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WILLEM VERMANDERE
"Onderweg"
(1999, Universal, 546 777-2)

Songs (click on the -icons for a small audio-sample)
1. Morgen in de Moeren
2. Onderweg
3. El Camino
4. De spiegel
5. Tokkeldingske
6. De veugelkes
7. Joske's danske
8. Wafwaf
9. Dat raapt geen stro van d'eerde
10. Vive le roi
11. Mijne stamboom
12. Langs de regenboog
13. Trip trip trap
14. In 't Heuvelland
15. Willem's testament
16. Die laatste dag
17. De snelweg
18. Naar huis

Musicians :
- Willem Vermandere (guitar, clarinet, tin whistle, chalumeau)
- Pol Depoorter (guitars, mandolin)
- Freddy Desmedt (clarinet, flute, sax)
- Frank Tomme (accordion)
- Bart Zegers (upright bass)

Recorded at "the Groove", Schelle
Cover picture : Patrick De Spiegelaere
Lay-out : Jan Vermandere

 

My opinion

If this ginger-bearded bard speaks, Flanders listens : more than a good singer, fine musician or talented sculptor, Vermandere is a masterly storyteller. It's a rare thing to hear a man speak with more conviction & kindness about the things he believes in and stands for, without any pose whatsoever.
"Onderweg", the title of this cd which means "on the road, on one's way" in Dutch, is the theme and the message of the story this master in the art of living dishes up : ranging from being on the road between life and death (in "De Laatste dag" - "Ne mens ga nie dood op dien laatsten dag, met sombere klokken en rouwbeklag, misschien overleed ie al zonder geween, nauwelijks merkbaar zoveel jaren geleen"), or about the gypsy in everyone of us ("onderweg ben je nomade, soepel plooiend speels van geest, je geeft u over aan de genade, je wordt vrij en onbevreesd, want je botste met tegenstrevers, elkendeen zegt zijne zeg, leer geduldig incasseren van tegenliggers onderweg") or from the home-lover looking at the freeway wondering where everybody is going to all of the time (De Snelweg).
But also in the numerous instrumentals on the cd the music is always "on the road". The group of Vermandere excells in mixing various influences : from greek bouzouki to spanish guitars, from Slavic spleen to Eastern mistery .. in the warm sounds of the instruments, the four corners of the globe shine trough.
I'm less charmed by the songs in which he hauls up the irony ("Wafwaf", "Mijne stamboom", "Mijn testament"), although I realize this "mischivous" or self-mocking side is just as essentially Vermandere as is his deeper, philosophical side.
"As I'm sixty years now, I ain't gonna make it abroad or invent new things, but what I can do is getting better at my own thing, purify it", I heard him say on TV just the other day. There's still space, there are still superflous nooks and crannies, the chisel hasn't been everywhere yet .. but he's getting near.

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This Album in the Press

- Jempi Samyn in Stage : "Listen carefully to the music and you'll be astonished by the frequent changes that are caused by almost imperceptible rhythm changes or subtle introductions of this or that instrument. ... Wine of a good year gets better with the years. Apparently, 1940 was a very good year." 4/5
- Gerry De Mol in Weekend-Knack : "The works of this West-Vlaming becomes ever richter, hardly needs any words anymore. The ballast goes overboard without mercy. And if he rhymes, it's self-mockery". 4/5
- Dirk Steenhout in Metro/De Morgen : "The eternal nomad WV roams from folk music to gypsy jazz, makes a link between the witty and the profound and vows to simpleness without getting simplicist.". 4/5

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Where to buy this CD ?

You can order this CD from a number of locations (prices researched on February 2, 2000, but nothing guarantees they still are the same when you read this).

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Frontstage
739
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739 Bef.
Frontstage
Azur
818
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818 Bef.
Proxis
630
50
680 Bef
Proxis

The lowest price is in yellow, the highest in red. This price comparison doesn't take things into account like deduction of shipping expenses when ordering more than 1 cd, bonus points, differences in guarantees ... Shipping prices are those for customers in Belgium.

Have you seen this record elsewhere on the net, do you own an online-CD-shop with Belgian products in it, or if there's something wrong with my calculations : let me know.

 

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- Hmm. Nothing found ... Probably should add a page about him in the Archive soon.

 

 

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