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18 March 2016

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theatre Calypso

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€ 12,50

Gangster of the Blues back again in Wijk.

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TICKETS € 12,50

Theatre Calypso, Markt 4, Wijk bij Duurstede.

Theatre open 20.00 hours. Show 20.30-23.00 hours. Stand places. E-tickets via ticketscript (extra servicekosten) or buy/reserve at van Ginkel Music, Achterstraat 1, Wijk bij Duurstede, telefoon +31343-574522, e-mail:

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The blues world may get ready for one of the most wanted comebacks of this century: Magic Frankie is back.


With an impressive resume, Magic Frankie (nicknamed the Gangster of the Blues ) knows better than anyone how life as a blues musician works. Already at a young age Frank felt attracted to the dark sounds of the blues. In the 1980s the twenty-something surprised his homeland with Magic Frankie and The Blues Disease. This formation caused a true blues wave in the Netherlands, but was also noticed internationally. B.B. King himself gave Frank the biggest compliment ever when he signed the album ‘It’s Magic’ with the words “You really play my kind of blues.”

The years that followed were marked by success. Musical gems like ‘Hearts In Sorrow’ – in collaboration with the legendary Kaz Lux – and ‘Lucky’ – with guest appearances by Lois Lane and Thijs van Leer – shook the blues world to its foundations. Besides many performances (with the Metropole Orchestra) for national television, the German WDR and children’s programs such as Klokhuis, the Bay Tour was one of the highlights of this period. For two weeks Magic Frankie performed in prisons throughout the country in the theme of Christmas.

The new millennium brought Frankie health problems. His lifestyle caused issues that made the Gangster of the Blues tame. On a personal level, Magic Frankie encountered many setbacks, so around 2004 he decided to put his guitar away for a while. The blues spirit was lost, the magic broken.

But the blood creeps where it cannot go. When he is asked as a guest at a session, Magic Frankie comes alive again. Playing the first notes, Frankie realizes that he doesn’t just make blues: he breathes blues. At that moment, he decided to use his life experience gained to express his blues even more intensely.

After a while, Magic Frankie felt the need to revive his Blues Disease as well.  The Gangster of the Blues is back in business.
Magic Frankie – vocals, guitar and blues harp
Frans Damen – drums
Armando Jansen – guitar, vocals
Pim Spetter – piano and Wurlitzer
Mark Harmsma – bass