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,then :
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN to see the total history of all the concerts date
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
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
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
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
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
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
65.CELTANN,opening the season
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
75. Katriona Gilmore &Jamie Roberts,Sept 2015
76.Golden Bough,Sept 2015
77.Miriam Erasmus with support from Cathy Shannon,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
88. Summerfolk8 met Otto Groote/ Greg Russell&Ciaran Algar
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
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,Juni 2017
104.Wildwood Jack ,Sept 2017
105.Enda Kenny,Sept 2017
106.Fleetwood /Cave,Okt 2017
107.Winter Wilson,Okt 2017
108.Daithi Rua,with Katja van der Poorten, Dec 2017
109.Flossie Malavialle&Chris Parkinson,Jan 2018
110.Craobh Rua ,Jan 2018
111.Katryn Robert&Sean Lakeman, Febr 2018
112.Greg Russell&Ciaran Algar ,Maart 2018
113.Fred Piek/Maarten Willems trio ,April 2018
114.Kyle Carey with Erin Martell,April 2018
115. Last night fun ,May 2018
116.Summerfolk 10,June 2018,
with Robert Lane/Miriam Erasmus and HECLA
117.Johnny Campbell ,Sept 2018
118.Anthony John Clarke, Oct 2018
119. Vaste gasten ,Nov 2018
120.Phil Hare, Dec 2018
121.Daria Kulesh , Dec 2018
122.Gullane&de Jong ,Jan 2019
123. Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer ,Jan 2019
124 .TEN YEAR FOLK IN THE LOUNGE (celebrations 16 Maart 2019)
met : Amelia Hogan /Pete Grassby/The Quiggs
AND SPECIAL BIRTHDAY celebrations:Karin&Rietje 15o jaar in
Zeeheldentheater met diverse artsist,17 maart 2019(Zie beschrijving
125 .Julie&Andreas ( A summerspecial) July 2019
126.Simon Kempston ,Sept 2019
127.Colum Sands,Okt 2019
129.The whispering tree,Nov 2019
NA EEN GROTE PAUZE
NEW SEASON 21/22
130. Simon Kempston ,okt 2021
131. Maarten Willems trio ,feb 2022
132.Niamh Parsons with Graham Dunne ,april 2022
133.The Quiggs,mei 2022
SEASON (kind of) 22/23
134. Simon Kempston with Bronwyn Claire,oktober 2022
135. Gott Folk ,december 2022
136. Linde Nijland met Bert Ridderbos ,januari 2023
137.Maarten Willems trio ,februari 2023
139. 4 REEL ,juli 2023 (celebrate Karin's pre-pensioen)
PLEASE TAKE NOTE I did stop to write about the gigs (for the moment) out of time for it it seems...BUT I love them all.
AND THEN finally he came along,after three attempts to plan in,but because of the circumstances not possible at all.However there he was at a lovely Autumnnight October 26,just on a Tuesday ,because I could catch him just between his tour travelling further on to Germany. HOW good it was to see him back,this great musician,guitar player and singer/songwriter from Dundee(living in Edinburgh)He made an amzing night for new and goldie oldies audience.In a very intimate atmos[phere. I loved the fact he was back and he made it possible to organize another houseconcert after all this time...How special was this .....Lovely he and I are back on the road... lets hope it will be the start of lots of others to come along at Karin's lounge....
The whispering tree
It was some time ago since I booked them in and because I didnt see or hear
them live before it was a big surprise to find out alla bout these most
They came from far from the other end of the ocean.USA ,although with
English &French roots.
Beautiful songs with lovely tunes.All together a very memorable night. It
seems the last of 2019 and ended so a episode of ten years lounge concerts at
my home. BUT offcourse I m not planning to stop,but its time for me to
book more gigs in for the last moment ,Finding time and space for
spontanous acts So I dont have to say “No”to musicians because I m allready
booked in for 3 years ahead,like it happened some times. SO Cheers tot he
future……..A big happening will be most certain in October 2020- 7th . SO
keep an eye at my sight…..At their site:
The Franco-American duo, which includes singer/songwriter Eleanor
Kleiner and multi-instrumentalist Elie Brangbour, craft richly immersive
folk-rock brimming with evocative lyrics, nature imagery, perspectives from
travel, and a panoramic musicality that encompasses traditional folk, indie
rock, classic rock, and 1960s pop and rock n’ rolln............
Yeh then the lovely duo from Good Old England: Sophie Matthews &Chris
Green came along to play at my lounge.
It became a really superb autumn night with lots of
stories,tunes,songs&interaction . AND it was amazing how many
instruments they could play .The atmosphere at my lounge changed easily in
times from the past.
The history of music it all was there!!
How lovely to catch them back,after their performance at my lounge during
a double set&session with Joseph Peach,Charlie Grey&Mabel Duncan some
They know so well how to tell all the stories around the songs &tunes. I
really loved it and the audiece thought it was very enjoyable too.
And the there came the brother of Tommy ,who came along a few years ago:
Colum Sands from the big name family Sands .
Very Irish,with loads of storytelling and great Irish ,most of them
selfpenned songs. He was very good in the interaction with the audience
and a very sympathic man.
Good to listen to ,a good choice of songs he did make ,with lots of chorusses
Although not that many people in ,helas ..there was a good atmosphere & a
lovely jamsession there came afterwards too
Thanks everybody who joined in there too.
YEH it really was something this last Sundayafternoonconcert of the
concerts at my lounge with the man from County Down :Colum Sands !!
His site tells us : Colum Sands is a universal storyteller who draws on a long Irish
tradition of poetic musicality to weave songs for the world.
Colum Sands has performed in over thirty countries around the world, confirming
the universal appeal for the songs and stories with which he observes the minute and
often humorous details of life.
A member of the internationally renowned Sands Family from County Down,
Colum established his reputation as a songwriter with the release of his first solo
album, Unapproved Road in 1981. Songs like Whatever you say, say nothing, and
Almost every Circumstance were soon in the repertoire of artists from Billy Connolly to
Maddy Prior and June Tabor.
