Vreemde Kostgangers is a Dutch supergroup (although the three musicians involved find it a silly word). It is the in some ways long overdue, but in other ways somewhat unlikely collaboration of three of The Netherlands' most famous and succesful songwriters of all times: Boudewijn de Groot, George Kooymans (of Golden Earring) and Henny Vrienten (of Doe Maar).
The three have been good friends for many years but had never shared a stage together (although a young Henny Vrienten did have a stint in Boudewijn de Groot's backing band in the early 1970s), until they did a surprise performance together at the 65th birthday celebration of Golden Earring drummer, Cesar Zuiderwijk. They 'clicked', felt that their voices sounded good together and loosely agreed to "do something with this".
A collection of new songs was written and September 2016 saw the launch of their theatre show 'Vreemde Kostgangers', which literally means 'Strange Lodgers' or 'Strange Boarders', but loosely translates as 'All Sorts', as in the saying 'it takes all sorts to make a world'. Vreemde Kostgangers is, formally, just the name of the theatre show (subtitled 'An evening with De Groot, Kooymans and Vrienten'), but was from the outset also used as a band name.
Boudewijn de Groot, Henny Vrienten and George Kooymans together have more than 150 years of experience as recording artists between them and were listed in the Dutch Top 40 for a mind-boggling 581 weeks in total. For most people, the launch of the Vreemde Kostgangers 'supergroup' marks the very first time for them to hear Golden Earring's George Kooymans sing in Dutch.
The trio's first album, simply titled Vreemde Kostgangers, was recorded live in the studio before an audience and released on 24 February 2017, surprisingly followed by a second studio album in the same year: Nachtwerk, released in November. The second longplayer was followed by another 34-date tour of The Netherlands and Belgium in early 2018.
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