|Fons Stam. Photo: Wo.|
Fons Stam started the afternoon. This was his very first solo performance. Simply starting out with singing how fantastic he is, in many and very different ways. There's one snag though: the woman he loves and adores seems to think differently. His use of the Dutch language was subtle and used in ways which amused, but also surprised. Making people laugh instantly or making them think: "Did I just hear what I think I heard?" Stam's songs are a mix of cabaret and "luisterlied". The closest in English translation I can think of is a song sung by the combination of a stand up comedy artist and a singer-songwriter. Fons Stam is able to write a song about his daughter, with deep feeling and love in it as well as a song about someone who is the best partner ever, with many jokes in it, but we all knew exactly why the woman left him at the end of the song. And we were all still laughing all the way.
Fons Stam is not a professional singer-songwriter. This was his very first solo performance. There were several mistakes and little mishaps in his performance, but never any that hindered the over all experience. With his extremely pleasant voice, deepish with a little hoarse quality in it, that reminded me of a Dutch singer that remained just behind the tip of my tongue, he sang some very good songs, that deserve to be heard more often. From what I understand Stam plays the violin more often than the guitar, so whether this songs will ever be heard by you, remains to be seen, dear reader.
|Frank Doesburg. Photo: Wo.|
Frank Doesburg sings with a dark voice, brooding, slightly angry, but manages to contain the anger and let other emotions seep through as well. It is this element that makes it fascinating to listen to his songs. He has a cd out and I have a copy, so who knows there will be more about Frank Doesburg on this blog soon.
Here's a show by Frank Doesburg in 2012.
His Facebook page is here.