Sunday afternoon ,Sept 8 .
And then Simon Kempston,the lovely guitarist and singer/songwriter from
Dundee(living in Scotland)Edinburgh was back in town.SO happy he came
back to my lounge. A wellknown musician by the audience by now and a real
friend for me & my family I was so happy to see him once again. What a
lovely time we al had. The way he is singing and playing I do like very much.
And I love the way he tells the stories around his songs. Special the one
around Marcus is very funny. Happy times we had with Simon last
November ,when he did take Robbie Greig,the great fiddelplayer of Tannara
once to my lounge to play the set&session 7 .And when he was there to
celebrate my 100st gig in March 2017 as he came the first time in the middle
of my Christmas decorations,with a support of the formely Teetotallers.And
happy times now....Not that many people as an audience ....BUT a lovely
atmosphere....Thanks all who joined in and thanks Simon for coming over
once again to my little lounge...!!
Fridaynight July 12
We all had a really superb duperb time with the amazing duo from Norway
:Julie &Andreas.Very good musicians with lovely instruments ,the
bandoneon in combination with the harp did bring in a really beautiful
atmosphere. They did bring the audience in a very enthousiatic mood. From
Celtic,Norwegian ,self written tunes and some lands of South America. In
fact it was a premiere of two kinds: first musicians from Norway and first
time a real bandoneon into my lounge. I did enjoy all the moments,and so
did the audience,which was prooved by the long applauses and standing
ovation in the end. Thank you so much Henry Mensink for bringing these
two musicians on my path.And big thanks to all those lovely people, who
did bring a full house again. And very special it was to listen to the
jamsession afterwards ,although small ,lovely with Maarten &Lenneke ,his
cousin on the fiddle together. And so good to see Jan Nijkamp back !!
March 16&17 2019
AND then finally the special birthdayweekend in combination with ten
years folk in the lounge was suddenly there Loads of preparations were
made for this all But it most certainly was all worth it Many people were
involved ( musicians,helpers, guests&audience) they all were marvellous
Thank you all so much for being there and take part of it all Saturday March
16 th we started at 17.30h to welcome the guest with soup&sandwiches
instead of the normal coffee&tea ( Thank you so much Els Walenburg for
the amazing pumpkin soup When everybody was settled in and sit down it
was time for me to speak a few words in memory of the lovely regular
folkguest of my lounge :Linda van Twist , who passed away recently so
unexpected Thanks to Hoss Wilstra for his lovely text Then time to change
for happy times to start of the celebrations of ten years folk in the lounge
with the wonderful Amelia Hogan , all the way from USA a Lady with Irish
roots , singing like an angel In good company of Simon Oak and happy to
play on the boroughed shrutibox from Hans Ensing After that it was time for
the wellknown for my lounge Pete Melodeon ( Grassby) special back for
this weekend from
England A very pleasant man and a lovely musician and singer Ever so good
on all different instruments and the hammered dulcimer is still one of my
favourites The last part of the evening was filled in by the very good duo
from Scotland & Denmark : Stephen ( former McCalmans) & Pernille
Quigg Well knows to my lounge also and How lucky I was to catch them
back After all this performances there was a wonderful final cause all the
artists came back on ‘stage’ to sing the heartwhelming wellknown song from
Robbie Burns : Wild mountain thyme I loved it !!! The jamsession
afterwards was also a big happening cause many people were able to stay in
to listen or to make music THANK YOU all so very much for making this
celebration of ten year folk in the lounge so lovely for me! Then it was
Sundaymorning March 17 th About ten people were able to help me with the
preparations in the lovely Zeeheldentheater in de Trompstaat Because of Jan
Erik Noske it was all possible to use this place How handy & clever Jan
Nijkamp was ,assisted by others to make golden ballons on a string And in
no time there was a place ready for celebrating And there was a good reason
for it cause my mum & me were 150 years together So the party was called :
Karin& Rietje 150 Lots of people joined in , family & friends and lots of
folkies It was really superb to realize so many people were able to make time
to join in this day The party started with : Voorheen echte mannen ( duo of
Henk Dorrestijn & Rene Swaab ) They came before at M@K circle nights
Great lyricus& entertainment After that is was time to listen to Musonius (
Martijn Breeman ) wonderful troubadour Many times at my Summerfolk
parties in my lounge How nice he is working at a cd now .. Then there was
the Maarten Willems trio this time without Frank Verlaan , but with Frenk
van Meeteren Allways a pleasure to listen to them Lovely songs & tunes
.which stay in your mind , even when they were finished .Then time to dance
with caller& musician Pete Melodeon ,who once did do this for me before at
an English dancing afternoon in the Musicon Once again it was great So
great Jos Koning & Leo de Kruis decided to play with Pete .So this became
the shortest excisting band ever ( just about 45 minutes ) like Leo said .The
dances & music were absolutely great After a little break time to go on with
a lovely man from UK ; Terry Helyar wellknown in The Hague by organizing
gigs in cafe de Stamboom and quiet a regular visitor to my lounge A
musician with a beautiful voice and he even took his grandkids on stage
How wonderful was that Then it was time for 2 man of the group de Vaste
gasten ( Jos & Leo ) allready in full set at my lounge last November NL
folkband from Nijmegen Once again they were marvellous And also the no-
folkies in the audience were very enthusiastic about them After that one if
my favourite Irish singer/song writer came in stage How I love his songs &
tunes And How lovely it was that once again he performed the song special
once at request for Lara : Black is the color I loved it The afternoon went by
quickly and finally it was time for the great musician Frenk van Meeteren
accompined by Ruud Schoemakers , amazing at his instrument ! Finally
there was the Réunion of the folkband Kings Galliard without Jørn v d Plas ,
but with the lovely singer Sharon Bradley A really lovely surprise AND they
were great ! In the end there was another big surprise organized by Maarten
Willems to sing me his song inspired by me : Het leven is een feest How
wonderful all the artists joined in for that song all together at stage It did
make me all so happy ! Thank you all so much to be a part of this !! UNDER
this article there will be the info I did write down about the artists to
announce them before they performed :
Amelia Hogan was singing before she could walk. She sings traditional Irish
songs of the Sean-Nos or Old Style, plus Scottish, British, American, and
Contemporary folk music with lilting grace and a subtle power. Much of this
music is meant to be sung by the fire to a very intimate audience. You'll be
transported into another time and place where the banshee cries and lovers
embrace. Haunting melodies, stirring passion, and evocative storytelling is
what you'll find. Transplants: From the Old World to the New is her 2013
recording with guitarist Ray Frank. She has performed from Oregon to New
York, Ireland to San Francisco and back again. Slàinte!
