acapellas gezongen door Jan van der Kley

Dank aan allen die er bij waren op deze byzondere avond.

 

On Wednesday  March 28th 2012 for the first time a real American came to my lounge.

Bob Martin, a great singer/songwriter with more then 40 years experience was on tour in Europe and because of Hans Jacobs  I was lucky to catch him for my lounge.

I think it was a  special  experience, almost like hearing Bob Dylan singing in my home.Very special singing, great lyrics .Lots of humor.

Bob created a marvellous atmosphere with the good listening audience, more used to the British folk ,but all enthusiastic to see and hear an American  and singing along with much passion.

Superb Bob found some time to stay for the session afterwards,although he didnt play himself,he was a good listener.

Nice to see and hear new people at this session, even a French song sounded in the middle of the lounge. And there was almost a real ballet dansion version danced by Maarten Willems and Kitty Visser on the beautiful song “”Perhaps love” played by old known Jerry Kooyman.

Good to realize Richard Schoon is playing so well on the whistle and Rieke Pronk on the fiddle.

And great acapellas by Jan van der Kley.

Thanks to all who joined in at this very special night.

 

Stephen Quigg-

11 Maart  2012.

Op zondag 11 maart gaf ik een speciaal verjaarsdagsfeestje.

Ik had daar Nick Keir en Stephen Quigg voor geboekt. Helaas echter kon Nick er niet bij zijn.

Maar ook zonder Nick is  Stephen Quigg ,solo een fantastisch optreden geworden.

Stephen, 1 van de 3 McCalmans, zette een geweldig optreden neer, vol met humor en prachtige liedjes.

Gevoelige ballades, afgewisseld met liedjes met humor.

Hij begeleidde zichzelf op gitaar en ook bodhran dit gaf een geweldig geluid.

We hadden wederom  een vol huis, zodat de sfeer lekker warm werd, ook door het vele meezingen van het publiek met die heerlijke Schotse traditionals. Als ik mijn ogen dicht deed, kon ik mij voorstellen dat ik langs Loch Lomond liep. Wat een heerlijke Schotse sferen bracht Stephen ten gehore.

Stephen ,die de volgende dag al om 6 uur de deur uit moest om op tijd op Schiphol te zijn, zodat hij vanavond bij Loch Lomond zou kunnen zingen, bleef toch nog even om de sessie na afloop op te luisteren. Leuk was het om oude bekenden Ben van leeuwen en Paul O’Brien ook bij deze sessie te zien.

Mooi om te weten: Stephen komt nog een keer terug met Nick !!

Dank aan een ieder die er bij was om mijn verjaardag tot een bijzondere te maken.

 

 

Stephen Quigg

March 11 2012

On Sunday March 11  I did celebrate a special birthday.

I booked in Nick Keir and Stephen Quigg. Helas Nick couldnt come to play.

But without Nick, the solo gig of Stephen became also fantastic.

Stephen, 1of the 3 McCalmans, made a wonderful performance, with loads of humoristic chats and beautiful songs.

Sensitive ballads combinated with  humoristical songs

He played on the guitar and the bodhran,which made a very good sound. Again we had a full house,so the atmosphere became warm and cosey,also because of the sing alongs from the audience with the Scottish traditionals .When I did close my eyes I could see myself walking along Loch Lomond. Great Scottish atmosphere was there because of Stephen.

Stephen had to leave 6 o’çlock next moring to get his plain, but he did manage to stay in for a while to play with the session. It was nice to see that goldieoldies :Ben van Leeuwen and Paul O’Brien did join in again for the session.

Good to realize Stephen is coming back with Nick.

Thanks to everyone who was there to made my birthday so special.

 

Vrijdag 3 februari 2012

Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer

a long late winternight (or early spring)with supportact from:

Dimitri Claes,Jos Tielens &Lode  Leyssens

part of folkgroup Botswing


Inderdaad :Een lange late winteravond !!!


Het ging sneeuwen in Holland en Vicki&Jonny kwamen uit Engeland en 3 Belgen reden meer dan 5 uur door  sneeuw en winterweer,een helse tocht zo noemde Jos het.

In mijn huiskamer was het warm en gezellig.En het was heel bijzonder om ze allemaal terug te zien na Summerfolk 2010.

Deze keer namen Jos&Dimitri hun maat en violist Lode mee en dit gaf een verdieping aan hun optreden .En hoe speelden zij…fantastisch .Het was grandioos,veel mensen vroegen zich af of zij een keer voor een avondvullend optreden konden terug keren en misschien een cd hadden.

Vicki&Jonny speelden weer prachtig.Mooi instrument de nickelharpa.Een nieuwe deze keer,bij elkaar verdiend door de verkoop van de vele nickelhats ,die Vicki in de loop der jaren zelf fabriceerde.. En daar  waren ook weer  de doedelzak en de fluiten .En natuurlijk Jonny fantastich op gitaar en accordeon.En hoe prachtig zongen zij weer samen en gaven zij het publiek de mogelijkheid met de refreinen mee te galmen.

Door het barre winterweer waren Vicki&Jonny niet in de gelegenheid om te blijven voor de sessie na afloop,maar gelukkig konden de Belgische muzikanten dit wel en zodoende ontstond er wederom een hele mooie sessie.Met een primeur van violist vanuit het publiek:Anne Bouwman.

Prachtig optreden

Supermooie avond.Dank aan alle doordouwers die ondanks dit winterweer weer mijn huisje wisten te vinden.

Friday Februari 3

Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer,

With supportact from 3 members of folkgroup Botswing:

Lode Leyssens,Dimitri Claes&Jos Tielens.

A long late winternight indeed.

The snow came into Holland and so did Vicki&Jonny coming from England and their supportact from Belgium did drive more then 5 hours through real winterwheater.

In the lounge it was nice ,warm and cosey.It was so good to see them all back after their gig at Summerfolk 2010.

Jos&Dimitri took their mate and fiddler player Lode with them this time and it gave a real dimension to the gig they played.And how well they did.It all was just great.A lot of people of the audience did want to see them back in future for a whole night and did hope they will work on a cd of their own.

Vicki&Jonny played wonderful again. Lovely instrument the nickelharpa,a new one this time ,earned together by all the nickelhats Vicki made all through the years. And offcourse the smallpipe and whistle were great too. So was Jonny on his guitar and accordeon.And how well they sung and give the audience the oppurnity to join in at the chorus.

Because of the wheater Vicki &Jonny werent able to stay in for the session afterwards,but gladly enough the guys from Belgium did decided to stay in for a while. So after all we had a good session all together and it was nice to hear our new comer in the public on his fiddle:Anne Bouwman.

Great gig,loveley night.Thanks all who came along,real dy hards through this cold winternight.

 

Zondag 22 jan.2012

Flossie Malavialle&Chris Parkinson

Op zondag 22 Januari hadden wij een hele  speciale middag in mijn huiskamer. Voor de eerste keer werd er een middagconcert gehouden met een optie om daarna te blijven voor de sessie, gecombineerd met een buffet. Het eten wat werd mee genomen was grandioos.

Het was een tjok volle huiskamer, maar het lukte om iedereen een plekje te geven. De sfeer was fantastisch.

Flossie Malavialle&Chris Parkinson speelden een combinatie van Franse chansons, Engelse folk en er kwam zelfs een spaans liedje aan bod, wat leuk was voor de Spaanse gast in het publiek.

Een prachtige stem heeft Flossie,met een enorme uitstraling en veel interactie met het publiek.

Chris Parkinson is een groots accordeonplayer met heel veel ervaring met veel verschillende muzikanten door alle jaren heen. En ook deze combinatie met Flossie werkt prachtig.

De  sessie na afloop werd gecombineerd met het eten van het buffet, en alhoewel er niet zo heel veel muzikanten waren, de mensen die er speelden maakte de sfeer heel leuk.

Om een paar te noemen: de zang van Willem Bakker en Jan van der Kley, en ook een vriend van hem, wiens naam ik helaas niet meer kan herinneren, speelde heel leuk op gitaar. En de Franse gast zong spontaan mee met een Franse deun.

Ook was het goed om te luisteren naar het fluitspel van Anneke Holt en Richard Schoon.

Hartelijk dank aan Maarten Willems ,die wederom de sessie in de juiste proporties leidde, zodat iedereen aan spelen toe kwam.

Sunday  Jan 22-2012

Flossie Malavialle&Chris Parkinson

On Sunday  Januari 22 we had a very special afternoon in my lounge.For the first time there was a concert in the afternoon with an option to join in at the meet&greet&session buffet.The food they people brought  in was great.

It was a full house.But we did manage to fit everybody in. The atmosphere was just superb.

Flossie Malvialle&Chris Parkinson played a mix of French chansons,English folk and even a Spanish song was performed.Which was very special,because there was also a Spanish lady among the public.

Such a beautiful  voice Flossie has and also a great performance and interaction with the audience.

Chris Parkinson is a great accordeonplayer with loads of experience with a lot of different artists all over the years.And this new combination with Flossie also worked outto be  great.

The session afterwards was combinated with the buffet and although there were  not so much musicians ,the people who played made the atmosphere great.Among others  it was great to hear singing Willem Bakker and Jan van de Kley.Also his frien d whose name I didnt remember(sorry about that)played very nice on the guitar.And the French lady who joined in singing with the French tune.

Good to listen to the whistles of Anneke Holt and Richard Schoon too.

Thanks to Maarten Willems who leaded the session once again in the right proportions,so everybody could have a go.

 

 

Nieuwjaarsconcert 2012 SALTY DOG


. Gisteravond een SUPER avond in folk in the lounge,

Het Haagse folkduo,Maarten Willems en Frank Verlaan, gespecialiseerd in Ierse en Schotse traditionals speelde voluit om het nieuwe jaar in te luiden. Er was helaas niet al te  veel publiek op afgekomen ,maar zij die er waren genoten met volle teugen van dit spetterend optreden en de oliebollen.Ook werd er een toast uitgebracht op het Nieuwe jaar.

Instrumentale nummers afgewisseld door mooie ballades,duidelijk en met humor aan elkaar gepraat door Maarten en Frank wisten het publiek van het begin tot het eind te boeien

Verrassend was het begin met de prachtige deun van “The Lonesome boatman”

En de vertolking van “”Mull of Kintyre”” met een onverwacht mooi einde:Maarten verdwijnend in de mist,kwam terug met doedelzak en speelde het lied uit.

  En toen was de avond nog niet klaar, hij werd verder ingevuld met een kleine sessie.

Leuk is het vooral dat alle sessies in the lounge elke keer weer verrassend anders zijn,door andere spontane combinaties, verschillende instrumenten en verrassende initiatieven.

Zoontstond er deze keer een mooie dans  uit Macedonie,gedanst door Zana Bojain en Jessica Willems.

Genieten dus!!!

Dank aan Salty Dog,dat zij wederom het nieuwe jaar wilde inluiden.

 


Last night,a superb night in Folk in the lounge.

The folkduo from the Hague,Maarten Willems &Frank Verlaan,specialized in Irish a nd Scottish traditionals played to start the new year.

Helas there were nt to many people,but those who were enjoyed  the evening loudly ,watching this superb performance and all the” oliebollen”

We also made a toast to the new year.

Instrumental tunes among beautiful ballads,clearly and humoristic talked together by Maarten and Frank .

Surprise was the start with the sensible tune of “The Lonesome boatman”and the way they song “”Mull of Kintyre”with un expected ending:Maarten disappeared in the misty fog,coming back with a real smallpipe and finished off the song.

And then it was not the real ending of the night,afterwards there was time for a small session.

It s nice to realize the sessions are always different,each time,because of the different people,combination of instruments and initiatives.

This time there was a real dance from Macedonia,danced by Zana Bojain and Jessica Willems.

So it was very enjoyable.

Thanks to Salty Dog,because they were ok with starting the new year again.

DECEMBERCONCERTEN


PETE GRASSBY.

 


Ik zag Pete voor het eerst bij Warwick Folkfestival en was meteen onder de indruk van zijn muzikaliteit.Behalve een fraai singer-songwriter,vertolker van pure Engelse folk ,ook een reparateur en maker van instrumenten.

Een caller ,een danser,een verhalenverteller,kortom een briljante muzikant van vele markten thuis.

Vorig jaar maar even in de lounge, voor een sessie ,geen tijd voor en optreden,op doorreis naar Duitsland,nu was er wel een mogelijkheid om hem te laten optreden in mijn huiskamer.

Er kwam duidelijk nieuw publiek op hem af,een aantal via de harmonicahoek,nieuwsgierig geworden naar Pete Melodeon en zijn instrumenten en ook fantastisch hem te zien spelen op een hakkebord,heel aardig te leen aangeboden na mijn oproep op folkforum door twee heel goede muzikanten Irina en Wietse. Een prachtige klank zat er ook in dit instrument.

En heel even leek het wel of de Kerstman in de kamer aanwezig was.

Pete had heel veel energie en deed na afloop nog veel mee met de sessie,waarvoor ook Frank Verlaan en Nout Grupstra waren teruggekeerd. Leuk ook om kennis te maken met muzikant Eduard Bekker.Verder ook dank aan alle oude getrouwen.

 


Decemberconcerts in the lounge

I meet Pete for the First time at Warwick Folkfestival and was very impressed.

Except for being a good singer-songwriter,he is playing pure English folk, is a repairer and instrument builder.

A caller, a dancer, a storyteller ,to go shortly a just brilliant musician.

Last year only in the lounge for a session on his way to Germany there was time this time for a gig in my lounge.

New people came specially for in curious to meet Pete Melodeon and his instruments and it was lovely to see him play on a hammered dulcimer which most happy he could use, because two good musicians, Irina and Wietse came to bring this in after I asked on the folkforumsite for it.

There was a beautiful sound in this instrument.

For a moment it seems Father Christmas was playing in the lounge.

Pete had a lot of energy left to play along with the session.

Frank Verlaan and Nout Grupstra returned for that.

And it wasnice meeting Eduard Bekker.

Thank to all the goldie oldies too.

 


Impressie van Eduard Bekker :

Britse harmonicaspeler voor één avond in Den Haag.


Pete Grassby tijdens het huisconcert.

Wij kenden deze man niet. Maar nu wel.


Pete Grassby zorgde op 10 december voor een aangename, authentieke, Haagse folkavond met veel muziek en typisch Britse humor.

Zaterdag 10 december 2011

Hij was op doorreis nog speciaal langs gekomen voor een huisconcert bij een dame, die wel vaker angelsaksen in haar huiskamer laat musiceren. Dit keer begeleidde hij zich behalve over met dulcimer (niet de hommelversie, maar meer een hakkebord) en gitaar ook met zijn Ierse Cairdin in DG gestemd. Voor ‘JingleBells’ pakte hij een oude ukkepukhohner uit dertiger jaren van de vorige eeuw.

Dit alles in de intieme sfeer van een Haagse huiskamer. Folk in Den Haag blijft toch iets bijzonders!

Ook de jamsessie hierna was gezellig: tal van instrumenten werden tevoorschijn gehaald. En zo onstond de sfeer van een Ierse of Schotse folkpub

 


December concerten in the lounge

 


VIN GARBUTT

 


Fantastische concerten in December.

Veel echt Engelse folk.Veel humor.

Meer licht in deze donkere maand,door zoveel muzikale klanken en gevoelige teksten.

Midden tussen de kerstversiering was daar opeens Vin Garbutt.

Alsof een droom uitkwam…

Het was zomaar mogelijk Vin in de lounge.

Helemaal goed.

Veel echte fans kwamen om Vin te zien.

De sfeer was groots.

Wat een fantastische persoonlijkheid,een en al uitstraling.

Een echte verhalen verteller in hart en nieren.

Teksten vol met gevoel,vaak met humor.

Het werd veel meer dan een avondje muziek.

Prachtige zang,wondermooi fluitspel.

Een optreden van Vin vergeet je nooit meer.

 


 VIN GARBUTT

 


Fantastic concerts in December.

Real English folk,real humor

More light in this dark month because of beautiful tunes and sentimental lyrics

Just in the middle of the Christmas decorations there came Vin Garbutt.

If a dreamcame true…

Just possible:Vin in my lounge.

Perfectlygood.

A lot ofreal Vin fans came to see him.

Theatmosphere was very warm.

What afantastic personality.

A realstoryteller with heart and soul.

Sentimentlyrics,often with humor.

It became alot more then a musicnight.

Beautiful songs,wonderful whistle playing.

A performance of Vin nobody will forget.

 


SESSIONS

 After Vin stopped with his gig there was much time for meet and greet.I was a great experience to see so much people knew Vin and specially came from different corners from Holland,even in this stormy wheater night.I think there was a feeling once you decided to go to see Vin ,you have to go.

So it became  late,very late for most people to join in for the session afterwards,but the few who stayed had a good time together and Vin also had some energy left to play with his whistle again.

Nice to see a new face at the session,Otto Vogel great.

 

Een hele mooie avond vol folkmuziek met Martin Hutchinson en Finvarra

Info omtrent deze muzikanten:

Irish singer-songwriter was born into a musical family in county Kildare, Ireland.


"A restless drifter and an engaged observer with an original        and                                                                                                        unique music style" OOR (NL)

After many years of music in many different bands and projects, Martin’s musical journey  has come full circle now that he has started to perform as a solo acoustic artist.


“By way of his songs, his voice, his tune-driven fingerpicking and slide-guitar Martin takes his audience on a beautiful trip through the worlds of folk, ballads, and blues.”

……It is a delight to listen to the pensive lyrics and original music of Martin Hutchinson. They are real 'header goals': play them once and you won't forget them again. ……..

Support act from FINVARRA****

*****Finvarra, vier geroutineerde muzikanten uit de regio Leiden vervlechten Keltische folkmuziek met oosterse invloeden en jazzy elementen. De muzikanten vonden elkaar op de folksessies in Leiden in Cafe de Trechter.

Zij arrangeren traditionele Ierse muziek met zelfgeschreven nummers en brengen een gevarieerd reportoire met een eigen geluid.

 


Helemaal waar,prachtige songs

Prachtige folk,mooie sferen.

Byzondere aanvulling van Jerina Welgraven van folkgroup  http://www.faerydae.nl

op klarinet en mijn nieuwe facebookvriend Smoky.
 En Martin en alle leden van Finvarra hadden volop energie om mee te doen met de sessie.

Mooie sessie ook met deze keer weer Simon Oak en Jan van Leeuwen.

Maarten Willems die mij wederom verraste met zijn mooie eigen geschreven liedje voor mij:”Iets goeds komt ook onverwachts”

Altijd weer een rede om “verlegen”van te worden.

Leuk ook dat wederom Richard Schoon ten tonele verscheen om met zijn fluitspel een eigen extra dimensie aan het geheel te geven.

Prachtige sfeervolle avond.Dank aan allen die erbij waren.


Gisteravond een fantastisch optreden van de band “Other Roads”” in mijn huiskamer.Een gedeelte van de vroegere “John Wright” band.Pete Abbott,Gregor Borland en David Walmisley speelden vol overgave voor een enthousiast publiek.

De sfeer was warm en het voelde geweldig om mee te zingen met deze fantastische muzikanten.

Prachtige ballads,afgewisseld met opzwepende ritmes op de viool,wat meteen een Schotse sfeer schepte.

Na afloop hadden zij  er nog genoeg energie om mee te spelen met enthousiaste muzikanten uit het publiek.Intiem en uniek werd het in de late uurtjes. Dank aan een ieder die erbij was met in het byzonder aan Hanneke en Arie Janissen,weer helemaal gekomen uit Tilburg.Zij zijn nu ook gestart met huisconcerten aldaar,de primeur gaat aldaar op 25 november naar Anthony John Clarke.folkathome

Aan Jan van der Kley, die hele mooie liederen ten gehore bracht. Aan Richard Schoon en Gert van der Slikke die een extra aanvulling gaven door het bespelen van de whistles.

 

Last night a fantastic performance of the band “Other Roads”in my lounge.

A part of the former “John Wright “band.

Pete Abbott,Gregor Borland and David Walmisley played with all their heart in front of an enthousiatic public.The atmosphere was warm and it felt great to sing along with this lovely musicians.

Beautiful ballads,between fast rythms on the fiddle,which felt like being in Scotland.

Afterwards they had enough energy left to join in with the musicians from the public.

The late hours became intimate and unique.Thanks to everybody who came along,and in particiculary to Hanneke and Arie Janissen,again coming back all the way from Tilburg to join in.They also will start their own houseconcerts overthere,with the premiere on November 25th with Anthony John Clarke.folkathome

To Jan van der Kley,who sung beautiful songs.To Richard Schoon and Gert van der Slikke who gave an extra dimension to the session to play on the whistles.

 

MONTH OF FOLK _OCTOBER 8-16


PHIL HARE with supportact Paul O'Brien&Kate Huber


Heel veel folkmuziek.

October was de maand van de folk in mijn huiskamer

 


Het startsein werd gegeven op 8 Oktober met een fantastische supportact door Paul O’Brien,groots Iers singer/songwriter,samen met Kate Huber,prachtig spelend op de lowwhistle.Zij zullen op 3 december hun nieuwe cd presenteren in het Zeehelden theater in Den Haag.

De hoofdact was Phil Hare,super gitarist **speciaal naar Nederland gekomen vanuit Engeland om te spelen in mijn huiskamer.Prachtig singer/songwriter met vele mooie teksten en leuke praatjes tussendoor.

Na afloop was er een goede sessie met nieuwkomers :jessica de Korte,Richard Schoon,Kees en Marianne Kwant en van Wales :James Jones.En tot groot genoegen zong Henk Dorresteijn wederom zijn Johanna.

PURE IRISHDROPS,

Benny Mccarthy,John Murphy and Donal Clancy

De 16e October was het einde van deze speciale maand.Na het prachtige weekend met het optreden van Phil hare was het de beurt aan De echte Ierse dropjes.

Donal Clancy,Benny McCarthy en John Murphy hadden een bomvolle huiskamer.Echte instrumentalisten met hun eigen instrument.

Leuk om te zien dat er zoveel nieuwe mensen de lounge wisten te vinden voor de sessie. Jasper LangenbergandRobbert Langenberg,Dennis Heijt,Hanneke Nagtzaam (Lowland Paddies)and Nout Grupstraoude maat van  John Murphy "Oude bekende " Kees Bakker keerde terug naar de huiskamer en ook waren daar, Phil Jackson,James Ellis and Bar Plunkett

En terug na de gig van  Daithi's kwam  Herco Schuchard.En wederom was daar weer Richard Schoon.Deze keer prima op tijd.

Hoop velen van hun terug te zien bij andere concerten met sessies.

Plenty of folk.

We started off on Oct 8th with a great supportact from great Irish singer/songwriter Paul O'Brien,together with Kate Huber,lovely playing on the lowwhistle.They will present their new cd on December 3td in the Zeeheldentheater in The Hague.

The big act of the night was super guitarist ,all the way over from England,special for folk in the lounge Phil Hare,lovely singer/songwriter with loads of good lyrics and chats between

After there was a good session with new to the lounge ,Jessica de Korte ,Richard Schoon,Kees and Marianne Kwant and Welshman James Jones,and luckily enough a lot of golden oldies.Henk Dorresteyn sung.again his "JOHANNA"song.

 


On the 16nd  it was the finishing of ***October "Month of folk in the lounge" with after the wonderful gig last weekend ,a full house for The Pure Irish drops on tour,Donal Clancy,Benny McCarthy and John Murphy. Real pure instrumentalists with their own instrument.

Nice to see new people found the lounge to join in with the session.Among them were:

Jasper LangenbergandRobbert Langenberg,Dennis HeijtHanneke Nagtzaam (Lowland Paddies)and Nout Grupstra

,old mate of John Murphy "Old known" Kees Bakker returned to the lounge,and also there came along Phil Jackson,James Ellis and Bar Plunkett

and back after Daithi's gig came Herco Schuchard.And also again there was Richard Schoon.

,very good on time,this time.Hope to see many of them back on future houseconcerts.

 

 Daithi Rua

Zaterdag 3 September.

Voor de 3 keer speelde Daithi Rua,het openingsconcert van het nieuwe seizoen van “Folk in the lounge at Karin’s”

En wederom werd het een fantastische avond.Het was weer volop genieten.Vol overgave zong hij zijn prachtig mooie liedjes.Er was weer een “”full house” een fijn publiek,dat enthousiast mee zong.

Voordat Daithi optrad was er een supportact van “The Tetootallers” een enthousiaste Nederlandse folkband met Ierse vertolkingen.Dit werd een heerlijk halfuurtje vol met deunen en liedjes,waarbij het publiek ook mee kon doen.

Daithi had energie genoeg om mee te doen met een fijne sessie met The Teetotallers en met nieuwe muzikanten voor folk in the lounge :Ellen Lagerwerf en Jacqueline van Hoogenhuyze,zij  gaven een prachtige vertolking op hun concertinas.En Herco Suchard met diverse fluiten.Ook Paul O’Brien was weer van de partij en heel fijn de “oude getrouwen “ Rieke Pronk,Maarten Willems en Jolande Pronk.

Ineke Buitendijk bleek een enthousiaste zangeres van “Molly Mallone”

 Speciale traditionals van folk in the lounge ,waar wij niet meer omheen kunnen zijn geworden :het nummer “”Johanna” van Henk Dorrestijn en “Douwe jongens”vertolkt door Engelberthus Pronk.

Maarten Willems liet verrassend ook nog zijn liedje horen:”Iets goeds komt ook onverwacht”,speciaal voor mij geschreven.Ik voelde mij vereerd.

Mooi was het ook dat Pluim Gielens,op mijn verzoek een prachtig Gaelic lied ten gehore bracht.

Fijn ook dat Kees Stravers,de weg gevonden heeft naar mijn lounge,hij is nl een fantastisch fotograaf,zodat er nog meer mooie herinneringen bewaard kunnen blijven.(zie mijn facebook)

Iedereen die er bij was,heel hartelijk dank daarvoor!

En goed nieuws:Daithi komt volgend jaar weer de loungeconcerten openen !!!

 

Translation

For the 3th time Daithi Rua played the openingsconcert for “Folk in the lounge at Karin’s”.And again it was a fantastic night.Very enjoyable.With a lot of power he sung his beautiful songs.Again there was “a full house”with a nice audience,singing along enthuasiastic.

Before Daithi started there was a supportact from The Teetotallers,an enthusiastic Dutch folkgroup performing Irish reportoire.This was a nice half hour,with tunes and songs,sing along with the audience.

Daithi had enough energy left to play along with a very nice session with the Teetotallers and new musicians for folk in the lounge :Ellen Lagerwerf and Jacqueline van Hoogenhuyze .They played lovely on their concertinas.And Herco Suchard with differnet whistles.

Again Paul O’Brien did join in,and old goldies Rieke Pronk,Maarten Willems and Jolande Pronk.

Ineke Buitendijk became an enthusiastic singer of “Molly Mallone”

Special traditionals for “Folk in the lounge”are now :the song “Johanna”written by Henk Dorrestijn and “Douwe jongens” sung by Engelberthus Pronk.

A lovely surprise was Maarten Willems sung his own song”Iets goeds komt ook onverwacht”special written for me. I felt very honoured.

I also was very pleased Pluim Gielens did sing a beautiful Gaelic song,just as I asked him to do.

Very nice it is Kees Stravers found his way to my lounge too.He is a vey good photographer,so there will be kept more memories of this night(see my facebookpage)

Everybody who was there,thank you vey much.!

Good news to tell : Next year my loungeconcert season will be opening again by DAITHI…!!!

 


SUMMERFOLK 3

JOHN O'DREAMS.

