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song: trad. arr. Walter Debuck
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His fame is perhaps based more on his activities as organizer of the incredible
"Gentse fieste" (10 days of music, theater, performance, wine and dine
in the historic city centre of Ghent) than to his music, but this is how he got
known in the sixties and seventies.
He started these festivities (or revived them, because they were a tradition
up 'till the 19th century) in 1970 around Sint-Jacobs. Over the years, they have
grown from a modest popular party to a massive and commercial manifestation that
sets all of Ghent alive.
De Buck is a very versatile artist : drawings, painting, sculpture, music,
playwright... he does it all.
His interest in music was raised after a few trips to India in the sixties.
His inspiration came from old working class folk songs, and from the works of
Karel Waeri (1842-1898, a folk singer talking about the fate of the weavers in
the 19th century). He has recorded several albums with adaptations of the songs
of Waeri (de Volkszanger, 1976 - Karel Waeri , 1986).
On the left you find "Het vliegerke" (the little kite), a good example
of the music he plays : folk-based, traditional and folklorist, with original
instruments and in the local dialect of Ghent. His songs & works are often
In 1999 folk-b(e)ard Walter De Buck more or less retired from his own "Gentse
Fieste", but became very active on the release-side of things : only half
a year after "Den Doender" he presented a cd "Te Land
en Te Water" in February 2000.
This last cd is an initiative of the Port of Ghent, who want to bring the company
in a different light than the usual record-breaking cargo-load. Captain De Wilde,
Director-general of the port-company GAB, asked Walter De Buck to look for old
folksongs about the port, but the artist didn't only found those, he also wrote
new songs about the sea, sailors, the lonesome wives, the fishermen. Apart from
his usual backing group Clee Van Herzeele (see also Clee's
Five) and Oswin Catteeuw, he got assistance from Jeroen Van Herzeele, Hendrik
Braekman, Christof Steenhaut and Hans Van Oost in the Home Studio of Philippe
Buy CD's of this band at
- 'k ben al zo lang op weg geweest (Philips, 1970)
- 'k zou zo gere wille leve (1972)
- Het nieuwe paradijs (1975)
- De realiteit (1975)
- De Volkszanger (1976)
- Portret (2LP, 1979)
- De Nieuwe Zondvloed (1984)
- Karel Waeri "Den Gentschen Béranger" (1986)
- Den Doender (Parsifal, 1999)
- Te land en te Water - The Friendly Port - De Haven van Gent (Parsifal, 2000)
- Bokkesprongen (1991)
- an interview
with Walter de Buck in 2000
- Parsifal, the current record company of
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