Fling was founded in 1996. Evertjan 't Hart (uilleann pipes, whistles and bouzouki), Annemarie de Bie (vocals, flute and bodhr�n), Siard de Jong (fiddle, whistles, bouzouki and vocals) and Philip Masure (guitar and vocals) have been its line-up since 2009. Fling, mentioned as one of the top folk bands in Holland, takes their audience on a wild ride from one musical extremity to the other.
The band overwhelm their audiences with an immaculate, yet wild and passionate performance, in which they reach out and touch their souls, playing ballads and tunes from Ireland and Scotland.Their approach to the music is with the deepest respect for its tradition, yet enriched by their own, quite original, arrangements. Flings' interpretation of Irish and Scottish music and original compositions got them impressive press-reviews full of praise, both nationally and internationally.
Fling plays acoustic music. While their music is deeply rooted in the Irish tradition, it is entirely their own because of a very unique and personal approach. Fling's sound is lightly influenced by the members? backgrounds in jazz, soul, latin and rock ?n roll and this comes through in the bands? arrangements of traditional music and their own original compositions.
While the musical intensity resembles that of rock 'n roll, Fling uses traditional instruments. Evertjan 't Hart plays the magical Uilleann pipes, low whistles and bouzouki, Annemarie de Bie sings with a powerful and lyrical voice, as well as playing the Irish flute and the bodhr�n. Siard de Jong excells at the fiddle, bouzouki and whistles. The bands bass bedrock is in the strong and virtuoso playing of guitarist Philip Masure.
Annemarie de Bie
Annemarie is the bands strong vocalist and plays the flute, whistles and the bodhr�n. Being quite used to having to raise her voice acoustically, the theatre concerts have also provided a setting for Annemarie's more lyrical and subdued vocal qualities.
Evertjan 't Hart
Evertjan is Fling's piper and also plays the bouzouki and low whistles. Duely influenced by Paddy Keanan's playing and the Bothy Band's music, Evertjan's style is as swinging as it is lyrical. He is the very axis of the band as its founder, composer, producer and graphic designer.
Siard de Jong
Apart from being an amazing fiddler, Siard is a talented multi-instrumentalist playing bouzouki, and whistles.He also adds lovely harmonizing vocals to some of the songs. Siard is used to playing in all kinds of situations and he's never at a loss for haunting fiddle fills and little masterpiece solos...
With a very rhythmic approach to guitar Philip adds strings and percussion in one.
From dazzling speeds down to soft ringing chords, Philip is unique in his style. And, occasionally, he helps out with soft southern vocals in some of the songs...