Maurice van Hoek and Demi Knight at Vanslag

This year the second album of Maurice van Hoek -Traveling Man- was released and got some rave reviews. And the announcement that he was coming to Vanslag made me a happy man!

Traveling to Borger with Maurice was Demi Knight, a Dutch singer/songwriter influenced by Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. After participating in a Dutch TV-Show ‘The best singer/songwriter of the Netherlands’ she lived in Budapest for several months writing more songs and early this year she released her album ‘Budapest’.

Demi Knight – Click image for full set

Although Demi has a band, she played solo in Vanslag, with the occasional help from Maurice’s guitar and pedal steel guitar player David Gram. Demi plays a good selection of songs showcasing  a really good voice. Really hope she’ll be back sometime for a longer set and with band.

Demi Knight – Click image for full set

If there’s one thing that radiates from the stage when Maurice van Hoek and band have started, it’s a positive enthusiasm. And also that they’re a really well oiled machine. The band fits together perfectly and the joy on stage is visible.

Maurice van Hoek – Click image for full set

And with that the quality of the music is fantastic. A wide variety of Americana songs from singer/songwriter to country-rock, a bit of soul, bluesy and pop and with a bit of audience participation. A superb evening with great, great music.

Maurice van Hoek – Click image for full set
Maurice van Hoek – Click image for full set

Many thanks to Vanslag, Demi Knight and Maurice van Hoek & band, it was awesome! Let’s do that again sometime. Oh, and next week at Vanslag King King, an awesome blues band and I’m really really really sad I’m going to miss that.

Maurice van Hoek – Click image for full set