The EUMETRIS project started in
April 2003. Singer/songwriter Hans Willemse introduced Bart
van Schoonhoven and Hans Lamboo to each other. They still owe him for
Who are they?
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Hans learned to play
the ukelele when he was 4 years old. He liked singing and playing
hitsongs on family parties. When he was 6, his father and elder
brother taught him how to play the guitar. Now, so many years
later, singing and playing on parties is still his favorite.
In the sixties Hans joined
several ‘beat bands', such as the schoolbands The Soft Boiled
Eggs and Donald & The Ducks, playing the hitsongs from The
Beatles, The Kinks, The Searchers and so on. In ‘66 Hans got
involved in jazz, taught himself how to play the banjo, and took
lessons in arranging music for big bands and small combo's. He
has been playing in numerous jazzcombo's and (dixie)bands all
over the country ever since. He recorded a number of records,
a.o. the often played “Dallas”, a song about the famous TV-series.
At the end of the sixties Hans got an old Philicorda keyboard, which was owned
by Ramses Shaffy (who bought himself a new one). That's when Hans started to
play keys as well. As a big fan of musical comedy
in general, and Spike Jones in particular, Hans founded a similar band called
Fritzz'MadBand, which in the eighties appeared in almost every theater in the
country and at several occasions on radio and TV.
was the leader, arranger and key performer of the band, that
became well-known as the players of the tunes of the TV-show “Wordt
Vervolgd” and as the only band playing the complete soundtrack
of a cartoon movie live on stage. All through the time
Hans kept on writing and recording popsongs in his home studio,
singing and playing guitar, bassguitar, keyboards and drums.
Hans composed songs for a children's project called www.popponie.nl
and other songs meant for children.
|Bart van Schoonhoven
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Bart cannot remember
anything other than having a bright singing-voice, of course
initially trained in the church-choire where he, when he was
very young, sometimes had to do solo-(soprano)performances.
At twelve he was totally knocked of his feet when he heard a friend of his
cousin play the Beatles-song “All my loving” at a party. He was particularly
struck by the happy atmosphere it generated. He knew this was the thing he
wanted to do.
13 years of age, he bluffed
to a couple of friends he would be performing on the school fest – actually
not being able to play a note on any instrument at all. To meet
his bluff he bought an old jazz-guitar and worked very hard and
performed another Beatles-song “You've got to hide your love
away” before an audience of 600. That was the beginning of many
performances in folkclubs and on student-parties with many more
songs of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Barry McGuire, Ralph McTell
and an increasing number of self-written songs. Bart
did more and more prize-winning appearances on talent contests,
alone or in cooperation with others. Early seventies Bart recorded
two singles with his group Breeze, a few years later followed
by an album and the two hit singles, Gypsy Woman and It's Only
A Matter Of Time. In 1978 he did the support-act in the Don McLean
tour through Holland and Belgium. Now
he himself was performing in those big concert-halls (a.o. Concertgebouw
and De Doelen) where he always used to go and see his favorite
artists. Renowned for his vocal efforts, Bart did guest appearances
on albums of various other artists, such as The Surfers and the
famous series of Stars on 45.
At the end of the seventies Bart had to give up being a full-time
musician and got himself a regular job. But he kept on writing,
performing and recording – which
due to digital technical progress became more and more easy. But he always
missed the cooperation with other musicians to leverage his music.
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they first met, there was a period of getting to know eachothers
ideas and recordings. Very soon it was apparent that both
Hans and Bart mutually were very much into eachothers work.
Hans picked a few of Barts songs – and Bart of Hans'. Letting
their imagination and talents full free flight, the two
influenced eachothers material to another, new level of
existance. With both respect and love for eachothers music,
they got involved in a creative process, parallel to their
busy daily lives. Songs were chosen, arranged, re-arranged,
re-re-arranged, performed and recorded, and sometimes all
over again, either at home or at the Apogee
Studio in Alphen aan den Rijn where all songs
were mixed and mastered by their good friend René van
Two and a half years after their first encounter it all results in their first