As a performer Pete seems to adapt to any club audience and present a
and enjoyable mixture of material, from the unaccompanied ‘Bad Times just
Around The Corner’ by Noel Coward, to Ledbelly’s ‘Alberta’ on guitar. A
typical first half set will include melodeons, an unaccompanied ballad, some
Hammer Dulcimer and a couple of chorus songs! Recently, an interest in
story-telling has developed from his joke telling abilities.
Stephen Quigg has long since established himself on the Scottish folk scene
and after more than thirtyfive years of singing, he is still dedicated to the
music and the songs of Scotland. Stephen accompanies himself on guitar
and bodhran (occasionally also the banjo when he remembers to bring it)
and with an outstanding voice, you can watch him capture the attention of
any audience. Through wit, charm and an obvious love and respect for the
music he delivers, Stephen has gained many constant followers, who travel
regularly to his gigs in Scotland and beyond.
Pernille Rützou Quigg
is originally from Denmark but has been living on the west coast of
Scotland for the past 13 years. She released her debut album ´Driftwood´
in 2012 and has since released two albums ´River of Time´(2015) and ´Seeds I
didn´t Sow´(2017) as part of her duo with her husband Stephen Quigg. The
Quiggs now live, love and work together most of the time in harmony ;-) and
can be found roundabouts on the folk scene in Scotland and abroad.
VOORHEEN ECHTE MANNEN
Duo Henk Dorresteijn & Rene Swaab traden voor de 2e keer op tijdens een
Maarten@Karinavond bij mij thuis onlangs in Oktober 2018
Als het duo " Voorheen de Echtûh Mannûh" Een gaaf duo vol grappen en grollen en
smeulende Nederlandstalige teksten. Zeer zeker de moeite waard
om een in ogenschouw te nemen.
Achter troubadour Musonius (de naam betekent 'tot de muzen behorende')
gaat Martijn Breeman schuil.Op jonge leeftijd nam hij gitaarles en begon al
snel zijn eigen liedjes te schrijven. Vele keren actief op de
Summerfolkparties in mijn lounge. Op velerlei verzoek is hij onlangs de
studio ingegaan om aan zijn eerste cd te werken. Hopelijk is deze cd ,nu of
zeer binnenkort te koop.
MAARTEN WILLEMS TRIO
Is Frank Verlaan ,Gerjan Kaijen en Maarten Willems .Bekend van diverse
optredens op diverse locaties. Altijd mooi geschreven liedjes door Maarten
himself. Met een knipoog naar het leven. Over geboorte ,dood en de liefde .
Vaak voorkomend uit een gedicht. Soms geinspireerd op bestaande
situaties. Deunen die na blijven dreunen in je hoofd, zoals het lied : De
klokken van de Beeklaan bij het Haags songfestival eens deed. En het
welbekende afsluitingsliedje :Ik wil weg voor dat het niet meer leuk is.
PETE GRASSBY ,caller,musician&singer. Leading the ceilidh.Great
entertaining last time for my dance party in MUSICON ,Dec 2015 . Back
again for my special birthdayweekend. (As he is in my lounge to perfom Sat
night March 16).
Well known in UK as organizer,playing&singing. Recording&leading
jamsessions.Starting to be wellknown now in The Netherlands too. First as
my audience, now as organizing
lovely music meetings in Cafe de Stamboom as folk&easy listening nights.
How I love his voice and what a special moment it was, when he did
deticated the song :If you were het only girl in the world to me at one of the
nights at my place. Feel lucky he was able to play at my party too.
VASTE GASTEN (part of:Jos&Leo)
Doorgewinterde muzikanten van weleer streken afgelopen herfst neer in
mijn lounge. Ik was zeer onder de indruk van hun spel en teksten .Hoe fijn is
het dat ik een deel van hun bereid heb gevonden om hier wederom wat te
komen fiddelen. Luister naar de gave testen van Leo de Kruis en het mooie
begeleidende vioolspel van Jos de Koning . Het wordt genieten.
So happy On of my favourite Irish singer/songwriters did say yes to my
question to be a part of my special birthday celebrations. For my lounge he
was the one who started the cuddle with sheep and made him into a
mascotte .AND the only one who played six times at my lounge. The first
time he performed was in 2009,so by that he became the first male musician
from oversea to play at my little loungeRemarkable: Daithi Rua ( David
Donegan) means Iers voor 'Rode David'
FRENK VAN MEETEREN
Welbekend in Den Haag en ver daar buiten ,de werkelijk geweldige
muzikant Frenk van Meeteren. Onlangs aangesloten als lid van Dutch
Swing College band. In bezit van een groot muzikaal verleden. Mijn eerste
kennismaking met hem was in de eind jaren ’70 toen hij hoge ogen gooide
met de Dutch folkband Kings’s Galliard. Kunnen jullie je voorstellen, hoe
grandioos blij ik ben, dat hij er mee instemde om tijd vrij te maken om op
mijn feestje te komen spelen. Geweldig was hij ook in 2006 bij het
toenmalige herdenkingsfeest ter ere van mijn geheel onverwacht overleden
lieve vader Maarten Pronk. Frenk speelde ook vele malen mee met en deed
studiowerk voor de liedjes van Maarten Willems. Maakte grote tournees met
zijn string band The Crooks .Deze band speelde 10 jaar samen. Prachtig
hierna in het trio ook in het trio Stop Look & Listen(met Evert Willemstijn
en Rens v d Zalm )Hij gaf mij in 2008 het benodigde zelfvertrouwen toen ik
geheel onverwachts besloot Maarten te verrassen op zijn special birthday
party in Lokaal Vredebreuk met het liedje “Iets goed komt ook
onverwachts”. NOOIT zou ik dit aangedurfd hebben ware het niet ,dat hij
tegen mij zei :”Je kan het..We gaan het doen !”En hoe fijn was dat. Een groot
kenner en verzamelaar van 78toeren platen, waar hij leuke programma’s
omheen organiseert. Zo bijzonder dat hij hier vandaag solo aanwezig is en
ook nog in het reunie gebeuren met King’s Galliard. !!!