Zaterdag 18 Juni 2011

Als eerste bij de open micHenk Dorrestijn,begeleid door Maarten Willems. Een goed duo met Ned.talige luisterliedjes,vaak goed voor een glim of schaterlach.Veel meer van Henk en Maarten zal er vanaf September elke vrijdagavond te zien zijn in Theater aarde-werk in Den Haag,


http://www.zonnigeondergang.nl/

steeds wisselende gastmuzikanten zullen hierbij de revue passeren.


Oude bekenden van Summerfolk Adri Richter en Toos van Leeuwen speelden als vanouds heerlijke songs.


Daarna was het de beurt aan Haags Iers folkduo SALTY DOG,bekend van het New Years concert in folk in the lounge.Deze keer vulden zij niet de kamer met Ierse deunen,maar met only the blues…Nieuwkomer Musonius vertolkte Middeleeuwse ballades op een geheel eigen wijze,tot groot genoegen van het publiek.


Tot slot van de open-mic was het een genoegen te kijken naar Paul O'Brien,http://www.paulobrien.eu/deze keer niet samen met Kate Huber. Met zijn gevoelig geschreven liedjes over Dublin,een prachtige afsluiting van het geheel.Meer van Paul &Kate,met hun nieuwe cd kan je zien op Zaterdag 8 oktober bij folk in the lounge.

Na afloop nog een kleine,maar gezellige sessie met Paul O'Brien,Maarten willems,Rieke Pronk,Lideke van Gool,Toos van Leeuwen en Adri Richter.

Saturday June 18th.,2011

Summerfolk again.

First came Henk Dorrestijn,with Maarten willems.A good duo with Ducth songs to listen to,most of times good for a smile or big laugh. More about Henk &Maarten you can see from September in Theater Aarde-werk in Hugo de Grootstraat.,with everytime different guestplayers who comes along.


Familair with Summerfolk Adri Richter and Toos van Leeuwen came back and played as allways beautiful songs.


After that came Irish Dutchfolkduo SALTY DOG,known because of the New Years concert of folk in the lounge. This time they didn't play Irish tunes,but only the blues.

New coming Musonius played ballads from the Middleaged on a very special way of his own,which was much appreciate by the audience.


At the end of the open mic it was pleasure to watch Paul O'Brien,this time not together wit Kate Huber.With his sensitive  songs about Dublin,a very good ending of the open mic. More about Paul &Kate you can see at Sat Oct 8 at folk in the lounge.

Afterwards a cosy intimate session with Paul O'Brien,Maarten Willems,Rieke Pronk,Lideke van Gool ,Toos van Leeuwen en Adri Richter.


Maarten Willems

Zaterdag 24 April 2011

Gisteravond wederom een optreden van Ned.talig singer/songwriter Maarten Willems.


www.maartenwillems.nl


Hij werd begeleid door Frenk van Meeteren,een fantastische extra dimensie voor vooral de blues nummers .Wat een sfeer…zetten die twee samen neer.

Ook een rol voor gastspeler Frank Verlaan,Maartens vaste maatje in folkduo Salty Dog.

Hij speelde heel mooi op de banjo.

Op het laatste moment voegde Kate zich erbij voor een klein gastoptreden op dwarsfluit

.Dit speelde zij tijdens een door Maarten voorgedragen gedicht.

Maarten droeg zijn gedichten vol overgave voor met als achtergond prachtige foto's van aquarellen.,gemaakt door Jeroen van Duyn,met als voorbeeld door Maarten gemaakte foto's

Heel mooi '

.Heerlijke avond met weer wat nieuw publiek en oude getrouwen.

De sessie kreeg goed vorm door Kate  ……….en Paul O'Brien.met nieuwkomer Willem Jan Korengevel op concertina,fascinerend instrument,dat ik toevallig de vorige avond in handen had gekregen,een heel oud exemplaar van Maarten's vader.

Frenk en Maarten maakten de sessie verder compleet.

Een  avond voor herhaling vatbaar,en een byzondere dag in zijn geheel,daar ik in de middag n.a.v. een artikeltje in de krant was uitgenodigd door rtvdiscus voor een interview, Het was heel byzonder om daar samen met Maarten de huisconcerten te mogen toelichten.

Een dag om te herinneren dus.

 

April 24

Last night again a gig of Dutch singer/songwriter Maarten Willems.

He played  together with Frenk van Meeteren,he made a fantastisc extra dimension for the blues songs.

He played very good onthe banjo.

On the last moment Kate was asked to play on the whistle during a poem Maarten spoke.

Maarten was saying his beautiful poems with passion,with on the background pictures of aquarels Jeroen van Duyn maid from pictures Maarten made.

Very good.

Lovely evening with new audience and goldie oldies,

The session was made by Kate….and PaulO'Brien,with new coming Willem Jan Korengevel on concertina,fascinating instrument,with I hold by coincidence the evening before,a very old one of Maartens dad from a long time ago.

Frenk and Maarten completed the session. An evening I hope will repeats itself,a special day anyway,because in the afternoon I was invited because of a little article in the newspaper to come to the studio of rtvdiscus for an interview. It was very special to be there with Maarten to talk about the houseconcerts, Biografie Maarten Willems Maarten Willems schrijft al geruime tijd gedichten en liedjes. Regelmatig geeft hij dichtvoordrachten en is hij te horen als Nederlandstalige singer/songwriter. Hij heeft voor de eeuwwisseling 6 dichtbundeltjes in eigen beheer uitgebracht. Pas in 2001 maakte hij een cd 'Nadien … gedichten, liedjes en melodietjes' waarop hij ook als Nederlandstalige singer/songwriter te horen is. Later in 2002 bracht hij in eigen beheer de live-cd van zijn programma 'Er is geen leven zonder liefde' (levend opgenomen in Den Haag) uit met begeleiding op bas en gitaar door Frenk van Meeteren en Jorn Plas en als achtergrondzangeres Iris Willems. Hierop is ook 'De Euroot' te horen, het liedje waarmee Maarten het 'Euro' songfestival van Radio West in januari 2002 gewonnen heeft. Ook heeft hij meegedaan met het 'Haagssongfestival'. Zijn inzending hiervoor 'De klokken van de Beeklaan' staat op de dubbel cd 'Het Haagssongfestival Album '.In 2004 bracht hij in eigen beheer de cd 'Alles is al eens eerder gezegd.' uit en in 2005 de cd 'Laveloze obsessie''. Ook verscheen dat jaar het dichtbundeltje 'Kringloop van water.'In 2007 kwam zijn dichtbundel 'Tenslotte wint de liefde' uit. De bundel bevat 49 nieuwe en al eerder gepubliceerde gedichten. De illustraties, 5 aquarellen, zijn van Jeroen van Duyn. Eind 2009 werd zijn cd 'Iets goeds komt ook onverwacht' uitgebracht.

 

 

CELTANN

Zaterdag 12 Maart 2011

Annemarie de Bie, zangeres van folkgroup Fling,vaak als support-act voor Rapalje,kwam optreden in mijn  lounge.Zij zette een echt Ierse sfeer neer. Met haar stem, haar gitaar, bodhran en lowwhistle voerde ze ons mee naar het Ierse landschap… Ik vond het heel speciaal om met haar mijn verjaardag te vieren, met veel humor praatte zij de liedjes aan elkaar. Ik vond het fantastisch dat zij kwam. Annemarie had ook nog veel energie over om mee te spelen met de sessie. Er waren gezellig veel muzikanten op afgekomen, zodat er weer een zeer flitsend geheel ontstond. Dank aan Ben van Leeuwen en Marianne, Monique Gregory, Hanneke en Arie Janissen,Judith en Jan?, Ko Arkestijn, Henk Dorrestijn, Rieke Pronk, Anneke Holt, Maarten Willems, Frank Verlaan, Govert Willems en nieuw gezicht Paul O'Brien, die vol overtuiging prachtige liedjes vertolkte. En aan alle andere vrienden,die mijn verjaardag tot een onvergetelijke avond bestempelden.


 Saturday March 12 Celtann(Annemarie de Bie,singer of folkgroup Fling) sometimes as supportact fro RAPALJE came to play a gig in my lounge.She created an Irish atmosphere,with her voice,her guitar,bodhran and lowwhistle and it felt if we were in an Irish landscape.I think it was very special to celebrate my birthday with her.She talked with a lot of humour between the soungs.I think it was fantastic. Annemarie also had left a lot of energy to play with the session musicians.There came a lot of  them,so again it was like  magic.Thanks to Ben van Leeuwen and Marianne,Monique Gregory,Hanneke and Arie Janissen,Judith and Jan?,Ko Arkestijn,Henk Dorrestijn,Rieke Pronk,Anneke Holt,Maarten Willems,Frank Verlaan,Govert Willems and new Paul O'Brien,who sung lovely his beautiful songs.And to all other  friends,who made my birthday to a unforgettable evening. QUOTES :Annemarie de Bie Zang, Concert flute, Bodhrán Met haar krachtige stemgeluid is Annemarie de zangeres en het boegbeeld van Fling. Daarnaast speelt zij dwarsfluit en bodhrán. Hoewel Annemarie in acoustische situaties gewend is om een stevig volume voort te brengen, hebben de theaterconcerten ook een plaats geboden aan haar meer lyrische en verstilde vocale kwaliteiten. ……. Annemarie de Bie, imponeert met een krachtige en melodieuze stem. Ze beschikt over het juiste timbre en de juiste klankkleur en toon waar deze muziek om vraagt……. -----Annemarie de Bie heeft de perfecte stem voor deze liedjes. Met haar mimiek en lichaamstaal bracht ze de teksten zelfbewust over het voetlicht…………..


Vrijdag 4 Maart-

FIRST dance in the lounge: Tijdens Dancing in the lounge speelde   Cajun Craze ( Fred van Hemert, akoestische gitaar en zang,  Elena Nakovska viool en zang, en Nout Grupstra, accordeon, viool en zang.) een try-out. Een totale try-out ,omdat dancing in the lounge voor de eerste keer werd gehouden. Een select gezelschap had zich aangemeld en er bleek zelfs genoeg dansruimte te zijn voor 4 koppels en zowaar een Engelse cirkeldans.Enthousiast publiek,enthousiaste muzikanten een zeer geslaagde avond...Er werd volop gedanst en Maarten Willems  leerde de aanwezige muzikanten Bourrée Theux  aan, omdat op de Cajun deunen makkelijk een scottish gedanst kan worden, maar voor een bourree is deze muziek minder geschikt. Kortom een zeer geslaagde avond.Voor herhaling vatbaar? Friday March 4th-First dancing in the lounge. During dancing in the lounge CAJUN CRAZE(Fred van Hemert.acoustic guitar and vocals,Elena Nakovska,fiddle and vocals&Nout Grupstra,melodeon,fiddle and vocals) played a try -out.A total try-out,cause this was the first time ever there was organized " a dancing in the lounge", a select audience came after it,and there seems place for 4 copples to dance,even an English circle with a caller.Enthousiastic audience,enthousiastic musicians,a very enjoyable night.There was a lot of dancing going on,and Maarten Willems teached the musicians a Bouree Theux,because people can easily dance a Scottish on a Cajun tune,but not very much a bourree.After all a very good night.Do it again??

 

 

SARAH MCQUAID


Woe 2 Febr.-2011


En toen kwam Sarah terug….. Na 2 jaar tijd was Sarah terug met een tour in Nederland.Ik vond het heel fijn,dat zij op mijn uitnodiging inging om wederom te zingen in mijn huiskamer. Dit betekende al voor de derde keer,zij is immers het startpunt van de huidige serie huisconcerten,de eerste keer was met mijn verjaardag in 2008. Deze keer een heel vol huis voor Sarah. Vele mensen kwamen om haar te zien en genoten ervan om met de sessie na afloop me te spelen. Sarah speelde en zong haar mooie eigen geschreven liedjes,die hopelijk in Juni op haar nieuwe cd zullen verschijnen,en ook wat traditionals met haar prachtige warme stemgeluid. Een van de toeschouwers zei later "Ik werd verliefd op Sarah zodra zij begon met zingen" Hoop Sarah nog vele malen terug te zien.   And then there was Sarah back again…. After 2 years SarahMcQuaid came back on tour to Holland,I was happy she accepted my invitation to do a concert in the lounge again. So that means she was at my home for the third time,cause she was the original starter of the regular serie of these kind of concerts,since she came first in 2008 to celebrate my birthday. This time there was a absolute full house for Sarah. A lot of people came to see her and enjoyed to play the session afterwards,happy to see Sarah. Sarah played and sung loveley own written songs,which will be recording this June on a new cd hopefully,and some traditionals with her beautiful warm voice. One of the people who came around mentioned later,"I felt in love with Sarah when she started to sing." Hope to see Sarah back again&again.


Quotes: ...Haar rijke, diepe stemgeluid en briljante gitaarspel zijn de wapens waarmee Sarah McQuaid elk publiek voor zich weet in te nemen. Met haar hartverwarmende songs en tunes laveert ze tussen de Ierse traditie en Amerikaanse oldtime Music.  Muziek als balsem voor de ziel, ingetogen, subtiel en ontroerend mooi.... ..."Pure magic!! ... I never experienced such a thrilling interaction between artist and audience who rewarded you with three encores!! You have the ability to create an intimate atmosphere with your stories, songs and guitar playing and make the audience part of the gig."

 

 

SALTYDOG


Nieuwjaarsconcert 2011. Gisteravond een SUPER avond in folk in the lounge, Het Haagse folkduo,Maarten Willems en Frank Verlaan, gespecialiseerd in Ierse en Schotse traditionals speelde voluit om het nieuwe jaar in te luiden. Er was gezellig veel publiek op afgekomen en zij genoten met volle teugen van dit spetterend optreden. Instrumentale nummers afgewisseld door mooie ballades,duidelijk en met humor aan elkaar gepraat door Maarten en Frank wisten het publiek van het begin tot het eind te boeien. En toen was de avond nog niet klaar, hij werd verder ingevuld met een mooie sessie.Veel mensen waren gebleven om mee te zingen en mee te spelen. Leuk is het vooral dat alle sessies in the lounge elke keer weer verrassend anders zijn,door andere spontane combinaties, verschillende instrumenten en verrassende initiatieven. Genieten dus!!! Dank aan o.a: Hanneke en Ari Janissen,die helemaal vanuit Tilburg naar the lounge kwamen en die jaarlijks deelnemen aan het Robin Hoodfestival around Nottingham met the Crazy Dutch Regulars (zie link op deze site). Ben van Leeuwen,die elke 2 weken op dinsdag avond een folksessie leidt in cafe de Tregter in Leiden, Iris Willems,die vol overgave meezong met de Nederlandse liederen, Frank Verlaan, Maarten Willems, de sessieleider, Engelberthus en Jolanda Pronk .ouwe getrouwe bezoekers, Govert Willems met lepels, Rieke Pronk op viool en Henk Dorrestijn die zijn eigen lied arme Johanna ten gehore bracht. Wim v.d. Hoeven gaf aan het geheel een speciale tint door prachtige tekeningen van deze avond te schetsen. Translation: SALTY DOG. New Yearsconcert 2011 Last night a SUPERB night at folk in the lounge. The Hague-folkduo Maarten Willems and Frank Verlaan,specialised into Irish and Scottish folk,played to welcome the New Year. There was a lot of audience,and they enjoyed all because of this wonderful performance. Instrumentionals along with beautiful ballads,pronounced  humoristic by Maarten and Frank.were enjoyable from the start till the end of the evening. And even then the night wasn't over,because there came an afterward session. A lot of people stayed to sing and play along. Its very nice that all the sessions in the lounge are different ,each time,surprisely because of the instruments,spontanic combinations and intiatives.So because of this: time to enjoy. Thanks to, among others: Hanneke and Ari Janissen,who came from Tilburg,and play every year on the Robin Hoodfestival around Nottingham with the Crazy Dutch regulars(see link on this site)Ben van Leeuwen,who leads every two weeks on Tuesday a session in Café de Tregter in Leiden,Iris Willems who sung along with the Dutch songs,Frank Verlaan,Maarten Willems,sessionleader,Engelberthus and Jolande Pronk,goldie oldie visitors,Govert Willems on spoons, Rieke Pronk on fiddle and Henk Dorrestijn who performed his own song "Poor Johanna. Wim v.d. Hoeven made this night extra special because of the lovely drawings he made of this evening.

 


Niamh Parsons

14 December 2010

Ik telde de dagen af voordat ze kwam…

En DAAR WAS ZIJ

Wat een prachtige avond,Niamh zong als een "kesrtengel"in mijn lounge

Wat een prachtige stem,wat een mooi reportoire,en wat een fantastische gitaarspel van Graham Dunne.

Wat valt er nog meer te zeggen..zij is een van de zeldzame….

Dank je wel Niamh,ik voel me zeer vereerd en verheugd dat jij echt in mijn lounge kwam spelen.

Ook dank aan de sessie muzikanten,die er ondanks het kleine aantal en leuke afsluiting aan deze avond gaven.

 Simon Oak,among the audience,and ne of them wrote a little article about it:(thanks Siem for posting)

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They're so inspiring! Niamh and Graham performed lovely songs like

Valentine O'Hara

, Black is the Colour

, Carrigfergus

, 1917

, John Condon

, etc, etc. A special mention to the song

The San Patricio's

, followed by some real Mexicano-style guitar playing of Graham. And it all sounded so natural, honest and right from the heart. You just can't imagine how beautifull this was, if you weren't there.

Also the intimate session afterwards was lovely. Not before waving out Niamh and Brian, I dared to start off with

Look At The Coffin

 

as a tribute to Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers and as a proof of how bizar the irish tradional songs sometimes can be. Toos and her friend did some lovely singing, Blue Monday's Hans sang

Dublin In The Rare Old Times

and

The Town I Loved So Well

 

and did a very nice reel on his inimini squeezebox. Maarten and his friend did

Douwe Jongens Douwe

again and I could do

A Roving Blade

 

and

Spancil Hill

. I promised Maarten to learn the lyrics of the famous

Boulavogue

for next time.

And last but not least: I promised my new guitar to never leave him at home anymore.

Thanks Maarten for borrowing yours!

From folkforum:

Het Ierse duo Niamh Parsons&Graham Dunne laten je wegsmelten met Irish heartbeat songs.Zij roepen de intens warme sfeer op,die zo kenmerkend is voor de donkere dagen voor kerst.

Niamh is maatgevend als verzamelaar en vertolker van t Ierse lied.

Haar vocale kwaliteiten staan te boek als emtioneel doorvoeld en kristalhelder.

Een zangtalent als Niamh Parsons kom je 1,hooguit 2 x per generatie tegen.Een avondje met Niamh is een avondje puur genieten  van goudeerlijke diep ontroerende Irish heartbeat songs.

 

Zij zelf zegt: "I dont rememember a time in life I was not singing ,I love songs.These songs are living in me…

 

TRANSLATION:

Counting the days before she came….

And THERE SHE WAS...!!!
What a marvellous nigt we had...Niamh sung like a "Christmas angel"in my lounge.What a loveley voice,what a great reportoire,and what a great guitarplaying of Graham Dunne.

What more can I  say…she is one of those….rarely ones….
Thanks Niamh,I feel excited&honoured you really played in my lounge.

Also thanks to the sessionmusicians,who although there wernt many ended this evening in a pleasanr way.

 

From Folkforum:

The irish duo Naimh Parsons &Graham Dunne let you "melted""with Irish heartbeatsongs.They bring you in the special warm atmosphere,we recognize from the dark days before Christmas.

Niamh is important as collector and singer of the Irish songs.

Her voice qualities are very emotional and clearly

A talented singer like Niamh Parsons,you only meet once or twice in a generation.

An evening with Niamh is an evening pure enjoying of very pure touching Irish heartbeat songs.

 

One of the most beautiful and expressive voices in all of Ireland. Niamh Parsons has the ability to climb into a song, take ownership and then sing it for the listener to experience--not simply hear."

-Cindy Reich, Music journalist for "Irish Music Magazine" (Dublin, Ireland), "The Living Tradition" (Ayrshire, Scotland), "The Celtic Connection" (Denver, Colorado

Herself she is mention:I don't remember a time in life I was not singing,I love songs.Thes songs are living in me.

 

Pete Morton

20 november 2010

Fantastische avond met Pete Morton,heel goed om hem terug te zien in mijn wederom volle huiskamer.

Mooie teksten,mooi gezongen,Pete in topvorm.

Enthousiast publiek,nieuwe gezichten,oude bekenden.Dank aan allen die er bij waren.

Byzondere sessie na afloop,met o.a. dank aan Renate & Dirk Egberts,Anneke Holt,Kees Bakker,Jerry Kooyman en Maarten Willems.

Translation

Fantastic evening with Pete Morton,very good to saw him back in my lounge,again a full house.

Beautiful lyrics,beautiful sung by Pete on his high level.

Enthusiastic audience,new faces,old faces.Thanks to all who were there.

Special session afterwards,with thanks to Renate &Dirk Egberts,Anneke Holt,Kees bakker,Jerry Kooyman and Maarten Willems.

FROM AN ARTICLE ABOUT HIM :

Pete Morton is one of the best English singer/songwriters.He has a beautiful voice,sounds like Cat Stevens,and plays guitar on his own special way.His songs are about all situations in life,from love to politicy,from personal stories to worldnews.But although his lyriscs are a bit dark sometimes, there is always a light waiting on the horizon.His song"Another train" is a classical and for a lot of people on the whole world a song of hope.His latest cd"Casa Abierta"contains 10 songs in 10 different languages.He also is brave enough to sing in Dutch the song"Avond" from Boudewijn de Groot.

At the beginning of next year,there will be another new cd,with some beautiful tracks,we allready know from his gigs; Good enough for me, The gorilla song,The sock on the line,Bigger then life,When we sing together.A lot of singer/songwriters are a little bit introvert,not Pete ,he is superb entertainer with his typical English humour and self knowledge.(from www.folkforum.nl)www.petemorton.com

BIG SESSION-folk in the lounge at Karin's nr. 1

November 2010

And between all those concerts Bob,Billy,Ewan,David and Pete,we did have totally unexpected a big session, in my lounge. It all started with a meeting on Warwick folk festival last Summer, with the great musician Pete Grassby. Hope he is coming back one day to give a gig in me lounge, or somebody else of this wonderful musicians all together.

However these four musicians were on their way to Germay, for a couple of gigs ,came by ferry to the Hook of Holland,and because of that could stay in my home for just one BIG MUSICAL EVENING - and an overnight. We has a beautiful musical evening, very good atmosphere and also lots of humour. Hope they are going to stop again&again in my home,it really was superb to meet this lovely people. Thanks for being there Pete, Martin, Jon and Gilly, it was all great -

Thanks also to the guest players who joined in ,because they saw my invitation on facebook.

Because of this I have the idea to do more spontaneous sessions, so watch my facebook and join in.

Lovely memories from this gig you can see on this site by clicking  on you tube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gilliy Loomes

More from her at Summerfolk 4(23/6/2012)

 

 

 

 


Martin Trewinnard

 

 

 

 

 


Pete Grassby

ll play a gig at December 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with John Loomes

Also playing at Summerfolk 4(23/6/2012)

 

 

 

 


With Nout Grupstra&friend

enthusiastic musicians playing together.


 
Translation:

Tussen alle concerten door hadden we totaal onverwacht een grote sessie in mijn huiskamer.

Het begon allemaal met een ontmoeting bij Warwick folkfestival afgelopen zomer,met de fantastische muzikant Pet Grassby.

Ik hoop dat hij en/of de andere muzikanten een keer terug zullen komen voor een optreden in mijn huiskamer.

Deze muzikanten waren op weg naar Duitsland voor een serie concerten,met de boot naar Hoek van Holland,en stopten toen bij mijn huis voor EEN GROTE MUZIKALE AVOND-en een overnachting.We hadden een fantastische muzikale avond,hele goede sfeer,met veel humor.

Hoop dat zij nog vele keren bij mij willen stoppen.Het was echt enorm om deze aardige mensen  te ontmoeten.Dank je wel Pete, Martin,Jon en Gilly,

Ook dank aan de gastspelers,die zo spontaan op mijn facebook uitnodiging reageerden.

Door dit spontane idee ben ik van plan meer GROTE SESSIES te gaan organiseren,dus hou mijn facebook in de gaten.\

Een mooie indruk van deze sessie kan je krijgen door via deze site op you tube the klikken.

 

 

 

Players:Maarten Willems*Frank Verlaan*Siem Eikelenboom*Nout Grupstra*Fred van Hemert*

 

Publiek:Karin&Lucia

 

Guestplayers from England:

 

*Martin Trewinnard - bass, flute, whistles, vocals:

Martin has played with several other ceilidh bands during his performing career. He is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (concertina, various wind instruments, guitars etc.) but mainly provides the bass in Aardvark.  Like Pete G, Martin plays and dances for Coventry Morris.

 

*Pete Grassby - melodeons, hammered dulcimer, vocals, calling:Pete G. is a fine musician and singer, in his own right (e.g. Sidmouth competition winner 1993 and well-known as a solo performer at clubs and festivals around the UK and abroad).  The founder member of Aardvark, Pete collects many tunes and dances during his travels and brings them to the band.  He also plays for and dances with Coventry Morris and has been known to call for other bands.

*Jon Loomes"A  well informed, experienced and entertaining performer of traditional songs accompanied with enviable skills on guitar, hurdy gurdy, concertina and fiddle"- Pete Coe
He sings traditional songs and accompanies himself on guitar in a variety of tunings, assorted violin family instruments in a variety of tunings, mandolins in a variety of tunings, melodeons in an assortment of keys, English and anglo concertinas and hurdy gurdies in a variety of tunings.


He manages the Melodeon, Concertina and Violin departments at The Music Room in Cleckheaton and also runs his own recording studio specialising in acoustic music. He has a solo album out on Fellside records, and plays hurdy gurdy in the trio "Hérétique" who are currently mid way through recording a second album.

Gilly Guinn :: singer en playing the hammered dulcimer.GREAT MUSICIAN-.!!!

 


Ewan McLennan&David Ferrard

7 November 2010
Op Zondag 7 november speelden Ewan Mclennan&David Ferrard een fantastisch concert in mijn huiskamer.Ik had David al gezien in The Pleasance,Edinburgh folkclub,en Ewan vaak beluisterd op you tube en ik was meteen heel erg onder de indruk.Ik keek dus zeer uit naar dit optreden ,en het overtrof al mijn verwachtingen  Het werd een SUPER avond. Ewan MCLellan , is opgegroeid in Schotland en liet in zijn muziek een groot Schots repertoire zien .Zijn goede gitaar spel en zijn unieke stem kwamen tot uiting in zijn gepassioneerde optreden. Hij zong en speelde geweldig, van traditionele ballades tot aan dansmuziek of melancholieke tunes voor zijn gitaar. David Ferrard, is een Schots Amerikaanse zanger en songwriter. Zijn Transatlantische wortels konden duidelijk worden getraceerd in muziek en zang van zijn eigen composities en werden gekenmerkt door een sterk verlangen naar sociale rechtvaardigheid en vrede.

Een mooi plan is ,in de toekomst nog eens David en Ewan terug te laten keren in "folk in the lounge"Zij zijn daar zeker voor te porren.Ook het publiek was er weer in grote getale,en deed op verzoek enthousiast mee met de refreinen.Voor de sessie konden maar een klein aantal mensen blijven,waardoor het klein en intiem werd. Heel mooi om wederom kennis te maken met nieuwe muzikanten. Dank aan Auke Hofstra en Ben van Leeuwen daarvoor

TRANSLATION

On Sunday November 7th,EwanMclennan&David Ferrard played a fantastic concert in my lounge.I saw David in the Pleasance,folkclub in Edinburgh,and listened many times on you tube to Ewan,and was completely impressed.Because of that I looked forward to the gig very much,and the reality was even more then I expected.It became a SUPERB night.Ewan McLennan grow up in Scotland and showed in his music a big Scottish repertoire.His very good guitarplaying and unique voice were all used in his passionate performance.He sung and played beautiful,from traditionals ballads up to dansmusic and melancholic tunes for just guitar.

