In October 2013 Seasick Steve played at the Oosterpoort venue in Groningen an brought a fantastic opening act with him: Gemma Ray. As I already owned the most important Seasick Steve albums I headed for the Gemma Ray albums after the gig. Loved the album and the concert was terrific too. And now Gemma is back!
In 2014 I saw many concerts again. Some by band I knew and it introduced many new artists and bands to me and I loved so many of them. It’s absolutely impossible to arrange a set in a Top 10 as there were so many incredible concerts and one is simply so much different to another. But I would like, as is the custom at the end of the year, to highlight a few moments of the year.
My last visit to Dauwpop was in 2011, curiously enough at that edition Triggerfinger -closing the main stage this year- also played that edition. However when asked if I was willing to return to Dauwpop dn checking the billed names I didn’t hesitate. Good line-up and Dauwpop was the first festival I ever did in a semi-official state (only as that was the only way to take some photos of Alanis Morissette back in 2005). So on Ascension Day I drove through a drizzling landscape to Hellendoorn.
Having hardly recovered from the album presentation of Town of Saints I was back in Groningen on Monday for one of my blues heroes: Seasick Steve. Aged 72 the man is exactly what the blues ought to be: raw, steaming and in that old fashioned story-telling style. The gig in the Oosterpoort was -as it should be- sold out!
By the end of the year it’s traditional to look back at the past year and overflow every for of media with lists. And I’ll gladly add to that pile. Although making a list of the best albums of a year always feels like comparing apples and oranges (to many different genres), here’s a list of the albums I loved the most this past year.