Alfred den Ouden 17-6-1947, Dordrecht, The Netherlands.

Since 1959 infected by the folk virus by LP's that his big brother brought in from Canada and the USA, Kingston trio, Harry Belafonte and the like. From 1964, the ball started to roll completely after hearing from Dylan, Donovan, Baez, Lonny Donegan, and many others. A live concert by the great Pete Seeger was the deciding factor to sing and play himself. Musical wanderings and encounters with British folkies led to the music making a living. So in 1969 ended up in Flanders to end up in the Westhoek via Ostend, Antwerp and Kortrijk, Heuvelland, Reningelst, Ypres and nowadays Vlamertinge.

In 1974 he started his own folk club in Dranouter, de Zon, from which initiative the Folkfestival Dranouter was created in 1975, of which he was organizer and programmer for 12 years.

After 20 years of working mainly with culinary and organizational matters, the folk microbe surfaced again in the 1990s, which resulted in a number of productions and recordings.

Active with the Trio Alfred den Ouden since 2018.

Discography: 1971 Alfred den Ouden - (Decca). 1972 Alfred den Ouden 2 - (Decca), 1974 Traditional folk music from French Flanders. (Parsival) 1999 The mists of time (own texts and translations)

Joint productions: 1972 Festival in Vesdun, 1 song. 1973 Festival in Pons, 2 songs. 1978 War will never bring peace 1985 - 1986 The Yslandsuite and What a sailor is already suffering. 1992 We died in hell, they called it Passchendael. 1998 Songs of peace as a singer and composer and Swigshift and friends (2 songs)

Gérald Ryckeboer is born in Dunkirk, in French Flanders, north of France. He had first a “pop jazz“ and “english folk“ period on the guitar, his first instrument, and later “felt in love“ with irish music. Then this passion had been extended to other traditional musics, especially Flemish music, which revival had just start a few years before in France … and consequently to other instruments too, as the bagpipes. That made him play within several bands for concerts and bals : Delavier-Ryckeboer duet, Hempson (ancient irish and schottisch music), Klauwaerts, Marieke and Bart, Blootland and later Rococo Rijsel Trio (music from french Flanders), Vents Contraires (folk dancing), also as a singer’s and raconteur’s musician (Ghislain Gouwy, Jacques Yvart, …), and also for theatre and tale performances. All of that lead him to practice 6 kinds of bagpipes, to singing, to play irish whistle, bouzouki, fiddle and for occasions, he also adds computers and sequencers to his music, as a come back to the electric guitars of his beginning.

 

He teaches his instruments in music school and at home in north of France. 


In 2003 Lode Bucsan began to learn the hurdy-gurdy instrument at the Ypres academy. Under the supervision of Jaak Devuyst and later Paul Garriau, he finished his studies as a laureate with great distinction.

Since 2010 he has been a professional musician and a welcome guest on stages at home and abroad. As a teacher he is sometimes invited to give workshops in Belgium and abroad, he also teaches at the academy of Gooik.

After doing 2 masterclasses in Central France with Patrick Bouffard, he specialized in energetic danceable folk. Lode's musical perspective is very broad and focuses not only on traditional folk, in which he has many projects, but also on ambient, rock, drone and experimental music.

At the moment he does this with the following groups: Trio Alfred Den Ouden, BéNéLo , Trio RCB, Demenklang and Les vielles qui Dansent.

Lode plays on a hurdy-gurdy built in 1890 by Gilbert Nigout from Jenzat, Central France.

GUEST MUSICIANS


Antje den Ouden 27-3-1997 Poperinge.

As a child, She received the world of Folk and Chanson, as it were, taken in by father and mother.

Followed and attended music school in Poperinge and Ypres. After that for several years singing and singer-songwriter at MUDA (music and dance school) in Evergem.

Chose not to make a profession of music until now.

She was already on stage with her father, but her personal tastes go more towards blues, jazz and the better kind of pop music.

The experiences of the recordings with the trio are the first, but certainly not her last.

Youra Marcus is an Old Time clawhammer banjo player as well as a pioneer of American folk in France in the 70s. His meeting with the American folk singer and unique banjo player Derroll Adams was decisive and they played together from 1972 until 1990. 

He began in the days of the first French folk-clubs (Le Bourdon, TMS folk center) of which he was one of the founders.

In 1969 he created the first French Old Time Music group with Gabriel Yacoub and Philippe Fromont, The New Ragged Company. In 1970 he joined Bill Deraime and Alain Dubest in The Wandering and started touring with John Wright and Catherine Perrier. 

He toured with Mary Faith Rhoads (the American singer and dulcimer and autoharp specialist). In those days he regularly played in the Breton folk clubs and he collaborated with Breton guitarists Dan Ar braz, Yves Rouchaville, or Soïg Siberil. 

 In 1977, he joined La Chiffonie (Hal Collomb, Serge Désaunay,Diane Homes Brown) for a year 

During the 80s he was accompanied by the Breton guitarist Yves Rouchaville.

Since then he has toured solo with a traditional repertoire (enriched with some contemporary works) around the 5-string banjo.

In 1990, he played at the Derroll Adams 65th birthday concert along with Bill Keith, Rambling Jack Elliott, Pentangle, Happy Traum, and many others. A Cd of the concert was published. 

In 1991, tours in Belgium and Holland with Derroll Adams, Tucker Zimmerman, Rambling Jack Elliott & Roland Van Campenhout.

In 1998, he created a duo with Gérald Ryckeboer (various bagpipes, bouzouki, flutes and vocals) named R.M.I. (Ryckeboer-Marcus Inc.) whose first CD was released in spring 2001. The duet has regularly performed in France and across Europe.

In 2002 he participated in the album “Tribute to Derroll Adams” and concert (Tønder festival, Denmark) with Donovan, Arlo Guthrie, Rambling Jack Elliott, Dolly Parton, Hans Theessink,, Happy Traum, Allan Taylor, Wizz Jones, Tucker Zimmerman …

He left Europe in 2007 to live in Thailand where he taught English in a primary school.

He came to France in 2017 and 2018 and played with Arthur Manuel, a young guitarist from Brittany and with his old friend Gérald Ryckeboer.

Back to Europe for good in November 2019, he resumed his musical career and in February 2020 he participated in the recording of the first CD of the Trio Alfred Den Ouden during two home concerts at Alfred's place.


Martina grew up in Mosbach, Germany.

In 1990 she moved to Belgium and formed the duo Ultreya with her husband Peter Van Wonterghem. Together with him she is also part of the folk group Boreas and trio Ultreya. Martina has a great love for early music and the beautiful sounds of authentic instruments of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. She likes folk music - traditional and new, sometimes from her own creation, well-behaved or adventurous.

Martina sings and plays hurdy-gurdy, nyckelharpa, lute, fiddle, cister, organistrum, ...

Discography: Ultreya "Forgotten strings and weird whistlers" "Amoroso" Ultreya and Pandora² "James" "Gruuthuse, songs from the manuscript" Boreas "Stones" Ishtar and Ultreya "Livinus was his name"