David Ferrard,is a Scotiish/American singer/songwriter.His Trans-Atlantic roots could be recognized in his music and sung of his own compositions,and showed very much his longing for justice and peace.

A good plan,is to see David and Ewan  in future again in my lounge.They are certainly enthusiastic for that.Again there was a full house,and everybody joined in for the chorus enthusiasticly.There only could stay a few people for the session afterwards,so it became small and intimate.Very good to meet new musicians again,Thanks to Auke Hofstra and Ben van Leeuwen.


ABOUT EWAN MC LENNAN


Ewan McLennan has been making headlines over the last year, performing at festivals, clubs, and concert halls across the country. Of Ewan's singing BBC Radio 2's Mike Harding has said "he sings beautifully, with great sincerity, great empathy, he's terrific!", while his classical-influenced folk guitar playing has been described as "stunning". His music combines traditional music from around Britain and beyond, with a particular focus on the music of Scotland, where he was brought up. But Ewan retains a unique and compelling sound of his own in which traditional songs run parallel to his own earthy, self-penned songs.

Quotes:

'I was completely and utterly bowled over by Ewan's music...one of the most exciting new voices I've heard in years.'


Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

'Only once in a while do you hear a new voice, a new sound that is really worth listening to. Ewan McLennan is definitely one such.'Martin Simpson

About his new cd:

With a gorgeous lilling voice,a quietly assured and commanding presence and some smart guitar arrangements,it's the tender sincerity of McLennan's own performance that makes the album so moving-..

-.a resoundingly fresh -sounding album of folksongs.Ewan McLennan well be the best singer you ll hear all year.

 ABOUT DAVID FERRARD.

I saw David as a support act of Vin Garbutt last May in Edinburgh folkclub,and he was fantastic,very honoured he is coming to play in me lounge with Ewan McLennan.

-Half Scottish,half American,David built an impressive reputation in Britain in the unsubscribed of songwriting-.a gentle voice-the songs are mostly tradiotional,but they carry a ceas resonance for ferrard-..he won the Darny Kyle award at Celtic Connections in 2006-..david is a serous ballad singer-..

About David's cd

Brought up and still bases in Edinburgh,the young Ferrard crosses the atlantic regurlarly with his nmother to her family home in Pensylvania,and in his second album he pays homage to the great song traditions that unite his two countries.

Songs of hardship,love and compassion,created by unknown authors of traditions,as well as Robert Burns-.were recorded in a studio in Carolina-.an album that feels like a home coming.

 

Bob Fox & Billy Mitchell

3 oktober 2010

Fantastische avond gisteravond met Bob Fox &Billy Mitchell.

Met heel veel energie, humor en prachtige stemmen zetten zij een geweldige sfeer neer in mijn huiskamer. met mooie liedjes. Anekdotes, en informatie over de liedjes maakten het tot een goed geheel.

Het publiek was heel enthousiast,en deed voltallig mee met de refreinen.

Ook de sessie was wederom zeer geslaagd,met weer een aantal nieuwe muzikanten,er waren nu zelfs twee harpisten.Voor herhaling vatbaar.

Weer een vol huis.Dank aan iedereen die er bij was.

 

Fantastic night,last night with Bob Fox&Billy Mitchell.

With lots of energy,humor and beautiful voices they created a great atmosphere in my lounge,with loveley songs.

Anecdotes and information about the songs made the gig complete.

The audience was very enthousiastic,and joined in with the chorus.

Also the session afterwards was again superb,with a few

new musicians,there even were two harpists,Hope they come again.

Full house again,Thanks for everyone who was there.

Biography BOB FOX

 

          Bob started 2003 with a busy schedule,including extensive tours in the UK, a third US tour, a return to Australia to perform at the National Festival in Canberra and Fairbridge Festival in W.A. and continued with appearances at some of the most prestigious Folk Festivals in England throughout the Spring and Summer. He also signed a 3 CD deal with TOPIC RECORDS, the first one entitled BORROWED MOMENTS" released on Sept 2003 immediately received ecstatic reviews. Bob was nominated Best Folk Singer once again in the 2004 Folk Awards and his version of the Chris Leslie song My Love is in America, recorded on "BORROWED MOMENTS", gained a nomination for Best Original Song.

Biography Billy Mitchell

Billy started playing the guitar in the early sixties when they were all made of wood and mostly the same colour.

He formed a 'beat group' with some pals at the local youth club and played local clubs and pubs till the sad arrival of full time employment forced their demise.He then joined with former beat group pals to form a 'folk group' during the great 'folk scare' of the late sixties and early seventies. The Callies showed the good people of Newcastle what they thought folk music should sound like. They recorded one album, went to London, didn't like it... then came home.After a spell in Vancouver, Canada, Billy was invited to return to England to join Jack the Lad with members of the recently split Lindisfarne . Then followed four albums and four years touring the UK and Europe, playing every venue known to man and some that weren't-At the end of the seventies he joined with Peter McIntyre to form the hilarious Maxie & Mitch who have spent the last twenty four years playing music in a very funny way to people all over the world who fancied a laugh-1996 saw Billy join Newcastles' favourite sons Lindisfarne who enjoyed critical acclaim for their live concerts in the UK and the USA, and their subsequently-released albums of new songs Here Comes the Neighbourhood and Promenade.Since Lindisfarne's retirement in 2003, Billy has embarked on a very successful solo career with his Backtrackin' show and CD, and in 2005 he recorded The Devil's Ground album, which received critical acclaim and extensive radio play.

In 2006, he celebrated his 60th birthday by forming the first ever Billy Mitchell Band, who played an emotional 'sell out' concert at The Sage, Gateshead.

Billy has recently dipped back into his 'folk roots' by collaborating with Bob Fox on two UK tours and a highly acclaimed 'live' album Five-star B&B.

From page folk on the moor folkclub:

Bob Fox

To say Bob is a class act hardly does his talents justice, I saw him recently at a major festival and witnessed one of the most polished and moving performances I have ever seen. His lovely segue of "Waters of Tyne" into "Big River" was a genuine highlight. As far as FOTM is concerned, we can all recall that it was Bob who started us off at our current venue... but then we also remember his appearance with Benny Graham.... more elsewhere! Bob also has some superb recordings... I love the "Hush" album!
•September 13th '09... without doubt, a glorious night of exceptional music from two of the very best in the business. If you were there, you know what I mean when say it was dazzling stuff and truly moving, too.

 

DAITHI RUA

4 SEPTEMBER 2010


  Vorig jaar opende hij het seizoen van Folk in the lounge,en dit jaar deed hij dat weer .Op velerlei verzoek keerde hij nl terug in mijn huiskamer,het werd wederom een fantastische avond met na afloop  een grandioze sessie met veel nieuwe gezichten,jonge muzikanten van de groep THE TEETOTALLERS,Siem Eikelenboom,ook al iemand,die thuis is in de Ierse folk,Hans Woudenberg en vrienden,al jaren trouwe fans van Daithi,en niemand minder dan SIMPLY GREEN, een Haags Ierse band,die het geheel een zeer sterk Ierse folktint gaf,zo uitnodigend was hun opzwepende muziek,dat ik zelfs nog samen met Maarten Willems van SALTY DOG een dansje durfde te wagen.En net als vorig jaar bleek,dat Daithi ook na afloopvan zijn gig nog te porren was voor prachtige Ierse deunen.Ik was ook heel blij met zijn gezongen lied van mijn Schotse favouriete singer/songwriter Dougie McLean-Caledonia. Iedereen heel hartelijk bedankt ,allen die er bij waren,luisterden en mee speelden met de sessie.

TRANSALATION:


Last year he opened the folkseason of folk in the lounge at Karin's and he did it again this year.

On many request he came back in my lounge,and again it was a wonderful night,with afterwards a superb session with lot of new faces of musicians,young ones from the band THE TEETOTALLERS,Siem Eikelenboom,someone who knows about folk,Hans Woudenberg,and friends, musicians ,longtime fans of Daithi,and last to mention , but not least SIMPLY GREEN,a Irish band from The Hague,they made the session very Irish,so wonderful filled with energy,so I was tempted to do a dance with Maarten Willems from SALTY DOG on one of their tunes.And just like last year also Daithi had a lot of energy left to play with the session with beautiful Irish tunes.Very happy I was also with one of my Scottish favourites of Dougie Mc Lean---Caledonia.Thank you all for being there,listening and joining in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Over Daithi-. Uit: recensie New Folksounds 2005:"" Ter afwisseling van het instrumentale gedeelte had men Daithi Rua als gastzanger uitgenodigd. Hij liet onder meer een schitterende versie van The Lakes of Pontchartrain horen, een van de mooiste uitvoeringen die ik ken. Zijn stem heeft enerzijds iets van Christy Moore en anderzijds heeft zijn presentatie iets van Luka Bloom." Uit Wikipedia, de vrije encyclope die Daithi Rua is Iers voor 'Rode David', de artistennaam van David Donegan. Hij is een Iersezanger en gitarist. Hij is geboren in Ierland, en kreeg de muziek van The Dubliners en Planxty met de paplepel binnen. Ook was hij begeesterd door The Fureys, Moving Hearts en The Pogues.David Donegan kon aardig goed overweg met stem en gitaar en via kroegen en jeugdhuizen bouwde hij aan zijn loopbaan als muzikant. Bijna tien jaar later staat David nog steeds op het podium.Tegenwoordig woont hij in Gent Het is een uitvalsbasis voor concerten in heel Europa. Zowel solo als met zijn begeleidingsband. Hij wordt nu geïnspireerd door muzikanten zoals: Luka Bloom, Nanci Griffith en Andy Irvine.Hij wordt doorgaans begeleid door Ed Veltrop (accordeon, piano en zang) van het Nederlandse folkduo John O'Dreams

 

TRANSLATION:

About Daithi

From NewFolksounds 2005-to make a change after all the instrumental tunes,they invited Daithi Rua,as a guestplayer,he sung a wonderful version of the Lakes of Pontchartrain,one of the best I ever heard.His voice sounds like Christie Moore,his performance seems like Luka Bloom-

From Wikipedia:

Daithi Rua is Irish for Red David,the artistname of David Donegan.he is an irish singer and guitarist,he was born in Ireland and listened since he was a child to the music of the Dubliners and Planxty very often,also he was influenced by The Fureys,Moving hearts and the Pogues.David Donegan was very good with his voice and guitar and from pubs and youthhouses he started his way as a musician.More then 10 years later he still is on stage.For the present he lives in Gent,good spot for all kind of directions all through Europe.Solo or with his bandmembers.He was inspired by musicians like Luka Bloom,Nanci Griffith and Andy Irvine.

A lot of times he is in companion of Ed Veltrop(accordion,piano and vocals)from the Dutch folkduo John O'Dreams.

SUMMERFOLK 2

Zaterdag 19 Juni 2010


Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer

 

 

 

Zaterdagavond was het zo ver Summerfolk 2,de feestelijke afsluiting van het seizoen-folk in the lounge at Karin's.

Een jaar is voorbij gevlogen ,een van de gasten verwonderde zich er ook over,dat het alweer een jaar geleden was,dat we de eerste Summerfolk hielden,met King's Galliard en een open mic.

Heel succesvol was het ook deze keer, lekker veel publiek,met HEEEEEEEEEEEEL veel instrumenten,voor de sessie na afloop.

De open mic(zonder microfoon)verliep prima, optredens met voor elk wat wils, Ned.talige luisterliedjes van Henk Dorrestein ,begeleid door Maarten Willems,mooie American songs door Adri Richter en Toos van Leeuwen,onvervalste Ierse folk door Lucky Spoons,en  twee leden van Botswing,een folkgroep uit Belgie;Dimitri Claes en Jos Tielens speelden een grandioze afsluiting.Prachige sounds.Wie weet keert er nog wel eens iemand terug met een avondvullend programma.

De hoofdact bestond uit Vicki Swan &Jonny Dyer,ik vond het grandioos dat zij speciaal op mijn verzoek voor Summerfolk een weekend naar Den Haag wilden komen.Zondag hebben zij goed besteedt door met Maarten Willems de geluidstudio in te gaan en samen met Frenk van Meeteren hem te begeleiden voor nieuwe cd opnames,ook speelden zij als duo enige prachtige door Maarten gecomponeerde instrumentale stukken.Prachtig al die instrumenten,en wat een geluid die nickelharpa,echt wondermooi vind ik.

Genoten heb ik dus van de heerlijkeavond vol Engels/Zweedse folk,met humor door Vicki en Jonny aan elkaar gepraat,een heerlijk life optreden.

Ook de sessie was fantastisch leuk.

Een avond ,die mede door het enthousiaste publiek een prachtige herinnering is aan de afsluiting van dit seizoen,en om nog lang van na te genieten.

 

Summerfolk 2


2010 /18 Juni

On Saturdaynight we did Summerfolk2,a party ending of the folkseason-folk in the lounge at Karin's.

A year passes by very quickly,one of the guest wondered that it allready was a year ago,since we did the first Summerfolk,with King's Galliard and an open mic.

This time also very succesfull,a lot of audience,with VERY much instruments,for the session afterwards.

The open mic(without a microphone)went very well,gigs for everyone,Dutch listen songs from Henk Dorrestein with Maarten Willems,beautiful American songs by Adri Richter and Toos van Leeuwen,real Irish folk by Lucky Spoons,and two members of Botswing, a Belgian folkgroup :Dimitri Claes and Jos Tielens played wonderful at the end.Beautiful sounds.

Who knows someone of these will come back for a whole evening.

The big attraction were Vicki Swan &Jonny Dyer,I think it was very special they came over for a weekend on my request just for Summerfolk.They did well also on Sunday,when they went with Maarten Willems to the studio and played with him and Frenk van Meeteren  for Maarten's new cd,also they played as duo some beautiful instrumental tunes,composed by Maarten.Just great all those instruments,and what a wonderful sound from the nickelharpa,I think its beautiful.

So I really enjoyed this superb evening full with English/Swedish folk.humoristic talked between by Vicki and Jonny,a superb life performance.

Also the session was great.

An evening,because of all the enthuastic people a beautiful memory of the end of the season,to enjoy in mind.

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Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have developed a strong reputation for a delivering great performances time and time again. Once known mainly for for their instrumental skills with Scottish Smallpipes, accordion and even Swedish Nyckelharpa, they are now being accepted as impressive song arrangers and writers.

Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar

Following in her father's footsteps Vicki is a second generation piper. Having begun the music ladder at the age of five, Vicki went on to study the double bass at the Royal College of Music, becoming the principal double bass and winning the solo double bass competition. Vicki has now returned to her Swedish roots with the addition of the Nyckelharpa and the translating of Swedish ballads.

Composer and competition-winning guitar player; Jonnyâ--s outstanding technical ability, coupled with a wide-ranging musical taste has made him a tireless and forceful musical innovator. Jonny has been singing choral music, soul, jazz and folk for as long as he can remember.

MAARTEN WILLEMS


April 2010

Zoals ik al beschreef op de homepage van www.karin.maartenwillems.nl

gaf Maarten Willems ,Ned.talig singer/songwriter de aanzet tot de huidige huiskamerconcerten.


Hij speelt Iers in folkduo Salty Dog en folkgroup Lucky Spoons.

Ook was hij er een aantal keren solo,soms begeleid door Frenk van Meeteren,met zijn avondvullend programma vol mooie Nederlandstalige luisterliedjes en echte meezingers,die nog dagen in je hoofd blijven na klinken,aangevuld met gedichten uit eigen bundels.

Meer over Maarten: www.maartenwillems.nl

En binnenkort een presentatie van zijn nieuwste cd "Iets goeds komt ook onverwacht" in Theater Pepijn in Den Haag.


 

 


 

As I wrote on the homepage of www.karin.maartenwillems.nl

Maarten Willems,Dutch singer/songwriter  started the houseconcerts at my home.

He plays Irish folk,in a folkduo Salty Dog and also in folkgroup Lucky Spoons.

He also played solo, sometimes together with Frenk van Meeteren,with his eveningfilling program of songs and poems,from his own poemnovels.

Beautiful Dutch songs,with good lyrics and sometimes sing a long songs,which can stay in your mind for some days.

More about Maarten Willems:www.maartenwillems.nl

And soon the cdpresentation of his latest cd "Something good happens unexpected in Theater Pepijn in The Hague.

TomMcConville

27 januari 2010

 


 

Op woensdagavond 27 Januari 2010 speelde TomMcConville bij mij thuis een solo-gig.Ik zag hem eerder in Warwick folkfestival en later in t soldaatje,folkclub Noorwijkerhout,met Aaron Jones en Claire Mann,kocht toen 3 cds,en heb ze heel vaak gedraaid.Vond het geweldig ,dat hij bij mij thuis kwam spelen en het werd ook geweldig

Mooie ballades,afgewisseld en opgevuld met prachtige vioolsolos.Fantastisch hoe hij viool kan spelen en tegelijk ook nog kan zingen.En tussendoor nog tijd om het een en ander humoristisch aan elkaar te praten.

Al hoewel hij midden in de nacht al uit Newcastle was vertrokken,had hij toch nog voldoende energie om ook nog met enthousiasme mee te spelen bij de sesssie. Super-!!!

Een leuke sessie ook,met wat nieuwe gezichten,Jerry Kooyman ,die hele goede covers speelde van o.a. John Denver en Don mcLean,en Nout Grupstra ,die diverse instrumenten had meegebracht,en naarstig op zoek is naar een violist voor in zijn eigen band(cajun)Wederom heerlijke avond,met toch nog een aardig gevulde huiskamer met veel enthousiast mee zingende mensen.

Bedankt weer dat jullie er waren-!!!

 On Wednesday Januari 27th 2010,Tom mcConville played a solo gig at my home.I saw him before at Warwick Folkfestival,and later on ,at  t'Soldaatje,folkclub Noordwijkerhout,with Aaron Jones and Claire Mann,I bought then 3 cds and listen to them a lot.I think it was great he did want to come and play in my lounge,and it really was great.

Beautiful ballads,with fiddleplaying solos between and after.Fantastic the way he can play fiddle and singing together.And between the songs time to talk humouristic.Although he left Newcastle in the middle of the night,he still had energy left to play enthousiast with the session afterwards.A nice session,with some new faces,Jerry Kooyman,who played very good covers from John Denver and DonMcLean and Nout Grupstra,who did bring a copple of instruments and is looking for a fiddleplayer for his own band(Cajun)Again it was a wonderful evening,with a well filled lounge,with a good singing audience.

Thanks for coming .

The Newcastle fiddler.

 

He is one of the leading fiddleplayers of our time.

A virtuose musician and fantastic singer,his rich and warm voice makes his interpretation of traditional and competary song,greatly admired by singer all through the world.

He plays the fiddle in a long life passion.,musical delights from fast,rhythme dance tunes,through beautiful slow airs.

All presented with intimitable sence of humour and style

 


Roy Gullane.

 

Op vrijdagavond 11 december2009

kwam Roy Gullane bij mij thuis optreden.

in het AD/Haagsche Courant stond hij in een klein artikeltje van Jesica de Korte vermeld als een Schot in de huiskamer-of te wel een Schot in de roos-

En inderdaad,dat werd het---helemaal raak-helemaal goed en echt Schots.

Ik kende hem van de Tannahill Weavers en kwam er achter,dat hij ook wel eens solo wilde optreden..Hij heeft sinds kort ook een solo cd,-te bestellen via: www.amiestreet.com

Het werd een fantastische avond,met een full house, vol enthousiast publiek.

Roy speelde een reportoire vol zelfgekozen liedjes in maar liefst 3 sets en had toen ook nog genoeg energie over om mee te spelen met de sessie.

Hij praatte het geheel aan elkaar met grappige anekdotes .

Roy zei,dat hij graag nog eens terug wilde komen, en dat is zeker iets om naar uit te zien,een echte Schot in mijn huiskamer, met veel uitstraling en een mooie stem,wat wil je nog meer.

 

Zie ook mooie foto's bij mijn fotoverslag,gemaakt door fotograaf Michel v/d Heuvel.

 

Roy Gullane

 

On Fridaynight December 11 -2009

Roy Gullane came to play a gig at my home.

In the newspaper I read a little article of Jessica de Korte,saying a Scot in the lounge-or like a Dutch saying a S-hot in the heart-

And indeed-it was totally good-really fantastic and really Scottish.

I knew him from the Tannahill Weavers,and heard he did want to play solo.

Since a short time he also has a solo cd,order viawww.amiestreet.com

It became a fantastic night,with a full house,with a lot of enthousiatic public.

Roy played a repertoire of songs he choose by himself in 3 sets,and he still had energy left to play along with the session.

He talked between with funny little stories.

Roy said, he like to come back another time,and thats certainly something to look forward to,a real Scotsman in my lounge,with  a great charisma and a beautiful voice, what more do a person want .

 

See also nice pictures in my fotoverslag,made by photographer Michel v/d Heuvel.

Roy, as many of you will know, is along with Phil Smillie one of the two longest serving professional members of the Tannahills. He plays guitar, sings lead vocals, tells silly stories, and keeps us all laughing through adversity on the road.  He also has taken on the persona of booking agent for the band in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Roy has also done a lot of songwriting. He has recorded a solo album called "Not Only But Also..." including many of his own songs plus other favorites that he'd always wanted to record but hadn't had the chance.

Roy Gullane

Uit Wikipedia, de vrije encyclopedie

(

Glasgow

,

19 maart

1949

) is een

Schotse

folkmuzikant. Hij is

zanger

en

gitarist

. Hij is onder andere met

Phil Smillie

oprichter van de befaamde Schotse folkband

The Tannahill Weavers

. De band werd opgericht in 1968 en Roy is dan ook één van de oudste leden van de groep. Inmiddels hebben zij 16 albums geproduceerd.

www.myspace.com/gullanedejong

ROY GULLANE,

From Wikipedia,the free encyclopedia

Glasgow ,March 19-1949 is a Scottish folkartist.He is a singer and a guitarist.He plays among others with Phil Smillie,the founder of the famous Scottish folkgroup The Tannahill Weavers.

The band started in 1968 and Roy is one of the oldest members of the group.

Till so far they produced 16 albums.

KIERAN HALPIN

 

Zondagavond 15 november 2009

kwam Kieran Halpin zijn lange tour van concerten in mijn huis afsluiten.


Het was het 39ste in 42 dagen.

Het werd een fijne avond,met veel enthousiast publiek.

Er was zelfs door Jessica de Korte een artikeltje geschreven voor de AD/Haagsche courant,d.d.13/11

    

       FOLK IN DE HUISKAMER.

Ierse muziek past het beste in een gezellige,knusse ruimte.daarom nodigt Karin Pronk geregeld bands uit in haar huiskamer,nabij de Dedemsvaartweg.Zondag is Kieran Halpin aan de beurt.

Zijn nummers werden door artiesten als Ilse de Lange en Niamph Parsons gecovered en hij heeft dit jaar alweer zijn negentiende album uitgebracht.Een hardwerkende singer/songwriter dus.Muzikanten kunnen hun instrumenten meenemen,want naar Iers gebruik is er achteraf een sessie.Voor reserveren en het precieze adres:[email protected] of 0703296864.


  Al met al was het genieten...!! Voor iedereeen ,die er weer bij was,bedankt.

Since 1979 Kieran halpin has recorded 17 albums,one live-dvd and published 2 songbooks.He is a succesfull songwriter with many of his songs covered by other artists,such as Ilse de Lange,Vin Garbutt,TommcConville,Niamph Parsons and the Battlefield band.Live on stage Halpin makes his mark.Powerful and passionate,intimate and intense.His voice has such an edge to it that he sounds like he is living every song.He has managed to marry his intilligent and thought provoking lyrics ,great melodies and has developed over the years into a writer with a style of his own.

KIERAN HALPIN .

On Sunday November 15 -2009

Kieran Halpin came in my home,to finish off his long tour of concerts.

It was number 39 into 42 days.

It was a nice evening with an enthuasiatic public.

There was even a little article in the local newspaper 13/11,wrote by Jessica de Korte

 

FOLK IN THE LOUNGE

Irish music sounds best in a cosy,intimate space,that's the reason Karin Pronk invites regular musicians into her lounge,near de Dedemsvaartweg.

This Sunday its Kieran Halpins turn.

His tracks were covered by artists,like Ilse de Lange and Niamph Parsons,and this year he allready brings his 19 album.

A hardworking singer/songwriter so.

Musicians can bring their instruments ,because of the Irish habit there will be a possibility for a session afterwards.

For information and reservation mail: [email protected] or phone 0703296864.

 

HOWEVER IT WAS ENJOYABLE. FOR EVERYONE WHO WAS THERE AGAIN ,THANKS.

Pete Morton

Op Zaterdag 24 oktober 2009

trad Pete Morton op in mijn huiskamer.

Ik zag hem voor het eerst in 'Soldaatje-folkclub Noordwijkerhout,en vond hem meteen FANTASTISCH. De cd's ,die ik toen kocht,bleef ik draaien,en wat begon als een grap,met Monique,een vriendin:"Ik vraag hem of hij thuis komt zingen...",pakte goed uit....hij bleek graag op de uitnodiging in te gaan en kwam speciaal voor een weekend over uit Engeland. Het werd een fantastisch optreden,met veel publiek,die ook heel enthousiast mee zongen. Heel bijzonder was het ook, om hem Nederlands te horen zingen.   Nice memories:pictures+you tube filmpjes.

ARTIKEL OVER HEM

Pete Morton wordt beschouwd als een van de beste Engelse singer-songwriters. Hij heeft een prachtige stem, die doet denken aan Cat Stevens, en een gedreven heel eigen gitaarstijl. Zijn liedjes bestrijken thema's uit het hele leven, van liefde tot politiek, van zeer persoonlijke verhalen tot wereldnieuws. Maar hoe donker de teksten soms ook zijn, er gloort altijd hoop aan de horizon. Zijn lied 'Another train' is al een klassieker en voor veel mensen over de hele wereld 'a song of hope'. Zijn laatste CDCasa Abierta bevat tien liedjes in tien verschillende talen. Daarop waagt hij zich aan het Nederlands met 'Avond' van Boudewijn de Groot. Begin komend jaar komt een nieuwe weer volledig Engelstalige CD uit met daarop een aantal prachtige nummers die we al kennen van zijn optredens: Good enough for me, The gorilla song, The sock on the line, Bigger than life, When we sing together.
Veel singer-songwriters zijn in zichzelf gekeerd. Pete niet, hij kan zijn publiek geweldig vermaken met zijn typisch Engelse humor en zelfspot. (uit:www.folkforum.nl)

www.petemorton.com

PETE MORTON

On Saturday October 24th Pete Morton played in my lounge..

I saw him for the first time in Folkclub "t soldaatje-Noordwijkerhout",en thought he was FANTASTIC, the cd I bought then I put on and on,and what started as a joke with a friend Monique,like: "I m going to ask him ,if he wants to sing at my home",became really true.He just accepted the invitation,and came special for me from England to Holland, just for a weekend..It was a fantastic gig,with a lot of audience,who also sing along with him.It was very special to hear him sung Dutch.Nice memories:pictures+you tube videos.

FROM AN ARTICLE ABOUT HIM :

Pete Morton is one of the best English singer/songwriters.He has a beautiful voice,sounds like Cat Stevens,and plays guitar on his own special way.His songs are about all situations in life,from love to politicy,from personal stories to worldnews.But although his lyriscs are a bit dark sometimes, there is always a light waiting on the horizon.His song"Another train" is a classical and for a lot of people on the whole world a song of hope.His latest cd"Casa Abierta"contains 10 songs in 10 different languages.He also is brave enough to sing in Dutch the song"Avond" from Boudewijn de Groot.

