This first Queimada of the year has as its common thread young Belgian diatonic accordionists. Deya is a duo featuring Steven Goossens on diatonic accordion alongside Thomas Clerbout on saxophone and flutes. In Firestarters of Leiden accordionist and Muziekpublique music teacher Simon Gielen is flanked by two experienced English musicians who share a common past in the folk supergroup Blowzabella. Not to forget, during the interval the queimada, the Galician drink of the gods, will be prepared, accompanied by the bagpipe group A Contrabanda. The evening will start with a dance initiation provided by our regular partners Frisse Folk.
Deya, the duo formed by Steven Goossens on diatonic accordion and Thomas Clerbout on soprano saxophone and whistles, first got together at various jam sessions. Having played together for four years under the name Duo Goossens-Clerbout, they went into the recording studio under the name Deya. Their first CD contains a variety of lively dance tunes transcending a wide range of styles. Many of their numbers contain Irish, Breton or Swedish elements; eclectic influences are also reflected in their titles such as Gavotte van mijn botten.
Deya share an affection for bizarre names with The Firestarters of Leiden who take their name from a composition by one of the band members, hurdy-gurdy legend Nigel Eaton. Eaton is known for his dynamic and innovative hurdy-gurdy style and was one of the founder-members and composers with the supergroup Blowzabella. He has also performed alongside Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Julie Murphy and Loreena McKennitt. In the Firestarters of Leiden he is reunited with fellow Blowzabella member Dave Shepherd. Together with accordionist Simon Gielen, known to many for his work in duo with Luc Pilartz they are guaranteed to light up this queimada as they did last year’s Le Son Continu festival in France.
- Thomas Clerbout : soprano saxophone
- Steven Goossens: diatonic accordion
Firestarters of Leiden
- Nigel Eaton : hurdy-gurdy
- Dave Shepherd : fiddle
- Simon Gielen : diatonic accordion