KINGS’S GALLIARD (part of,vandaag hier: Jan Erik Noske,Lenneke
Willems en Frenk van Meeteren ) Ik durfde ze te vragen ,omdat zij immers
een fantastisch concert verzorgden in mijn lounge bij de eerste Summerfolk
party ,georganiseerd in 2009 The wonderful folkgroup from Den Haag
maakte eind jaren ‘70 furore in the folkscene. Hoe gaaf was het toen zij toen
der tijd optraden in het Theater aan de Haven(de Dansende beer)
Legendarische tijden ,De band maakte diverse tours o.a. naar Denemarken
en Zwiterland en wonnen prijzen in het land van de folk : Ierland
LOVELY to see them today !! Dank aan Frenk,Lenneke en JanErik die hier
allen welwillend tegenover stonden, toen ik ze het vroeg. Special thanks ook
voor Jan Erik ,die het Zeeheldentheater vandaag ter mijne beschikking stelt.
Zonder hem zou dit feestje niet op deze manier kunnen plaats vinden.
Vicki Swan &Jonny Dyer
What a lovely time we all had with the most wonderful folkduo from
England/half Swedish/Scottish combination.
The wellknown : Vicki Swan&Jonny Dyer.
Its nice to realize Maarten Willems and me were in the beginning of the start
of playing nickelharpa by Vicki.I remember the day in 2006/7 ?? she said on
stage at Warwick folkfestival;”I do have a new instrument and I will like to
play on that a lot in future” And she did explain something about this
amazing instrument the nickelharpa and played a tune on it. By then she still
was much involved in the Scottish smallpipe and whistles. Which she also
played so well.
Although there was no time for those instruments to play at in my lounge
Because there were so many tunes and songs to play with her 4 !!!( Vicki did
announce them well)different nickelharpa’s .
For years Vicki did make nickelhats for her project…to buy a new
nickelharpa AND she did manage to do so.
Nice to see two people of my audience still wearing them,cause they bought
them once, as I did and still every winter when the weather becomes cold ,its
so warm to put on and I feel lucky I did buy
They were once again amazing. They came for he first time to my lounge in
the summer of 2010 for my second Summerfolkparty. Its was the only gig at
that moment and how happy I was that they said yes to my offer and only
came for one gig all over to the Netherlands.
Most happy to realize that nowadays since then, they are able to maken
bigger tours in Holland &Germany. Cause they are worth it. They came for
the 5th time to my home and only one other musician (Daithi Rua) did one
more… SO hopefully ,who knows they will come again in future to play
Very special to listen to a lovely big new instrument Jonny did play on.
Lovely audience and so nice to see another FULL HOUSE again,after some
gigs with just a few people around a nice change for the better.
Thanks all for the great help to make the buffet to a succes .AND what a
great sesssion afterwards it was. Thank you all dear people, who played all a
part in this really superb duperb winterafternoon.
Zaterdag 12 januari 2019
Op hun site : Gullane & De Jong, from Roy Gullane and Erik de Jong. Roy is a
Scotsman living in Groningen, The Netherlands. From here, he plans tours for his
long existing and famous band the Tannahill Weavers. In Groningen, he also met
Erik in O’Ceallaigh’s Traditional Music Bar, the place to be in Groningen for
Irish/Scottish musicians. Erik is also an experienced musician, and founder of
In 2007, Roy and Erik decided to form a duo, most suitable to play in folkclubs and
on festivals. They try to bring Celtic music with as much variation as possible, using
different kinds of instruments and by playing all kinds of tunes as well as singing
songs (or a combination of both). We hope you’ll like our first album ‘Jink and
The first gig in my lounge in 2019 was played by the wonderful Roy Gullane
from the Tannies and the amazing Erik de Jong . I allready found out by
listening to their cd they are a marvellous.duo.AND they did proove to be
It was great to see Roy back at my home after 5 years…This seems to be this
rythme to play here,cause the first time he came along was in December
2009, back in 2014 (both solo) and now in 2019 with Erik.
They makes a fine combination. The tunes Erik plaed made the performance
even stronger I think. And how lovely it was they way they made the
interaction with the audience together. Beautiful songs,great chorusses with
the audience.energectic tunes it did made the lounge into a very lively
Scottish atmosphere.ready to dance .It all fitted in perfectly. Afterwards
these lovely musicians even did find loads of energy to play with lovely
musicians from the audience to play a really superb jamsession,which did
make it possible to dance in the middle of the lounge. I loved dit…!
Thank you Roy&Erik and thanks all very much !
And there was the last gig of the year for her&me.
She was born in Russia ,living in UK now and came from London all the
way by bus. It was exciting to catch her from the Central Station and apart
from the lovely performance she gave on Saturdaynight it was a very big
pleasure to spend a weekend with her too.
What a most wonderful voice she has, what a wonderful way of laughing.
Telling the stories around her selfpenned songs,it was all amazing…
She enjoyed to give all the attention to the people when they want to have a
chat with her.
Also very special to see her artwork too.
Very interesting also to learn some Russian words, as she herself was
curious to know the Dutch words. How special it was the song she teached
the audience with the encore.We all were in the right atmosphere.
Great she enjoyed the jamsession too and lovely to share this with the
people who were able to come to the lounge once again. Very multicultural
we became by new faces of her Russians friends and the student from the
Phillepines. A big thanks to all of you !!!
Phil Hare ,December 2018
And then it was Christmas atmosphere in my lounge and time for the first
concert in December .