At the beginning of next year,there will be another new cd,with some beautiful tracks,we allready know from his gigs; Good enough for me, The gorilla song,The sock on the line,Bigger then life,When we sing together.A lot of singer/songwriters are a little bit introvert,not Pete ,he is superb entertainer with his typical English humour and self knowledge.(from www.folkforum.nl)www.petemorton.com

 

 

Daithi Rua

Sept 2009

Daithi Rua( of Red David,i.v.m,zoals hij zelf zegt zijn" lange rode haren") zag ik voor het eerst op de Scheveningse boulevard tijdens het festival "Ierland aan zee"met Aidin Burke.


Ik was toen zeer onder de indruk van zijn optreden.

Later zag ik hem in Vlaardingen(nov 2008)en in Mulligans-Amsterdam deze zomer,met Ed Veltrop,FANTASTIC-!!!

Kort daarna vroeg ik hem om solo op te treden bij mij thuis, hij was meteen enthousiast,en zijn performance op 6 september was heel imponerend.

Ook speelde hij vol energie daarna nog door met de sessie, het ene nummer na het andere volgde.Ook zijn vriend Pluim uit Belgie vertolkte heel mooi een gaelic song.

Daithi is veel on tour in Noorwegen en Belgie, af en toe gelukkig ook in Nederland en zeker en vast wil hij terugkomen voor "another gig"

Meer van Daithi Rua: www.daithirua.com  


DAITHI RUA

 

Daithi Rua,or Red David,because as he said by himself,of his long red hair.

I saw him for the first time on the boulevard in Scheveningen,during the festival Ireland on sea,with Aidin Burke.I was most impressed.

Later I saw him back in Vlaardingen(nov 2008) and in Mulligans-Amsterdam,this summer,with Ed Veltrop.FANTASTIC.

Shortly after that I asked him,if he want to come and play a gig at my place,and he was very enthusiatic to do so.

His performance on Sept 6th was really very impressing.

Afterwards he played also with a lot of energy along with the session,a lot of Irish/Scottish traditionals came along.

Also his friend from Belgium,Pluim joined in to sing a Gaelic song.

Daithi is much on tour in Norway and Belgium,but luckily enough now and then in Holland too,and he said he certainly want to come back in my lounge to play another gig.

More about Daithi:www.daithirua.com

 

 

Summerfolk


19 Juni 2009


King's Galliard


 

It was great to see them singing in my lounge,my favourite folkgroup when I was 18.

Part of King Galliard's said YES to play in my lounge.

Thanks very much :Frenk van Meeteren,Lenneke Willems and Jan Erik Noske.Hope you will come again.

 

Sarah McQuaid
Febr 2009


Sarah McQuaid  trad 2x op in mijn huiskamer, beide concerten waren heel geslaagd. Bij het eerste concert zong zij zelfs in het Nederlands!!! Een grote verrassing . De 2e keer begeleidde Maarten Willems haar bij de titelsong van haar eerste cd.


Ik zag haar voor het eerst in 2007 tijdens een optreden bij het jaarlijkse folkfestival in Sidmouth en vond haar heel goed.

Haar eerste cd, die ik toen kocht, heb ik daarna talloze keren gedraaid. Inmiddels is er een 2e cd verschenen in een meer Amerikaanse sfeer en nu werkt zij aan een 3e cd, die waarschijnlijk eind dit jaar uitkomt.

Sarah vroeg mij of zij in 2011 nogmaals bij mij kan optreden.

Lets hope so!!!


Meer van Sarah McQuaid: www.sarahmcquaid.com

SARAH MCQUAID

 

Sarah mcQuaid performed twice in my lounge,both concerts were very succesfull.

At the first concert she surprised me to sing into Dutch too..

The second time Maarten Willems played with her on his fiddle,with the titlesong of her first cd.

I saw her for the first time in 2007,when she gave a gig at the yearly Sidmouth folkfestival,and thought she was great.Her first cd,which I thenbought,was for many times on my cdplayer.

Since then she made a second cd,in a more American atmosphere,and now she works on a 3th cd.This will be ready by the end of the year.

Sarah asked if

Tom Mc Conville&Chris Newman

Sunday Januari 26 -2014

The first winterafternoon at my lounge.

 The first concert of 2014…and how lovely it was.

 Tom Mc Conville came back for the third time to my lounge.He was there in 2010 and 2012 before)

This time he took his good friend Chris Newman with him.He did make a joke about,saying:

””.I do play with my good friend this time,but not to often,cause we like to stay friends”

It was a wonderful combination.

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Chris Newman  a great British acoustic guitarist I saw playing at Warwick folk festival in 2006 as the partner of the Irish harper Máire Ní Chathasaigh, And how special it was to see him now at my own lounge.

Underneath the biography of Tom.

Tom McConville, primarily known as The Newcastle Fiddle Player, is one of the leading fiddle players of our time. A virtuoso musician and fantastic singer, his rich and warm voice makes his interpretation of traditional and contemporary songs greatly admired by singers throughout the world.

In great demand as a performer, session musician and teacher, playing the fiddle is his lifelong passion and he has achieved every player’s dream of creating his own unique, instantly recognizable sound.

His live performances combine a rollercoaster of musical delights from fast, rhythmic dance tunes , through beautiful slow airs and of course, great singing. All presented with his inimitable sense of humour and style

And really so it is.!!

How I enjoyed this lovely gig he played again at my house.

Thank you ever so much Tom.Also thanks to the lovely audience who came along,and a  full house after al !!Thanks to Gert,Richard ,Maarten and everyone else who promoted and ask around to get my lounge filled in .And a delicious buffet and session afterwards .A very special afternoon it was.

 

Simon Kempston,with the Teetotallers

14 December 2013

 

Last Saturday we did have the last concert of this year at my lounge

A special winternight in Christmas atmosphere.

It was very special to listen Simon Kempston, a young  Scottish singer/songwriter from Dundee, based in Edinburgh. He is travelling a lot around Europe and did wait more then 2 years for the possibility to play at the lounge cause bizar enough ,its allways so much filled in here with loads of artists who do like to play on this very little stage.
However he finally came and did sing a lot of his own work.

Good storytelling about the songs and  between with several jokes.

An  acoustic fingerstyle guitarist composed and performed original and contemporary acoustic music steeped in the traditions of folk, celtic and blues music.

The songs bear all the hallmarks of an experienced craftsman who works tirelessly to produce music which is captivating, beautiful, distinctive, and above all, relevant.

And most important a very sympatic man in his way of manners, and I most appreciate how he did play with my grandson Jack. However it was lovely to meet him .

Very special it also was the way the Dutch folkgroup The Teetootalers played at his support.

 They played before ,more then two years ago to support Daithi Rua in my lounge .

Although good they were then,but very much growed together now and they did play 30 minutes real good folk.

A good choice of music,played with lots of energy bringing to us the real folky atmosphere like we were in Ireland and Scotland all together.

As they said on their site they are really in for every pubsong,knowing how to transform the area into a very lively active place to be.

You can hardly stay sit down on your chair ,but would like to join in and dance all the time.

Between beautiful ballads came along and it was a  big surprise ,to hear Cathinca van Sprundel sing one of my favourite Dougie mc Lean songs “Caledonia”

A very enthuasiastic band they are these three young people.

Beautiful instruments they know all about.

Lovely to see and hear Dries Coone play on his whistles,really great.

 And how superb Tijn Berends was playing on his mouth-organ combinated with his guitar.thats one of my favourite combinations in the folk music.

Interesting to know Tijn is also playing as a duo with Erik de Jong. I saw them at Noordfolk, the lovely festival Bert Ridderbos and Linde Nijland did organize last October and was very impressed there too. Hope to catch them as a support in future…?!

Thanks everyone who came along to join in at this last concert of the year, which was in the beginning quite hard to fill in-(only 12 people on the guestlist)-but in the end a lot more came along, so we had almost a full house there.

Thanks also to Sheep on the boat who were all there too and stayed in so nicely for the lovely session More abpout them as a support for Bill Parker ,May coming and to the other musicians,who did again.And so nice there were new people too who did sung lovely on the session...Thank you Anneloes Middendorp.,so happy we meet at the Tannahill Weavers ,last november .And how great Simon did have the energy to play also along there,cause he had an early rise to do next morning,leavingf for Breittany to play an Sunday afternoon gig overthere.

 And last but not least:Thank to Maarten Willems who did lead this session ago like he did  so many times before.!

OTHER ROADS

13-11-13

And then they came back.The lovely band Other Roads(former members of the John Wright band)

For a long time I knew they would be at my lounge again,this november month. And so the audience knew.I did have a full house booked in allready at a very early day.  AND SO we had a very well filled in lounge for these three musicians,who toured last week in Denmark and had there first gig in Holland this tour at my place.

How lovely they were. Nice to see them before the gig and my grandson Jack was very impressed by them all.He prefered reading  books with Gregor and keep them busy all the time.

Their performance was really fantastic. They had a lot of interaction with the very enthusiastic audience,real fans who came from all over Holland to my lounge. The atmoshere was lovelt and there was a lot of sing along to do !!

Beautiful ballads sung by graet singer/songwrites :Pete Abott & Dave Walmisley mixed between very lively fiddle music played by the great fiddleplayer Gregor Borland .It feels like we were in Scotland.

Afterwards there came a nice session,although it did start up a little bit slow,because there was a lot of meet&greet to do with the  guys from the band.

And also of the late show with lots of encores,we did start quiet late.So it wasnt that well organized at that part,but never mind,its just the way the session can be after this kind of lounge  concerts.The plan is there is allways the possibility for a session afterwards,but also for a meet&greet and sometimes that takes a little bit longer then expected. Nevertheless at the lounge sessions there will allways be room for people to play,sing,dance ,whatever, all togehter or just by themselves. That is what I  like very much about this informal possiblity that the people can show what they want. Sometimes its lovely all together ,people now what they are doing,sometimes just duo’s or a solo performance.GREAT…I love it.. Thanks to all people who played again afterwards during the session. And also to the visitors who came to watch,cause without them it wouldnt be the same…like OTHER ROADS said….!!

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Martyn Wyndham Read,

with support from 4somefolk

Saturday November 2

About two years ago Vin Garbutt played at my lounge, and it was because of him I invited Martyn Wydham Read at my home.

So I waited about two years for his man.

To be honest I never heard about him before that but I was very curious, so I did order a few cd’s ,found  him on you tube –this man and his music and listened to the enthusiastic stories about him , told to me by his true fans all over the years, people out of the audienc of the houseconcerts.

So it was really something finally to meet the  man, to listen to him at my lounge.

There came real fans of him to the gig ,it was nice meeting them too.Also very special was the support before from  the folkgroup 4somefolk.Very nice how these 4 good musicians played all together.4SomeFolk bestaat uit de folkliefhebbers Anika, Hans, Louis en John. De drie laatstgenoemden speelden jaren samen in de folk-groep Knijn. Toen Knijn begin januari 2011 na 30 jaar stopte met reguliere optredens vonden Hans, John en Louis dat hun muzikale kaarsjes nog niet gedoofd waren. Zij besloten daarom hun krachten nogmaals te bundelen en samen met Johns vrouw Anika was muziekgroep 4SomeFolk compleet.

Very special they did want to play the support for Martyn,cause John Cameroon know him for such a long time. Thanks folks!!

As a bonus I saw him again at a special birthday party ,last Sunday afternoon.

It was very special to listen to his songs, and his choice of songs from other singer/songwrites like Graeme Miles (Where ravens feed),Stan Graham ,Mike Silver (Jackeroo)and ,Mike OÇonnor,Ewan mcGoll and Eric Bogle.

This very friendly man, more then 40 years on the road, was settled for a long time in Australia,bases in England again, travelling all over the world, knows so many people,so many stories,poems ans songs because of that.

A great story teller he is. ...!

It was a great pleasure and privilege to meet him finally in person.

 When I asked him yesterday about the possibility of travellingproblems(yet-leg)he was just back from USA<landing In England,coming to Holland for the weekend and leaving for Australia next week he said:” O no,I just goes on and on  and when I do land somewhere else I m so excited to be ,I just think lets  go for it. “Like he answered on a question about retiring soon,he said:”Well  what I like to do when I m retired is making music…so I just go on.”

Thanks Martyn for coming over, thanks to the audience for joining  in and also play at a very nice session afterwards all together. …!!!

 

Friday October 18- 2013

LUCY WARD

And back to the lounge came Lucy at that warm Autumn night.-Friday October 18 th. And so was her performance again, warm with loads of strength.What an energy Lucy has, what a dynamic ,what a voice and what a charisma !!I feel very fortunated she did want to play again at my lounge.Like last year she was lovely again with loads of humor too.How I love her songs and tunes. It was all so exciting to see her back.We did have a full house for Lucy and the audience did love her again.A great night it was all over ,with lots of interaction between her and the audience.It was great to see a few new people also did arrive to the loungeconcerts. Hope to see them back another time.So nice to see that again there was a real fan from Lucy all the way from Derby to The Hague:Kieran JohnMason,thanks for joining in again.Thanks also to all the musicians who did stay in for the lovely session, happily lead by Maarten Willems again. Nice to discover that Pim Boekestijn,a new musician at the lounge, decided on that moment to play on his guitar in public again after 12 years of silence to do so….!That was really something very special.A bonus later on was for me I was able to follow Lucy to the North on the Sunday, where the great Linde Nijland&Bert Ridderbos did organize a very well planned in little festival in Autumn-Noordfolk -at the beautiful location Coco Maria. Lovely to see and hear also there and so good to find out that also on stage came the wonderful Fred Piek, with his beautiful daughter Arnee. How well they played together.How good to realize Fred will come back to my lounge with a solo program in combination as a duo performance with Maarten Willems, Dutch singer/songwriter solo too and accompanied by the great Frenk van Meeteren. We should have to wait for that…more about that will follow later on, but I already can babble that it will be in April, when the spring is coming in after this lovely autumn time all together…..!!!

Saturday Oct 5

Phil Hare

What a good night we all had .

On Sat. Oct 5th Phil Hare

came back to the lounge.

A lot of people knew him from 2 years before,when he was supported by Paul O’Brien and Kate Huber.

This year his support was from An Scadan Orga,(which means A golden Haring) a just recent started up folkband ,who played their debut performance  at my lounge. It was good to listen to Richard Schoon on whistles, Jessica de Korten on fiddle/vocals  and Charlie Chalmers on guitar/vocals.

 A wonderful surprise and a bonus was the fact Jessica rembered the way I did  meet her in lokaal Vredebreuk at 2006,when she sung one of my favourite songs Garden Valley,written by Dougie McLean .It was because of this ,she got my attention and we keep in touch ever since,I also saw her a few times playing with Paul O’Brien.So it was lovely to hear her sing this song again.

After the break we all enjoyed to listen to the mighty guitarist from Engeland:Phil Hare.

 There he was again, playing so well all those lovely tunes on the guitar.  How I loved: Music for a found harmonium  and si begh si mor.

Also his selfpenned were great .His voice, his performance, his songs it all fits in together and I love the way he wears his hat !!

After his gig Phil had a lot of energy left to join in with the session over and over again and even find time to give Gert van der Slikke a private lession on his guitar.

Thanks everyone who joined in as an audience once again and alsof or those who stayede for the jamsession and played along. I must say we all did manage to  create another lovely night. ….

       

 


SEASON 2013-2014

JudithHaswell&Trish McLean

Saturday Sept 21

Two ladies from Yorkshire came to the lounge at Saturday September 21th to open the new season of the loungeconcerts.

To be honest I didnt really know what to expect, I did listen to them at you tube It,sounded nice...but it was because of the advise from Vin Garbutt to invite them to my home.

Well how well it was to listen to Vin. They were marvellous.

The way they performed was just great.

Beautiful lyrics, lovely tunes, two great voices which sounded so perfectly together ..

It was all did fit in so good. They did start with the swallow song, they told us that’s the way they always open.Well it was really overwhelming for the audience. After that they went on with several totally different songs,but it all was in a perfect combination.

A lot of interaction with the audience, loads of British humor.

Also ballads with a sad story.

A big impression on me made the lovely written song by Trish about her great granda who died in the first world war and left her great gran mother with seven small children behind.

 A lot of chorusses, with the songs,well told by them before we had to sing. It all worked out lovely. So we did share a superb night all together to celebrate the opening gig of this new season….!!!

Happy I do have their lovely cd now :“beginning to see the light “äs a lovely memory.

 

Summerfolk 5.

PILGRIMSWAY 

My end of seasonparty ,

To start with an open mic with:

*Fabian Schrama,wasnt he lovely?

The way he played and sung was really very good. I felt honoured that ,although he is used to bigger audiences he was perfectly ok which such a small space as folk in the lounge is.

Henk Dorrestijn,back at Summerfolk. I like his humor and songs a lot .It was good to see him again,the brother of………….?!

Rob van Leersum

New to Summerfolk,he was on the list last year allready,very impressed the way he played at his guitar with 12 strings.

Bart van Beeveren &Dennis Den Ouden. I meet Bart at a gig of Real Time,he made it clear to me he was inspired by the great Kenny Speirs and curious to hear I invited him to play at the open mic. Nice to see he did bring his musical friend Dennis den Ouden. I loved the way they covered songs written by  Kieran Halpin and Damien Rice

Musonius, This is the man who came for the third time at Summerfolk. A real troubadour with well penned self written songs in the atmosphere of the Middle-ages. Good to have him back again.And how we look forward to his cd……!!

Simon Oak.

Dedicated to Irish folk for about 7 years now. Good to hear how lovely he played the Irish music….!!

Johnny Verger –did play 4 songs of his last cd. I really did enjoy that very much. Beautiful lyrics and tunes of his seflpenned songs.

Sheep on the boat

Just a new young band ,found only this Februari.,named after the fisrt song they played at public. And what a big impression they did make on the audience and me. People did ask to see more of them in the future. And so do I…

PILGRIMS WAY

And the after the open mic it was time for the band .How special it was they came special all the way from England just for this gig at my lounge.

Happy I was able to invite them, because Gill Loomes introduced me to  Edwin Beasant,  one of the members at the Warwick Folk Festival in 2011.I was very impressed when I listened to their first cd,which they launched at that time. Looking forward for a long time to finally see them at my lounge. It was worth waiting let me tell you that. Their gig was really SUPERB DUPERB…!!What a music, what an instruments, what a voice,what a good choice of melodies and what a way of playing. SO MUCH energy ,that they could even dance when they played. And on a certain point it inspired for Maarten Willems and me on a suggestion of Joland Pronk  to dance too at their music. There was just enough space to do a little Scottish …

THE SESSION

Was lovely as allways…very different again, a bonus was the fact Tijn Berends of the Teetotallers joined in. A lot of music came around ,great combinated by Maarten Willems again as session leader. So happy to see the members from Pilgrims Way had saved enough enrgy fort his too. Unbelieveable they all joined in time after time. WHAT A GREAT ATMOSHERE..Thank you all so much…!And  special thanks to Engelberthus &Jolande Pronk for introducing again the nice song they made for me to say thank you to me for the whole folk season this year. It did make me feel emotional.

Thanks every one for join in this night and many times before ,hope you will come back to the lounge time after time.There certainly is booked a great new season to come,kick off with two ladies from the UK at September 21th.

Friday May 31th

KYLE CAREY,

with Craig Werth& Ronnie Goodin

 And  then  there was the second concert in the month of May.

The last concert of the season before the end of seasonparty Summerfolk in June.

For this night Kyle Carey came along with Craig Werth from USA &Ronnie Goodin from Limburg.

I was looking forward for a long time to Kyle’s performance.

 Cause I really did like to fit her in last year ,when she was on tour in Holland, but because of the two fiddlers I had that time in May,she really couldnt come along.

Anyhow there she finally was, and how superb she did sung !!I did love her beautiful songs(recognizing them from her beautiful debut cd I did collect last year) The way she sung Gaelic songs,was lovely.

She calls it Gaelic Americana, interested as she is in Scotland, where her ancestors came from .With her came as a bonus for me cause I didnt expect him at first a great singer/songwriter from  USA –Craig Werth.

 How I love his songs and voice.

 It was a delight to listen to him too and the way their voices harmoned was really marvellous.

To make this even more musical cachet there came Ronnie Goodin, original named Ron Janssen.

This superb musician Kyle did meet last year when she was touring around in Limburg. I wouldnt have miss him !

So we all had a superb night last Friday.

Happy enough there came some people along,although it werent that much,which was pity,cause they really did miss a lot.

But for many reason there couldnt be more audience helas.

The people who stayed were very enthusiastic to play at the session afterwards and so were the artists.S

o thank you very much to be there again: Richard Schoon&Gert van der Slikke on whistle, Jerry Kooyman on guitar and voice,Simon Oak,on many instruments&voice, Rieke Pronk on fiddle, Jolande&Maarten Pronk on the bodhran, Maarten Willems on mandoline&voice. Engelberthus Pronk,voice..

and thanks to Kyle,Ronnie & Craig to be there all the time !!!

Vrijdag 3 Mei

MIRIAM ERASMUS
with support act from EDIE CAREY

What a lovely night we had with this two ladies.

Because of the May holiday we didn’t have a full house,

but it didn’t really matter.

The atmosphere was lovely…warm….and great !

Edie Carey from USA on tour in Holland for this two weeks did find me and ask if there was room for her to play, I already was booked in for that moment for Miriam Erasmus, but we did sort something out, she agreed to play only a support act this time. Hope she will come back for a whole night in future.

Cause I like to hear a lot more from her. What a great singer/songwriter she is. Beautiful tunes, lovely guitar playing like Paul O’Brien said and great lyrics.

This award winner singer/songwriter from Chicago.

The backstage was very special too,

cause Edie did bring her husband and beautiful baby boy son Luca  with her ,which it all made it more special cause it was nice meeting with my grandson Jack.

 

This all was a lovely way to start the musical night quiet early.

After Edie it was Miriam Erasmus who made the show.

Such a different style of singing ,but also very impressing .All those lovely songs Miriam did choose to sing, mixed up with self penned ones….great surprise there was, she did song special for me a Scottish song, cause she discovered I m very much into Scotland, how I loved the way she sung the “Sky Boat song .

I loved her humor and performance,can understand she is at home a great puppetshow player too.

She came all the way up from South-Africa(But just from England now, where she is touring around, this Lady of the folk for 40 years !!).

So we were all treated also on songs in African language and into Afrikaans.

A really superb performances of both the Ladies.

Another night again to remember.

Thanks to all the people who did came along and stayed for the session afterwards.

 Good to see Paul O’Brien was back again and so was Jan van der Kleij and lovely whistle player Richard Schoon .

Nice to see the new bodhran of Jolande Pronk,that can give an extra dimension on the sessions which will follow.

Just for one time it was funny too, there were 3 of mine cats among the audience, normal there are out of the way for a copple of hours,not disturbing to much,but with all the bedrooms filled in with babies and stuff there wasn’t a possibilitie to leave the cats there,so they joined in and I think they were most impressed.!!!

 

Kirsty McGee ,with Quiet Loner

Saturday April 20

Support from Finvarra.

 

 Last Saturdaynight we had another great night at the lounge.

 Kirsty McGee came along with Quiet Loner and there was a support from FINVARRA. It all was superb....thanks to the lovely singing,playing,chatting and atmosphere.

Also the session was very special,new people came along..and again there was Peter Hersbach with his super bass.

It  was a great night,so finally see Kirsty McGee at my lounge,

we did make this deal quiet a long time ago. It was a big surprise for me she did bring Quiet Loner with her.

Kirsty has a lovely voice which brings you in a special mood I think. Superb to listen too.

Beautiful  love songs ,a lot of lovely self penned songs made with haunting tunes.

A very special  atmosphere came around in the lounge. Very nice also she invited lovely bass palyer Peter Hersbach out of the public to play with her for 2 songs. It did bring a special dimension to her jazzy songs.

And like I said before the big surprise of the night was Quiet Loner. Very much impressed by this great sing&songwriter from Manchester ,on tour in Holland for the first time !!

Don’t forget to think back on the supportact from Finvarra. How great they played all together. And how wonderful Dieke Elfring did sing at my request the beautiful song MOTHERLAND. It was amazing how they managed to fit in again at my little lounge.

The session which came afterwards was superb too with a lot of energy left from the artists. Joined in by the musicians from the audience. Great to meet Willem Noorderstrand who came all the way down from Groningen, what a lovely surprise he did play those wonderful songs from Dougie McLean,.Good to see Peter Hersbach back again. And thanks very much to the goldie oldie folkies during the session. !!

 

Zaterdag 6 april

MAARTEN WILLEMS

&Frenk van Meeteren, with guestplayer Frank Verlaan.

Last Saturday, he was there again.!

Maarten Willems returned to the lounge. Again he was singing his beautiful own-penned songs.

With a poem between.

 It is allways very special to see Maarten back, cause it was all around him how the houseconcerts really started. He was the one who give me the courage and idea to start and later on with the enthusiatic “YES” of Sarah McQuaid it carried on…and on….

Maarten managed again to get the audience all together into a real fantastic atmosphere.  Real fans of him did recognize his songs and were very happy to sing along with him .

A lot of his tunes do have the quality they stay in your mind for quiet a while. So dont be surprise if you suddenly start singing a song a few days later. ….

Maarten was  accompanied again by the great musician Frenk van Meeteren(for the goldie oldie folkies well known from the former folkgroup King’s Galliard)So it all was lovely. Very special because the was also a part for guestplayer Frank Verlaan(Maarten’s duopartner from Salty Dog)and very spontaneousthere was a new person ready for the lounge concerts. His name is: Peter Hersbach. He managed to play on his very special homemade bass instrument ,as like he was there for ever before. Hipe to see him back.

Not forget the part of Govert Willems on the spoons,it sounded great,as allways.

The session around Frenk van Meeteren was worth to stay for afterwards, lovely the way Jolande Pronk did manage to play with her whistle together with all the musicians.

Certainly a night to remember.!!

 


Stephen Quigg

30-3-13

A Scottish Easter.

  And there he came again…back to the lounge, helas again without Nick Keir,duo from te former McCalmans,due to his illness.Stephen Quigg,who played a beautiful gig unexpected last year,did play again at my lounge solo……AND how superb it was again.Real Scottish atmosphere was there, because of his lovely singing, choice of songs and humoristic chats between.Special with a lot of sing a longs with chorus from the audience. It wasn’t a very much filled in lounge, probably because of the Easter celebrations this weekend ,but neverr the less the audience who joined in, were very enthusiastic and it all work out great.What a lovely surprise Stephen did song the beautiful Scottish song Caledoniafrom DougieMcLean special for me.And another lovely surprise that he did bring his lovely wife from Denmark:Prunilla Quigg,who is working on a cd, and did sing some songs as a guestplayer for Stephen. And how special it was they finished off together with the beautiful song Amazing Grace.It was a wonderful gig again Stephen did realize to make. And so was the very small session afterwards, nice the way James Jones, John Cameroon-Webb and his wife Anika Gerrtits, members from folkgroup 4somefolk (more about them will follow with the two other members of that group as a suppoThanks all who came a long,to make this special Easter night to a successful night rt act for Martyn Wydham Reed-this November following)joined in with Richard Schoon and Jolande Pronk..!!!!

SARAH MC QUAID
13-3-13 Celebratingmy birthday.


What a wonderful way to celebrate my birthday Wednesdaynight.


I feel most fortunate that all those lovely people joined in to be the audience of the artist I invited to help me celebrate my bithday again.


Sarah Mc Quaid, a most lovely artist.

Very special to me ,she feels like a friend,inviting me to her home,where I did spend a wonderful time in beautiful Cornwall .

Very special also because she was the first artist from Britain who was brave enough to say “yes” on my invitation,didnt know what to expect,a houseconcert in The Hague?


