J.R. Bathoorn English

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Accordion player and folk singer J.R. Bathoorn, based in Groningen (NL), plays and sings the best of European traditions. With his powerful, deep voice this multilingual and expressive musician tells tales of the people, singing about impossible love, the desire to wander, and feasts that go on for three days.

Tour dates
3 March Groningen – Podium Verwondering *
29 March Münster – Leo16 **
30 March Wilhelmsburg – Deichdiele **
1 April Lübeck – Tonfunk **
* with Anamesa trio, ** with Leonieke Toering

Album ‘J.R. Bathoorn’ out now on CD and vinyl!
Traditional mournful music you can drink, cry and dance to. Greek, Turkish, Yiddish, Slavic and Balkan songs. Ecstatic accordion riffs and melancholic ballads. Get it here now.

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, Scotland and Norway this passionate performer will take you in with crazed Balkan rhythms, and expressive songs from a variety of folk traditions.

Booking: jrbathoorn.booking@gmail.com

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Past performances:
Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Groningen NL / Museum de Buitenplaats, Eelde NL / Art Carnivale, Steendam NL / Small Seeds, Huddersfield UK / Kultbar Tübli, Schwyz CH / Teestube, Singen DE / ORKZ Bar & ORKZ Theater de Kapel, Groningen NL / Deichdiele, Hamburg DE / Die Neue Fledermaus, Karlsruhe DE / AJOKI, Hanau DE / Esperanza, Schwäbisch Gmünd DE / ZiBB, Giessen DE / Rülps, Kirchheim bei München DE / Kraaienest, Groningen NL / Living Room Concerto, Groningen NL/ De Samenscholing, Den Haag NL /  Autonomes Zentrum, Aachen DE / Hafeneck, Mainz DE / Landbouwbelang, Maastricht NL/  Café Kairo, Basel CH / Boschbar, Zürich CH/ Eldorado Bar, Biel CH/ Radio Bavarois, Groningen NL/ ORKZ, Groningen NL/ De Muiterij Kollectiev, Amsterdam NL / Anarcho Folk Fest, Elgin UK, Wolimierz PO, Amsterdam NL / Joe’s Garage, Amsterdam NL / ADM, Amsterdam NL/  1 in 12 Club, Bradford UK / Black Market, Dijon FR / Ppauw, Wageningen NL

My newest collaboration is Anamesa, with Leonieke Toering and Jelte Fossen.
Enchanting Mediterranean music with traditional instrument and close harmonies.