The lovely Phil Hare was able to return to my lounge ,cause he had gigs in
Belgium too,on that Sundayafternoon with his lovely wife Stephanie.
A great guitarist with a lovely voice.
Even more special cause he came back after quiet a few years.
Good te realize that he did make real fans the last two times he performed at
my place. And superb to see Richard Schoon back in this case.
Phil once again proved to be a very good musician with lots of umor and
storytelling between. Songs&tunes who settled down in your head.
It all felt very good once again.
Hope to see more of him in future times !
In Karin’s lounge.
Zondag 25 November 2018
Wat een middag.
Hoe fijn was het om vanuit Nijmegen de folkgroep “de vaste gasten”te
Het plan ontstond door een mail, die ik ontving van de fantastische violist
Jos Koning, die eerder een dubbeloptreden in mijn lounge verzorgde met zijn
duo genoot Anouk Platenkamp : Plaisir d’amour/-versus liedjesschrijver
Hij was nl kortgeleden een groep gestart met oude rasmuzikanten
welbekend uit de jaren 80 .De sfeer was grandioos.
Zelf schreef Jos hierover:
De Vaste Gasten (uit Nijmegen) bestaan uit de ‘westelijke folk-veteranen’
gitarist/zanger Leo de Kruis en violist/zanger Jos Koning, samen met
contrabassist Marcel Snijders en percussionist Niek Edeling.
Doorgewinterde muzikanten die elkaar vaak ontmoeten in het akoestische
muziekcafé De Genegenheid onder de Hemel. Eigen Nederlandse liederen
en instrumentals, originele teksten met een knipoog. Akoestisch,
doortimmerd en soepel - wat wil je ook met muzikanten met ieder zó'n lange
staat van dienst!
Wat een enthousiasme en energie stralen deze werkelijk grootse muzikanten
met zijn allen uit. Een groot genoegen om naar te luisteren.
Veel verscheidenheid in slagwerk en mooie instrumenten en zang bij elkaar
afgewisseld met prachtige verhalen bij de eigen geschreven liedjes.
Na afloop volop tijd voor een gezellige meet&greet en lekker buffet ,dankzij
mijn vaste gasten.
Aangevuld met nieuwe gezichten ,die zeker ook een aanwinst vormden voor
de jamsession na afloop.
Dank aan allen.
Anthony John Clarke
Zondagmiddag Oct 7 -2018
He finally came to my lounge last Sundayafternoon; Anthony John Clarke.
He was waiting for that a long time,which was amazing, cause he is such a
lovely musician and a big name too. BUT somehow it ditnt fit in all over the
years. Well in the end it worked out perfectly ok…And he was worth waiting
…WHAT a great musician,what a lovely lyrics,tunes ,storytelling,jokes
amking and performances and above all :
WHAT a wonderful man. It was lovely to catch him for my lounge.
I felt very happy after this afternoonconcert in this last real season.
Thank s all who joined in and stayed for the session afterwards too. It was
good ! Underneath you can read a good part of his biographie&reviews
Singer / songwriter
In 1996 on a beach in Enniscrone Co. Sligo, Anthony John Clarke sat down and
spent an hour and a half writing “Tuesday Night is Always Karaoke” now a folk
classic, but you’d be mistaken to judge this body of work on these 90 minutes. Hard
on the heels of this song followed “The Broken Years” & “The Only Life Gloria
Knows”, just two of a 15 Album catalogue of songs that guaranteed this wordsmith a
place in the heart of the folk scene.
” Anthony John Clarke is the real drop, he understands songwriting and the light
and shade” - Colum Sands
The Man Himself AJC
Anthony John Clarke: (Singer/songwriter, sublime raconteur.)
"We all look at life, people and things. Anthony John knows how to SEE what we
look at, and uses his depth of compassion and insight to write songs which make us
look again. Like tidal water, he is gently but inexorably powerful."
--- Simon Nicol
" He can charm his way into your affections before the first song is finished"
"Anthony John makes you feel every emotion. Absolutely fabulous entertainer!!!!!"
Anthony John Clarke: (Singer/songwriter, sublime raconteur.) You think he is
singing a love song and all of a sudden he turns it into something else.
Not only has he written four of the most popular songs on the folk scene – ‘The Only
Life Gloria Knows’,
‘The Broken Years’, ‘Walking On Sunday’ and the immortal ‘Tuesday Night is
Always Karaoke’, but he remains
in essence the reason that folk clubs and festivals continue to thrive!
He is hilarious, serious, compassionate, irreverent, brave, challenging, and a proper
guitarist with an instantly recognisable voice.
Zaterdagavond 15 September
And then it became the start of a new season (probaly the last
“real”one)cause I like to go on ,but more in a spontanous atmosphere,instead
of planning ahead for more then 2 ½ years as it became sometimes…..
This new season which will be ending in March 2019 allready. cause there
will be a big celebration time of special birthdays and 10 years folk in the
.After that gigs are allready planned in for Autumn 2019
After that ONE BIG SURPRISE ….Keep an eye on my
site and facebookevents ,and check your mails/messengers regular,when you r on my
list…..so you will be updated anyhow…
Coming back to this musician from Manchester ,wasnt he great?
The way he choosed all those lovely songs&tunes. And his own material
very good also.
I was very happy I was able to let him perform at my lounge,since he was
touring around in The netherlands and could find a gap between……perhaps
we will see and hear more from him in the future. I most certainly hope so.
Thanks to the people who were able to join in this evening,although helas it
wasnt a full house at all…it was very nice filled in with enthusiastic people …
so happy about that too.
Lovely jamsession afterwards with beautiful whistle music from Gert van de
Slikke,Maarten Willems on fiddle, Jolande at spoons, Engelberthus Pronk
great singing and Jan Nijkamp with his lovely voice…Thank you al lso much !
