Acoustic Nights with Set from Rik Van Den Bosch

Image Credit: Rik Van Den Bosch

Artizan Gallery, 7 Lucius Street, Torquay, TQ2 5UW

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Monday 12 June 2017
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:30-16:30
Admission Fee: £4 (adv) £5 (door)
Booking recommended
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Folk Rock music from a globetrotting Dutchman

Rik writes, sings, and plays his own songs on his acoustic guitar, drawing from a wide influence of styles: original folk and blues sounds from way back, sixties’ rock ’n’ roll grooves, and up-to-the-minute pure rock rhythms - with a bit of gypsy and Spanish influence thrown in for good measure.

Rik is a one-man-band, armed with a variety of tools to create a full and interesting sound, from his slide and harmonica to his incredible vocal range. He is a storyteller, both in and between the songs in his set. Occasionally Rik gets support on stage from a double bass and drums.

Rik shies away from textbook techniques, settling outside the margins of academic art and making up his own rules. And he’s been doing this for a long time! At the age of seven he built his own guitar using a tin can, a chunk of wood and a nylon string.

Rik continues to push the boundaries of musical orthodoxy, delivering his latest E.P. 'Love on the rocks' with four brand new recordings and four brand new video clips alongside. The songs were recorded with a band especially formed for the occasion, and recorded in Barcelona in the summer of 2016.

Life and love are the central themes in all his songs, and this latest E.P. is no different. Here’s a hint from the title song ‘Love on the rocks’:

‘You don't have to move

To make me run after you

I'm losing my breath

This testing you put me through’

American / Dutch folk and blues legend Michael de Jong wrote about ‘Love on the rocks’: 'You should be proud of this one!'

In 2005 Rik made it to the finals of Holland’s biggest singer-songwriter contest. This kickstarted his singer-songwriter career and he has been touring around Europe ever since.

The press about Rik van den Bosch:

"Together with his Spanish Companions Rik has produced a magnificent album that makes you definitely want to hear more." Joachim Brookes of German Music magazine ‘Rocktimes’

"Folk, blues, rhythm ‘n’ blues, country and even Mexican influences. It s the logical musical World for the one that cycled three months long from New Orleans to New York with a guitar on his back, to play on the streets along the way." Ruud Heijer, Popmagazine Heavan

"Rik van den Bosch is an outstanding Guitarist" Holly Moors, of Dutch music magazine ‘Moors’

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