I've tried many instruments, but eventually I've settled for the fiddle, mandolin, and the guitar - and I'm quite happy with it! Although I listen to a wide range of styles (from psychedelic rock to Ethiopian jazz), my own music making focuses on Dutch 'traditional' music (as far as it exists) and Irish traditional music.
Tobermore plays Irish traditional music, spiced up with the occasional Americana song.
Hete Bliksem ('Hot lightning') is named after a Dutch dish of mashed potatoes and apples. The music is like the dish: pure, simple, and very nutritious. We play old and new Dutch songs and dance tunes in a lively, modern manner. Think Spiers and Boden and Wolverlei.
Madlot plays Dutch traditional music for bal folk. Old Dutch tunes from the eighteenth and nineteenth century brushed up as scottishe, waltz, mazurka, polka, andro, bourrée, and so on. I left the group in 2016 but we still organise sessions and bals (see below).
Traditional music sessions in Wageningen
Believe it or not: this small town has no less than two folk sessions!
Every first Sunday of the month: open traditional music session
Every third Sunday of the month: Irish traditional music session
Bal Folk Wageningen
You could call Bal Folk the French or continental equivalent of the Irish and Scottish Céilidhs: dancing to live traditional music in a happy-go-lucky manner. Most of the dances are French (bourrée, rondeau, andro, hanterdro) or more general continental European (scottishe, polka, waltz, mazurka). I organise a bal folk twice a year with Madlot. Unlike many other such events in The Netherlands and Belgium we strive to create an intimate atmosphere and an accessible open stage for amateur musicians. More information here.