A Balladeer (styled as a balladeer) is a Dutch band, originating in Amsterdam, It was formed by singer-songwriter Marinus de Goederen.
In 2002, the band won the 3FM BuZz Award and another award the following year at the final of the annual Dutch musical contest De Grote Prijs van Nederland (The Big Prize of the Netherlands). In 2004, A Balladeer opened up for international acts Saybia and Keane and released their first EP: 'Rumor Had It'. The EP featured 4 songs, including the critically acclaimed They've Shut Down Marks & Spencer, which resulted in considerable airplay in the Netherlands.
On 5 May 2006, A Balladeer's debut album titled Panama was released by EMI Music. The single 'Swim with Sam' was the first single. It became a hit in the Netherlands. The album was recorded in Brussels in 2005 with Bløf producer Ronald Vanhuffel. Robert Kirby (well-known for his work with Nick Drake) arranged the strings for three songs. In early 2007, the band won a Zilveren Harp (Silver Harp), a supporting prize for promising musical artists. In February that year, their third single was released, a ballad called Robin II.
The second album, Where Are You, Bambi Woods?, was released on August 29, 2008. The album is partly about the year the lead singer lived near Dallas, Texas. Its title track is about the disappearance of porn star Bambi Woods (well-known from her role in Debbie Does Dallas). The song 'Poster Child' is about a gay student Matthew Shepard who was murdered in October 1998.
Band line up
* Marinus de Goederen - Vocals, piano, guitar
* Erik Meereboer - guitar, backing vocals
* Tijs Stehmann - drums
* Walter Wilhelm - bass guitar (2003–2004)
* Peter Slager (Bløf) - bass guitar (studio)
* Bas Kennis (Bløf) - Hammond, accordion (studio)
* Charlie Dée - backing vocals
* Arn Kortooms - bass guitar, vocals (live)
* Panama (2006)
* Where Are You, Bambi Woods? (2008)
* Rumor Had It (2004)
* Swim with Sam (2006)
* Fortune Teller (2006)
* Robin II (2007)
* Mary Had A Secret (2008)
* Superman Can't Move His Legs (2008)
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