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Welcome to this English summary of the Dutch website: FolkMuzikant.nl (which means ‘folk musician’). Founder of this website is Erik de Jong, who is, if you think of genres like Irish/Scottish folk music and Balfolk music (French/Flemish), one of the most experienced piano-accordion players of the Netherlands.

This page will tell you about the different bands/formations in which Erik plays (and you’ll find links to the websites of these folk acts). If you’re looking for a live folk music performance, this website will help you. From big powerfolk bands like HoppaH! which can put up a great show at your festival or party, till versatile Celtic folk duo’s like Itchy Fingers; here you are bound to find what you’re looking for. It is even possible to book a Scottish Ceilidh Workshops.

All acts have their own professional sound system if needed (which also can be used for other acts at your event).

Enjoy watching and listening!
Contact information: +31 6 16442800 ; info@folkmuzikant.nl

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LIST OF ACTS:
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Solo performances of folk accordionist Erik de Jong

YouTube Two Irish reels played by Erik
Erik is a versatile folk musician who plays mostly Celtic, Eastern European and Balfolk (French/Flemish) music. He also accompanies Scottish Ceilidh Workshops. Besides giving live performances at for example market fairs, Erik is also an experienced studio musician.

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Celtic Folk Duo Gullane & De Jong

Some tracks from the CD of Gullane & De Jong: ‘Jink and Diddle’
YouTube Video: O’Sullivan’s John
Together with the lead singer of the famous Scottish folk band Tannahill Weavers: Roy Gullane, Erik has a duo in the north of the Netherlands where they both live. This duo is very suitable for listening concerts in for example small churches and folkclubs.

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Rhythmic folk with Duo Marziano

Some demo tracks from ‘Duo Marziano’
YouTube Promotion video recorded at Stiggelbout Percussie Groningen
Erik’s duo with Sicilian master percussionist Vincenzo Castellana. They play music from over the whole of Europe and also have a Balfolk repertoire.

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Multi-instrumentalists ‘Itchy Fingers’

Some tracks from the CD of ‘Itchy Fingers’
YouTube Live: Archeon Midwinterfair 2015
YouTube Video: song+reel ‘Arthur McBride’
This Celtic folk duo consists of multi-instrumentalists Tijn Berends and Erik de Jong. With the two of them, they play a whole range of musical instruments, some very typical for Irish music like the concertina, tin whistle, Irish bouzouki and bodhrán. In the Netherlands they are one of the very few Irish bands who also have a Balfolk repertoire.

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Listening concerts of duo Annemerie de Bie and Erik de Jong
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YouTube Performance on the international folk dance festival ‘DoeDans’ 2013
With Erik de Jong (piano-accordion) and Annemarie de Bie (voice, guitar, Irish flute and bodhrán), one hires a high-quality Irish folk duo. Especially Annemarie’s voice (also look at Celtann) gives the music an irresistible character, together with the virtuosity of Erik’s tunes on the piano-accordion.

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Driving Folk Punk with HoppaH!

Some tracks from the CD of ‘HoppaH!’
YouTube HoppaH! promo video 2012/2013
It is very difficult (if not impossible) to stand still while listening and watching to one of the most energetic folk bands of The Netherlands: HoppaH! Suitable for big events such as festivals, but also for smaller clubs and bars. Party is guaranteed!

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Celtic entertainment with Doggy Few Duo

Some tracks from the CD of Doggy Few Duo: ‘The Bonnie Banks’
This is a typical party duo, playing the most famous songs and tunes of Scotland and Ireland. They can walk around if needed.

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Irish Party Music with Doggy Few

Some tracks from the CD of The Doggy Few: ‘Live in Dublin’
YouTube Performance in Mother Reilly’s Pub, Dublin
This is the bigger version of the duo mentioned above. Very suitable for weddings, St. Patrick’s Day or other events you want to turn into an Irish party.

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Celtic acoustic folk rock with The Assassenachs
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Some tracks from the CD of The Assassenachs: ‘New Traditions’
YouTube Performance in “Café Marleen” Groningen
Since 1998 this folk duo consisting of two Scotsmen (living in the Netherlands), has been playing in pubs, clubs and festivals throughout Europe, playing a mixture of Scottish/Irish folk music and self-written repertoire. This blend of Celtic folk and contemporary song writing has pleased all ages of audiences for almost two decades. In every live show, the emphasis is on passion and dynamite. Often they invite guests, like piano-accordion player Erik de Jong, to add some instrumental power to the set.

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Scottish Dance workshop: Let´s Ceilidh!
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YouTube Ceilidh workshop at Dutch fantasy festival
If you’re looking for a nice activity with live music and dances anyone can join, have a look at the Scottish ceilidh dance workshop. Ceilidh dances are group dances which are very suitable for (wedding) parties, team building activities or at schools. The workshop is in English or Dutch and has live accompaniment of one or more musicians. For question pleas contact via info@schotsedansworkshop.nl, or info@folkmuzikant.nl. For some photo/video material click here.