The evening started off with Gerben Boots and his contra bass player Ivo. Gerben Boots usually plays with his band in Dutch and Frisian, the second official language in The Netherlands. (The third is Saxon.) He started the evening with an experiment, doing the introductions in English, while singing in Dutch. Unfortunately, the experiment failed after the first song as all went in Dutch. Boots doesn't play my kind of music, but is confident, has a good voice and a stage presence. His way of singing about relationships and everlasting love will agree with many other people. Still, I wish him all the best next month at the Frisian song contest when Gerben Boots and band hope to top the competition this year.
|Ryan Lee, photo Wo.|
|Juliëtte, Chris. Photo Wo.|
|Shane Alexander. Photo Wo.|
By this time I was wondering where I was this evening. At a singer-songwriter festival or at a contest for loudest, most talkative audience? Even some colleague songwriters could not hold their tongues. So here we have people with just a guitar and their voice singing their hearts out and an audience talks louder and louder. A strange mix by my standards.
Gerben Boots: 'Ik soe it wolle'.
You can listen to 'Front porch serenade' by Shane Alexander here.