19th September 2020
What a great afternoon/evening. We had fantastic show and weren't we so lucky with the weather! We were seventy in number and we fitted into the courtyard in a socially-distanced manner as planned. Thanks to those who came for your cooperation in maintaining the anti-COVID rules that we are obliged to follow. Thanks also to those of you who made donations and to the artists who gave their time for free. The donations covered much of the costs of putting on the show.
Thanks are due to all who assisted with the setting up, registration and clearing up, in particular Peter and Kathy Lemerle, Alison, Rosemary, Anne, Janet and Sybil. Special thanks are due to the girls who pledged their support right at the beginning, without which the event would not have been planned. Thanks are due to Koen and his three staff who served the tables in such an efficient way. And of course, our thanks as always, to Rudy for his tireless assistance and skill in managing the sound system.
Unfortunately, Janet & John were unable to appear, both having contracted COVID. Janet was hospitalised but is out now and recovering at home. John did not go to hospital and is recovering well. They have expressed their disappointment at not being able to perform and hope to be able to present what they had prepared at some future event.
There had been some doubt as to whether Olivier Buckley would be able to perform due to his having to return to university in UK and the UK’s requirement of two weeks quarantine for people coming from Belgium. It was our very good fortune that he managed to fit us in before having to leave.
So we had unusual and exciting Columbian music from “Los Pachengueros”, a fantastic medley from Olivier both singing and playing jazzy guitar in his inimitable way, a heart-rending selection of Scottish folk tunes, mainly by Robbie Burns, from “Laverock”, and the incredible talent of Luis Reis playing and singing numbers from his native Portugal and Spain. The evening was compered by Dave Skinner, who also provided musical contributions, including the opportunity for a couple of ad-hoc singers to appear. It was a truly well-balanced programme and all I have spoken too have praised it highly.
So this was the last Staging Post of 2020. We will not put on another concert indoors until the COVID situation normalises. If we get good weather in 2021 again, we may well venture another outdoor event. In case we never get started again, I should like thank in particular, Rosemary, William and John Hiley plus all others who gave their support to enable all previous productions.
So stay safe, everyone, and enjoy the time until we can next meet as much as possible without taking risks.
7th March 2020
The show of the 7th March was exceptionally good. “Three Darn Hot” gave a stunning performance for almost an hour. This was followed by terrific blues music all night from “Steppin’ Out”. We thank everybody who turned out for the evening.
Financially we just broke even. The two bands were local to the area and about twenty eight of their supporters came along which means that our regular audience was down to about twenty, presumably because of the Corona virus scare.
18th January 2020
The “Ticker Fixers” played their superb “ceilidh” music all evening. We had 46 or so dancers and all had a great time. The food provided by Christine, Jenny and Valerie was excellent. The food interval was kept to about 40 minutes, unlike last year when unfortunately, it overran. Artistically. The evening was a great success; financially we needed a few more to break even.
7th December 2019
We had a great performances from “Laverock”, John Smillie and the “Happy Gangstas” in front of an extremely enthusiastic audience. Thanks to all who turned up. The Gangstas were as good as predicted, playing mostly music of their own composition. All were brilliant, but of particular note was the Russian guy who managed to play the bass on a keyboard, the drums and sing all at the same time. Unfortunately, there were too many other events on that night and as a result our audience was only about 26 people, so we lost rather heavily financially. We shall not put on events in December in future.
26th October 2019
Yet another successful evening on the 26th with great performances from Marieke Slovin, "Luis and Juan" and "The Bluesy Cats".Thanks to William, we have the following recordings
14th September 2019
The charity show of the 14th September was a great success and generated 1650eu for the charities. Donations of 825eu have now been made to “The Healing Horse” for their work with handicapped children, and to “Convivial” in support of refugees. Many thanks to all of you who contributed and helped, especially to the the bands “MARLIS 2.0 & Eklectic” and “Foreign Affairs” who gave their services in aid of charity, and gave all there a fantastic evening.
22nd June 2019
An incredible evening was had by all. It started with an absolutely superb BBQ from Roque and his team from The Friends Club, during which there was a manifestation of massed, Potverdekke-BREXIT singing. Rob Swordy, who used to play with Mister John as Doctor Rob, accompanied the group on his clarinet, along with Paul Manterfield on baritone sax, Alan Anderson on guitar and myself on banjo.
William and Marc took some very good photos of the BBQ which you can view and download on the links below. Please note that the last one of William's is a video of the Potverdekke-BREXIT singers.
