J.R. Bathoorn

Accordionist and folk singer J.R. Bathoorn based in Groningen in the Netherlands, plays and sings the best of European traditions. With his powerfull deep voice that formed on the streets of Groningen this multilingual and expressive musician tells tales of the people, singing about impossible love, the desire to wander – Fernweh -, and feasts that go on for three days.

Having played in many bands like the Shoe Eating Rabbits, Stout ‘n’ Herring, Limonchiki, the Shitfaced Mermaids, Cunzirìa, Radio Esperanto as well as working on various projects with choirs and schools, performing in streets, festivals, markets, bars, squats and churches alike, J.R. Bathoorn with his great sense of place and performance will fill any room with uplifting accordion riffs and melancholic expression.


After tours in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, England, Schotland and Norway this experienced performer will take you in with crazed Balkan rhythms, deep Russian emotions, Greek drama, emotional singing of tales from a variety of folk traditions and passionate accordion playing!

Upcoming performances:
none planned due to pandemic

Past performances:
Living Room Concerto, Groningen / De Samenscholing, Den Haag /  Autonomes Zentrum, Aachen / Hafeneck, Mainz / Landbouwbelang, Maastricht /  Café Kairo, Basel / Boschbar, Zürich / Eldorado Bar, Biel / Radio Bavarois, Groningen / ORKZ, Groningen / De Muiterij Kollectiev, Amsterdam / Anarcho Folk Fest, Elgin, Wolimierz, Amsterdam / Joe’s Garage, Amsterdam / ADM, Amsterdam /  1 in 12 Club, Bradford

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