I first meet her at Sidmouth folkfestival 2007 and felt directly very attracted to her most wonderful voice.

Her songs with beautiful lyrics did something to me.

And how honoured I felt,she simply said YES I will sing at your lounge.


First time she came was in March 2008,she even did learn three Dutch birthday songs for it ,from Linde Nijland.


What a surprise it was then…and so it was last Wednesday.

 She came back for the 4th time ..It was superb again.


The atmosphere,the songs,the lyrics ,the sing/alongs,the tunes,the guitar-playing how very special it all was.

Also very special Sarah did dedicate her beautiful song “The last song” to Lara,Jack and me.


Very special also was the fact the lovely Fred Piek was among the guests.


And so was the jamsession afterwards.

What a moment when the audience song for me on 24.00h to congratulate.


How lovely Jessica de Korte did sing one of my favourite DougieMcLean songs”Garden Valley”” for me .


Jan van der Kley –"Forever young" from Bob Dylan and Maarten Willems,who translated his Dutch song “”Kom maar hier mijn liefste”special for me into English””Come closer to me my darling."

THANKS ever so much everyone who played at the session ..coming back again Hanneke&Arie Janissen ,special from Tilburg(Folk at home) ,

Martijn Breeman with his beautiful written songs,Maarten Pronk on the bodhran,Govert Willems on spoons again.

Great to hear ” the JOHANNA” song again written and sung by Henk Dorrestijn.


Lovely whistle playing from Richard Schoon and Gert van der Slikke.

And fiddle time for Rieke Pronk and Jessica de Korte again. Thanks everyone!!

Ailie Robertson


Friday Februari 22-2013


  What a night,last night….Very impressed by Ailie Robertson,the lady with the harp.


I did meet Ailie during her performance at the Outside Track band at Sidmouth folkfestval  in 2007 and decicided to be brave enough to do a workshop harp she did teach.


We did mail each other now and then and I gave her the offer whenvever she should be in Holland,tocome and play in my lounge.


And so it all started and at last this month in 2013 Ailie landed finally in Holland,that was a premiere for her , like it was for me to hear a harpist musician  at my lounge.


Happily enough  thanks to Leo Plugge &Sandra Jansen van Galen who did gave the offer to take Ailie from the airport, cause it could be most complicated to travel by tram with a harp.


And so we all did have a wonderful night with a  very special concert:


Ailie Robertson from Edinburghbeautiful playing on the harp.·

At first she was not sure if  it should be to much for theaudience ;only instrumental harp without singing,but it certainly wasn’t at all !!


Like Gert van der Slikke said: “Betoverend mooi. Ik geloof dat nog nooit een heel publiek zo ademloos stil heb horen luisteren.


And: Wat een prachtig huisconcert was dat!!!! Overtrof al mijn (toch al hooggespannen) verwachtingen!!!!!


And Richard Schoon admitted by saying: “Het was nog nooit zó stil bij Karin in de lounge. Haar woonkamer werd gevuld met de prachtige klanken van Ailie Robertson. Het was een concert om nog lang van na te genieten.”


Andthat is certainly true….!!!

Beautiful sound like in a fairytale, filled the lounge ,even better then I expected,

A cocert to think back about and still enjoying in mind…..


Alsovery special was the fact, that once again there were new people among the audience who did join in at the session afterwards.

So it was super to meet Maarten Pronk at last  and hear him play the bodhran,and Gwendolyn de Boer,Danny Kegel and Dagmar Cloosterman playing all together with  Gert van der Slikke. Goldie oldies Rieke Pronk on the fiddle,Maarten Willems  on mandoline ,Jolande Pronk on the spoons and Richard Schoon on the whistle.


Lovely to see also people from the world of the harp,all because I was able to put an article on the page of the Dutch Harp organisation.


 Huisconcert in Den Haag


Ailie Robertson is a musician in the broadest sense: composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso. “Her synthesis of Irish, Scottish and contemporary harping technique into an individual style represents the realization of otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic harp” (Niall Keegan, 2006).She has some of the most impressive credentials in the Scottish harp world. A 5-time National Mod Gold Medalist, she was also 1st prizewinner at the inaugural London Harp Competition, and bestoverall musician at the Edinburgh Competition Festival. She has represented Commun na Clarsach for Scotland at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland, and in 2005 she was awarded a scholarship from the ESU in recognition of her ‘virtuosic clarsach playing’, and was a winner of the St Albans New Roots award. She was the winner of the Live Ireland award for ‘Instrumental Cut of the Year’ for her debut album ‘First Things First’.She has performed all around globe, and is recognised for her unique fusion of Scottish, Irish and contemporary styles.Zij is een byzondere harpiste, ik ontmoette haar in 2006 bij Folkfestival Sidmouth en volgde bij haar een workshop Celtic harp.Omdat het normaliter singer/songwriters and div andere muzikanten met diverse mooie instrumenten betreft bij de huisconcerten, bij deze graag een bekendmaking op Uw site wat betreft deze harpiste. De Harpist zal de primeur hebben bij mij. 


Lovelyto hear Anouk Platenkamp from Faerydae playing together with Ailie Robertson.

Apity my battery was low so I wasn’t able to make much pictures of this lovely evening.


Butthe memories are settled in my soul !

How good I feel after such a relaxing evening listening to one of my favourite instruments.


ALAN REID&ROB VAN SANTE -Januari 2013

 


l  Alan Reid &Rob van Sante

Sunday Januari 27th 2013 A  special winter afternoon.

 And so it was a very special afternoon. The snow outside was melting,but the winter atmosphere inside was still there.

 Nice to be together with the wonderful audience who came through the bad wheater to my lounge to watch the gig Alan Reid &Rob van Sante gave for us.

It really was splendid the way they performed and did make it possible to change the room in a special Sottish atmosphere.

 It was amazing Alan did find the space and did manage to play his keyboard in my little lounge

Loveley how he played his instruments and sung so Scottish the most beuatiful ballads.

Like Rob did too.

It all felt very warm.

How I like also their humor

. And feel very touched they did play one of my favourites songs-The Skye boat song on my request.

The good thing of a afternoon gig is the possibility to have a nice meet&greet/session with buffetdinner *warm wine afterwards.

 And I must say it all was a big succes.

 Good food was bring in and the people enjoyed  my  erwtensoep and chili con carne a lot.


Thanks all folks who came along !!!

New Years  concert   SALTY DOG


Zaterdag Januari 2013

Saturday night,Januari 2013 we all had a great  night at  Folk in the lounge.

Folkduo SALTY DOG from the Hague,(Maarten Willems &Frank) Verlaan, played their traditional   new year.’s Concert.

To celebrate the beginning of 2013 with oliebollen&gluhwein.

So we made a toast to the new year.

.It was a night with a lot of difference,beautiful ballads,among quick played traditionals with a tip of humor talked by both Frank&Maarten.

It all feels very comfortable.

When the gig was finished with the wonderul sing-along Old woman of Wexford,

,it was not the real ending of the night,afterwards because there was time for a session.

It s nice to realize the sessions are always different,each time,because of the different people,combination of instruments and initiatives among the audience.

This time there was also a new whistle player Dirk Pronk and Kitty Visser made herself helpful to play on the bodhran on the right moment to make Whiskey on the jar more powerful.

Great surprise for me was one of my favourite songs,written by Dougie McLean-This love will carry-played&sung for me by Adri Richter  and on the banjo Geert............

And after that came another song,even written for me and played by Maarten Willems_Iets goeds komt ook onverwachts. Thank you both.

So it was all very enjoyable.

Thanks to Salty Dog,because they were ok with starting the new year again.!!!

 

ZATERDAG 15 December

LINDE NIJLAND &BERT RIDDERBOS

with special guestplayer:
FRED PIEK

Now that was a great night again at Karin's lounge! Linde Nijland, Bert Ridderbos and Fungus' first man Fred Piek did a lovely show with some surprisingly new combinations and unheard songs. Of course Linde sang some Sandy Danny songs, but she also sang a beautiful traditional from Groningen. She even sang one Bhutanese verse from her tour with the royal singers from Bhutan! But the most exciting moments were the songs where Fred Piek joined Bert and Linde.

Being in this small audience at their first public performance as a trio,was a great honour to all of us.

 

After the, show as usual the music continued sessionwise.

I'll mention some of the songs that came by: Ben Van Leeuwen and Marjan sang Motherland, Dieke Elfring en Patrick Broekema did Patrick's "Jack Was A Sailor", I did "The Red Knickers" and for the first time in public: "The Shore Whaling Song" from the NZ tradition. Paul O'Brien did his "Dollymount Strand", Maarten Willems &Engelberthus Pronk their  lovely Douwe-song.

Richard Schoon and Gert van der Slikke played some tunes on their whistles and still I leave some musicians unmentioned.

We all joined Fred Piek when he started the famous Dutch traditional: "Kaapre Vaaren".

Yes, we do have some traditionals in Holland too!

Thank God, this time we didn't have to stop at midnight for the neighbours.

O, what a night!

This text was written by Simon Oak,one of the musicians in the audiecnce.

 And what more for me tosay, its just thew way it was. So I only can agree:

The last gig of 2012 was:

WHAT A NIGHT !!!!
Thanks Simon and everyone who joined in.

And thank for your support for the whole 2012 too..!!

 

Paul O’Brien&Kate Huber.

Saturday  November 10th  2012

What a great performance of Paul&Kate last Saturday.

 After their most pleasant performace as a support act for Phil Hare, October last year, I decided to ask them back in my lounge for a whole night.

And what a full house we had,peopleonly  just fit in !!

 Great atmosphere to sing along with the beautiful  selfpenned songs  by Paul.

How I love the way Paul sings with his beautiful voice and what a lovely way of whistling Kate is doing with his songs.

Also the way he chats about the songs is very interesting, every song has a story of his own.

All together we has a SUPERB night again,with this time 12 new people who found their way to the lounge. Among them were also musicains who were most happy to join in for the lovely session afterwards!!

Happy also Paul&Kate had enough energy left to stay and join in for the session .

Thanks for all who came (again)and discovered my lounge just recently. Hope to see you all again.

 

And  then it became October 27th.

The day I invited Lucy Ward to play in my lounge.And what a night it was…….

I meet Lucy a year ago at Warwick Folk Festival 2011.I saw a lovely young lady on a small stage.I like to scout there.And how impressed I was. It was a lot more then a singing lady. It was like the atmosphere around became magical. Her performance was like a hurricane. Everything fits in it. Humor and tragic ,it all was there.

I loved what I saw and that was the reason I invited her to play at my home.

She wasnt prepare,never had the thougt to play abroad. I did convinced her to do so…and so it did work out.

Later on the road,more and more people find out about her,that was how it happened she was the winner of the BBC folk award-horizon

And how much I looked forward to the day.

And it was like magic again.Her voice so clear and pure.

Her performance,like sprankling stars.

Well people, yesterday a hurricane with the name "Lucy" hit our living room. And it wasn't a tropical storm, but a storm coming over from Derby in the UK.

Math Heijnen from Landgraaf said,she played  her gig there 2 days before my lounge concert and so she went also to Nieuwe Statenzijl,where Peter van Zeijl did see her, he said:

I've just seen a houseconcert with Lucy Ward. By far the most entertaining performance by any artist i've ever seen! And I've seen a few ....
BRILIANT!!!

And at my home,the audience was overwhelmed too ,cause nobody saw her before

(expect her excited fan Kieran,who followed her from England)

and didnt know what to expect.

But everybody knows now. The audiende was so entusiastic to listen to the beautiful songs Lucy selfpenned .How happy I was so also sung on my request As the time goes by ...A wnderful performance of a great song made by Sandy Denny,knowing by me because the wonderful Eva Cassidy sung,but so very lovely also the way Lucy did sing.

And how great it was she had so much energy she even joined in at the session afterwards.

Dreaming about to get Lucy back in the future….!!

 

Niamh Parsons, with Graham Dunne

Back in my lounge.

Saturday October 6-2012

And there she was again…The lovely lady from Ireland came back to my lounge.What a lucky girl I was to get her for my loungeconcert . And so were all the people who came and join in to see her and stay for the meet&greet&session afterwards.

A totally full house we had and the atmosphere was warm all together. Cause Niamh was singing the stars from the heaven. What a lovely voice she has. What a marvellous choice of the most beautiful songs she made.And how much she knows about the song history.

How great Graham Dunne played on his guitar with Niamh singing and by himself the most perfect instrumentals tunes.Just a couple he said.

How perfect was the night…a night to remember for ever.

Thanks Naimh &Graham and a all who came and played at the lovely session.

Nice to listen to you again,Patrick Broekema,Dieke Elfring,(great members of Dutch folkgroup Finvarra,happy to know you are coming to perform at my lounge at April-loved the way you sung the song “Motherland”Dieke)Simon Oak,Ellen Lagerwerf,James Jones,Maarten Willems,Richard Schoon,Kate Huber,Paul O’Brien en Gert van der Slikke.Thanks !!

 


DAITHI RUA

Saturday September 29 


The official opening of the new folkseason.


Last night we had a great night with the lovely music of Daithi Rua..

Huray tothis wonderful great Irish singer/songwriter who did came for the fourth time to my home to open the season of folk in the lounge.

He was enthusiastic to do so again and said he want to go up for another 15 times !!


Beautiful selfpenned songs and also a few from others, among them a great song of his good friend Albert Niland.


I still can remember the day I meet him for the first time as a guestplayer at Mulligans giving support to Danny Guinan. Soon after that night I saw him perform on the boulevard at Scheveningen at an Irish day overthere,


It was then I just recently started with the houseconcerts, brave enough cause SarahMcQuaid said YES to come to my lounge.


However I did ask Daithi to come and sing too and so he did.


Marvellous to catch such a great singer for my lounge.


What a powerful strong wonderful voice he has.


Lovely to listen to the song Causeway he dedicated to Martha Teekens,who came special over from the North part to enjoy this night.

Thanks to Paul O’Brien who makes this possible.


Great Daithi did sing the beautiful song Black is the color for my daughter Lara.


Just enjoyed the whole night again.


Very special also was the song: Pontchartrain, when Daithi invited the whistle players among the public to play with him.


So there came a great sound all together played by Maarten Willems, Simon Oak, Richard Schoon, Gert van der Slikke and Pluim Gielens. 


Nice to see again his roadie Pluim again, who was most friendly to sing a beautiful Gaelic song after the session again.


A big surprise it also was to see he did bring a beautiful real uliean pipes with him for the session.


Pity my video stopped for that part.


Great somany people stayed for the session after rhe gig,


And happy so did Daithi and Pluim,even they has to travel back a long way home afterwards.Thanks to everybody who came along again.

 

A

Sunday afternoon

August 26 -2012

MIKE SILVER

There was an extra summerspecial in folk in the lounge on a rainy/sunn summerafternoon.

Mike Silver from Cornwall came  to a nice festival Noordfolk,organized by Bert Ridderbos&Linde Nijland in the North part of Holland.

Because of this I was also able to catch him and let him play in my lounge. Although there were a lot of people still on holiday,not able to join in ,other people were able to come over and join in this wonderful gig of Mike.

New faces for folk in the lounge,but old faces to Mike. He did bring in some very good old fan/friends.

Nice to see how all those people together did enjoy this very special afternoon.

Inside we had a superb time listening and sing along with all those wonderful selfpenned songs and a few from other singer/songwriters.

Mike did make some nice jokes between and explained the stories around the songs,which was very interesting.

He also mentioned his good friend Martyn Wydham Read who will come to the lounge next season.Seems to be a humorous man too,so looking allready forward to that .

After all those loveley songs ,there was time left to share a buffet together,some people did bring somethoing nice to eat and we all enjoyed again.

 After that time there was time left for a good session.

 Different,because again there were new names. So Gert van der Slikke did bring his children Marian and Robin,who were brave enough to join in at the session at accordeon and guitar,it was superb.

So was John Cameron-Web.Who knows a lot about Robert Burns songs.Perhaps he can join in, in future to treat the audience of the lounge on a real Robert Burns afternoon,cause he is singing with his wife specially these songs.

Thanks also to wellknown session singer Jan van der Klei, guitarplayer /singer James Jones. Whistler players Gert van der Slikke and Richrad Schoon. On spoons again Jolande Pronk,Rieke Pronk on fiddle and sessionleader on mandoline this time Maarten Willems.

It was a superb great afternoon/evening. One to remember !

It

SUMMERFOLK 4

 JON and GILL LOOMES

June 2012

Endof seasonparty…

 


Last weekend we had a superb evening with loads of different acts at the open mic.

It was al between the hectic episode of my just born grandson Jack.

So there was still decoration up in the lounge from blue ballons&more.and that did make the party even more special.

Its strange to realize this was already the 4 party of ending the folkseason.

Unbelievable how time flies….and life with music goes on on and on.

This year it was good to say at the open mic:

Henk Dorrestijn&Maarten Willems, well known already by some of the audience,cause they came back again.Very good strong performance and the song of Henk “Voor jou heb ik altijd de tijd”” made a big impression om me,although I heard the song  before or perhaps because of that.It was very special cause it told something about my feelings for my lovely daughters.And this time special for Lara, who just became mum,and had to go to hospital because of a fever.so happy everything worked out ok.

It was good to have Ed Citroen,great Dutch singer/songwriter with very nice songs.And very special the way he sung:””Voor haar”” wellknown of one of my favourite Dutch singers,who died much to young Frans Halsema.

Also a good primaire on Summerfolk was Harry Zevenbergen, formal poet of the city of The Hague.It was a really good performance of poems he gave,very impressed about this.

Another primaire was there for ;Jan van der Klei.

Good to hear to this very pure way he was singing traditional songs. Good to hear also songs written by Paul O’Brien ,who was among the audience and could appreciate the way Jan sung his songs.Later there should be more of this at the nice session afterwards,when paul was able to join in also.GREAT.

Another musician who made a good impression was Eduard Bekker who knows all about harmonicas and did played ever so well and made nice chats between.

Very good also to hear again Musonius(Martijn Breeman) it was if we were back in earlier times,very special the way this man is making a song to something very special with most of the time loads of humor and a voice which stays on with you.

 


The big act of the night was up to Jon &Gill Loomes.Special coming to Holland for this summer party.Very special performance cause this duo doesn’t play together so very often.Great the way Gill performed different songs from Norma Waterson and did have the energy to do real step dance just in the lounge on a space special made piece  of wood.Also she played very well on a real hammered dulcimer.

Jon is a real multi instrumentalist who played on every different instrument on a very relaxed way,from hurdy –gurdy to lots more.Also good to hear him sing.

It was real English folk all together.

The session afterwards was also very succesfull. The musicians stayed in and played lovely together,joined in by Jolande Pronk,PaulO’Brien &Richard Schoon.

Thanks to everyone who came in to this party and special to those people who managed to came to the whole season.That was just great !!!

 

 

TWO FIDDLERS IN ONE WEEK

Brian Mc Neiil

Tom McConville


MAY 2012


May was the month of the fiddlers in my lounge.

There came just two fiddlers within one week time.And because of that also nice fiddlers came within the public and joined in lovely at the sessions

.

First it was Brian Mc Neill who came along and played his superb gig in my lounge on Friday May 11.

It was a pleasure to see him in my lounge and to listen to his loveley tunes and also great songs he made as a singer/songwriter and played on his guitar.

A multinstrumentalist he is,so there was a big part of the lounge totally filled in with beautiful instruments.And it felt like we were in Scotland.

So that was a great evening last with Brian McNeill performing in my lounge.

We had a lovely full house with a very enthusiastic public, new faces also who found their way to my home to join in and enjoy this special night together.

Very special also that Brian found the energy to stay for a while after his great gig to join in to play at the session after.

Thanks to Maarten Willems,Patrick Broekema,Dieke Elfring,Theo Wentink,Richard Schoon,Jeroen van Wijk and Rieke Pronk who stayed so enthusiastic to make this all lovely.

 


Then last Tuesday it was up to  TomMcConville  to play at my lounge.

The Newcastle fiddler with a BBC folkaward.

He was there before in Januari 2010 and again I was very impressed by the loveley way he played.a beautiful atmosphere was there again with lots of interaction with the public.

Lots of humor he has and he played a lovely gig again .Also he had lots of energy left to play at the session too.
Thanks to Maarten Willems,Theo Wentink,Jessica de Korte ,Engelberthus Pronk and Richard Schoon to play so enthusiastic with the session.

 

Maarten Willems

14 April 2012

Maarten Willems,dichter,zanger,liedjesschrijver ,de oprichter van de huidige huiskamerconcerten gaf een mooi optreden in mijn lounge .

Zoals bekend van eerdere optredens zorgt hij voor een mooie sfeer met goede interactie met het publiek. Zijn liedjes zijn om naar luisteren, gevoelige teksten om over na te denken. Ook meezingers met humor zitten in zijn reportoire. Afgewissseld door een mooi gedicht. Deze keer zelfs een versgeplaatst in de krant :”Jeugdherinneringen”over zijn Haagse jeugd rondom het paleis van Den Haag.

Heerlijk was ook het ontstaan van een echte bluessfeer bij het liedje:”Vrijdagavond”

Hij begeleidt zichzelf op gitaar en tussendoor op viool. Een en ander werd omlijst door oude bekende Frenk van Meeteren ,op gitaar en mondharmonica en gastspeler Frank Verlaan met de banjo.

Lekkere sfeer, gezellig publiek ,al met al een fijne avond om naar terug te kijken.

 

Maarten Willems.

April 14 -2012

Maarten Willems,poet and singer /songwriter ,the founder of the houseconcerts did play a great gig in my lounge.

As known from before he  created again a good atmsphere with good interaction with the public.His song are real for listening, sensible lyrics to think about.Also sing alongs with humoristic sentences.And between a beautiful poem.This time even a fresh edition placed in the newspaper”Memories of my childhood” about his early years spend around the palce of The Hague.

Great was the atmosphere when there were  real blues in my lounge with the song “Fridaynight”

He plays on the guitar and between on the fiddle.This was accompanied by Frenk van Meeteren  on guitar and mouthorgan and guestplayer Frank Verlaan  on the banjo.

Good atmosphere,nice audience,after all a good night tot think back about.

 

Bob Martin

28 maart 2012

 Op Woensdag 28 Maart 2012 kwam er voor de eerste keer een echte Amerikaan in mijn huiskamer.

Bob Martin,een groots singer/songwriter met meer dan 40 jaar ervaring was on tour in Europa en dankzij Hans Jacobs lukte het mij hem voor mijn huiskamerconcerten te porren.

Het was een bijzondere ervaring, alsof ik Bob Dylan hoorde zingen in mijn huis.

Heel mooie zang,goede teksten,veel humor.

Bob creeerde een fantastische sfeer voor een goed luisterpubliek, dat  meer gewend is aan de Britse folkmuzikanten in mijn lounge,maar allen enthousiast luisterden naar een Amerikaan en vol passie meezongen met zijn liedjes.

Fijn dat Bob tijd had om nog even te blijven voor de sessie na afloop. Alhoewel hij zelf niet mee deed, was hij een goede luisteraar.

Leuk om te zien, dat er wederom nieuwe mensen waren voor de sessie, er klonk zelfs een mooi Frans lied in het midden van de kamer. En er was een soort van balletoptreden door Maarten Willems en Kitty Visser op het prachtige lied”Perhaps love”gespeeld door Jerry Kooyman. Mooi om te zien dat Ricahrd Schoon zo goed speelt op de fluit en Rieke Pronk op de viool.

Mooie acapellas gezongen door Jan van der Kley

Dank aan allen die er bij waren op deze byzondere avond.

 

On Wednesday  March 28th 2012 for the first time a real American came to my lounge.

Bob Martin, a great singer/songwriter with more then 40 years experience was on tour in Europe and because of Hans Jacobs  I was lucky to catch him for my lounge.

I think it was a  special  experience, almost like hearing Bob Dylan singing in my home.Very special singing, great lyrics .Lots of humor.

Bob created a marvellous atmosphere with the good listening audience, more used to the British folk ,but all enthusiastic to see and hear an American  and singing along with much passion.

Superb Bob found some time to stay for the session afterwards,although he didnt play himself,he was a good listener.

Nice to see and hear new people at this session, even a French song sounded in the middle of the lounge. And there was almost a real ballet dansion version danced by Maarten Willems and Kitty Visser on the beautiful song “”Perhaps love” played by old known Jerry Kooyman.

Good to realize Richard Schoon is playing so well on the whistle and Rieke Pronk on the fiddle.

And great acapellas by Jan van der Kley.

Thanks to all who joined in at this very special night.

 

Stephen Quigg-

11 Maart  2012.

Op zondag 11 maart gaf ik een speciaal verjaarsdagsfeestje.

Ik had daar Nick Keir en Stephen Quigg voor geboekt. Helaas echter kon Nick er niet bij zijn.

Maar ook zonder Nick is  Stephen Quigg ,solo een fantastisch optreden geworden.

Stephen, 1 van de 3 McCalmans, zette een geweldig optreden neer, vol met humor en prachtige liedjes.

Gevoelige ballades, afgewisseld met liedjes met humor.

Hij begeleidde zichzelf op gitaar en ook bodhran dit gaf een geweldig geluid.

We hadden wederom  een vol huis, zodat de sfeer lekker warm werd, ook door het vele meezingen van het publiek met die heerlijke Schotse traditionals. Als ik mijn ogen dicht deed, kon ik mij voorstellen dat ik langs Loch Lomond liep. Wat een heerlijke Schotse sferen bracht Stephen ten gehore.

Stephen ,die de volgende dag al om 6 uur de deur uit moest om op tijd op Schiphol te zijn, zodat hij vanavond bij Loch Lomond zou kunnen zingen, bleef toch nog even om de sessie na afloop op te luisteren. Leuk was het om oude bekenden Ben van leeuwen en Paul O’Brien ook bij deze sessie te zien.

Mooi om te weten: Stephen komt nog een keer terug met Nick !!

Dank aan een ieder die er bij was om mijn verjaardag tot een bijzondere te maken.

 

 

Stephen Quigg

March 11 2012

On Sunday March 11  I did celebrate a special birthday.

I booked in Nick Keir and Stephen Quigg. Helas Nick couldnt come to play.

But without Nick, the solo gig of Stephen became also fantastic.

Stephen, 1of the 3 McCalmans, made a wonderful performance, with loads of humoristic chats and beautiful songs.

Sensitive ballads combinated with  humoristical songs

He played on the guitar and the bodhran,which made a very good sound. Again we had a full house,so the atmosphere became warm and cosey,also because of the sing alongs from the audience with the Scottish traditionals .When I did close my eyes I could see myself walking along Loch Lomond. Great Scottish atmosphere was there because of Stephen.

Stephen had to leave 6 o’çlock next moring to get his plain, but he did manage to stay in for a while to play with the session. It was nice to see that goldieoldies :Ben van Leeuwen and Paul O’Brien did join in again for the session.

Good to realize Stephen is coming back with Nick.

Thanks to everyone who was there to made my birthday so special.

 

Vrijdag 3 februari 2012

Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer

a long late winternight (or early spring)with supportact from:

Dimitri Claes,Jos Tielens &Lode  Leyssens

part of folkgroup Botswing


Inderdaad :Een lange late winteravond !!!


Het ging sneeuwen in Holland en Vicki&Jonny kwamen uit Engeland en 3 Belgen reden meer dan 5 uur door  sneeuw en winterweer,een helse tocht zo noemde Jos het.

In mijn huiskamer was het warm en gezellig.En het was heel bijzonder om ze allemaal terug te zien na Summerfolk 2010.

Deze keer namen Jos&Dimitri hun maat en violist Lode mee en dit gaf een verdieping aan hun optreden .En hoe speelden zij…fantastisch .Het was grandioos,veel mensen vroegen zich af of zij een keer voor een avondvullend optreden konden terug keren en misschien een cd hadden.