“Blue Garden” opened the show with some really good blues and Americana.
Then “Three Darn Hot” gave a stunning performance of Andrews Sisters songs including some wonderful keyboard solos and backing from Pieter Smout, Joris Lindemans and Ludo Goubert.
The unsurpassable “Channel 9” gave two more brilliant sets which, as usual, had many people dancing right until the end of the show, after which Ely and Jaris continued in the bar with some really good stuff. A suitable end to the season!
Thanks are due to all the volunteers who have made the BBQ and all shows go so well. In particular we thank Rudy for his work on the sound and light systems. Due to his hard work, care and expertise, one can sit at the tables in front of the stage and enjoy the shows without damaging one's hearing.
27th April 2019
Artistically, the evening was a great success. Nikola Stojanovski opened with some seriously entertaining guitar playing, interpreting folk music from Macedonia and Africa. Then ROSA gave us two sets of virtuoso performances of Chanson Francaise and Brazilian numbers. Finally, the newly-named “Cajupafo Focus” Band rounded off the evening with South American rhythms that had many on the dance-floor. This was a sub-group of “Channel 9”, put together at short notice to replace the advertised group “Three Darn Hot” which, for reasons beyond their control, was unable to perform. Financially, however, the show made a big loss due to the small audience of less than thirty people.
16th March 2019
We had excellent performances from the supporting acts - "Three of a Kind" - Americana, "Maud & Jerome" – ballads and "The Manneken Pistols" – 70s & 80’s music.
Technical problems caused delays so that the main act from "Luis & Juan" started late and did not finish until 11:35, the latest we have ever finished a show. Luis and Juan gave an incredible demonstration of the music of their countries and the Latin world. The audience were entranced. Many more than usual stayed right to the end when this international-concert-hall standard performance received a standing ovation.
Set Four in the bar, celebrated the birthdays of inveterate performers Glynis Whiting and Alan Farr with singing an playing to 2.30 am. Another great night!
26th January 2019
The Barn Dance was a resounding success; the music was great, the calling impeccable and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves. The food prepared by Jenny, Christine and Valerie of Friends International, was superb. Thanks to all who came and who contributed to the raffle. We hope to do the same thing again next year. Happily, we more than covered our costs recouping the losses of previous shows, so we look forward with confidence to our next Charity Show in September. Photos courtesy of William. https://dantzer1.smugmug.com/BarnDance/n-9ggthS
16th November 2018
A brilliant evening! Olivier Buckley opened with some extremely good Spanish guitar music, then Cuban songs and Blues. This young man has improved greatly on the already high standard he set a year ago and is obviously set to go much further.
Thomas Valgaerts sang a selection of ballads from his own experiences in life with really good diction and extremely competent guitar accompaniment. Every word was clearly heard and his performance was highly appreciated. You can hear more of Thomas on https://www.facebook.com/magnumfox/.
Yet again, the “Thumping Tommys” transfixed the audience with their amazing performance. They appreciated very much the enthusiasm of the audience, which is their main reason for playing, so they continued in an even more relaxed fashion in the bar only until 2.30am, since they had to catch the Eurostar back to UK at midday. Thanks for a great gig, Guys!
15th September - Charity Show in memory of Kjeld
What an incredible evening! We had probably our largest audience ever due to many who came as a tribute to Kjeld and others as followers of “Channel 9”.
Sixteen years-old Siobhán, opened the evening with stunning harp music that had the audience clamouring for more. You could go to any concert hall in the world and you would not hear better harp-playing. Well done Siobhán and our best wishes for your musical future!
“Janet and John” gave us a hilarious and highly entertaining selection of vaudeville songs the like of which is rarely heard nowadays, presented in a way that only these two experienced performers could do.
And then the incredible “Channel 9” inspired many of our audience to dance most of the remaining evening with a superb selection of Latin and Soul numbers, played, thanks to superb sound control from Rudi, at a volume that allowed even those directly in front of the stage to thoroughly enjoy the music.
The Auction, the Raffle, the Apple-sales and the generosity of the artists and audience in general has enabled us to donate 1274 euros to “Wardies Way”. The donation has been made in the name of the Staging Post in memory of Kjeld. The evening was a fitting tribute to Kjeld; he would have loved every moment of it. A big "Thank you!" to all involved.
Set 4 in the bar went on to 2am with singing and music from Channel 9 and Glynis.
We are indebted to William who took some videos: you can see them through the following links.
