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Ruud Houweling


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    Spring Will Return
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    Watch out for the Coward
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    De Gouden Eeuw Leader
After dismantling his former band Cloudmachine Houweling tried to imagine what his songs would sound like if he had been influenced by a long living tradition of Dutch folk music.
Why not try to make a record like that? He felt a need to have a sense of home. Music from the Dutch sailing, farming and windmilling days disappeared a long time ago. Alas, the Dutch lack deep musical traditions heard in other European countries such as Ireland, Sweden, Spain or the Balkans. But there was some musical folklore. Accordion music was played in cafés, hymns were sung in churches accompanied by pump organs. Villages had brass bands. There were sailor songs. We had graceful ice dancers in winter, swaying in slomo on frozen lakes and canals. Forefathers chanted when they were cutting peat or building dykes. This intrigued him.
He picked instruments he felt represented the light of his country, arranging songs for portable instruments only. And found some great musicians to record with. They came together a few days in a vintage studio and recorded the basic tracks. Engineer was Oz Fritz (USA), who is known for his work on some Tom Waits records Ruud loves for their sound. The album was mixed in California. That’s the basic story of the sound. The songs have their own stories to tell.
With Egon Kracht (double bass) Ro Krauss (violin) Rob Wijtman (drums) Patrick Votrian (tuba) Kobi Arditi (trombone) Michiel van Dijk (clarinet) Rik Cornelissen (accordion) Bertolf, Ricky Koole and others.


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