The Ballad Of Claudy

Some songs can’t be sung just like that and to me “The Ballad Of Claudy” by James Simmons is clearly one of that kind. In the early days of our band The Doggy Dike we had regular gigs in a pub called “The Lowlander” in Bodegraven. It was at…

England’s Heroes

The Daily Telegraph columnist Charles Moore recently compared the Easter Rising of 1916, that eventually led to the Free State in 1922 with Islamic State of today and put question marks at the centennial celebrations in Ireland of this year. Although I, like many Irish,…

Strong Again

This song was resting unfinished for a while. It just didn’t feel good enough, besides the fact that I really hate the subject: a disrespectful billionaire running for president playing the card of fear and intolerance. But as the subject was coming back in the news…

Jemeniet (Yemeni, protest song in Dutch)

In the summer of 2013 a US drone attack on a house in Yemen reached our national news and a heartbreaking interview showed a poor father telling us how his daughter died in his arms and his son got badly injured. It made me write this protest song against…

Lamma Bada Yatathana – Trad Syrian

Trad Syrian? Yep. No joke, no typo. To be prepared for a warm welcome of the many Syrian refugees that find shelter here, I wanted to learn a little more about Syria and there’s no better way than to dive into a country’s trad music. I haven’t played…

Opeens Was Het Voorgoed

Tribute song in Dutch to my dad for his birthday. I still miss him, although he died so many years ago. Quick home recording, June 2014.   Lyrics Ik moest je al vaak missenMaar opeens was het voorgoed‘t is niet bepaald sinds gisterenIk zie je nog zo…

The Blood Vote

Thanks to The Great War Explained for posting this old Australian anti-war poem, written by W.R. Winspear and drawn by Claude Marquel from Sydney, issued during the anti-conscription campaign in 1917. When I read the poem, I couldn’t help getting a melody in my head and here it is. I hope you…

Carnival Mirrors

Today it’s 13 days after the tragic shooting at the Charlie Hebdo office in Paris, a cold-blooded terrorist attack on a magazine that refused to bend for threats by Islamic extremists. Here’s my new sad song in commemoration of the tragedy. Hope you like it. Lyrics: Whenever religion is taking the…

A Dam Lovely Time

A relaxed tribute song to Amsterdam. Mary Fitzpatrick wrote this poem about the lovely time she had in Amsterdam with her blind husband and allowed me to use it for a song. She included some humorous critics.  In the last two verses she addresses the crazy cyclists that pop up…

My Dad’s A Cop – M’n vader is agent

Song in Dutch through the eyes of a Belgian boy who finds out that there are terrorists in his own dear country. Most shocking thing is that it was their plan to kill any police officer on the street and his father is one. Quick home recording. Lyrics: Ik…