Singer songwriters: James Bar Bowen, Johnny Campbell, Shireen

James_Bar_Bowen_Shireen_Johnny_Campbell_Euro_tour_NLThursday June 4th 2015, Singer songwriters: James Bar Bowen, Johnny Campbell, Shireen. Volkseten Vegazulu, people’s kitchen at 7pm, then live music directly after the food, between, 8:30 and 10pm. Donations welcome.

Shireen (NL). “I made up the name ‘Crisis Folk’ to give a name to the type of songs that I like to sing. Many crises manifest themselves in the traditional folk-songs that I like to borrow, like excessive drinking, poverty and violence.
Alongside these songs, I sing about other, more contemporary crises. About Europe becoming more and more like a fortress with the ever increasing border controls and violent repression of the ‘sans-papiers’ and ‘no border’ activists. Or the damage that is done to ecosystems in search of profit. Of course these are love songs too. As you cannot fight without loving.
Lately I have been playing my music on the streets of many different countries on my slow travels back to Europe from South East Asia, making up a few new songs on the way.”

James Bar Bowen (UK), radical acoustic folk-punk singer songwriter, guitarist and story-teller, to make you laugh, cry and rage. His songs and performance are original, relevant, sarcastic, political, optimistic, poetic, multilingual and sometimes even beautiful.

Johnny Campbell (UK), a fast, ruthless, uncompromising sound which lends it’s influences from far and wide. The material will embrace traditional music and sometimes frantic Bluegrass style picking with self penned songs of protest and debauchery. […Lees verder]

Singer Songwriters: Leah Song, Shireen, Dangle Manatee


Friday August 23rd 2013. Monthly music event, Singer Songwriters #3 with Leah Song (USA), Shireen (NL), Dangle Manatee (UK). Door opens at 6pm, vegan food on donation. performances end at 10pm.

Leah Song (USA), solo performance by Leah Smith from Rising Appalachia. “Rising Appalachia is a genre-bending force of sound that uses vocal harmony, lyrical prowess and diverse artistic collaborations to defy cultural clichés and ignite a musical revolution… They are creatively committed to keeping their work accessible at the local street level as well as expanding to larger audiences abroad, and have continued to maintain autonomy by self-managing, recording, producing, creating, and directing their work.”

Shireen (NL)
‘I call the type of songs I play ‘Crisis-Folk’. A combination of words made up to describe the traditional folksongs me and longtime friend and fellow musician Dorien Meijsing sang and played in our ukulele/vocal-harmony project ‘çok güzel’. We used to tell people that came to listen to us play, that ‘from different sorts of crises in peoples’ lifes, sometimes beautiful things came to be, be it (revolutionary) change, or a great song!’

Dangle Manatee (UK)
Dangle Manatee is a two-piece folk-punk band from Durham and Newcastle, UK. Hugh plays guitar, harmonica and sings. Pippa plays fiddle, tambourine and sings. They both stamp their feet a lot. They write songs about poetry, animals, and trying to be kind in an unkind world. […Lees verder]