Miriam Erasmus wrote : There are few people who have "put their necks
out" as much as Karin Pronk for their love of folkmusic. 10 years ago she
realised there was nowhere to hear folk music in The Hague, so she took a
leap of faith and invited her favourite folk artists from UK and Nederlands
into her lounge to entertain her like minded friends. It is a great success, and
many of Folk's top artistes have sung here. This is my 3rd visit, and may be
her last Summerfolk. What a super day to look forward to xxx
SO this became the tenth Summerfolk and most possible the last one (for a
few years, cause you never know) BUT it seemed really to hard to fill in the
lounge at June, so in the end there were allmost more artists then audience.
Although that fact didnt really matter,because there were so many artists it
could really filled in the room and the atmosphere was really superb
duperb.And lucky me I was sponsored by Elly Goos and Maarten Willems.
We start the open mic exactly on time at 16 h with the wonderful Ian
Hartwell,new to perform at my lounge ,an Englishman living in the Hague
and well known in the Cambridge folk ambiance…great stuff to listen too….
Then was followed by the amazingly Gwendolyn de Boer,who played at her
harp so well again and change the lounge into a very intimate setting with
her most lovely voice…..
They both could play 5 minutes longer, cause helas at the last moment Bart
van Beeveren with friends couldnt make it to join in…
Maarten &me finsished it off by singing the lovely sweet romantic song Ïets
goeds komt ook onverwacht”,he wrote to me almost 12,5 years ago ,when I can
into his life and which I sung at his special birthday party in 2018,making the
link to hopefully my special birthdayparty in 2019 coming .Keep an eye at my
site and fb events.
After a small break it was time to listen to Robert Lane, a very good
singer/song writer from Birmingham who waited quiet a long time to get his
chance to perform at my lounge. He was good ! Lovely to listen to and he
gives it a bonus to play also at the jamsession afterwards with one of my
favourite songs “Goodnight Irene”
Then it was time for the garden buffet, so nicely made by Sheri, Mim’s
daughter ,who helped me with the whole happening so very much.
After the buffet time for the most wonderful Lady of the folk Miriam
Erasmus,coming back fort he third time to my lounge ,celebrating her special
birthday too. This time she played a long set and ….Once again she was
superb. Her choice of songs &tunes,her chorusses &interaction with the
audience it was all we wanted…
Short break and then two sets with interval from HECLA,that amazing
young Scottish folkgroup Maarten&me spotted last summer playing at
Ullapool,next to Joseph Peach &Charlie Grey. Wonderful to catch them
finally for my lounge and a little emotinal too, cause we saw them just a few
days before Maarten got his heartattack and it was because of them we think
Maarten did feel so well in Scotland on that campingsite, because they give
him the right energy at the right moment…Otherwise….
Lovely music played with great energy,bringing us back tot the Highlands of
Great jamsession after too. Thank you al lso much who did made this all
possible. !!!A good way to ending this last Summerfolk end of season party !
Last night fun ….
Sunday afternoon May 13…Mothers day…
BUT in the end some people could make it and said I was their mother of
the loungeconcerts. SO that was a honour to be.
Because of Liesbeth Peeters I was able to catch this great trio of musicians…I
came back from my Scarborough holiday in time and it was totally worth….It
was an amazing afternoon with last night fun….Who is: (from their site)
Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley bringing their unique sound to audiences across
Europe and America since the early 1990s, when a chance meeting at a music
session created one of folk music's most enduring partnerships.
Known for their soul stirring songs, exhilarating tunes and a love of the craic, Chris
(concertina) and Denny (guitar and vocals) ensure that no two concerts are ever the
Chris grew up surrounded by folk music of all kinds - his home was a regular haunt
for passing folk singers and musicians. Denny, born in Co. Limerick, is drawn to the
inheritance of age-old slides, slow airs, slip jigs and wild reels.
Founder members of the band Last Night's Fun which received international
acclaim and a loyal fan base over 11 years together, the duo are now joined by the
wonderful fiddle player and singer Emily Sanders. Emily brings magic
accompaniment and beautiful harmonies
It was the first time Emily played in The Netherlands,so I was very lucky
….Hope to catch them back one day,cause it was absolutely wonderful.
Thank you so much all who joined in and special thanks to casper de weerd
who came in to enjoy himself and made pictures too ,thinking it was the
party of the season ,cause of the name last night fun …..
Kyle Carey with Erin Martell
Sundayafternoon April 15
And back she came this most wonderful singer/songwriter from USA ,who
called herself in the genre of Gaelic Americana.; Kyle Carey Because she
loves the Gaelic language and went to live at the Isle of Skye to learn it
properly ,sho she could sing into this beautiful language.And she most
certainly does. A lot of songs sounds in the lounge, a capella and with
And in the lovely company of a new face for the lounge the lovely lady Erin
Martell from Cape Breton ,Canada. It was a superb surprise to catch her for
my lounge too. She opened the first set with two great songs and gave me her
cd afterwards ,which I allready put on the player in the evening and which
sounds amazing. So does Kyle’s third cd….Beautiful ….So was the whole
atmosphere of two very enthusiastic Ladies .
Kyle said she like dit so much to come back in my lounge And its bizar to r
ealize that really 5 years went by when she came first time, that time in the
company of Craigh Werth, a great musician and Ronnie Goodin ,who was
planning to come along also this time,but because of troubles with a
complicated broken leg they decided they have to short his tour,so no
Ronnie helas.But like he wrote to me Kyle &Erin did also very well without
Very enjoyable afternoon with a totally different jamsession after, cause this
time it seems there weren’t that much musicians to play .Lucky me there
were still two Ladies who did,so we could enjoy the playing together(never
meet before) of Adri Richter,who is into Robert Burns now with Joke
Verdoold,who played so nice at her lovely harp.
A bonus was the performance of Desiree Jansen, a new upcoming Dutch
writer who did introduce her first novel :”vrij onder de sluier” She even
changed herself into a Lady of Saoedie-Arabia and did her act in Dutch
AND English too. So Kyle and Erin could also understand the whole story .
Thanks all ! And special thanks to Jessica Willems&Willem Bakker who
helped me so much during this afternoon.
