Band

The Bluesville’s play the Blues. Authentic roots music straight from the heart & soul performed on genuine instruments, no more & no less. Accomplished inveterate musicians, they carry a considerable selection of covers and originals in their repertoire. The Bluesville’s are familiar faces on acclaimed stages in Holland such as Bluescafé Apeldoorn and De Boerderij in Zoetermeer.

 

The 5 piece formation emerged from former members of Moontanned consisting of singer/harmonica player Marcel Pels and the audacious bass/drums pair Mario Michies and Cees Matton. Keyboard virtuoso Franz van Veen and guitar wizard Niek Kolkman complement the quintet. Working from the Utrecht metropolis they deliver dynamic shows filled with passion, energy and above all craftsmanship. Kolkman, Pels and van Veen appear to be circling each other like caged lions in the crossfire between the searing guitar, harmonica and keyboard solos. The interplay with the rock solid rhythm section rages like a prairie blaze until the last note of every concert.

 

The band plays a wide variety of styles. Ranging from old school Delta and down home Chicago Blues, swinging Texas Boogie and West Coast Blues to wistful Ballads with an added flavor of Southern Rock and everything in between. They play anytime, anywhere. Perform at clubs and festivals all across the country and are available for any other event or occasion you can think of. Maybe they’ll meet you further on up the road.

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Marcel Pels - Vocals, Blues Harp

Influences and Inspiration

All kinds of blues. From Bob Dylan and Neil Young to country and the hard rock of Deep Durple.

Gear

Hohner Marine Bands (special customized and designed by Sugar Cain Harmonicas), Hohner Rockets (Special 20),   Suzuki Manji, Electro Voice RE 10, Boss Pedalboard BCB-60, Voodoo Box Nullifier (anti-feedback killer), Boss Digital Reverb DV-3, Lone Wolf Delay II, Marble Magic Mike, Electro Harmonix POG, Marble Harpwood, Kalamazoo II.

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Franz van Veen - Vocals, Keyboard, Guitar

Influences and Inspiration

 Chicago Blues, Country Blues, Piano Blues, Traditional Jazz, Roots Rock.

         Otis Spann, Memphis Slim, Oscar Peterson, Junior Mance, Michael Bloomfield, Peter Green, Little Walter,         

Paul Butterfield, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Tampa Red, Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Sam Chatmon.

Gear

Roland FP 90, Roland KC 300,  

Epiphone ES 335, Epiphone Les Paul, Martin OM 21, 

VOX AC15 Custom, Fender Blues Jr. Tweed.

Niek Kolkman - Guitar

Influences and Inspiration

Eric Clapton, Herman Brood, Luther Allison, BB King, Jimi Hendrix,

Robert Cray, Joe Bonamassa, Rolling Stones.

 

Gear

Fender Stratocaster (USA And Mexico), Fender Telecaster,

OCD, MXR, Keeley Stompboxes.

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Mario Michies - Bass

Influences and Inspiration

Chicago Blues (Otis Spann, Buddy Guy, Monster Mike Welch).

Texas Blues (Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Fabulous Thunderbirds).

Master bass players: Pino Palladino and George Porter Jr.

Americana artists like Fred Eaglesmith and Lucinda Williams.

Artists on Daptone Records.

 

Gear

Fender Jazz Bass, Sandberg California VM4,

Markbass CMD 102P, Roland Cube 20XL,

Boss ME-50B Bass Multiple Effects.

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                                                   Cees Matton - Drums

                                                   Influences and Inspiration

   Rock, Blues, Jazz, Americana, Soul, Funk, P-Funk, Southern Soul & Rock, Punk, Roots Reggae & Dub.

Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, J.J. Cale, Steve Earle, Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Green On Red, Tom Waits, John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy, Magic Sam, Junior Wells, Luther Allison, Allman Brothers, Otis Rush, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The Clash,

  Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, James Brown, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Burning Spear, Lee Perry.

 

                                                                  Gear

                                                                 Vintage Premier APK, Ludwig “Black Beauty” Snare,

Sabian Cymbals, AKG Mic-Set.