Dot to Dot Festival, Manchester

On Monday, 4 June, in the middle of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, Margriet and Irene attended the Dot to Dot Festival in Manchester.

The highlight was “Pearl and the Beard”, the band that drew us to the festival in the first place. A close second was “Pond”. The Ritz had the best sound system, but the Deaf Institute was the coolest venue by far.

below: Pearl and the Beard in the Sound Control Club

above: Pond at the Deaf Institute

Irene and Margriet’s Programme

17.45 – 18.30: Lucy Rose

16.15 – 16.45: The Dunwells

15.30 – 16.00: The Night
18.30 – 19.00: Pond

20.15 – 20.45: Pearl and the Beard

14.00 – 14.30: Being There

Full line-up


On the radio – Amsterdam FM – Songwriters Live

On 24 May 2012 we played live on the weekly radio programme, Songwriters Live, presented on Amsterdam FM by Rufus Kain on behalf of the Amsterdam Songwriters Guild.

Here are recordings on the four songs we performed that day. (Sound engineer: Carlos Manso)

I really like it Lyrics
Poor world Lyrics
On repeat (Missing you) Lyrics
Life’s like that Lyrics


You can listen to the whole radio programme by clicking here. We feature at the following times:

20:55 – I really like it
23:24 – Interview (Part 1)
33:42 – Poor world
37:17 – Interview (Part 2)
44:47 – On repeat (Missing you)
52:55 – Life’s like that

“Mirror Mirror” – entry for

Irene writes: I selected the painting, “Het oorbelletje”, by Breitner to inspire my song for the competition. The recording features me on guitar and vocals, and Margriet on glockenspiel.

Mirror, mirror, mirror
When it comes to love I’m a real beginner
Does it show?
Mirror, mirror, mirror
Help me feel like a winner
Help my confidence grow.

Check out our entry on the website, and take a moment to listen to the ten finalists and the other submissions:

Margriet and I hope to attend the final, and take part in the public vote in a few weeks time. We’ll keep you informed of developments.