23rd June 2018
The evening started with a fantastic, courtyard BBQ laid on by Roque and “Friends International”, using Mike and Jo Kirrane’s mobile BBQ kit arranged by John Smillie and Barry Kirrane, Mike and Jo being on a world tour. The weather was perfect for such an event. This was followed by superb, first-set performances from “Hot Air” and Sarah Francois with Carlos Parrar. Sarah and Carlos were unexpectedly joined by Carlos’s wife, Lisetta, on base and Ludo Goubert on percussion, who had been playing at a nearby music festival, to make a very presentable quartet. The entertainment had started late, so the evening was rounded off by “Pendulum Reunion” as the main act, combining sets two and three into one long set, which was so good, that even our oldest member stayed right to the end so as not to miss a note.
It was indeed a very successful evening artistically. About fifty-four people contributed to the show which meant we just broke even financially. Seventy-five attended the BBQ, the difference being mainly due to the number of performers for this show. Thanks are due to the artists, to everyone who attended and to everyone who provided the excellent sweet and savoury dished to complement the BBQ. Especial thanks are due to Mike, Jo and Barry Kirrane for the BBQ kit, to all the organisers and volunteers for the BBQ and for the show, to Rudy for doing such a good job on the sound equipment and to William for the following video clips and photos. Apologies to “Hot Air” for not having clips of their performance; William was clearing up the BBQ at that time.
21st April 2018
“Elixir” opened the first set and gave us half-an-hour of great renditions of Robert Burn’s poems set to their own tunes, the Scottish dialect being perfectly enunciated by Alex and Joanne backed by the masterful guitar of Andy.
Then “Three of a Kind” gave a further 30 minutes of really good Bluegrass music.
The remaining two sets were admirably filled by “Slinky & P’tit Loup”. Their performance was truly professional and enjoyed by all. After such a superb performance, no-one wanted to play in Set 4 in the bar. But it was well attended, and Koen kept serving us until well after 12:30am. We look forward to welcoming all three bands at some future Staging Post.
Thanks are due to William, who took some video recordings. You can see them on the following links:-
“Three of a Kind” - https://dantzer1.smugmug.com/The-Staging-Post/April-21-2018/Three-of-a-kind/n-cF7M3J/
“Slinky & P’tit Loup”- https://dantzer1.smugmug.com/The-Staging-Post/April-21-2018/Slinky-Ptit-Loup/n-2gTfHW
20th January 2018
The show of the 20th January 2018 was a great success artistically in spite of a number of set-backs. With Steve stuck in Mexico, the show was organised and run by William, Tony, Roque, John Smillie, Valerie, Rosemary, Rudy and John Hiley. At the very last minute, Sarah Francois had to withdraw due to sickness, but Superhero John Smillie stepped up and filled her place, with assistance from Keith Paton. Originally John was intending to do 10 minutes before the main act to allow for late-comers and to promote his CD. He then expanded that to cover Alys Sheahan’s dropping out, and at the last moment, expanded it again to cover for Sarah too, whilst also brilliantly compering the whole evening. The spectre of Steve was occasionally spotted floating around at the back of the stage; he got back only at 2am that morning.
The AATG opened with a super rendition of the MARLIS musical “Wild Flowers”, followed by John giving us a thorough preview of his new, brilliant CD, “Superman’s Lament”, which was, and is still, on sale. John donates all cash from sales of his CD to MSF and Oasis in Belgium, and MENCAP in UK. Keith recited “Albert and the Lion” and then “Belgian Brand” gave us a great final set with the audience demanding an encore. AATG came as a theatre group fully equipped to put on a show. They were complete with band, set, costumes and a sound engineer. Unfortunately, most of the AATG group had to return to Den Haag that evening. We thank them for coming so far to give us a great show. It was the very first appearance of new band, “Belgian Brand”, and they made a wonderful job of it. Because the AATG set used the whole stage, “Belgian Brand” was not able to do their sound checks prior to the show so these had to be done during the second interval. Sound checks are never good to listen to and a few people left then thinking the remaining act would be the same. This was certainly not the case.
Because we could not field the advertised programme, we decided to lower the recommended entry donation to 12eu from the originally recommended 15. The final bills have yet to come in, but at this stage it looks as though we have broken even. The audience numbered about 60 and we thank you all for your support.
