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10 MP3 Songs in this album (40:35) !
Related styles: FOLK: Folk Pop, FOLK: Irish Contemporary
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âSurrender to winâ (John OâDreams)
On âSurrender to winâ the Dutch singer/songwriter duo John OâDreams comes with brilliant self penned songs straight from the heart. Some unique covers from songs written by related songwriters and the contribution of a wide range of guest musicians complete this brand new album of beauty.
John Flierman - vocals, guitar and bodhran
Ed Veltrop - vocals, piano, Hammond and accordion
Some great guest musicians contribute to the album âSurrender to winâ. The Irish singer/songwriters Danny Guinan and Daithi Rua on guitar. Siard de Jong, one of Hollands finest fiddle players. Uilleann piper Isaac Alderson, the All-Ireland Senior Champion in 2001 (Listowel) on no less than three instruments (uilleann pipes, flute, and whistle). And last but not least: Myrthe Flierman, Johnâs fourteen year old daughter.
âRoad to happinessâ is the catchy opening song and handles about hope, love and forgiveness. Itâs the song where the album titel comes from: âSurrender to winâ. âThe Birdsâ to the kidnapping and killing of hundreds of innocent school children in Beslan (2004). A protest song against violance against children, war and terrorism. âGrowing painsâ is a flashback to the younger days of a kid struggling with family live and a confusing mix of love and fear. âThe fields of loveâ? A love song without a happy ending. âJohnny donât goâ is a swinging, up tempo version of a song originally written by the well known Irish songwriter John Spillane. The next song on the track list is written by Wally Pageâ, songwriter for a.o. Christy Moore and a good friend of John and Ed. A song about Chico Mendes, a Brazilian rubber tapper, unionist and environmental activist. He founded a national union of rubber tappers in an attempt to preserve their profession and the rainforest. He was murdered in 1988 by ranchers opposed to his activism. âEndless dreamâ is a great mix of pop and traditional music, with Isaac Alderson on uilleann pipes. âShe scattered crumbsâ from the hand of Ger Wolfe is one of the highlights on this album. A duet of John Flierman and his daughter Myrthe. âMy land is too greenâ and âJohn OâDreamsâ finishes this ecclectic album. Listen to the almost classical arrangement of âJohn OâDreamsâ with Ed Veltrop on piano and Siard de Jong on fiddle.
For eleven years now John OâDreams is doing live concerts in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. In 2007 the duo did a tour in China with impressive gigs in Beijing and Shanghai. They also did thirteen (!) live tours in Ireland. The duo is inspired by a lot of Irish contemporary singer/songwriters: Christy Moore, Luka Bloom, Wally Page, Shane McGowan, ...
John and Ed are well known musical guests now in folk clubs, theatres and at major festivals. Johnâs biggest source of inspiration is Irelandâs number one singer/songwriter Christy Moore. John sings with a typical Kildare accent and after each gig the audience and especially the Irish stay behind flabbergasted: âthis Dutchman must have some Irish rootsâ.
The Dutch folkmagazine NewFolkSounds is convinced after listening to their first CD album: âJohn Flierman is the Christy Moore of the Netherlandsâ. Christy Moore himself picked up the phone more than once to give this duo his support. Stage animal Ed Veltrop sings, plays Hammond, piano and accordion and knows like no one else how to win the audienceâs attention. Heâs also the main man behind the musical arrangements on âSurrender to winâ. NewFolkSounds: âVeltrop delivers a few sublime piano, Hammond and accordion accompaniments and solos, which make it all even more dynamicâ. Besides his membership of John OâDreams, Ed is also co-operating with Irish singer/sonwriters such as Wally Page, Daithi Rua, Danny Guinan and Roesy.
Reviews on the former album âSecond stage:
Irish Music Magazine, Sean Laffey:
They are worth every guilder of the entrance fee!
Irish Bands Live UK
John O'Dreams has built a reputation as one of the top Irish duos. John sings Irish ballads with a Kildare accent and it would take a good man to say he was not of Irish blood. I can honestly say I was not disappointed when I slipped the disk into the player and out came this amazing blend on instruments combining to make superb Irish Music. Both are excellent musicians. These guys do it with style and add their own exciting sound. John has the great gift of being able to sing Irish ballads in the way they were meant to be sung, with passion and pride and a voice that would be envied by many an Irish man. Add to this the outstanding musicianal skills of Ed Veltrop whose backing vocals are outstanding to say the least and you have an album of great beauty.
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