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Folk in the lounge at Karin's

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.

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.

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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 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.

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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

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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.

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.

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