Vicki&Jonny speelden weer prachtig.Mooi instrument de nickelharpa.Een nieuwe deze keer,bij elkaar verdiend door de verkoop van de vele nickelhats ,die Vicki in de loop der jaren zelf fabriceerde.. En daar  waren ook weer  de doedelzak en de fluiten .En natuurlijk Jonny fantastich op gitaar en accordeon.En hoe prachtig zongen zij weer samen en gaven zij het publiek de mogelijkheid met de refreinen mee te galmen.

Door het barre winterweer waren Vicki&Jonny niet in de gelegenheid om te blijven voor de sessie na afloop,maar gelukkig konden de Belgische muzikanten dit wel en zodoende ontstond er wederom een hele mooie sessie.Met een primeur van violist vanuit het publiek:Anne Bouwman.

Prachtig optreden

Supermooie avond.Dank aan alle doordouwers die ondanks dit winterweer weer mijn huisje wisten te vinden.

Friday Februari 3

Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer,

With supportact from 3 members of folkgroup Botswing:

Lode Leyssens,Dimitri Claes&Jos Tielens.

A long late winternight indeed.

The snow came into Holland and so did Vicki&Jonny coming from England and their supportact from Belgium did drive more then 5 hours through real winterwheater.

In the lounge it was nice ,warm and cosey.It was so good to see them all back after their gig at Summerfolk 2010.

Jos&Dimitri took their mate and fiddler player Lode with them this time and it gave a real dimension to the gig they played.And how well they did.It all was just great.A lot of people of the audience did want to see them back in future for a whole night and did hope they will work on a cd of their own.

Vicki&Jonny played wonderful again. Lovely instrument the nickelharpa,a new one this time ,earned together by all the nickelhats Vicki made all through the years. And offcourse the smallpipe and whistle were great too. So was Jonny on his guitar and accordeon.And how well they sung and give the audience the oppurnity to join in at the chorus.

Because of the wheater Vicki &Jonny werent able to stay in for the session afterwards,but gladly enough the guys from Belgium did decided to stay in for a while. So after all we had a good session all together and it was nice to hear our new comer in the public on his fiddle:Anne Bouwman.

Great gig,loveley night.Thanks all who came along,real dy hards through this cold winternight.

 

Zondag 22 jan.2012

Flossie Malavialle&Chris Parkinson

Op zondag 22 Januari hadden wij een hele  speciale middag in mijn huiskamer. Voor de eerste keer werd er een middagconcert gehouden met een optie om daarna te blijven voor de sessie, gecombineerd met een buffet. Het eten wat werd mee genomen was grandioos.

Het was een tjok volle huiskamer, maar het lukte om iedereen een plekje te geven. De sfeer was fantastisch.

Flossie Malavialle&Chris Parkinson speelden een combinatie van Franse chansons, Engelse folk en er kwam zelfs een spaans liedje aan bod, wat leuk was voor de Spaanse gast in het publiek.

Een prachtige stem heeft Flossie,met een enorme uitstraling en veel interactie met het publiek.

Chris Parkinson is een groots accordeonplayer met heel veel ervaring met veel verschillende muzikanten door alle jaren heen. En ook deze combinatie met Flossie werkt prachtig.

De  sessie na afloop werd gecombineerd met het eten van het buffet, en alhoewel er niet zo heel veel muzikanten waren, de mensen die er speelden maakte de sfeer heel leuk.

Om een paar te noemen: de zang van Willem Bakker en Jan van der Kley, en ook een vriend van hem, wiens naam ik helaas niet meer kan herinneren, speelde heel leuk op gitaar. En de Franse gast zong spontaan mee met een Franse deun.

Ook was het goed om te luisteren naar het fluitspel van Anneke Holt en Richard Schoon.

Hartelijk dank aan Maarten Willems ,die wederom de sessie in de juiste proporties leidde, zodat iedereen aan spelen toe kwam.

Sunday  Jan 22-2012

Flossie Malavialle&Chris Parkinson

On Sunday  Januari 22 we had a very special afternoon in my lounge.For the first time there was a concert in the afternoon with an option to join in at the meet&greet&session buffet.The food they people brought  in was great.

It was a full house.But we did manage to fit everybody in. The atmosphere was just superb.

Flossie Malvialle&Chris Parkinson played a mix of French chansons,English folk and even a Spanish song was performed.Which was very special,because there was also a Spanish lady among the public.

Such a beautiful  voice Flossie has and also a great performance and interaction with the audience.

Chris Parkinson is a great accordeonplayer with loads of experience with a lot of different artists all over the years.And this new combination with Flossie also worked outto be  great.

The session afterwards was combinated with the buffet and although there were  not so much musicians ,the people who played made the atmosphere great.Among others  it was great to hear singing Willem Bakker and Jan van de Kley.Also his frien d whose name I didnt remember(sorry about that)played very nice on the guitar.And the French lady who joined in singing with the French tune.

Good to listen to the whistles of Anneke Holt and Richard Schoon too.

Thanks to Maarten Willems who leaded the session once again in the right proportions,so everybody could have a go.

 

 

Nieuwjaarsconcert 2012 SALTY DOG


. Gisteravond een SUPER avond in folk in the lounge,

Het Haagse folkduo,Maarten Willems en Frank Verlaan, gespecialiseerd in Ierse en Schotse traditionals speelde voluit om het nieuwe jaar in te luiden. Er was helaas niet al te  veel publiek op afgekomen ,maar zij die er waren genoten met volle teugen van dit spetterend optreden en de oliebollen.Ook werd er een toast uitgebracht op het Nieuwe jaar.

Instrumentale nummers afgewisseld door mooie ballades,duidelijk en met humor aan elkaar gepraat door Maarten en Frank wisten het publiek van het begin tot het eind te boeien

Verrassend was het begin met de prachtige deun van “The Lonesome boatman”

En de vertolking van “”Mull of Kintyre”” met een onverwacht mooi einde:Maarten verdwijnend in de mist,kwam terug met doedelzak en speelde het lied uit.

  En toen was de avond nog niet klaar, hij werd verder ingevuld met een kleine sessie.

Leuk is het vooral dat alle sessies in the lounge elke keer weer verrassend anders zijn,door andere spontane combinaties, verschillende instrumenten en verrassende initiatieven.

Zoontstond er deze keer een mooie dans  uit Macedonie,gedanst door Zana Bojain en Jessica Willems.

Genieten dus!!!

Dank aan Salty Dog,dat zij wederom het nieuwe jaar wilde inluiden.

 


Last night,a superb night in Folk in the lounge.

The folkduo from the Hague,Maarten Willems &Frank Verlaan,specialized in Irish a nd Scottish traditionals played to start the new year.

Helas there were nt to many people,but those who were enjoyed  the evening loudly ,watching this superb performance and all the” oliebollen”

We also made a toast to the new year.

Instrumental tunes among beautiful ballads,clearly and humoristic talked together by Maarten and Frank .

Surprise was the start with the sensible tune of “The Lonesome boatman”and the way they song “”Mull of Kintyre”with un expected ending:Maarten disappeared in the misty fog,coming back with a real smallpipe and finished off the song.

And then it was not the real ending of the night,afterwards there was time for a small session.

It s nice to realize the sessions are always different,each time,because of the different people,combination of instruments and initiatives.

This time there was a real dance from Macedonia,danced by Zana Bojain and Jessica Willems.

So it was very enjoyable.

Thanks to Salty Dog,because they were ok with starting the new year again.

DECEMBERCONCERTEN


PETE GRASSBY.

 


Ik zag Pete voor het eerst bij Warwick Folkfestival en was meteen onder de indruk van zijn muzikaliteit.Behalve een fraai singer-songwriter,vertolker van pure Engelse folk ,ook een reparateur en maker van instrumenten.

Een caller ,een danser,een verhalenverteller,kortom een briljante muzikant van vele markten thuis.

Vorig jaar maar even in de lounge, voor een sessie ,geen tijd voor en optreden,op doorreis naar Duitsland,nu was er wel een mogelijkheid om hem te laten optreden in mijn huiskamer.

Er kwam duidelijk nieuw publiek op hem af,een aantal via de harmonicahoek,nieuwsgierig geworden naar Pete Melodeon en zijn instrumenten en ook fantastisch hem te zien spelen op een hakkebord,heel aardig te leen aangeboden na mijn oproep op folkforum door twee heel goede muzikanten Irina en Wietse. Een prachtige klank zat er ook in dit instrument.

En heel even leek het wel of de Kerstman in de kamer aanwezig was.

Pete had heel veel energie en deed na afloop nog veel mee met de sessie,waarvoor ook Frank Verlaan en Nout Grupstra waren teruggekeerd. Leuk ook om kennis te maken met muzikant Eduard Bekker.Verder ook dank aan alle oude getrouwen.

 


Decemberconcerts in the lounge

I meet Pete for the First time at Warwick Folkfestival and was very impressed.

Except for being a good singer-songwriter,he is playing pure English folk, is a repairer and instrument builder.

A caller, a dancer, a storyteller ,to go shortly a just brilliant musician.

Last year only in the lounge for a session on his way to Germany there was time this time for a gig in my lounge.

New people came specially for in curious to meet Pete Melodeon and his instruments and it was lovely to see him play on a hammered dulcimer which most happy he could use, because two good musicians, Irina and Wietse came to bring this in after I asked on the folkforumsite for it.

There was a beautiful sound in this instrument.

For a moment it seems Father Christmas was playing in the lounge.

Pete had a lot of energy left to play along with the session.

Frank Verlaan and Nout Grupstra returned for that.

And it wasnice meeting Eduard Bekker.

Thank to all the goldie oldies too.

 


Impressie van Eduard Bekker :

Britse harmonicaspeler voor één avond in Den Haag.


Pete Grassby tijdens het huisconcert.

Wij kenden deze man niet. Maar nu wel.


Pete Grassby zorgde op 10 december voor een aangename, authentieke, Haagse folkavond met veel muziek en typisch Britse humor.

Zaterdag 10 december 2011

Hij was op doorreis nog speciaal langs gekomen voor een huisconcert bij een dame, die wel vaker angelsaksen in haar huiskamer laat musiceren. Dit keer begeleidde hij zich behalve over met dulcimer (niet de hommelversie, maar meer een hakkebord) en gitaar ook met zijn Ierse Cairdin in DG gestemd. Voor ‘JingleBells’ pakte hij een oude ukkepukhohner uit dertiger jaren van de vorige eeuw.

Dit alles in de intieme sfeer van een Haagse huiskamer. Folk in Den Haag blijft toch iets bijzonders!

Ook de jamsessie hierna was gezellig: tal van instrumenten werden tevoorschijn gehaald. En zo onstond de sfeer van een Ierse of Schotse folkpub

 


December concerten in the lounge

 


VIN GARBUTT

 


Fantastische concerten in December.

Veel echt Engelse folk.Veel humor.

Meer licht in deze donkere maand,door zoveel muzikale klanken en gevoelige teksten.

Midden tussen de kerstversiering was daar opeens Vin Garbutt.

Alsof een droom uitkwam…

Het was zomaar mogelijk Vin in de lounge.

Helemaal goed.

Veel echte fans kwamen om Vin te zien.

De sfeer was groots.

Wat een fantastische persoonlijkheid,een en al uitstraling.

Een echte verhalen verteller in hart en nieren.

Teksten vol met gevoel,vaak met humor.

Het werd veel meer dan een avondje muziek.

Prachtige zang,wondermooi fluitspel.

Een optreden van Vin vergeet je nooit meer.

 


 VIN GARBUTT

 


Fantastic concerts in December.

Real English folk,real humor

More light in this dark month because of beautiful tunes and sentimental lyrics

Just in the middle of the Christmas decorations there came Vin Garbutt.

If a dreamcame true…

Just possible:Vin in my lounge.

Perfectlygood.

A lot ofreal Vin fans came to see him.

Theatmosphere was very warm.

What afantastic personality.

A realstoryteller with heart and soul.

Sentimentlyrics,often with humor.

It became alot more then a musicnight.

Beautiful songs,wonderful whistle playing.

A performance of Vin nobody will forget.

 


SESSIONS

 After Vin stopped with his gig there was much time for meet and greet.I was a great experience to see so much people knew Vin and specially came from different corners from Holland,even in this stormy wheater night.I think there was a feeling once you decided to go to see Vin ,you have to go.

So it became  late,very late for most people to join in for the session afterwards,but the few who stayed had a good time together and Vin also had some energy left to play with his whistle again.

Nice to see a new face at the session,Otto Vogel great.

 

Een hele mooie avond vol folkmuziek met Martin Hutchinson en Finvarra

Info omtrent deze muzikanten:

Irish singer-songwriter was born into a musical family in county Kildare, Ireland.


"A restless drifter and an engaged observer with an original        and                                                                                                        unique music style" OOR (NL)

After many years of music in many different bands and projects, Martin’s musical journey  has come full circle now that he has started to perform as a solo acoustic artist.


“By way of his songs, his voice, his tune-driven fingerpicking and slide-guitar Martin takes his audience on a beautiful trip through the worlds of folk, ballads, and blues.”

……It is a delight to listen to the pensive lyrics and original music of Martin Hutchinson. They are real 'header goals': play them once and you won't forget them again. ……..

Support act from FINVARRA****

*****Finvarra, vier geroutineerde muzikanten uit de regio Leiden vervlechten Keltische folkmuziek met oosterse invloeden en jazzy elementen. De muzikanten vonden elkaar op de folksessies in Leiden in Cafe de Trechter.

Zij arrangeren traditionele Ierse muziek met zelfgeschreven nummers en brengen een gevarieerd reportoire met een eigen geluid.

 


Helemaal waar,prachtige songs

Prachtige folk,mooie sferen.

Byzondere aanvulling van Jerina Welgraven van folkgroup  http://www.faerydae.nl

op klarinet en mijn nieuwe facebookvriend Smoky.
 En Martin en alle leden van Finvarra hadden volop energie om mee te doen met de sessie.

Mooie sessie ook met deze keer weer Simon Oak en Jan van Leeuwen.

Maarten Willems die mij wederom verraste met zijn mooie eigen geschreven liedje voor mij:”Iets goeds komt ook onverwachts”

Altijd weer een rede om “verlegen”van te worden.

Leuk ook dat wederom Richard Schoon ten tonele verscheen om met zijn fluitspel een eigen extra dimensie aan het geheel te geven.

Prachtige sfeervolle avond.Dank aan allen die erbij waren.


Gisteravond een fantastisch optreden van de band “Other Roads”” in mijn huiskamer.Een gedeelte van de vroegere “John Wright” band.Pete Abbott,Gregor Borland en David Walmisley speelden vol overgave voor een enthousiast publiek.

De sfeer was warm en het voelde geweldig om mee te zingen met deze fantastische muzikanten.

Prachtige ballads,afgewisseld met opzwepende ritmes op de viool,wat meteen een Schotse sfeer schepte.

Na afloop hadden zij  er nog genoeg energie om mee te spelen met enthousiaste muzikanten uit het publiek.Intiem en uniek werd het in de late uurtjes. Dank aan een ieder die erbij was met in het byzonder aan Hanneke en Arie Janissen,weer helemaal gekomen uit Tilburg.Zij zijn nu ook gestart met huisconcerten aldaar,de primeur gaat aldaar op 25 november naar Anthony John Clarke.folkathome

Aan Jan van der Kley, die hele mooie liederen ten gehore bracht. Aan Richard Schoon en Gert van der Slikke die een extra aanvulling gaven door het bespelen van de whistles.

 

Last night a fantastic performance of the band “Other Roads”in my lounge.

A part of the former “John Wright “band.

Pete Abbott,Gregor Borland and David Walmisley played with all their heart in front of an enthousiatic public.The atmosphere was warm and it felt great to sing along with this lovely musicians.

Beautiful ballads,between fast rythms on the fiddle,which felt like being in Scotland.

Afterwards they had enough energy left to join in with the musicians from the public.

The late hours became intimate and unique.Thanks to everybody who came along,and in particiculary to Hanneke and Arie Janissen,again coming back all the way from Tilburg to join in.They also will start their own houseconcerts overthere,with the premiere on November 25th with Anthony John Clarke.folkathome

To Jan van der Kley,who sung beautiful songs.To Richard Schoon and Gert van der Slikke who gave an extra dimension to the session to play on the whistles.

 

MONTH OF FOLK _OCTOBER 8-16


PHIL HARE with supportact Paul O'Brien&Kate Huber


Heel veel folkmuziek.

October was de maand van de folk in mijn huiskamer

 


Het startsein werd gegeven op 8 Oktober met een fantastische supportact door Paul O’Brien,groots Iers singer/songwriter,samen met Kate Huber,prachtig spelend op de lowwhistle.Zij zullen op 3 december hun nieuwe cd presenteren in het Zeehelden theater in Den Haag.

De hoofdact was Phil Hare,super gitarist **speciaal naar Nederland gekomen vanuit Engeland om te spelen in mijn huiskamer.Prachtig singer/songwriter met vele mooie teksten en leuke praatjes tussendoor.

Na afloop was er een goede sessie met nieuwkomers :jessica de Korte,Richard Schoon,Kees en Marianne Kwant en van Wales :James Jones.En tot groot genoegen zong Henk Dorresteijn wederom zijn Johanna.

PURE IRISHDROPS,

Benny Mccarthy,John Murphy and Donal Clancy

De 16e October was het einde van deze speciale maand.Na het prachtige weekend met het optreden van Phil hare was het de beurt aan De echte Ierse dropjes.

Donal Clancy,Benny McCarthy en John Murphy hadden een bomvolle huiskamer.Echte instrumentalisten met hun eigen instrument.

Leuk om te zien dat er zoveel nieuwe mensen de lounge wisten te vinden voor de sessie. Jasper LangenbergandRobbert Langenberg,Dennis Heijt,Hanneke Nagtzaam (Lowland Paddies)and Nout Grupstraoude maat van  John Murphy "Oude bekende " Kees Bakker keerde terug naar de huiskamer en ook waren daar, Phil Jackson,James Ellis and Bar Plunkett

En terug na de gig van  Daithi's kwam  Herco Schuchard.En wederom was daar weer Richard Schoon.Deze keer prima op tijd.

Hoop velen van hun terug te zien bij andere concerten met sessies.

Plenty of folk.

We started off on Oct 8th with a great supportact from great Irish singer/songwriter Paul O'Brien,together with Kate Huber,lovely playing on the lowwhistle.They will present their new cd on December 3td in the Zeeheldentheater in The Hague.

The big act of the night was super guitarist ,all the way over from England,special for folk in the lounge Phil Hare,lovely singer/songwriter with loads of good lyrics and chats between

After there was a good session with new to the lounge ,Jessica de Korte ,Richard Schoon,Kees and Marianne Kwant and Welshman James Jones,and luckily enough a lot of golden oldies.Henk Dorresteyn sung.again his "JOHANNA"song.

 


On the 16nd  it was the finishing of ***October "Month of folk in the lounge" with after the wonderful gig last weekend ,a full house for The Pure Irish drops on tour,Donal Clancy,Benny McCarthy and John Murphy. Real pure instrumentalists with their own instrument.

Nice to see new people found the lounge to join in with the session.Among them were:

Jasper LangenbergandRobbert Langenberg,Dennis HeijtHanneke Nagtzaam (Lowland Paddies)and Nout Grupstra

,old mate of John Murphy "Old known" Kees Bakker returned to the lounge,and also there came along Phil Jackson,James Ellis and Bar Plunkett

and back after Daithi's gig came Herco Schuchard.And also again there was Richard Schoon.

,very good on time,this time.Hope to see many of them back on future houseconcerts.

 

 Daithi Rua

Zaterdag 3 September.

Voor de 3 keer speelde Daithi Rua,het openingsconcert van het nieuwe seizoen van “Folk in the lounge at Karin’s”

En wederom werd het een fantastische avond.Het was weer volop genieten.Vol overgave zong hij zijn prachtig mooie liedjes.Er was weer een “”full house” een fijn publiek,dat enthousiast mee zong.

Voordat Daithi optrad was er een supportact van “The Tetootallers” een enthousiaste Nederlandse folkband met Ierse vertolkingen.Dit werd een heerlijk halfuurtje vol met deunen en liedjes,waarbij het publiek ook mee kon doen.

Daithi had energie genoeg om mee te doen met een fijne sessie met The Teetotallers en met nieuwe muzikanten voor folk in the lounge :Ellen Lagerwerf en Jacqueline van Hoogenhuyze,zij  gaven een prachtige vertolking op hun concertinas.En Herco Suchard met diverse fluiten.Ook Paul O’Brien was weer van de partij en heel fijn de “oude getrouwen “ Rieke Pronk,Maarten Willems en Jolande Pronk.

Ineke Buitendijk bleek een enthousiaste zangeres van “Molly Mallone”

 Speciale traditionals van folk in the lounge ,waar wij niet meer omheen kunnen zijn geworden :het nummer “”Johanna” van Henk Dorrestijn en “Douwe jongens”vertolkt door Engelberthus Pronk.

Maarten Willems liet verrassend ook nog zijn liedje horen:”Iets goeds komt ook onverwacht”,speciaal voor mij geschreven.Ik voelde mij vereerd.

Mooi was het ook dat Pluim Gielens,op mijn verzoek een prachtig Gaelic lied ten gehore bracht.

Fijn ook dat Kees Stravers,de weg gevonden heeft naar mijn lounge,hij is nl een fantastisch fotograaf,zodat er nog meer mooie herinneringen bewaard kunnen blijven.(zie mijn facebook)

Iedereen die er bij was,heel hartelijk dank daarvoor!

En goed nieuws:Daithi komt volgend jaar weer de loungeconcerten openen !!!

 

Translation

For the 3th time Daithi Rua played the openingsconcert for “Folk in the lounge at Karin’s”.And again it was a fantastic night.Very enjoyable.With a lot of power he sung his beautiful songs.Again there was “a full house”with a nice audience,singing along enthuasiastic.

Before Daithi started there was a supportact from The Teetotallers,an enthusiastic Dutch folkgroup performing Irish reportoire.This was a nice half hour,with tunes and songs,sing along with the audience.

Daithi had enough energy left to play along with a very nice session with the Teetotallers and new musicians for folk in the lounge :Ellen Lagerwerf and Jacqueline van Hoogenhuyze .They played lovely on their concertinas.And Herco Suchard with differnet whistles.

Again Paul O’Brien did join in,and old goldies Rieke Pronk,Maarten Willems and Jolande Pronk.

Ineke Buitendijk became an enthusiastic singer of “Molly Mallone”

Special traditionals for “Folk in the lounge”are now :the song “Johanna”written by Henk Dorrestijn and “Douwe jongens” sung by Engelberthus Pronk.

A lovely surprise was Maarten Willems sung his own song”Iets goeds komt ook onverwacht”special written for me. I felt very honoured.

I also was very pleased Pluim Gielens did sing a beautiful Gaelic song,just as I asked him to do.

Very nice it is Kees Stravers found his way to my lounge too.He is a vey good photographer,so there will be kept more memories of this night(see my facebookpage)

Everybody who was there,thank you vey much.!

Good news to tell : Next year my loungeconcert season will be opening again by DAITHI…!!!

 


SUMMERFOLK 3

JOHN O'DREAMS.

Zaterdag 18 Juni 2011

Als eerste bij de open micHenk Dorrestijn,begeleid door Maarten Willems. Een goed duo met Ned.talige luisterliedjes,vaak goed voor een glim of schaterlach.Veel meer van Henk en Maarten zal er vanaf September elke vrijdagavond te zien zijn in Theater aarde-werk in Den Haag,


http://www.zonnigeondergang.nl/

steeds wisselende gastmuzikanten zullen hierbij de revue passeren.


Oude bekenden van Summerfolk Adri Richter en Toos van Leeuwen speelden als vanouds heerlijke songs.


Daarna was het de beurt aan Haags Iers folkduo SALTY DOG,bekend van het New Years concert in folk in the lounge.Deze keer vulden zij niet de kamer met Ierse deunen,maar met only the blues…Nieuwkomer Musonius vertolkte Middeleeuwse ballades op een geheel eigen wijze,tot groot genoegen van het publiek.


Tot slot van de open-mic was het een genoegen te kijken naar Paul O'Brien,http://www.paulobrien.eu/deze keer niet samen met Kate Huber. Met zijn gevoelig geschreven liedjes over Dublin,een prachtige afsluiting van het geheel.Meer van Paul &Kate,met hun nieuwe cd kan je zien op Zaterdag 8 oktober bij folk in the lounge.

Na afloop nog een kleine,maar gezellige sessie met Paul O'Brien,Maarten willems,Rieke Pronk,Lideke van Gool,Toos van Leeuwen en Adri Richter.

Saturday June 18th.,2011

Summerfolk again.

First came Henk Dorrestijn,with Maarten willems.A good duo with Ducth songs to listen to,most of times good for a smile or big laugh. More about Henk &Maarten you can see from September in Theater Aarde-werk in Hugo de Grootstraat.,with everytime different guestplayers who comes along.


Familair with Summerfolk Adri Richter and Toos van Leeuwen came back and played as allways beautiful songs.


After that came Irish Dutchfolkduo SALTY DOG,known because of the New Years concert of folk in the lounge. This time they didn't play Irish tunes,but only the blues.

New coming Musonius played ballads from the Middleaged on a very special way of his own,which was much appreciate by the audience.


At the end of the open mic it was pleasure to watch Paul O'Brien,this time not together wit Kate Huber.With his sensitive  songs about Dublin,a very good ending of the open mic. More about Paul &Kate you can see at Sat Oct 8 at folk in the lounge.

Afterwards a cosy intimate session with Paul O'Brien,Maarten Willems,Rieke Pronk,Lideke van Gool ,Toos van Leeuwen en Adri Richter.


Maarten Willems

Zaterdag 24 April 2011

Gisteravond wederom een optreden van Ned.talig singer/songwriter Maarten Willems.


www.maartenwillems.nl


Hij werd begeleid door Frenk van Meeteren,een fantastische extra dimensie voor vooral de blues nummers .Wat een sfeer…zetten die twee samen neer.

Ook een rol voor gastspeler Frank Verlaan,Maartens vaste maatje in folkduo Salty Dog.

Hij speelde heel mooi op de banjo.

Op het laatste moment voegde Kate zich erbij voor een klein gastoptreden op dwarsfluit

.Dit speelde zij tijdens een door Maarten voorgedragen gedicht.

Maarten droeg zijn gedichten vol overgave voor met als achtergond prachtige foto's van aquarellen.,gemaakt door Jeroen van Duyn,met als voorbeeld door Maarten gemaakte foto's

Heel mooi '

.Heerlijke avond met weer wat nieuw publiek en oude getrouwen.

De sessie kreeg goed vorm door Kate  ……….en Paul O'Brien.met nieuwkomer Willem Jan Korengevel op concertina,fascinerend instrument,dat ik toevallig de vorige avond in handen had gekregen,een heel oud exemplaar van Maarten's vader.

Frenk en Maarten maakten de sessie verder compleet.

Een  avond voor herhaling vatbaar,en een byzondere dag in zijn geheel,daar ik in de middag n.a.v. een artikeltje in de krant was uitgenodigd door rtvdiscus voor een interview, Het was heel byzonder om daar samen met Maarten de huisconcerten te mogen toelichten.

Een dag om te herinneren dus.

 

April 24

Last night again a gig of Dutch singer/songwriter Maarten Willems.

He played  together with Frenk van Meeteren,he made a fantastisc extra dimension for the blues songs.

He played very good onthe banjo.

On the last moment Kate was asked to play on the whistle during a poem Maarten spoke.

Maarten was saying his beautiful poems with passion,with on the background pictures of aquarels Jeroen van Duyn maid from pictures Maarten made.

