Friday, December 01, 2023

Christmas A Go Go Spectacular

It IS the most wonderful time of the year! For the second time, the CAGG crew is gonna Christmasfy the Paradiso Upstairs Room for a party with spruce needles, coloured lights, ugly sweaters and red velvet hats. What we got in store, apart from dyanamic dj duo Natashka & Oscar? We-e-e-e-ll:

RICK BUUR, our blog troubadour, the man we love to call our Dutch desafinado hero. Because he might miss a note, but never misses your heart. Rick is on the blog since 2018, when he translated a Robert Earl Keen country Xmas classic. Ever since, he's been with us with, and FINALLY we're gonna see him (and his brother) live. Here's a blast from the past, a Nick Lowe cover: RO HALFHIDE, local Amsterdam hero, gangleader of the Amsterdam Songwriters Guild, producer. The guy who brings the sun, the guy who was on the blog in 2021 with a cool Christmas track, and who promised to write another classic. Oh, the anticipation. Here Ro sing his first Christmas song again:
MELANIE RYAN, Americana-influenced singer-songwriter with a million dollar smile, who's a Christmas fanatic and wrote her latest seasonal song with the Queen of Dutch Christmas, Judy Blank:

MILENE VAN DER SMISSEN & S.LOIS, we know S.Lois (we can call him Wijzte), because he made a lasting impression on last year's CAGG Spectacular with his blue grass trio. This year, he brings along Milène van der Smissen, with whom he tours the theaters with her Dolly Parton Tribute called Voor Mijn Part Dolly. So HELL YES there's gonna be some Hard Candy Christmas tonight baby.
S.Lois is busy as well. From today, December 1, he will do covers of his fave Carter Family songs on his Instagram Reels. And on YouTube you can find his version of this 17th century classic Christmas song that you might know in a version by or Sufjan Stevens:

néomí & WILL KNOX, the both of them recorded a wonderful, emotional Christmas song. He's a singer-songwriter from the UK, she's of Dutch-Surinam descent. They worked together, she was on the blog earlier this year with her wonderful song 'Garden', a Christmas-tinged song about her grandfather who suffers from Alzheimers. Together they will bring joy, and some tears.

STEPHANIE STRUIJK is a staple in the Dutch singer-songwriter scene for quite some time. Christmas-wise, she debuted on this blog in 2017 with a duet with Rob Dekay. We world-premiered her Dutch translation of 2000 Miles. Stephanie sings in English, but mostly in Dutch. For the Paradiso night, she promised us some Joni, some self-penned wintery tunes and lots of seasonal vibes. Here's Steph singing (translated) Pretenders:

MARIKE JAGER is a musical superhero. She can rock, she can be sultry, she can sing duets with Ron Sexsmith, team up with one of the beste Dutch drummers for a project, sing with orchestras and she can make records that will turn into life companions. AND she recorded her first original Christmas song, with a nod to Elvis and a male choir. A new video coming up, for now:

THE SLOW CLOCK = busy bee Harmen Kuiper, who has an impressive body of work (TEN ep's in 2020) but released his first, really gorgeous Christmas song this year. In the summer, of course. Sang with Amarins, 'Christmas in a bottle' is one of the indie xmas highlighst of this year: