The members of the Irish/Dutch combo O’DREAMS are all well-known names in the international world of folk music and singer/songwriters. John Flierman, Danny Guinan and Ed Veltrop have earned their spurs not only in the Netherlands and Belgium but also in Ireland, the European mainland and the USA, not to mention their trips to Beijing and Shanghai in China.
John Flierman (vocals, guitar, bodhrán, bouzouki) is known far and wide as ‘The Dutch Christy Moore’ – a well-deserved comparison with Ireland’s greatest ever folk singer. For more than twenty years, John has been enthralling audiences everywhere with his vast repertoire of Irish folk classics and self-penned songs. Under the name John O’Dreams he has long been a firm favourite on the Dutch folk scene and further afield, both live and on CD.
Danny Guinan (vocals, guitar) was born and raised in ‘the boglands of Ireland’ where the turf and tales formed the basis for his career as an immensely popular singer/songwriter. Guinan first shot to fame in Ireland with his band Speranza before deciding to pursue a solo career in the Netherlands. He has since cross-crossed Europe many times with his songs and released several CDs. The O’DREAMS project has presented him with the opportunity to return to his musical roots and experience once again the glory of Ireland’s greatest songs.
Ed Veltrop (vocals, accordion, piano, keyboards) first clambered up onto a stage at the tender age of twelve and there was been no shifting him ever since. After a brief but glittering career in the Dutch rock scene he now prefers the company of his piano and accordion. His passion, both on and offstage, is the stuff of legend. Veltrop played with both John Flierman and Danny Guinan in their respective musical projects before uniting the two front men in the unique formation O’DREAMS. He has also toured throughout Europe with many Irish songwriters, including Wally Page, Albert Niland and Daithi Rua.
An Irish Crossroads
A redhead from the middle of nowhere in Ireland. A long-haired folk freak from the Dutch polders. Both standing at a crossroads in their lives. One musing over a pint of Guinness on how to escape once and for all from his native land. The other wallowing in his romantic dreams of a cottage far away in the green hills of Ireland. Will their dreams become reality? Will they find themselves? And even each other? And what about the crazy rock star from Holland who threatens to derail their fantastic plans?
A musical trip down memory lane in Ireland
All is revealed thirty years later when the three protagonists finally meet up again at yet another crossroads in their lives. Armed with nothing but their instruments they decide to take a trip back in time. From today to yesterday. And all the way back again. With the occasional foray down the odd side road or two. There is no end to the number of crossroads they encounter on their trip down memory lane…
After the success of their show ‘Irish Ways and Irish Laws’ O’DREAMS set out to explore new territory in ‘An Irish Crossroads’, a musically-rich and enthralling show filled with magical songs from Ireland. O’DREAMS is an Irish/Dutch combo that knows instinctively how to capture an audience with their unbridled energy and raw emotion.