Fred Piek/Maarten Willems trio
En toen werd het April en na een fantastische set&session op tweede
paasdag van Baile from Scotland (zie verslag bij other events)was er
gelegenheid voor nog meer muziek activiteit in mijn lounge het was voor de
4e keer de beurt aan Fred Piek versus het Maarten Willems trio (mooie vrij
nieuwe combi van Gertjan Kaijen en Frank Verlaan met Maarten Willems
himself)Fred de geweldige zanger van o.a.Fungus en Amazing Stroopwafels
bleek wederom in voor een geweldige performance,gecombineerd met
grappen her en der t.o. het trio van Maarten Willems. Een mooie kues van
ballads bracht hij ten gehore en ook gaf hij graag gehoor aan de
verzoeknummers,die een aantal mensen van het publiek hem graag wilde
horen zingen. ook de set van Maarten Willems trio liep als een trein,mooie
gevoelige songs ,sommige geinspireerd op de gastvrouwe...,afgewisseld met
gezellige meezingers ,die inmiddels bekend bij het publiek,of meteen in het
hoofd bleven zitten werden vol overgave gezongen. Heerlijk inspirend
allemaal Mooie sfeer,fijn publiek ,leuke session na afloop en veel special
thanks to Jessica Willems,die mij wederom zo geweldig bijstond in de
keuken.....Op naar t volgende concert in April (coming soon )
Greg Russell&Ciaran Algar
March 25 –Sunday afternoon
With those lovely musicians. One of my favourite English folkduo’s
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar
WHAT a party it was to catch them again for my lounge.
As Greg came solo for the first time at September 2014 ,he said;”when this
gig will work out I ll come back another time with me mate…”
AND so he did, he celebrated my Summerfolkparty 8 with Ciaran Algar in
June 2016 It became happy moments AND so they were yesterday.
Because they are amazing.!! Such a most impressing beautiful voice Greg
Such a wonderful amzing fidlle player Ciaran Algar is (I do like his voice too,
very impressed when he started the song he wrote himself.
Great jokes, great interaction and lots of chorusses came along at this
afternoon in the Spring of 2019.
Even the wheater was good to us, so we could have a break in the garden
,which was nessecary cause it was a full house. Which made me happy and
the boys from Sheffield and Manchester deserved so much
Lucky me I hope to be able to catch them at Sidmouth folk week this
summer. Allready looking forward,cause listening to these muisicans with
their choice of music ,their voices and playing does make me smile all the
time and brings the sun in my life. !!
Thanks to all who joined in and tot he wonderful Greg&Ciaran
Hope to see you many more times in future.
Katryn Roberts&Sean Lakeman
WHAT a lovely way to celebrate Valentine’s day this Februari 14 with the
performance of the wonderful duo :Katryn Roberts&Sean Lakeman from
Devon at my lounge.
They did make a really lovely performance with a good choice of all different
songs and tunes.
The atmosphere was very cosy and it was good to discover “new” and “old”
faces among the audience.
I felt honoured they found my home to play in during their first real tour in
The Netherlands. A nice combination for them to be able to take their lovely
twingirls with them to discover something more from the history and
sightseeing in Holland.
Lovely time together with me and family&friends before and after the gig
was a bonus.
Like Koen and Dick from Zaandam folk said after the gig they played their
last Sunday.IT was really something very very special Thank you ever SO
much for coming along Katryn&Sean and all the people from the audience
once again !!!
I did enjoy all the moments
What a good idea it was to catch Craobh Rua back at my lounge What n
amazing band they are The way they played all together , the jigs&reels ,the
tunes&ballads songs it all was a very good mix From very much energic
dancing tunes ( How lovely it was to dance once again with Maarten
Willems at my kitchen ) over to romantical songs ...it was all sorted out so
well by these lovely sympatic musiciand from Ireland They really did
transform the totally full booked cosy lounge into Ireland ... it did feel soooo
good as did the so special sound of the uleannpipe played so well this great
slow air ... The atmosphere all together waa very cosy indeed We all did
enjoy the buffet stuff brought by many and made by the host Afterwards
there was a very nice jamsession although the band was only able to stay for
a very short meet & greet It didnt really matter cause people were happy
anyway Enjoyed the moments Special thanks to Rieke & Cora who sorted
out and prepared the buffet table And to Joost and Maarten making such
wonderful picts once again !!
FLOSSIE MALAVIALLE&CHRIS PARKINSON
Flossie Malavialle &Chris Parkinson
And the she came back to the lounge :Flossie Malavialle
This lovely Lady musician from France,living in UK and also British now
with the great player Chris Parkinson living at Whitby for 30 years.
Many people cancelled this concert at the last moment, but luckily enough
other people helped to get the lounge filled in with others.
Because of fever and cold Karin wasn’t able to hosted as she liked to do.
BUT so lucky with the people who helped to step in for her So everything
could go on as normal .
Special thanks to organisator Maarten Willems,helping as always ,the
“boterkoek”baked and brought by Willem Bakker and the support and
helping hands of Jessica Willems & Lara van Kouwenhoven It wouldnt do
without them SO it all did work out in the end.
And the show could go on for Flossie and Chris,who were knackered
themselves because of a rough night not sleeping at the ferry ,they did
manage to perform a once again lovely gig.Great voice sounded in the
lounge once again ,combinated with great tunes .
Despite the flue in Januari it seems to be a lovely night for those who could
manage to come along.
The session seems to be very compact ,but Maarten Willems and Simon Oak
did play very well together……!Thanks.
DAITHI RUA ,with Katja van der Poorten
2017 Dec 9
Daithi Rua with Katja van der Poorten
The last gig of this year
AND the HE came back. One of my favourite Irish singer/songwriters
Who was so kind to come along when I just started with this houseconcerts
He was the first male musician at my lounge from elsewhere and it was he
who started this funny habit with sheep,So I ended with a real mascotte for
my lounge and got of lot of amazing picts with him too.
After his start at my lounge he was doing other opening of the seasons
concerts for some years after and so it happened he performed at my lounge
for the SIXTH time….
