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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.
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
Through his unmistakable guitar work, sonorous baritone voice and stage presence, Hans has attained a status which is unique for a European. He has performed at many of the most prominent North American music festivals such as the "New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival", the "Chicago Blues Festival", the "Kerville Folk Festival", the "Toronto Soul & Blues Festival", the "Kansas City Blues & Jazz Festival", the "Edmonton Folk Festival", the "St. Louis Blues & Heritage Festival", the "King Biscuit Blues Festival", the "Woody Guthrie 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.