Very good.

Lovely evening with new audience and goldie oldies,

The session was made by Kate….and PaulO'Brien,with new coming Willem Jan Korengevel on concertina,fascinating instrument,with I hold by coincidence the evening before,a very old one of Maartens dad from a long time ago.

Frenk and Maarten completed the session. An evening I hope will repeats itself,a special day anyway,because in the afternoon I was invited because of a little article in the newspaper to come to the studio of rtvdiscus for an interview. It was very special to be there with Maarten to talk about the houseconcerts, Biografie Maarten Willems Maarten Willems schrijft al geruime tijd gedichten en liedjes. Regelmatig geeft hij dichtvoordrachten en is hij te horen als Nederlandstalige singer/songwriter. Hij heeft voor de eeuwwisseling 6 dichtbundeltjes in eigen beheer uitgebracht. Pas in 2001 maakte hij een cd 'Nadien … gedichten, liedjes en melodietjes' waarop hij ook als Nederlandstalige singer/songwriter te horen is. Later in 2002 bracht hij in eigen beheer de live-cd van zijn programma 'Er is geen leven zonder liefde' (levend opgenomen in Den Haag) uit met begeleiding op bas en gitaar door Frenk van Meeteren en Jorn Plas en als achtergrondzangeres Iris Willems. Hierop is ook 'De Euroot' te horen, het liedje waarmee Maarten het 'Euro' songfestival van Radio West in januari 2002 gewonnen heeft. Ook heeft hij meegedaan met het 'Haagssongfestival'. Zijn inzending hiervoor 'De klokken van de Beeklaan' staat op de dubbel cd 'Het Haagssongfestival Album '.In 2004 bracht hij in eigen beheer de cd 'Alles is al eens eerder gezegd.' uit en in 2005 de cd 'Laveloze obsessie''. Ook verscheen dat jaar het dichtbundeltje 'Kringloop van water.'In 2007 kwam zijn dichtbundel 'Tenslotte wint de liefde' uit. De bundel bevat 49 nieuwe en al eerder gepubliceerde gedichten. De illustraties, 5 aquarellen, zijn van Jeroen van Duyn. Eind 2009 werd zijn cd 'Iets goeds komt ook onverwacht' uitgebracht.

 

 

CELTANN

Zaterdag 12 Maart 2011

Annemarie de Bie, zangeres van folkgroup Fling,vaak als support-act voor Rapalje,kwam optreden in mijn  lounge.Zij zette een echt Ierse sfeer neer. Met haar stem, haar gitaar, bodhran en lowwhistle voerde ze ons mee naar het Ierse landschap… Ik vond het heel speciaal om met haar mijn verjaardag te vieren, met veel humor praatte zij de liedjes aan elkaar. Ik vond het fantastisch dat zij kwam. Annemarie had ook nog veel energie over om mee te spelen met de sessie. Er waren gezellig veel muzikanten op afgekomen, zodat er weer een zeer flitsend geheel ontstond. Dank aan Ben van Leeuwen en Marianne, Monique Gregory, Hanneke en Arie Janissen,Judith en Jan?, Ko Arkestijn, Henk Dorrestijn, Rieke Pronk, Anneke Holt, Maarten Willems, Frank Verlaan, Govert Willems en nieuw gezicht Paul O'Brien, die vol overtuiging prachtige liedjes vertolkte. En aan alle andere vrienden,die mijn verjaardag tot een onvergetelijke avond bestempelden.


 Saturday March 12 Celtann(Annemarie de Bie,singer of folkgroup Fling) sometimes as supportact fro RAPALJE came to play a gig in my lounge.She created an Irish atmosphere,with her voice,her guitar,bodhran and lowwhistle and it felt if we were in an Irish landscape.I think it was very special to celebrate my birthday with her.She talked with a lot of humour between the soungs.I think it was fantastic. Annemarie also had left a lot of energy to play with the session musicians.There came a lot of  them,so again it was like  magic.Thanks to Ben van Leeuwen and Marianne,Monique Gregory,Hanneke and Arie Janissen,Judith and Jan?,Ko Arkestijn,Henk Dorrestijn,Rieke Pronk,Anneke Holt,Maarten Willems,Frank Verlaan,Govert Willems and new Paul O'Brien,who sung lovely his beautiful songs.And to all other  friends,who made my birthday to a unforgettable evening. QUOTES :Annemarie de Bie Zang, Concert flute, Bodhrán Met haar krachtige stemgeluid is Annemarie de zangeres en het boegbeeld van Fling. Daarnaast speelt zij dwarsfluit en bodhrán. Hoewel Annemarie in acoustische situaties gewend is om een stevig volume voort te brengen, hebben de theaterconcerten ook een plaats geboden aan haar meer lyrische en verstilde vocale kwaliteiten. ……. Annemarie de Bie, imponeert met een krachtige en melodieuze stem. Ze beschikt over het juiste timbre en de juiste klankkleur en toon waar deze muziek om vraagt……. -----Annemarie de Bie heeft de perfecte stem voor deze liedjes. Met haar mimiek en lichaamstaal bracht ze de teksten zelfbewust over het voetlicht…………..


Vrijdag 4 Maart-

FIRST dance in the lounge: Tijdens Dancing in the lounge speelde   Cajun Craze ( Fred van Hemert, akoestische gitaar en zang,  Elena Nakovska viool en zang, en Nout Grupstra, accordeon, viool en zang.) een try-out. Een totale try-out ,omdat dancing in the lounge voor de eerste keer werd gehouden. Een select gezelschap had zich aangemeld en er bleek zelfs genoeg dansruimte te zijn voor 4 koppels en zowaar een Engelse cirkeldans.Enthousiast publiek,enthousiaste muzikanten een zeer geslaagde avond...Er werd volop gedanst en Maarten Willems  leerde de aanwezige muzikanten Bourrée Theux  aan, omdat op de Cajun deunen makkelijk een scottish gedanst kan worden, maar voor een bourree is deze muziek minder geschikt. Kortom een zeer geslaagde avond.Voor herhaling vatbaar? Friday March 4th-First dancing in the lounge. During dancing in the lounge CAJUN CRAZE(Fred van Hemert.acoustic guitar and vocals,Elena Nakovska,fiddle and vocals&Nout Grupstra,melodeon,fiddle and vocals) played a try -out.A total try-out,cause this was the first time ever there was organized " a dancing in the lounge", a select audience came after it,and there seems place for 4 copples to dance,even an English circle with a caller.Enthousiastic audience,enthousiastic musicians,a very enjoyable night.There was a lot of dancing going on,and Maarten Willems teached the musicians a Bouree Theux,because people can easily dance a Scottish on a Cajun tune,but not very much a bourree.After all a very good night.Do it again??

 

 

SARAH MCQUAID


Woe 2 Febr.-2011


En toen kwam Sarah terug….. Na 2 jaar tijd was Sarah terug met een tour in Nederland.Ik vond het heel fijn,dat zij op mijn uitnodiging inging om wederom te zingen in mijn huiskamer. Dit betekende al voor de derde keer,zij is immers het startpunt van de huidige serie huisconcerten,de eerste keer was met mijn verjaardag in 2008. Deze keer een heel vol huis voor Sarah. Vele mensen kwamen om haar te zien en genoten ervan om met de sessie na afloop me te spelen. Sarah speelde en zong haar mooie eigen geschreven liedjes,die hopelijk in Juni op haar nieuwe cd zullen verschijnen,en ook wat traditionals met haar prachtige warme stemgeluid. Een van de toeschouwers zei later "Ik werd verliefd op Sarah zodra zij begon met zingen" Hoop Sarah nog vele malen terug te zien.   And then there was Sarah back again…. After 2 years SarahMcQuaid came back on tour to Holland,I was happy she accepted my invitation to do a concert in the lounge again. So that means she was at my home for the third time,cause she was the original starter of the regular serie of these kind of concerts,since she came first in 2008 to celebrate my birthday. This time there was a absolute full house for Sarah. A lot of people came to see her and enjoyed to play the session afterwards,happy to see Sarah. Sarah played and sung loveley own written songs,which will be recording this June on a new cd hopefully,and some traditionals with her beautiful warm voice. One of the people who came around mentioned later,"I felt in love with Sarah when she started to sing." Hope to see Sarah back again&again.


Quotes: ...Haar rijke, diepe stemgeluid en briljante gitaarspel zijn de wapens waarmee Sarah McQuaid elk publiek voor zich weet in te nemen. Met haar hartverwarmende songs en tunes laveert ze tussen de Ierse traditie en Amerikaanse oldtime Music.  Muziek als balsem voor de ziel, ingetogen, subtiel en ontroerend mooi.... ..."Pure magic!! ... I never experienced such a thrilling interaction between artist and audience who rewarded you with three encores!! You have the ability to create an intimate atmosphere with your stories, songs and guitar playing and make the audience part of the gig."

 

 

SALTYDOG


Nieuwjaarsconcert 2011. Gisteravond een SUPER avond in folk in the lounge, Het Haagse folkduo,Maarten Willems en Frank Verlaan, gespecialiseerd in Ierse en Schotse traditionals speelde voluit om het nieuwe jaar in te luiden. Er was gezellig veel publiek op afgekomen en zij genoten met volle teugen van dit spetterend optreden. Instrumentale nummers afgewisseld door mooie ballades,duidelijk en met humor aan elkaar gepraat door Maarten en Frank wisten het publiek van het begin tot het eind te boeien. En toen was de avond nog niet klaar, hij werd verder ingevuld met een mooie sessie.Veel mensen waren gebleven om mee te zingen en mee te spelen. Leuk is het vooral dat alle sessies in the lounge elke keer weer verrassend anders zijn,door andere spontane combinaties, verschillende instrumenten en verrassende initiatieven. Genieten dus!!! Dank aan o.a: Hanneke en Ari Janissen,die helemaal vanuit Tilburg naar the lounge kwamen en die jaarlijks deelnemen aan het Robin Hoodfestival around Nottingham met the Crazy Dutch Regulars (zie link op deze site). Ben van Leeuwen,die elke 2 weken op dinsdag avond een folksessie leidt in cafe de Tregter in Leiden, Iris Willems,die vol overgave meezong met de Nederlandse liederen, Frank Verlaan, Maarten Willems, de sessieleider, Engelberthus en Jolanda Pronk .ouwe getrouwe bezoekers, Govert Willems met lepels, Rieke Pronk op viool en Henk Dorrestijn die zijn eigen lied arme Johanna ten gehore bracht. Wim v.d. Hoeven gaf aan het geheel een speciale tint door prachtige tekeningen van deze avond te schetsen. Translation: SALTY DOG. New Yearsconcert 2011 Last night a SUPERB night at folk in the lounge. The Hague-folkduo Maarten Willems and Frank Verlaan,specialised into Irish and Scottish folk,played to welcome the New Year. There was a lot of audience,and they enjoyed all because of this wonderful performance. Instrumentionals along with beautiful ballads,pronounced  humoristic by Maarten and Frank.were enjoyable from the start till the end of the evening. And even then the night wasn't over,because there came an afterward session. A lot of people stayed to sing and play along. Its very nice that all the sessions in the lounge are different ,each time,surprisely because of the instruments,spontanic combinations and intiatives.So because of this: time to enjoy. Thanks to, among others: Hanneke and Ari Janissen,who came from Tilburg,and play every year on the Robin Hoodfestival around Nottingham with the Crazy Dutch regulars(see link on this site)Ben van Leeuwen,who leads every two weeks on Tuesday a session in Café de Tregter in Leiden,Iris Willems who sung along with the Dutch songs,Frank Verlaan,Maarten Willems,sessionleader,Engelberthus and Jolande Pronk,goldie oldie visitors,Govert Willems on spoons, Rieke Pronk on fiddle and Henk Dorrestijn who performed his own song "Poor Johanna. Wim v.d. Hoeven made this night extra special because of the lovely drawings he made of this evening.

 


Niamh Parsons

14 December 2010

Ik telde de dagen af voordat ze kwam…

En DAAR WAS ZIJ

Wat een prachtige avond,Niamh zong als een "kesrtengel"in mijn lounge

Wat een prachtige stem,wat een mooi reportoire,en wat een fantastische gitaarspel van Graham Dunne.

Wat valt er nog meer te zeggen..zij is een van de zeldzame….

Dank je wel Niamh,ik voel me zeer vereerd en verheugd dat jij echt in mijn lounge kwam spelen.

Ook dank aan de sessie muzikanten,die er ondanks het kleine aantal en leuke afsluiting aan deze avond gaven.

 Simon Oak,among the audience,and ne of them wrote a little article about it:(thanks Siem for posting)

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They're so inspiring! Niamh and Graham performed lovely songs like

Valentine O'Hara

, Black is the Colour

, Carrigfergus

, 1917

, John Condon

, etc, etc. A special mention to the song

The San Patricio's

, followed by some real Mexicano-style guitar playing of Graham. And it all sounded so natural, honest and right from the heart. You just can't imagine how beautifull this was, if you weren't there.

Also the intimate session afterwards was lovely. Not before waving out Niamh and Brian, I dared to start off with

Look At The Coffin

 

as a tribute to Tommy Makem and the Clancy Brothers and as a proof of how bizar the irish tradional songs sometimes can be. Toos and her friend did some lovely singing, Blue Monday's Hans sang

Dublin In The Rare Old Times

and

The Town I Loved So Well

 

and did a very nice reel on his inimini squeezebox. Maarten and his friend did

Douwe Jongens Douwe

again and I could do

A Roving Blade

 

and

Spancil Hill

. I promised Maarten to learn the lyrics of the famous

Boulavogue

for next time.

And last but not least: I promised my new guitar to never leave him at home anymore.

Thanks Maarten for borrowing yours!

From folkforum:

Het Ierse duo Niamh Parsons&Graham Dunne laten je wegsmelten met Irish heartbeat songs.Zij roepen de intens warme sfeer op,die zo kenmerkend is voor de donkere dagen voor kerst.

Niamh is maatgevend als verzamelaar en vertolker van t Ierse lied.

Haar vocale kwaliteiten staan te boek als emtioneel doorvoeld en kristalhelder.

Een zangtalent als Niamh Parsons kom je 1,hooguit 2 x per generatie tegen.Een avondje met Niamh is een avondje puur genieten  van goudeerlijke diep ontroerende Irish heartbeat songs.

 

Zij zelf zegt: "I dont rememember a time in life I was not singing ,I love songs.These songs are living in me…

 

TRANSLATION:

Counting the days before she came….

And THERE SHE WAS...!!!
What a marvellous nigt we had...Niamh sung like a "Christmas angel"in my lounge.What a loveley voice,what a great reportoire,and what a great guitarplaying of Graham Dunne.

What more can I  say…she is one of those….rarely ones….
Thanks Niamh,I feel excited&honoured you really played in my lounge.

Also thanks to the sessionmusicians,who although there wernt many ended this evening in a pleasanr way.

 

From Folkforum:

The irish duo Naimh Parsons &Graham Dunne let you "melted""with Irish heartbeatsongs.They bring you in the special warm atmosphere,we recognize from the dark days before Christmas.

Niamh is important as collector and singer of the Irish songs.

Her voice qualities are very emotional and clearly

A talented singer like Niamh Parsons,you only meet once or twice in a generation.

An evening with Niamh is an evening pure enjoying of very pure touching Irish heartbeat songs.

 

One of the most beautiful and expressive voices in all of Ireland. Niamh Parsons has the ability to climb into a song, take ownership and then sing it for the listener to experience--not simply hear."

-Cindy Reich, Music journalist for "Irish Music Magazine" (Dublin, Ireland), "The Living Tradition" (Ayrshire, Scotland), "The Celtic Connection" (Denver, Colorado

Herself she is mention:I don't remember a time in life I was not singing,I love songs.Thes songs are living in me.

 

Pete Morton

20 november 2010

Fantastische avond met Pete Morton,heel goed om hem terug te zien in mijn wederom volle huiskamer.

Mooie teksten,mooi gezongen,Pete in topvorm.

Enthousiast publiek,nieuwe gezichten,oude bekenden.Dank aan allen die er bij waren.

Byzondere sessie na afloop,met o.a. dank aan Renate & Dirk Egberts,Anneke Holt,Kees Bakker,Jerry Kooyman en Maarten Willems.

Translation

Fantastic evening with Pete Morton,very good to saw him back in my lounge,again a full house.

Beautiful lyrics,beautiful sung by Pete on his high level.

Enthusiastic audience,new faces,old faces.Thanks to all who were there.

Special session afterwards,with thanks to Renate &Dirk Egberts,Anneke Holt,Kees bakker,Jerry Kooyman and Maarten Willems.

FROM AN ARTICLE ABOUT HIM :

Pete Morton is one of the best English singer/songwriters.He has a beautiful voice,sounds like Cat Stevens,and plays guitar on his own special way.His songs are about all situations in life,from love to politicy,from personal stories to worldnews.But although his lyriscs are a bit dark sometimes, there is always a light waiting on the horizon.His song"Another train" is a classical and for a lot of people on the whole world a song of hope.His latest cd"Casa Abierta"contains 10 songs in 10 different languages.He also is brave enough to sing in Dutch the song"Avond" from Boudewijn de Groot.

At the beginning of next year,there will be another new cd,with some beautiful tracks,we allready know from his gigs; Good enough for me, The gorilla song,The sock on the line,Bigger then life,When we sing together.A lot of singer/songwriters are a little bit introvert,not Pete ,he is superb entertainer with his typical English humour and self knowledge.(from www.folkforum.nl)www.petemorton.com

BIG SESSION-folk in the lounge at Karin's nr. 1

November 2010

And between all those concerts Bob,Billy,Ewan,David and Pete,we did have totally unexpected a big session, in my lounge. It all started with a meeting on Warwick folk festival last Summer, with the great musician Pete Grassby. Hope he is coming back one day to give a gig in me lounge, or somebody else of this wonderful musicians all together.

However these four musicians were on their way to Germay, for a couple of gigs ,came by ferry to the Hook of Holland,and because of that could stay in my home for just one BIG MUSICAL EVENING - and an overnight. We has a beautiful musical evening, very good atmosphere and also lots of humour. Hope they are going to stop again&again in my home,it really was superb to meet this lovely people. Thanks for being there Pete, Martin, Jon and Gilly, it was all great -

Thanks also to the guest players who joined in ,because they saw my invitation on facebook.

Because of this I have the idea to do more spontaneous sessions, so watch my facebook and join in.

Lovely memories from this gig you can see on this site by clicking  on you tube.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Gilliy Loomes

More from her at Summerfolk 4(23/6/2012)

 

 

 

 


Martin Trewinnard

 

 

 

 

 


Pete Grassby

ll play a gig at December 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

with John Loomes

Also playing at Summerfolk 4(23/6/2012)

 

 

 

 


With Nout Grupstra&friend

enthusiastic musicians playing together.


 
Translation:

Tussen alle concerten door hadden we totaal onverwacht een grote sessie in mijn huiskamer.

Het begon allemaal met een ontmoeting bij Warwick folkfestival afgelopen zomer,met de fantastische muzikant Pet Grassby.

Ik hoop dat hij en/of de andere muzikanten een keer terug zullen komen voor een optreden in mijn huiskamer.

Deze muzikanten waren op weg naar Duitsland voor een serie concerten,met de boot naar Hoek van Holland,en stopten toen bij mijn huis voor EEN GROTE MUZIKALE AVOND-en een overnachting.We hadden een fantastische muzikale avond,hele goede sfeer,met veel humor.

Hoop dat zij nog vele keren bij mij willen stoppen.Het was echt enorm om deze aardige mensen  te ontmoeten.Dank je wel Pete, Martin,Jon en Gilly,

Ook dank aan de gastspelers,die zo spontaan op mijn facebook uitnodiging reageerden.

Door dit spontane idee ben ik van plan meer GROTE SESSIES te gaan organiseren,dus hou mijn facebook in de gaten.\

Een mooie indruk van deze sessie kan je krijgen door via deze site op you tube the klikken.

 

 

 

Players:Maarten Willems*Frank Verlaan*Siem Eikelenboom*Nout Grupstra*Fred van Hemert*

 

Publiek:Karin&Lucia

 

Guestplayers from England:

 

*Martin Trewinnard - bass, flute, whistles, vocals:

Martin has played with several other ceilidh bands during his performing career. He is a versatile multi-instrumentalist (concertina, various wind instruments, guitars etc.) but mainly provides the bass in Aardvark.  Like Pete G, Martin plays and dances for Coventry Morris.

 

*Pete Grassby - melodeons, hammered dulcimer, vocals, calling:Pete G. is a fine musician and singer, in his own right (e.g. Sidmouth competition winner 1993 and well-known as a solo performer at clubs and festivals around the UK and abroad).  The founder member of Aardvark, Pete collects many tunes and dances during his travels and brings them to the band.  He also plays for and dances with Coventry Morris and has been known to call for other bands.

*Jon Loomes"A  well informed, experienced and entertaining performer of traditional songs accompanied with enviable skills on guitar, hurdy gurdy, concertina and fiddle"- Pete Coe
He sings traditional songs and accompanies himself on guitar in a variety of tunings, assorted violin family instruments in a variety of tunings, mandolins in a variety of tunings, melodeons in an assortment of keys, English and anglo concertinas and hurdy gurdies in a variety of tunings.


He manages the Melodeon, Concertina and Violin departments at The Music Room in Cleckheaton and also runs his own recording studio specialising in acoustic music. He has a solo album out on Fellside records, and plays hurdy gurdy in the trio "Hérétique" who are currently mid way through recording a second album.

Gilly Guinn :: singer en playing the hammered dulcimer.GREAT MUSICIAN-.!!!

 


Ewan McLennan&David Ferrard

7 November 2010
Op Zondag 7 november speelden Ewan Mclennan&David Ferrard een fantastisch concert in mijn huiskamer.Ik had David al gezien in The Pleasance,Edinburgh folkclub,en Ewan vaak beluisterd op you tube en ik was meteen heel erg onder de indruk.Ik keek dus zeer uit naar dit optreden ,en het overtrof al mijn verwachtingen  Het werd een SUPER avond. Ewan MCLellan , is opgegroeid in Schotland en liet in zijn muziek een groot Schots repertoire zien .Zijn goede gitaar spel en zijn unieke stem kwamen tot uiting in zijn gepassioneerde optreden. Hij zong en speelde geweldig, van traditionele ballades tot aan dansmuziek of melancholieke tunes voor zijn gitaar. David Ferrard, is een Schots Amerikaanse zanger en songwriter. Zijn Transatlantische wortels konden duidelijk worden getraceerd in muziek en zang van zijn eigen composities en werden gekenmerkt door een sterk verlangen naar sociale rechtvaardigheid en vrede.

Een mooi plan is ,in de toekomst nog eens David en Ewan terug te laten keren in "folk in the lounge"Zij zijn daar zeker voor te porren.Ook het publiek was er weer in grote getale,en deed op verzoek enthousiast mee met de refreinen.Voor de sessie konden maar een klein aantal mensen blijven,waardoor het klein en intiem werd. Heel mooi om wederom kennis te maken met nieuwe muzikanten. Dank aan Auke Hofstra en Ben van Leeuwen daarvoor

TRANSLATION

On Sunday November 7th,EwanMclennan&David Ferrard played a fantastic concert in my lounge.I saw David in the Pleasance,folkclub in Edinburgh,and listened many times on you tube to Ewan,and was completely impressed.Because of that I looked forward to the gig very much,and the reality was even more then I expected.It became a SUPERB night.Ewan McLennan grow up in Scotland and showed in his music a big Scottish repertoire.His very good guitarplaying and unique voice were all used in his passionate performance.He sung and played beautiful,from traditionals ballads up to dansmusic and melancholic tunes for just guitar.

David Ferrard,is a Scotiish/American singer/songwriter.His Trans-Atlantic roots could be recognized in his music and sung of his own compositions,and showed very much his longing for justice and peace.

A good plan,is to see David and Ewan  in future again in my lounge.They are certainly enthusiastic for that.Again there was a full house,and everybody joined in for the chorus enthusiasticly.There only could stay a few people for the session afterwards,so it became small and intimate.Very good to meet new musicians again,Thanks to Auke Hofstra and Ben van Leeuwen.


ABOUT EWAN MC LENNAN


Ewan McLennan has been making headlines over the last year, performing at festivals, clubs, and concert halls across the country. Of Ewan's singing BBC Radio 2's Mike Harding has said "he sings beautifully, with great sincerity, great empathy, he's terrific!", while his classical-influenced folk guitar playing has been described as "stunning". His music combines traditional music from around Britain and beyond, with a particular focus on the music of Scotland, where he was brought up. But Ewan retains a unique and compelling sound of his own in which traditional songs run parallel to his own earthy, self-penned songs.

Quotes:

'I was completely and utterly bowled over by Ewan's music...one of the most exciting new voices I've heard in years.'


Mike Harding, BBC Radio 2

'Only once in a while do you hear a new voice, a new sound that is really worth listening to. Ewan McLennan is definitely one such.'Martin Simpson

About his new cd:

With a gorgeous lilling voice,a quietly assured and commanding presence and some smart guitar arrangements,it's the tender sincerity of McLennan's own performance that makes the album so moving-..

-.a resoundingly fresh -sounding album of folksongs.Ewan McLennan well be the best singer you ll hear all year.

 ABOUT DAVID FERRARD.

I saw David as a support act of Vin Garbutt last May in Edinburgh folkclub,and he was fantastic,very honoured he is coming to play in me lounge with Ewan McLennan.

-Half Scottish,half American,David built an impressive reputation in Britain in the unsubscribed of songwriting-.a gentle voice-the songs are mostly tradiotional,but they carry a ceas resonance for ferrard-..he won the Darny Kyle award at Celtic Connections in 2006-..david is a serous ballad singer-..

About David's cd

Brought up and still bases in Edinburgh,the young Ferrard crosses the atlantic regurlarly with his nmother to her family home in Pensylvania,and in his second album he pays homage to the great song traditions that unite his two countries.

Songs of hardship,love and compassion,created by unknown authors of traditions,as well as Robert Burns-.were recorded in a studio in Carolina-.an album that feels like a home coming.

 

Bob Fox & Billy Mitchell

3 oktober 2010

Fantastische avond gisteravond met Bob Fox &Billy Mitchell.

Met heel veel energie, humor en prachtige stemmen zetten zij een geweldige sfeer neer in mijn huiskamer. met mooie liedjes. Anekdotes, en informatie over de liedjes maakten het tot een goed geheel.

Het publiek was heel enthousiast,en deed voltallig mee met de refreinen.

Ook de sessie was wederom zeer geslaagd,met weer een aantal nieuwe muzikanten,er waren nu zelfs twee harpisten.Voor herhaling vatbaar.

Weer een vol huis.Dank aan iedereen die er bij was.

 

Fantastic night,last night with Bob Fox&Billy Mitchell.

With lots of energy,humor and beautiful voices they created a great atmosphere in my lounge,with loveley songs.

Anecdotes and information about the songs made the gig complete.

The audience was very enthousiastic,and joined in with the chorus.

Also the session afterwards was again superb,with a few

new musicians,there even were two harpists,Hope they come again.

Full house again,Thanks for everyone who was there.

Biography BOB FOX

 

          Bob started 2003 with a busy schedule,including extensive tours in the UK, a third US tour, a return to Australia to perform at the National Festival in Canberra and Fairbridge Festival in W.A. and continued with appearances at some of the most prestigious Folk Festivals in England throughout the Spring and Summer. He also signed a 3 CD deal with TOPIC RECORDS, the first one entitled BORROWED MOMENTS" released on Sept 2003 immediately received ecstatic reviews. Bob was nominated Best Folk Singer once again in the 2004 Folk Awards and his version of the Chris Leslie song My Love is in America, recorded on "BORROWED MOMENTS", gained a nomination for Best Original Song.

