Saturday, only two days after seeing Christina Martin I was back in Vanslag for a gig by Stefany June. I saw her open for The Asteroids Galaxy Tour back in 2011. Back then the combination was just about perfect and she had a fitting audience in Vera. Last Saturday would prove more of a challenge.
I have this thing for singer-songwriters. They often alternate between band-versions and very small units with only an extra guitarist when they’re on tour over here and I love how their songs sound big and strong with a full band behind them and so tender and fragile when they’re all alone on a stage. Last week Canadian Christina Martin played in Vanslag, with Dale Murray on guitar and lapsteel guitar.
It’s been a while since I last saw Giovanca and a night of Funk and Soul was just what I needed so off I went to Simplon last Friday .
Only a day after Hugh Cornwell’s acoustic history lesson in the punk and new wave of The Stranglers today I was back at Vanslag again for a very different kind of concert: House of Cosy Cushions were playing there this afternoon and what I know of their music it seemed a great match for the former church.
Hugh Cornwell is of course best known being the singer/guitarist for the punk-group The Stranglers, spawning that huge hit Golden Brown. However Hugh left the band in 1990 to perform as a solo artist and last Saturday he performed his acoustic sermon in the Vanslag church.
At the previous event at the Groninger Museum I was already tipped that soon a very special concert was to be held in the museum. The only concert that Canadian singer-songwriter Basia Bulat was to give in the Netherlands. A few Google searches made me realize I really had to be there.
Last Wednesday the lovely Marike Jager returned to De Oosterpoort. Before (or while) she’s working on new material Marike takes us into the night one more time with her ‘Here Comes The Night’ tour. A great chance to see that terrific stage setup one more time.
Received the adapter to connect the Asahi Takumar 135mm lens to the Fujifilm X-Pro1 and took it our for a test.
Am going to see Marike Jager in Groningen tonight. I can hardly believe it’s been nearly a year and a half since I last saw her! I took these photos in De Harmonie in Leeuwarden when she wanted some photos for her upcoming Live DVD Here Comes The Night
A quick look on Wikipedia and you can see how Trixie Whitley’s artistic path was formed at birth. Born into a family of artists, poets and musicians (Chris Whitley being her father), growing up around musicians (including Daniel Lanois), playing drums, piano and guitar, active in an acting career, DJ’ing and a dancing career. And all this before she was 20! A very impressive biography. And now she’s touring the Netherlands and I’ve only heard high praises so far.
In April, shortly before the release of her new album Last Resistance, Wende came to Groningen to start a short clubtour called The Naked Sessions. A minimalistic show in Vera mixing Wende’s songwriting and voice with electronica and beats from the Trance scene and it was fantastic. Sold out venue and the combination of Wende and Vera worked! But now Wende is the second string of concerts, bigger this time: the Berlin sessions and she’s in the Oosterpoort venue for that gig.