At the Taxi Road Rally 2015 in LA

Taxi Road Rally 2015, Margriet with Jack, Laura and Al
Taxi Road Rally 2015, Margriet (far right) with Jack, Laura and Al (from left to right)

This is us at the head of the queue for the open mic at the Taxi Road Rally in Los Angeles on Saturday, 7 November 2015. Later that evening Jack performed a ukulele solo, Al a guitar solo with effects, Laura a song with piano accompaniment, and Margriet and I sang “This is for you”, with ukulele, recorder and vocals.

Double concert with TeeBee Brown (30 May)

Two Doors Down will be performing in a joint concert at Werklicht in Rotterdam on Saturday 30 May.

Come and hear the guys from TeeBee Brown bring something extra to 3 of our standards (Weather well, I met the dragon and Mr Spitz), spicing up our set.

For our part, we’ll be adding sweet harmonies to a few of their standards too. For more info:!/events/786354778108056/

Ra-ra for Rotown’s new open mic

Margriet and I performed at Rotown’s first open mic last night. Thanks to an enthusiastic public, a good time was had by all. Hopefully this is the first of many more open mics in Rotown and elsewhere in the city. Rotterdam certainly deserves more live music opportunities for those just starting out, or looking for a venue to try out new material.

A special Ra-Ra for the sound guy, an essential part of the success of the evening.

Performing in the Fairest Cape and beyond

Margriet and I spent a week together in Cape Town in April, and took the opportunity to give some concerts, one in a nursing home in Hermanus where friends of mine live, and one in a guesthouse in Kommetjie. I also sang in Huis der Nederlanden in Pinelands, in St Barnabas Tamboerskloof and at a friend’s home in Plumstead. Margriet for her part sang with two groups of primary school children during her stay in Morija, Lesotho.

Headed for the Taxi Road Rally 2014

Margriet and I attended the “Taxi Road Rally” in 2011 and 2012, and decided it was time to make the effort (and investment) and attend this amazing event again: 6-9 November 2014 in Los Angeles.

It’s one of the many ways Taxi invests in their members, to give us the connections and tools and incentive to be a better songwriter, singer, musician, recording artist, recording engineer, mixer and masterer … etc.

I can’t wait.

For more information, see

Rotterdam Songcrafters (incl Irene) Showcase – 7 June

Irene joined this active group of (mostly young) Rotterdam songwriters who meet monthly to share songs written in response to a group assignment. Styles vary considerably. But it’s good to have a regular opportunity to share our interest in songcraft and to challenge and be challenged to extend our boundaries.

Come to our Showcase at RAAF on Saturday, 7 June, starting at 8pm, and get a taste of the fruit of our labour. 7 of the 8 regular members of the group will be there to entertain us.

Irene will be singing with Koos on a song that they worked on together: “No regrets”. And Margriet will join Irene on some new songs (“This for you” on ukelele, “All that matters”, and “Giants”, written for a retirement do of a long-term friend of Margriet’s), and perhaps an old “Two Doors Down” favourite.

Come early for a tasty (low budget) meal.