Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Alan Munde Trio (USA) at 'Het Blauwe Huis' in Holland; May 28

The next house concert at “Het Blauwe Huis” will be Thursday, May 28 with the Alan Munde Trio (USA). Het Blauwe Huis is located in the small village of Harpel in the eastern region of the Netherlands, only a few kilometers from the German border.  The trio consists of: Alan Munde - banjo, Dick Kimmel - mandolin, Adam Granger - guitar. Alan Munde is a founding member of the band "Country Gazette" which has performed in Holland, beginning in the early days of the Dutch bluegrass music scene. Dick Kimmel and Adam Granger have also toured Europe, as a duo in the 1980s-90s. The host band Janis McCoury and The Wall Of Sound will get things started at 20:00.

Dick Kimmel - Adam Granger - Alan Munde
Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time:  20:00
Entrance: €15,
Reservations: lizmeesters@gmail.com
Phone: 06-29368131

Het Blauwe Huis
Molenkampeg 5
9541 TK  Vlagtwedde, NL

Het Blauwe Huis website

Following is a brief history of a much larger bluegrass history at this location...

In the 1970's, Bluegrass music experienced an enormous boost in the former "Home of Strictly Country" in Harpel, NL. Rienk and Joke Janssen organized house concerts in their cozy living space. Many Bluegrass music lovers will remember those great concerts. Well known bluegrass musicians performed at the old house in the middle of farmer’s fields for 3 decades. A partial list of artists include: Charlie Moore, Hot Rize, Joe Val, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Mark O'Connor, Jerry Douglas, Dan Crary, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Bob Paisley, Bill Clifton, Red Rector, Don Stover, Kenny Baker & Josh Graves, Steve Gilette, White Mountain Bluegrass, Jimmy Gaudreau, Hugh Moffatt, Chris Jones, Béla Fleck, Tony Trishka, Beppe Gambetta, Lynn Morris Band and Jerrycan

In 2001, the "Home of Strictly Country" was totally destroyed by an early morning fire. Joke, who was alone in the house, lost her life in that fire. In 2005, the house was rebuilt and is now the home of Rienk and Joke’s daughter, Liz Meesters where she lives with her family. They named their new home "Het Blauwe Huis". The tradition of organizing house concerts by Liz' parents’ continues. Since 2005, many great musicians have performed in "Het Blauwe Huis". Many of whom performed in the old "Home of Strictly Country". And so it goes, the music, tradition and new history continues in this very close and intimate space.