Dutch Tilders - Going on a Journey

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DUTCH TILDERS is the Godfather of Australian Blues and will be remembered by the Blues fraternity for all time. This video was made at a time when Dutch was going on a journey having been diagnosed with cancer. Dutch had been performing his authentic blues style for over fifty years. Dutch kept performing live shows until his end. This song and video were released at the Dutch Tilders Cancer Benefit Concert, Thursday 29th July at The Thornbury Theatre. Dutch's fellow musicians supported him and though many more offered this was the final lineup who appeared at the event: Dutch and his All Stars Blues Band with guest artists Chain, Kevin Borich, Chris Finnen, Stevie Wright & James Southwell, Ken 'Moosh' McColm. Jeannie Lushes, Mick 'The Rev' O'Connor, Broderick Smith, Winston Galea, John Annas, Lloyd Spiegel, Martin Cooper, Peter Beulke, Glen Suckling, Stephen Russell, Stevie Page, Suzanne Petersen, Greg Dodd, Chris White, Billy Kavanagh & Barney G plus more. 
Journey Anthology & Video recorded and filmed at Studio 52 thanks to Empire Records. Recording & Video by Brendan O'Shea, Studio 52 (Empire Records)


Born in the Netherlands in 1941, Dutch emigrated to Australia with his parents, four brothers and a sister in 1955.

At the age of ten, he was a member of a church choir, but by the time he was twelve, his alto voice broke. No more singing for the boy with the baritone voice. When he was thirteen, he joined a boys choir at a secondary school fooling the choir master into believing he was an alto by singing falsetto. He can still produce those high-pitched notes to this day.

Dutch also worked solo and toured with John Mayall, Taj Mahal, Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry. In 1976, having only heard Dutch, B B King assumed that he was black. Brownie and Dutch became best mates simply because Browney believed that the Dutchman was a genuine bluesman, regardless of his racial origins.

Since then, Dutch has been honoured with many awards, most notedly for his performances with his band, 'The Blues Club'.

Nowadays he mainly performs as a solo artist, though he does enjoy getting together with Geoff Achison doing amazing duo chops. Dutch now has a new band called The Legends Band.

Dutch ranks among his favourite guitarists; Geoff Achison, Kevin Borich and the Emmanuel brothers. He excuses himself by saying he only plays the guitar as he doesn't know what to do with his hands while he sings. He says that the blues is the song and the guitar is just the accompainment, like the banjo used to be and the lyre long ago.


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