Traditional Music by Beau Verhoef and Marko Zovko

Folk Music


  • characterized by simple straightforward bass motives heavily supplemented with fast, often happy, melody
  • the dances are usually quite moderate to slow in tempo
  • the clogs function as additional percussion, by stamping rhythmically


  • In the early 19th century, rural Dutch folk began moving to cities bringing with them folk traditions
  • In the early part of the 20th century a number of urban intellectuals travelled to the countrysides to record with local musicians
  • In the 1970s, the Netherlands underwent a roots revival, led by artists like Gerard van Maasakkers, Jos Koning, Dommelvolk and RK Veulpoepers BV, Fungus and Wolverlei
  • The mainstream popularity of the Dutch roots revival was short-lived, but Frisian folk music survived, aided in part by the Aaipop Festival in Nylân and Joure's festival
  • Modern revivalists include the Groningen band Törf, Folkcorn, Pekel and Twee Violen en een Bas, Lirio, Dubius, Mus, Matzko, Wè-nun Henk


  • Moluccan-Dutch musicians like Tala Mena Siwa and the Moluccan Moods Orchestra have had some success with pop-based Moluccan music
  • Kaseko, a style from the former Dutch colony of Suriname, has also seen mainstream popularity, primarily due to musicians like William Souvenir and Carlo Jones
  • In the first decade of the 21st century there was an upsurge of neofolk by bands such as H.E.R.R. and Omnia


Andre Hazes

  • 30 June 1951, Amsterdam – 23 September 2004, Amsterdam
  • Made his television debut in 1966
  • In 1980 signed a contract with EMI
  • Recorded 31 albums
  • Released 55 singles
  • One of the most successful singers in a genre called levenslied (song about life)
Andre Hazes