Last weekend the annual Take Root festival was held in Groningen, an Americana festival that offers a stage to the wide variety of American music styles. Several musicians will take it as the start of a European music tour, others are already in Europe. Doug Seegers was already in the Netherlands and played at Vanslag the Thursday before
Having only just arrived in England, the best way to get acclimatized to the country is of course to start and see a band. So on the first evening in Engeland my lovely hosts took me to The Cluny in Newcastle Upon Tyne to see the Kat Men, a rockabilly band with members of Imelda May’s band and Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats.
In the Pentecost weekend (or ‘Pinksterweekend’ as it’s known in Dutch) is very popular in the Netherlands for it’s many festivals. Best know will the the Pinkpop festival, but there are many more. Usually you’ll find me in Raalte on at least one of the days for the annual Ribs&Blues festival. A brilliant festival mixing the outdoor activities associated with the warm weather (BBQ anyone?) with loads of music of the blues variation.
After a great afternoon with some fantastic blues music, Ribs&Blues headed into the evening for some more blues.
I had hardly had time to recover from the Jonsi gig from the night before when on Wednesday I headed back to De Oosterpoort for a completely different kind of gig. The Rockabilly and Rock&Roll sound of Imelda May. And I do so love these kind of gigs. The audience here is completely different to that of other gigs. Guys with greased hair, leather jackets and impressive shoes, girls in pretty 50’s rock&roll dresses and ditto hair. The atmosphere is already great long before the gig has even started.