March 24, 2019 all-day
Dubious Blues with Katvanger
Eetcafe de Paraplu
Sunday dinner blues
zondag, 24 maart
19.00 – 21.00
Begijnestraat 9
Den Haag
Kompaan Beer Bar
delicious burgers, craft beer … and dubious blues
donderdag, 28 maart
19:30 – 21:30
Saturnusstraat 55
Den Haag

They all purport to be fine, upstanding, law-abiding citizens, but collectively, Katvanger offers up a suspect rendition of the blues, revealing undocumented encounters with disreputable elements from far-flung parts of the globe. Bass player Ruud Fransen, who claims to have retired from the teaching profession, and guitarist Jan Vereçky, a part-time IT tinkerer with an extensive collection of off-brand stringed instruments, accompany singer and guitar player Jim Wake, whose whisky-tinged voice belies his claims of a comfortable middle-class upbringing.

The songs tell tales of pain, betrayal and abandonment — the themes that bluesmen have sung about for generations — but in Katvanger’s extensive repertoire of originals, there are heavy doses of irony and sarcasm, along with equal portions of harmony and swing. Apart from dubious blues, Katvanger features slightly twisted roots, counterfeit country & western, improbable jazz, and on occasion, an obscure cover.