A touch of folk, a whiff of oldtime, a handful of singer-songwriter stuff, close three-part harmonies and a solid bluegrass foundation: the trio Skyland mixed it all together into a beautiful blend of acoustic, hand-made and animal-friendly music, in a sound that is distinctively their own. “Soul-food”, is how some listeners have described this Dutch top-band’s unique performance.
Who played in Skyland?
Beurskens and Bruno van Hoek have been active in the Dutch country- and
bluegrass scene ever since they started the successful trio Reckless Fingers,
winning one award after another with their mixture of various musical styles.
Nowadays they mostly operate as the husband-and-wife duo Heartstrings
, playing and
singing bluegrass & country classics in the traditional ‘brother duets’-style. As such,
they have become a popular item in the British folk- and bluegrass
clubs, where they also can be heard playing with Bram Taylor, one of Britain’s
finest professional folk singers.
these two started the trio Skyland with Theo Lissenberg, whose untimely death in
March 2003 put an end to one of the Netherlands’ best vocal groups in the
acoustic bluegrass and oldtime style. Two months before Theo passed away, they
recorded his legacy: the beautiful CD ‘Moon Over The Water’, featuring their
Four Wheel Drive friends Joost van Es on fiddle and Paul van Vlodrop on mandolin.
2003 Bruno and Elly were joined by Theo’s long-time friend Jerry Gout, who has
a long career as a (professional) musician, playing with star-guitarist Harry
Sacksioni and in bluegrass bands such as Jerrycan and the Bluegrass Clodhoppers.
He is also a much sought-after studio musician. His authentic sound as an
instrumentalist and a singer, in which bluegrass- and oldtime influences are
predominant, made him the perfect match for Bruno’s unconventional approach to the banjo and Elly’s warm