He found it more space now cause he didnt have to play in my kitchen
With support other times from the former Teetotallers and later on Tijn
Berends he was now without support ,but with the lovely Katja van de
Poorten from Vlaanderen ,who played so lovely on her fiddle to give some
songs of Daith even more power.
The live cd he sold about this songs with Katja_Live at Mechelen is amazing
Like the night was amazing good…once more…..
It was also lovely to realize that so many people of the audience were brave
enough to ignore the badly heavenly wheater forecast and were still able to
So no worries about the expectede snow I could give this really superb
duperb singer a well filled in lounge.
New songs&old songs came at my lounge and it all was so good to listen
How I love his lyrics ,his entertaining and his voice. !!
Also very special to listen to dedicated songs to one of my daughters and me.
Thank you so much Daith and Katja…please come along again…
What a superb duperb night we had, just on a Thursdaynight in October.
Cause Winter Wilson was starting their tour in Germany and were able to
come along before that to perform at my lounge.
People told me about them ,how good they were etc etc.I listened to you
tube But to be honest I didnt hear them live performing before .So what to
Well it was overwhelming to hear them sing at my lounge. I love their voices,
so pure and honest,so folky I love their songs, their lyrsics,the choice they
make from singing songs from other musicians. Very touching the way they
told their stories, about two musician I adore very much and who recently
left this life,a lost fort he folkscene: Nick Keir and Vin Garbut.
Very special to Kip and Dave theirselves. Cause as Kip told :”Once upon a
time Nick was Kip’s boyfriend and after that episode they were able to stay
And Vin helped them out and starting much up fort hem He said several
times at a folkclub “Why on earth you didnt book in Winter Wilson in ?”
And after that there came a telephone call quite often from the folkclubs to
invite them .
Kip &Dave living in Lincolnshire now. Dave has his roots, as for Kip she
could understand a little Dutch,(and warned us about)was born In Germany
(by accident) and lived in Limburg (NL)for about 5 years and has her roots of
mum’s family at Lewis and during the session afterwards it even happened
she was able to sing in Gaelic language,cause that was once her firts
language How I did love that part !!!
Funny stories too ,about their 9 grandchildren,who are the reason they tour
To make a long story short we had a great time all together, a night which
started with not to many people and a support of Heime Kijf,who did meet
Winter Wilson a few time at Chester Folk festival …
During the night ,just before the gig of Winter Wilson started, there came
people along unexpected (somehow it didnt out them on my list ) BUT they
were most welcome offcourse ,cause that way we filled the room in and the
atmosphere became even more cosy .
A good early autum night.
.AND celebrationtime too at 00.05h cause totally unexpected Kip said “Well
my husband its your birthday…so happy birthday to you “
So we ended with singing a Dutch birthday song to him
Zondagmiddag 8 Oktober
And there they came :Marion Fleetwood&Gregg Cave.
After travelling by plain,by car,by tram ,only no boat Marion said,it was a
very busy weekend for them.
BUT amazing how much energy they have left...they could play with the j
amsession afterwards also,which much passion and that was great,as it was
to have a session with two harps,two fiddles&guitar playing too,lovely
voices and very special a Lady from Cambodja singing a traditional of her
own country and superb to be able to dance with some other folkies from
the lounge audience on music of Brittany.
THIS all happened after a most wonderful performance with the gig Marion
Marion from Stratford upon Avon, I first meet when she performed years
ago with The Gigantics and Gregg from Northampton ,who I only just meet
How happy to discovered they were so much worth to be booked in ,so once
again I was so Lucky to catch such a lovely folkduo at my lounge.
The interaction,the choice for songs&tunes it all fitted in so well and with a
very good feeling we ended this meeting at about 20.30u
Thank you ever so much Fleetwood/Cave to come along and thank you all
who came along,stayed in for the buffet/meet*greet and session too....!
Enda ,that fantastic singer/somngwriter with Irish roots,living in Australia
did finally find the way to my lounge. I was so lucky to catch him on my
path,cause he was touring in UK and was ok with a weekend tour in the
It was all planned more then two years ago,since I listened to his beautiful
song “Heart tattoo.Very coinscidently (or not?) I listened to this song just a
day after one of my best friends Dennis Evans from England died…
The lyrics of the song and Enda’s lovely voice helped me through during this
difficult episode in my life.Also knowing for sure Den would have love this
song very much too,cause he was ever so fond of folkmusic and we often
listen together to the song Absent friends ,beautiful sung by Vin
Garbutt.Another song which gives me (us)goosebumps.
So it meant something when Enda sung this song at request before the
break,also to the rest of the audience and very special to Adri Richter,who
loved the song also very much .She sung it for me once when she was able to
learn it herself.
SO were all his other songs…great …what an atmosphere and what a
storyteller this musician is…How funny his song about the escape from
Ikea….The way he expressed was amazing I just could see it happening..
It was a pity Enda couldn’t stay in after for meet&greet/buffet cause he did
have to catch his plane back to UK that night,
Happy he still find time for some picts with my sheep.
And great was the jamsession anyway….lovely buffet and being together…
special thanks to Jan Nijkamp,Maarten Willems,Linda van Twist, Joke
Verdoold and Heimen Kijf…who made their appereance at the jam
.AND all the listeners …is was lovely once again a very special afternoon to
remember…Thank you all…
What a great openingnight we had …
Just on a Tuesdaynight,which is very unsual for a houseconcert it happened
to be Jayne Freeman and Adam Piggot (WILDWOOD JACK)came along to
perform at my house and to make the kick-off for the houseconcerts new
This special duo from England was on the road finishing their tour in
Denmark to the ferry in the Hook of Holland,so it was possible to catch
them there before they sailed away..
AND how happy I was able to do that…cause we had a most wonderful start
of the new season.Great interaction with the audience and lovely songs
played by them.Very enjoyable…As also was the jamsession after…great to
see musicians back and loved to listen to them all. Thank you ever so much
for staying and playing and also to the audience who came along even it was
a gig in the middle of the week.
A night to remember .It did brings lots of positive atmosphere around…..
Kieran Halpin/Dan McKinnon
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
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