Biography Billy Mitchell

Billy started playing the guitar in the early sixties when they were all made of wood and mostly the same colour.

He formed a 'beat group' with some pals at the local youth club and played local clubs and pubs till the sad arrival of full time employment forced their demise.He then joined with former beat group pals to form a 'folk group' during the great 'folk scare' of the late sixties and early seventies. The Callies showed the good people of Newcastle what they thought folk music should sound like. They recorded one album, went to London, didn't like it... then came home.After a spell in Vancouver, Canada, Billy was invited to return to England to join Jack the Lad with members of the recently split Lindisfarne . Then followed four albums and four years touring the UK and Europe, playing every venue known to man and some that weren't-At the end of the seventies he joined with Peter McIntyre to form the hilarious Maxie & Mitch who have spent the last twenty four years playing music in a very funny way to people all over the world who fancied a laugh-1996 saw Billy join Newcastles' favourite sons Lindisfarne who enjoyed critical acclaim for their live concerts in the UK and the USA, and their subsequently-released albums of new songs Here Comes the Neighbourhood and Promenade.Since Lindisfarne's retirement in 2003, Billy has embarked on a very successful solo career with his Backtrackin' show and CD, and in 2005 he recorded The Devil's Ground album, which received critical acclaim and extensive radio play.

In 2006, he celebrated his 60th birthday by forming the first ever Billy Mitchell Band, who played an emotional 'sell out' concert at The Sage, Gateshead.

Billy has recently dipped back into his 'folk roots' by collaborating with Bob Fox on two UK tours and a highly acclaimed 'live' album Five-star B&B.

From page folk on the moor folkclub:

Bob Fox

To say Bob is a class act hardly does his talents justice, I saw him recently at a major festival and witnessed one of the most polished and moving performances I have ever seen. His lovely segue of "Waters of Tyne" into "Big River" was a genuine highlight. As far as FOTM is concerned, we can all recall that it was Bob who started us off at our current venue... but then we also remember his appearance with Benny Graham.... more elsewhere! Bob also has some superb recordings... I love the "Hush" album!
•September 13th '09... without doubt, a glorious night of exceptional music from two of the very best in the business. If you were there, you know what I mean when say it was dazzling stuff and truly moving, too.

 

DAITHI RUA

4 SEPTEMBER 2010


  Vorig jaar opende hij het seizoen van Folk in the lounge,en dit jaar deed hij dat weer .Op velerlei verzoek keerde hij nl terug in mijn huiskamer,het werd wederom een fantastische avond met na afloop  een grandioze sessie met veel nieuwe gezichten,jonge muzikanten van de groep THE TEETOTALLERS,Siem Eikelenboom,ook al iemand,die thuis is in de Ierse folk,Hans Woudenberg en vrienden,al jaren trouwe fans van Daithi,en niemand minder dan SIMPLY GREEN, een Haags Ierse band,die het geheel een zeer sterk Ierse folktint gaf,zo uitnodigend was hun opzwepende muziek,dat ik zelfs nog samen met Maarten Willems van SALTY DOG een dansje durfde te wagen.En net als vorig jaar bleek,dat Daithi ook na afloopvan zijn gig nog te porren was voor prachtige Ierse deunen.Ik was ook heel blij met zijn gezongen lied van mijn Schotse favouriete singer/songwriter Dougie McLean-Caledonia. Iedereen heel hartelijk bedankt ,allen die er bij waren,luisterden en mee speelden met de sessie.

TRANSALATION:


Last year he opened the folkseason of folk in the lounge at Karin's and he did it again this year.

On many request he came back in my lounge,and again it was a wonderful night,with afterwards a superb session with lot of new faces of musicians,young ones from the band THE TEETOTALLERS,Siem Eikelenboom,someone who knows about folk,Hans Woudenberg,and friends, musicians ,longtime fans of Daithi,and last to mention , but not least SIMPLY GREEN,a Irish band from The Hague,they made the session very Irish,so wonderful filled with energy,so I was tempted to do a dance with Maarten Willems from SALTY DOG on one of their tunes.And just like last year also Daithi had a lot of energy left to play with the session with beautiful Irish tunes.Very happy I was also with one of my Scottish favourites of Dougie Mc Lean---Caledonia.Thank you all for being there,listening and joining in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Over Daithi-. Uit: recensie New Folksounds 2005:"" Ter afwisseling van het instrumentale gedeelte had men Daithi Rua als gastzanger uitgenodigd. Hij liet onder meer een schitterende versie van The Lakes of Pontchartrain horen, een van de mooiste uitvoeringen die ik ken. Zijn stem heeft enerzijds iets van Christy Moore en anderzijds heeft zijn presentatie iets van Luka Bloom." Uit Wikipedia, de vrije encyclope die Daithi Rua is Iers voor 'Rode David', de artistennaam van David Donegan. Hij is een Iersezanger en gitarist. Hij is geboren in Ierland, en kreeg de muziek van The Dubliners en Planxty met de paplepel binnen. Ook was hij begeesterd door The Fureys, Moving Hearts en The Pogues.David Donegan kon aardig goed overweg met stem en gitaar en via kroegen en jeugdhuizen bouwde hij aan zijn loopbaan als muzikant. Bijna tien jaar later staat David nog steeds op het podium.Tegenwoordig woont hij in Gent Het is een uitvalsbasis voor concerten in heel Europa. Zowel solo als met zijn begeleidingsband. Hij wordt nu geïnspireerd door muzikanten zoals: Luka Bloom, Nanci Griffith en Andy Irvine.Hij wordt doorgaans begeleid door Ed Veltrop (accordeon, piano en zang) van het Nederlandse folkduo John O'Dreams

 

TRANSLATION:

About Daithi

From NewFolksounds 2005-to make a change after all the instrumental tunes,they invited Daithi Rua,as a guestplayer,he sung a wonderful version of the Lakes of Pontchartrain,one of the best I ever heard.His voice sounds like Christie Moore,his performance seems like Luka Bloom-

From Wikipedia:

Daithi Rua is Irish for Red David,the artistname of David Donegan.he is an irish singer and guitarist,he was born in Ireland and listened since he was a child to the music of the Dubliners and Planxty very often,also he was influenced by The Fureys,Moving hearts and the Pogues.David Donegan was very good with his voice and guitar and from pubs and youthhouses he started his way as a musician.More then 10 years later he still is on stage.For the present he lives in Gent,good spot for all kind of directions all through Europe.Solo or with his bandmembers.He was inspired by musicians like Luka Bloom,Nanci Griffith and Andy Irvine.

A lot of times he is in companion of Ed Veltrop(accordion,piano and vocals)from the Dutch folkduo John O'Dreams.

SUMMERFOLK 2

Zaterdag 19 Juni 2010


Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer

 

 

 

Zaterdagavond was het zo ver Summerfolk 2,de feestelijke afsluiting van het seizoen-folk in the lounge at Karin's.

Een jaar is voorbij gevlogen ,een van de gasten verwonderde zich er ook over,dat het alweer een jaar geleden was,dat we de eerste Summerfolk hielden,met King's Galliard en een open mic.

Heel succesvol was het ook deze keer, lekker veel publiek,met HEEEEEEEEEEEEL veel instrumenten,voor de sessie na afloop.

De open mic(zonder microfoon)verliep prima, optredens met voor elk wat wils, Ned.talige luisterliedjes van Henk Dorrestein ,begeleid door Maarten Willems,mooie American songs door Adri Richter en Toos van Leeuwen,onvervalste Ierse folk door Lucky Spoons,en  twee leden van Botswing,een folkgroep uit Belgie;Dimitri Claes en Jos Tielens speelden een grandioze afsluiting.Prachige sounds.Wie weet keert er nog wel eens iemand terug met een avondvullend programma.

De hoofdact bestond uit Vicki Swan &Jonny Dyer,ik vond het grandioos dat zij speciaal op mijn verzoek voor Summerfolk een weekend naar Den Haag wilden komen.Zondag hebben zij goed besteedt door met Maarten Willems de geluidstudio in te gaan en samen met Frenk van Meeteren hem te begeleiden voor nieuwe cd opnames,ook speelden zij als duo enige prachtige door Maarten gecomponeerde instrumentale stukken.Prachtig al die instrumenten,en wat een geluid die nickelharpa,echt wondermooi vind ik.

Genoten heb ik dus van de heerlijkeavond vol Engels/Zweedse folk,met humor door Vicki en Jonny aan elkaar gepraat,een heerlijk life optreden.

Ook de sessie was fantastisch leuk.

Een avond ,die mede door het enthousiaste publiek een prachtige herinnering is aan de afsluiting van dit seizoen,en om nog lang van na te genieten.

 

Summerfolk 2


2010 /18 Juni

On Saturdaynight we did Summerfolk2,a party ending of the folkseason-folk in the lounge at Karin's.

A year passes by very quickly,one of the guest wondered that it allready was a year ago,since we did the first Summerfolk,with King's Galliard and an open mic.

This time also very succesfull,a lot of audience,with VERY much instruments,for the session afterwards.

The open mic(without a microphone)went very well,gigs for everyone,Dutch listen songs from Henk Dorrestein with Maarten Willems,beautiful American songs by Adri Richter and Toos van Leeuwen,real Irish folk by Lucky Spoons,and two members of Botswing, a Belgian folkgroup :Dimitri Claes and Jos Tielens played wonderful at the end.Beautiful sounds.

Who knows someone of these will come back for a whole evening.

The big attraction were Vicki Swan &Jonny Dyer,I think it was very special they came over for a weekend on my request just for Summerfolk.They did well also on Sunday,when they went with Maarten Willems to the studio and played with him and Frenk van Meeteren  for Maarten's new cd,also they played as duo some beautiful instrumental tunes,composed by Maarten.Just great all those instruments,and what a wonderful sound from the nickelharpa,I think its beautiful.

So I really enjoyed this superb evening full with English/Swedish folk.humoristic talked between by Vicki and Jonny,a superb life performance.

Also the session was great.

An evening,because of all the enthuastic people a beautiful memory of the end of the season,to enjoy in mind.

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Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer

Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer have developed a strong reputation for a delivering great performances time and time again. Once known mainly for for their instrumental skills with Scottish Smallpipes, accordion and even Swedish Nyckelharpa, they are now being accepted as impressive song arrangers and writers.

Vicki & Jonny effortlessly blend traditional material with contemporary interpretations whilst equally creating original self penned tunes and songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. Out of this combination they have developed a sound that is both familiar

Following in her father's footsteps Vicki is a second generation piper. Having begun the music ladder at the age of five, Vicki went on to study the double bass at the Royal College of Music, becoming the principal double bass and winning the solo double bass competition. Vicki has now returned to her Swedish roots with the addition of the Nyckelharpa and the translating of Swedish ballads.

Composer and competition-winning guitar player; Jonnyâ--s outstanding technical ability, coupled with a wide-ranging musical taste has made him a tireless and forceful musical innovator. Jonny has been singing choral music, soul, jazz and folk for as long as he can remember.

MAARTEN WILLEMS


April 2010

Zoals ik al beschreef op de homepage van www.karin.maartenwillems.nl

gaf Maarten Willems ,Ned.talig singer/songwriter de aanzet tot de huidige huiskamerconcerten.


Hij speelt Iers in folkduo Salty Dog en folkgroup Lucky Spoons.

Ook was hij er een aantal keren solo,soms begeleid door Frenk van Meeteren,met zijn avondvullend programma vol mooie Nederlandstalige luisterliedjes en echte meezingers,die nog dagen in je hoofd blijven na klinken,aangevuld met gedichten uit eigen bundels.

Meer over Maarten: www.maartenwillems.nl

En binnenkort een presentatie van zijn nieuwste cd "Iets goeds komt ook onverwacht" in Theater Pepijn in Den Haag.


 

 


 

As I wrote on the homepage of www.karin.maartenwillems.nl

Maarten Willems,Dutch singer/songwriter  started the houseconcerts at my home.

He plays Irish folk,in a folkduo Salty Dog and also in folkgroup Lucky Spoons.

He also played solo, sometimes together with Frenk van Meeteren,with his eveningfilling program of songs and poems,from his own poemnovels.

Beautiful Dutch songs,with good lyrics and sometimes sing a long songs,which can stay in your mind for some days.

More about Maarten Willems:www.maartenwillems.nl

And soon the cdpresentation of his latest cd "Something good happens unexpected in Theater Pepijn in The Hague.

TomMcConville

27 januari 2010

 


 

Op woensdagavond 27 Januari 2010 speelde TomMcConville bij mij thuis een solo-gig.Ik zag hem eerder in Warwick folkfestival en later in t soldaatje,folkclub Noorwijkerhout,met Aaron Jones en Claire Mann,kocht toen 3 cds,en heb ze heel vaak gedraaid.Vond het geweldig ,dat hij bij mij thuis kwam spelen en het werd ook geweldig

Mooie ballades,afgewisseld en opgevuld met prachtige vioolsolos.Fantastisch hoe hij viool kan spelen en tegelijk ook nog kan zingen.En tussendoor nog tijd om het een en ander humoristisch aan elkaar te praten.

Al hoewel hij midden in de nacht al uit Newcastle was vertrokken,had hij toch nog voldoende energie om ook nog met enthousiasme mee te spelen bij de sesssie. Super-!!!

Een leuke sessie ook,met wat nieuwe gezichten,Jerry Kooyman ,die hele goede covers speelde van o.a. John Denver en Don mcLean,en Nout Grupstra ,die diverse instrumenten had meegebracht,en naarstig op zoek is naar een violist voor in zijn eigen band(cajun)Wederom heerlijke avond,met toch nog een aardig gevulde huiskamer met veel enthousiast mee zingende mensen.

Bedankt weer dat jullie er waren-!!!

 On Wednesday Januari 27th 2010,Tom mcConville played a solo gig at my home.I saw him before at Warwick Folkfestival,and later on ,at  t'Soldaatje,folkclub Noordwijkerhout,with Aaron Jones and Claire Mann,I bought then 3 cds and listen to them a lot.I think it was great he did want to come and play in my lounge,and it really was great.

Beautiful ballads,with fiddleplaying solos between and after.Fantastic the way he can play fiddle and singing together.And between the songs time to talk humouristic.Although he left Newcastle in the middle of the night,he still had energy left to play enthousiast with the session afterwards.A nice session,with some new faces,Jerry Kooyman,who played very good covers from John Denver and DonMcLean and Nout Grupstra,who did bring a copple of instruments and is looking for a fiddleplayer for his own band(Cajun)Again it was a wonderful evening,with a well filled lounge,with a good singing audience.

Thanks for coming .

The Newcastle fiddler.

 

He is one of the leading fiddleplayers of our time.

A virtuose musician and fantastic singer,his rich and warm voice makes his interpretation of traditional and competary song,greatly admired by singer all through the world.

He plays the fiddle in a long life passion.,musical delights from fast,rhythme dance tunes,through beautiful slow airs.

All presented with intimitable sence of humour and style

 


Roy Gullane.

 

Op vrijdagavond 11 december2009

kwam Roy Gullane bij mij thuis optreden.

in het AD/Haagsche Courant stond hij in een klein artikeltje van Jesica de Korte vermeld als een Schot in de huiskamer-of te wel een Schot in de roos-

En inderdaad,dat werd het---helemaal raak-helemaal goed en echt Schots.

Ik kende hem van de Tannahill Weavers en kwam er achter,dat hij ook wel eens solo wilde optreden..Hij heeft sinds kort ook een solo cd,-te bestellen via: www.amiestreet.com

Het werd een fantastische avond,met een full house, vol enthousiast publiek.

Roy speelde een reportoire vol zelfgekozen liedjes in maar liefst 3 sets en had toen ook nog genoeg energie over om mee te spelen met de sessie.

Hij praatte het geheel aan elkaar met grappige anekdotes .

Roy zei,dat hij graag nog eens terug wilde komen, en dat is zeker iets om naar uit te zien,een echte Schot in mijn huiskamer, met veel uitstraling en een mooie stem,wat wil je nog meer.

 

Zie ook mooie foto's bij mijn fotoverslag,gemaakt door fotograaf Michel v/d Heuvel.

 

Roy Gullane

 

On Fridaynight December 11 -2009

Roy Gullane came to play a gig at my home.

In the newspaper I read a little article of Jessica de Korte,saying a Scot in the lounge-or like a Dutch saying a S-hot in the heart-

And indeed-it was totally good-really fantastic and really Scottish.

I knew him from the Tannahill Weavers,and heard he did want to play solo.

Since a short time he also has a solo cd,order viawww.amiestreet.com

It became a fantastic night,with a full house,with a lot of enthousiatic public.

Roy played a repertoire of songs he choose by himself in 3 sets,and he still had energy left to play along with the session.

He talked between with funny little stories.

Roy said, he like to come back another time,and thats certainly something to look forward to,a real Scotsman in my lounge,with  a great charisma and a beautiful voice, what more do a person want .

 

See also nice pictures in my fotoverslag,made by photographer Michel v/d Heuvel.

Roy, as many of you will know, is along with Phil Smillie one of the two longest serving professional members of the Tannahills. He plays guitar, sings lead vocals, tells silly stories, and keeps us all laughing through adversity on the road.  He also has taken on the persona of booking agent for the band in the UK, the Netherlands and Belgium.

Roy has also done a lot of songwriting. He has recorded a solo album called "Not Only But Also..." including many of his own songs plus other favorites that he'd always wanted to record but hadn't had the chance.

Roy Gullane

Uit Wikipedia, de vrije encyclopedie

(

Glasgow

,

19 maart

1949

) is een

Schotse

folkmuzikant. Hij is

zanger

en

gitarist

. Hij is onder andere met

Phil Smillie

oprichter van de befaamde Schotse folkband

The Tannahill Weavers

. De band werd opgericht in 1968 en Roy is dan ook één van de oudste leden van de groep. Inmiddels hebben zij 16 albums geproduceerd.

www.myspace.com/gullanedejong

ROY GULLANE,

From Wikipedia,the free encyclopedia

Glasgow ,March 19-1949 is a Scottish folkartist.He is a singer and a guitarist.He plays among others with Phil Smillie,the founder of the famous Scottish folkgroup The Tannahill Weavers.

The band started in 1968 and Roy is one of the oldest members of the group.

Till so far they produced 16 albums.

KIERAN HALPIN

 

Zondagavond 15 november 2009

kwam Kieran Halpin zijn lange tour van concerten in mijn huis afsluiten.


Het was het 39ste in 42 dagen.

Het werd een fijne avond,met veel enthousiast publiek.

Er was zelfs door Jessica de Korte een artikeltje geschreven voor de AD/Haagsche courant,d.d.13/11

    

       FOLK IN DE HUISKAMER.

Ierse muziek past het beste in een gezellige,knusse ruimte.daarom nodigt Karin Pronk geregeld bands uit in haar huiskamer,nabij de Dedemsvaartweg.Zondag is Kieran Halpin aan de beurt.

Zijn nummers werden door artiesten als Ilse de Lange en Niamph Parsons gecovered en hij heeft dit jaar alweer zijn negentiende album uitgebracht.Een hardwerkende singer/songwriter dus.Muzikanten kunnen hun instrumenten meenemen,want naar Iers gebruik is er achteraf een sessie.Voor reserveren en het precieze adres:[email protected] of 0703296864.


  Al met al was het genieten...!! Voor iedereeen ,die er weer bij was,bedankt.

Since 1979 Kieran halpin has recorded 17 albums,one live-dvd and published 2 songbooks.He is a succesfull songwriter with many of his songs covered by other artists,such as Ilse de Lange,Vin Garbutt,TommcConville,Niamph Parsons and the Battlefield band.Live on stage Halpin makes his mark.Powerful and passionate,intimate and intense.His voice has such an edge to it that he sounds like he is living every song.He has managed to marry his intilligent and thought provoking lyrics ,great melodies and has developed over the years into a writer with a style of his own.

KIERAN HALPIN .

On Sunday November 15 -2009

Kieran Halpin came in my home,to finish off his long tour of concerts.

It was number 39 into 42 days.

It was a nice evening with an enthuasiatic public.

There was even a little article in the local newspaper 13/11,wrote by Jessica de Korte

 

FOLK IN THE LOUNGE

Irish music sounds best in a cosy,intimate space,that's the reason Karin Pronk invites regular musicians into her lounge,near de Dedemsvaartweg.

This Sunday its Kieran Halpins turn.

His tracks were covered by artists,like Ilse de Lange and Niamph Parsons,and this year he allready brings his 19 album.

A hardworking singer/songwriter so.

Musicians can bring their instruments ,because of the Irish habit there will be a possibility for a session afterwards.

For information and reservation mail: [email protected] or phone 0703296864.

 

HOWEVER IT WAS ENJOYABLE. FOR EVERYONE WHO WAS THERE AGAIN ,THANKS.

Pete Morton

Op Zaterdag 24 oktober 2009

trad Pete Morton op in mijn huiskamer.

Ik zag hem voor het eerst in 'Soldaatje-folkclub Noordwijkerhout,en vond hem meteen FANTASTISCH. De cd's ,die ik toen kocht,bleef ik draaien,en wat begon als een grap,met Monique,een vriendin:"Ik vraag hem of hij thuis komt zingen...",pakte goed uit....hij bleek graag op de uitnodiging in te gaan en kwam speciaal voor een weekend over uit Engeland. Het werd een fantastisch optreden,met veel publiek,die ook heel enthousiast mee zongen. Heel bijzonder was het ook, om hem Nederlands te horen zingen.   Nice memories:pictures+you tube filmpjes.

ARTIKEL OVER HEM

Pete Morton wordt beschouwd als een van de beste Engelse singer-songwriters. Hij heeft een prachtige stem, die doet denken aan Cat Stevens, en een gedreven heel eigen gitaarstijl. Zijn liedjes bestrijken thema's uit het hele leven, van liefde tot politiek, van zeer persoonlijke verhalen tot wereldnieuws. Maar hoe donker de teksten soms ook zijn, er gloort altijd hoop aan de horizon. Zijn lied 'Another train' is al een klassieker en voor veel mensen over de hele wereld 'a song of hope'. Zijn laatste CDCasa Abierta bevat tien liedjes in tien verschillende talen. Daarop waagt hij zich aan het Nederlands met 'Avond' van Boudewijn de Groot. Begin komend jaar komt een nieuwe weer volledig Engelstalige CD uit met daarop een aantal prachtige nummers die we al kennen van zijn optredens: Good enough for me, The gorilla song, The sock on the line, Bigger than life, When we sing together.
Veel singer-songwriters zijn in zichzelf gekeerd. Pete niet, hij kan zijn publiek geweldig vermaken met zijn typisch Engelse humor en zelfspot. (uit:www.folkforum.nl)

www.petemorton.com

PETE MORTON

On Saturday October 24th Pete Morton played in my lounge..

I saw him for the first time in Folkclub "t soldaatje-Noordwijkerhout",en thought he was FANTASTIC, the cd I bought then I put on and on,and what started as a joke with a friend Monique,like: "I m going to ask him ,if he wants to sing at my home",became really true.He just accepted the invitation,and came special for me from England to Holland, just for a weekend..It was a fantastic gig,with a lot of audience,who also sing along with him.It was very special to hear him sung Dutch.Nice memories:pictures+you tube videos.

FROM AN ARTICLE ABOUT HIM :

Pete Morton is one of the best English singer/songwriters.He has a beautiful voice,sounds like Cat Stevens,and plays guitar on his own special way.His songs are about all situations in life,from love to politicy,from personal stories to worldnews.But although his lyriscs are a bit dark sometimes, there is always a light waiting on the horizon.His song"Another train" is a classical and for a lot of people on the whole world a song of hope.His latest cd"Casa Abierta"contains 10 songs in 10 different languages.He also is brave enough to sing in Dutch the song"Avond" from Boudewijn de Groot.

At the beginning of next year,there will be another new cd,with some beautiful tracks,we allready know from his gigs; Good enough for me, The gorilla song,The sock on the line,Bigger then life,When we sing together.A lot of singer/songwriters are a little bit introvert,not Pete ,he is superb entertainer with his typical English humour and self knowledge.(from www.folkforum.nl)www.petemorton.com

 

 

Daithi Rua

Sept 2009

Daithi Rua( of Red David,i.v.m,zoals hij zelf zegt zijn" lange rode haren") zag ik voor het eerst op de Scheveningse boulevard tijdens het festival "Ierland aan zee"met Aidin Burke.


Ik was toen zeer onder de indruk van zijn optreden.

Later zag ik hem in Vlaardingen(nov 2008)en in Mulligans-Amsterdam deze zomer,met Ed Veltrop,FANTASTIC-!!!

Kort daarna vroeg ik hem om solo op te treden bij mij thuis, hij was meteen enthousiast,en zijn performance op 6 september was heel imponerend.

Ook speelde hij vol energie daarna nog door met de sessie, het ene nummer na het andere volgde.Ook zijn vriend Pluim uit Belgie vertolkte heel mooi een gaelic song.

Daithi is veel on tour in Noorwegen en Belgie, af en toe gelukkig ook in Nederland en zeker en vast wil hij terugkomen voor "another gig"

Meer van Daithi Rua: www.daithirua.com  


DAITHI RUA

 

Daithi Rua,or Red David,because as he said by himself,of his long red hair.

I saw him for the first time on the boulevard in Scheveningen,during the festival Ireland on sea,with Aidin Burke.I was most impressed.

Later I saw him back in Vlaardingen(nov 2008) and in Mulligans-Amsterdam,this summer,with Ed Veltrop.FANTASTIC.

Shortly after that I asked him,if he want to come and play a gig at my place,and he was very enthusiatic to do so.

His performance on Sept 6th was really very impressing.

Afterwards he played also with a lot of energy along with the session,a lot of Irish/Scottish traditionals came along.

Also his friend from Belgium,Pluim joined in to sing a Gaelic song.

Daithi is much on tour in Norway and Belgium,but luckily enough now and then in Holland too,and he said he certainly want to come back in my lounge to play another gig.

More about Daithi:www.daithirua.com

 

 

Summerfolk


19 Juni 2009


King's Galliard


 

It was great to see them singing in my lounge,my favourite folkgroup when I was 18.

Part of King Galliard's said YES to play in my lounge.

Thanks very much :Frenk van Meeteren,Lenneke Willems and Jan Erik Noske.Hope you will come again.

 

Sarah McQuaid
Febr 2009


Sarah McQuaid  trad 2x op in mijn huiskamer, beide concerten waren heel geslaagd. Bij het eerste concert zong zij zelfs in het Nederlands!!! Een grote verrassing . De 2e keer begeleidde Maarten Willems haar bij de titelsong van haar eerste cd.


Ik zag haar voor het eerst in 2007 tijdens een optreden bij het jaarlijkse folkfestival in Sidmouth en vond haar heel goed.

Haar eerste cd, die ik toen kocht, heb ik daarna talloze keren gedraaid. Inmiddels is er een 2e cd verschenen in een meer Amerikaanse sfeer en nu werkt zij aan een 3e cd, die waarschijnlijk eind dit jaar uitkomt.

Sarah vroeg mij of zij in 2011 nogmaals bij mij kan optreden.

Lets hope so!!!


Meer van Sarah McQuaid: www.sarahmcquaid.com

SARAH MCQUAID

 

Sarah mcQuaid performed twice in my lounge,both concerts were very succesfull.

At the first concert she surprised me to sing into Dutch too..

The second time Maarten Willems played with her on his fiddle,with the titlesong of her first cd.

I saw her for the first time in 2007,when she gave a gig at the yearly Sidmouth folkfestival,and thought she was great.Her first cd,which I thenbought,was for many times on my cdplayer.

Since then she made a second cd,in a more American atmosphere,and now she works on a 3th cd.This will be ready by the end of the year.

Sarah asked if