Tuesday, 17 March 2015



Today we take you to Western Europe,
 to the very headquarters of EU and NATO
and as always, we serve you with a music treat..
This time we have a table full of various sweets...

LAURENT LEEMANS


Laurent Leemans is a music enthusiast from Belgium
and though the projects he has launched himself into 
have remained under the radar, this man is a 
well-weathered musician who has been part of arty-post-punk band
 LA VIERGE DU CHANCELIER ROLIN in the 90s 
folk-rock band CEILÍ MOSS  since 1996. and who also plays solo
since 2012. under the name THE IMAGINARY SUITCASE.
Having been in charge of booking in all these bands, 
Laurent has gathered a pretty thick excel file of venues, festivals, 
clubs and pubs in Belgium, Southern Netherlands and Northern France. 
And so one day the idea of using this endless list of names to
help some other bands find more gigs became obvious. 
He's not the kind of musician who shies away 
from more "administrative" stuff, so that was really not a burden, 
and that is how a new musicians collective and 
Belgium booking agency came to life:

"HOOTIN' LIKE MAD"

First served were of course CEILÍ MOSS' members side projects: THE IMAGINARY SUITCASE, but also the flute/pipes player's French Chanson ensemble BARTABA, the bass player's folkball outfit AU PIED LEVÉ, and the same bassman's third arm, the pagan folk fivesome NOOK KARAVAN.

Encounters and friendships born round a glass or by the side of a festival stage
joined in the fun: Flemish singer-songwriters MARIEKE LIGHTBAND,
THE MONOTROL KID and FLOATSTONE met at an open mic in Antwerp, 
big poppy folk band FOLGAZÁN met at a CEILÍ MOSS gig in Harelbeke,
indie-dirty rock duo DOOSRA from Brussels,
arty-pop/singer-songwriter SEESAYLE,  met years ago when she was 
one half of SOYSOY and spiritual sister ever since...

The idea behind this collective is also to bring a modest contribution to bridging the mental gap between Flanders and Wallonia, the two main regions of Belgium... Laurent had the chance to be regularly invited on both side of the linguistic border, and so his aim is to help Flemish musicians find gigs in Wallonia and to get Walloon artists to play in Flanders.

All these bands are not necessarily akin in music style,
but what they do share is the idea that for a musician,
a good song is more important than a good haircut.
(not so obvious these days...:)
We prepared a video mosaic for you to explore...
So... Explore... and enjoy...


BARTABA  //  CAPTIVES ON THE CAROUSEL  //  CEILI MOSS


CIE TIGUIDAP  //  THUNDER in 't HAY  //  FOLGAZAN


SILBURY HILL  //  THE IMAGINARY SUITCASE  //  JESSICA KILROY


MARIEKE LIGHT BAND  //  NATALIE MONARQUE  //  THE MONOTROL KID


NOOK  //  PAGAN NOZ  //  RED HERRING



SEESAYLE  //  FLOATSTONE

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Crossing cultural borders
and bringing the people back together
with music... Sounds good to me...
Stay positive!
Thank you for visiting!

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