Robbert brings his music pure, sincere and full of passion…
You recognize him and his music in this Blues-Gospel story:
“The term gospel music probably originated in the 1920s. On the cotton fields, the slaves were not allowed to talk to each other, but they were allowed to sing. That's how they arose Songs of hope and encouragement, they were enriched with rhythmic influences from the blues. Gospel-Blues music is characterized by improvised narrative passages and extravagant expressiveness. The transfer of feelings, the singularity of the singer, his courage to reveal himself thanks to the recognition and support of the audience, that’s what gospel-blues is in its purest form."
In a mix of old school delta blues, British-American folk revival and gospel blues, he tells his stories along with his guitar. His guitar playing is characterized by a typical early fingerpicking style with a slide in open and standard tunings. His voice is mourning, sincere and full of surrender. By playing and singing from his heart, he makes a deep connection with his audience.
A connection that is so important in this time!
His latest release Dangerous Mood is a combination of solo work and guest musicians. The songs on the record are very personal, each song tells its own story about pain, loss, hope and love.
Influences and inspiration:
Charley Patton, Skip James, Sun House, Blind Willy Johnson, Reverend Gary Davis, Dave Van Ronk, John Lee Hooker,
Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Michael de Jong.
Robbert played many shows as a solo artist, duo and with a band, but the message was and always remains the same:
“Music from the heart to heal and connect!”