Noord Nederlands Dylan Festival – september 24, 2011

On September 24, 2011 (celebrating the 70th birthday of Bob Dylan) a festival was held in Mussel, in the very northern part of the Netherlands, the “Noord Nederlands Dylan Festival”. Because there were so many celebrations in the month of may it was decided to celebrate it a few months later (also to be sure that Dylan actually had become 70 years of age).

There were many performers: Jacques Mees, Ernst Jansz, Martin Korthuis, Harry Loco & Alex Vissering, Danny Bryant’s Red Eye Band, Italian guitarist Luigi Catuogno and The New Fools from Belgium on a wonderful outdoor location.

One of the organisers of the event Siep Schoenmaker, who has translated over 100 Dylan songs into the local language Grunnegs, was interviewed about the event. He can be seen here together with Alex Vissering in a short report about the forthcoming festival from regional TV.

Below is a rendition of Fennie – an adaptation of Sara – by Martin Korthuis and a cover of Townes van Zandt’s “Waiting Around To Die” – ‘Wacht’n Op ‘t In’ in Grunnegs dialect - by Martin Korthuis.

The following four video’s from the festival are by Jacques Mees: I’ll Remember You, Emotionally Yours, Simple Twist Of Fate and Boots Of Spanish Leather.



A very special moment was the reading by organiser Siep Schoenmaker of ‘Every Grain Of Sand’ translated into the local language as ‘Elke Körrel Zaand’, accompanied on guitar by Luigi Catuogno from Italy and then sung in English by Ben Schuurmans, singer of Belgian band The New Fools:

 

The day after the festival Jacques Mees & Luigi Catuogno were recorded at the breakfast table of Siep Schoenmaker, 25 september 2011, playing a beautiful rendition of Dylan's North Country Blues.

 

 

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