William made some video recordings which may be viewed on-
17th November 2017 - Charity show
Last night’s charity show was another terrific evening. The standards and professionalism of the artists were the highest and the audience experienced an extremely entertaining evening. The evening opened with three thirty-minute acts from “Table for Two” - great Bluegrass, Luis Reis - fantastic Blues and Yvonne Stausbol – lovely, own-ballad compositions. “The Manneken Pistols” rounded off the evening with great 60’s & 70’s numbers during which the Raffle was drawn.
For Set Five, in the bar, “Table for Two” and “Klezmerpolitan”, the duo due to play at the Brussels Folk Club on the 19th November, teamed up and with Glynis, and we had a truly gemutlich session of song, accordion, mandolin, banjo and guitar until 1:30am. You may again hear Thierry of “Table for Two” at the Brussels Folk Club, Rue des Alexiens 67, 1000 Bruxelles on the 10th December a member of “The Sons of Naverrone”.
We raised 600eu which has been donated to “The Little Sisters of the Poor” for their work with the aged as part of Serve The City. See https://www.servethecity.brussels/projects/little-sisters-of-the-poor/. Thanks to the artists and everyone who supported us.
16th September 2017
Possibly the best evening ever was had at De Kam on the 16th inst., with "The Thumping Tommys" continuing to thump in the Free Podium bar until almost 4am. What a night! Even Koen got up and sang. But the outstanding performance of the Tommys must not overshadow the terrific performances given by our three opening acts, "The Red-Hot Skillets", "Blue Garden" and "Sophisticated Ladies". All were brilliant. We hope to see all four groups back again sometime.
24th June 2017
A most excellent BBQ followed by another brilliant show.
“Three of a Kind” opened with great bluegrass music.
“Tuani” gave us a selection of Joelle’s soul compositions.
Sarah Francois’s lovely voice with Nigel Ward’s backing gave us a super choice of popular songs.
The guest band, the intriguingly named “Babes in the Grass”, consisting of Elly, Beppie and Adrie, helped by hubbies Jan and Bruno then gave a highly entertaining two sets, singing a mixture of styles that kept our feet tapping to the end.
Photographs, courtesy of Michael Desmedt, here.
11th March 2017
It was yet another great evening.
Dave Skinner did a magnificent job opening the evening with some songs very topical in Belgium.
Then “Elixir”, with Alex brilliantly demonstrating what 18th century Scottish English sounded like in a number of folk songs, superbly backed by Andy and Barry. Andy stood in for Monika.
“Martin and Company” from Liege, provided an excellent selection of songs adapted to their own style, with superb musical accompaniment. https://www.facebook.com/QuatuorMandC/
The main act, “Channel 9”, rounded off the evening with two great sets of swinging and groovy numbers that had many dancing much of the evening. https://www.facebook.com/Channel9Official/about.
We finished late so Set 4 in the bar was canned. We hope to see all again sometime in the future.
4th February 2017
The show on the 4th of February was amazing. John Smillie opened in his usual inimitable style, followed by Oliver Buckley who gave us all an astonishing lesson on how to play the guitar and sing brilliantly whilst jumping about, all at the same time. Then the fabulous Fabian Tibaldi gave a wonderfully emotional demonstration in Spanish, of what Tango singing is all about. Really, Magaldi has nothing on Fabian!
And then we were entranced by the enchanting “Encantadas” giving a terrific performance over two sets, which had the audience clamouring for more and more. Finally the band was able to escape to the bar, where John led an impromptu singing session. We had a extremely enthusiastic audience of about 40 and on behalf of all the artists and organisers, I thank you for coming and hope to see you at the next show on the 11th of March.
18th November 2016
The show on the 18th was very well appreciated. We had some wonderful short-acts with songs from Richard and Alin, excerpts from “Joseph” from Laura Ford and Benedict Landsbert-Noone, Brazilian songs from Lies Van Lammeren and excerpts from musicals and operettas from Luk Van der Heyden and Elizabeth Flynn. The guest band for two sets was “Zsa Zsa Zsu” who were “out of this world”. We have done the sums and we have been able to give 650eu to the charity, more than we anticipated. Thank you to all who attended, for your generosity.
Shortly after the show I discussed it with the priests from St. Anthony’s, Fathers Brendan and Patrick. They told me that longfibrose is known as cystic fibrosis in English, a terrible disease from which some of their parishioners in Ireland had suffered. Their descriptions of people with this disease really brought home to me what the Belgische Vereniging voor Longfibrose is fighting. The Fathers made a generous donation to the charity through the Staging Post, which is included in the above sum.