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Last year, blues lovers Ruud and Etske Muis from Wijk met the American blues musicianKEVIN BURT. Earlier that year, Kevin won the prestigious International Blues Challenge in Memphis. “We would love to see them in the Calypso theatre one day”, the couple dreamed out loud, and back from the cruise they had a first talk with the guys from Blues in Wijk, who were also interested. With the help of Bluesther Music Agency, the time has finally come in October 2019. Kevin and his wife are coming to Europe for a first overseas tour, with a stop in our beautiful Wijk Calypso theatre on Saturday, October 19. Kevin will be accompanied by BLIND B’ & the VISIONAIRS, The crème de la crème of Dutch blues. Also the new Dutch blues sensation RICHVILLE is there to promote their then brand new CD. Tickets € 10,-
Richville is a new project by singer/guitarist Richard van Bergen and drummer J J Goossens. The music of the duo can be described as unpolished and stripped-down. Inspired by the period when the Blues switched from acoustic to electric. Richville is a mix of trance-like Delta Blues and funky New Orleans second-line rhythms. Blues was originally mainly dance music. Playing as a two-man band, Richville focuses on the essence of this powerful and timeless music: the groove! In the Tub Thumper studio of Bird Stevens, Richville recorded their debut CD. It will be released in September 2019 on Tub Thumper Records.
Kevin Burt was the big man of the night at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2018, when he won the three awards he was eligible for: Solo / Duo, Best Solo / Duo Guitarist and the Lee Oskar Award for Best Harmonica Player. Kevin is a musician (vocals, harmonica and guitar) whose soft, warm vocal presentation creates a state of mind of relaxed excitement, with a welcome blend of serious music and infectious humour of all ages. Two of Kevin’s main influences are Bill Withers and Aaron Neville and he has the ability to build a great rapport with the audience with his soul-inspired presentation and natural stage presence.