Theessink, Hans

We've already had an American in Paris, but a Dutchman in Vienna?

And one who has dedicated himself, body and soul, to American blues and roots music?
Okay, Hans Theessink (pronounced Tay-sink) did not pick the easiest way to do this, but he has done so with a certain degree of single-mindedness.


Like others of his generation, in the early 1960's a love of the Blues took hold of the man whom Bo Diddley described as "one helluva guitar player", and it has not let go since. Above all, the country blues with its earthy and heartfelt sound impressed Hans Theessink and played a major role in his development as a musician. His roots are unmistakenly in the blues, but has also been influenced by countless other aspects of roots music.

This musical variety has become a trademark of Hans Theessink, who as a songwriter has succeeded in building bridges to the present in addressing issues which reflect the reality of the here and now.

Theessink's first recording was an EP in 1970. Since then his music has continually developed and Hans has released many albums, a songbook and a blues-guitar instruction video. His most recent album "Songs from the Southland" (Nr.17!) is a tribute to the music of the American South - a constant source of inspiration and companion on his musical journey.

Through his unmistakable guitarwork and sonorous bariton voice, Hans has attained a status which is unique for a European. This has been confirmed by numerous invitations to the most prominent North American music festivals such as the "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival", the "Chicago Blues Festival", the "Kerville Folk Festival", the "Philadelphia Folk Festival", the "Toronto Soul & Blues Festival", the "Kansas City Blues & Jazz Festival", the "Edmonton Folk Festival", the "St.Louis Blues & Heritage Festival" and the "Ultimate Rhythm and Blues Cruise" to name a few.


Hans Theessink has become one of the most sought-after artists of the international blues scene. He is more or less constantly "on tour" and plays an average of 200 concerts a year - a modern day troubadour and entertainer who keeps on spellbinding audiences all over the world with his rich and emotional sounds.

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