Produced : Werner Pensaert
Year : 1999
Record co. : Alea/WBM
The group began, heavily influenced by Rum
& het Kliekske and co, its existence in 1976, and was founded by Erwin, Peter
& Harlind Libbrecht (all sons of professor Libbrecht, tutoring in classical
Chinese and one of the founders of the philosophical school of Antwerp) who had
discovered folk from the world of "kleinkunst". Initially, the band
built a acoustic repertoire filled with traditional dances such as bourrées,
jigs and - nomen est omen- quadrilles, and made its debut onto record with an
LP "Kadril" in 1986.
Slowly, the group evolved to a sound that was a bit more raw.
Erwin Libbrecht about this much later: "As a traditional folkmusic band, we
wouldn't have been able to survive. At the end of the eighties we started, in
fact as a sort of joke that went out of control, to incorporate some elements
of rock in to our music. That happened at the time that music was totally 'out'.
There wasn't a single folkgroup which made the lineup of the festival, not one
single big podium. Until we had a small radio-hit with "Heerke van Maldegem".
And suddenly we could play at the Gentse Feesten again."
The group got inspiration from old songbooks and collections of
medieval songs (Florimont van Duysse, Hoffman Von Falderleben, Jan-frans Willems,
De Coussemacker, het Antwerps Liedboek or Gruuthuuse, material dating back to
the 15th century), but unlike the "purists" in the genre was not trying
to "restore" or "conserve" that material, but to start working
On the second CD "De Vogel in de Muite" (the bird in the cage),
there were already a few songs going in the direction of folkrock, but in the
meantime the group had also met and enrolled Patrick Riguelle (known from
working with Brendan Croker, later with Jan Hautekiet as Riguelle
& Hautekiet or in projects such as Zakformaat
XL or The Laatste Show Band). This cooperation proved to be a lucky one, and
opened the way to bigger audiences. "heerke van Maldegem" became
a modest radio-hit. And the CD "Nooit meer krijt" (never with
chalk) of 1994 became a truly memorable one, the first full-fledged folkrock CD
in Flanders, produced by Werner Pensaert (the house-producer of The
Scabs). This even got the band a review in Humo, and a favorable by (md) on
top of that.
In 1996 the live CD "De groote boodschap" (the big message)
was released, again in in a co-production with the Flemish radio-station Radio
1 as was the predecessor "Nooit met Krijt", and contained, among other
things, a cover of the song "Feest" of the Dutch rockband The Scene.
In 1997 however, Patrick Riguelle decided to part ways with Kadril. Peter Libbrecht
wrote the song "Van Boord" (disembark), "Leave the ship my good
friend, after so many long years. But don't be shocked to see, the ship will continue
to sail" are some of the lyrics. Written as he said a mere 10 minutes
after the telephone call of Riguelle, this was "part a salute, but part
a message to say that people needn't think that Kadril would be out without him,
as many though at the time. Our audience even had mixed feelings about Patrick
: half of it thought he was brilliant, while the other half was annoyed by his
attitude of a rocker".
In his place the young female singer Eva De Roovere was found (she already
has a little bit of fame as a "cabaretière", winning the Dutch
"Leids Cabaret Festival" with Colette Notenboom). The choice for Eva
was certainly a big contrast with the raw voice of Riguelle, but that was a contrast
they were aware of : "in the auditions, there were a number of very good
voices. In the end we opted for the female vocals, to make the difference with
our previous singer. When we would've chosen a male voice there would've been
too many comparisons, and we were fearing those". For about a year they
worked together to adapt some of the old material to the new voice and write a
new repertoire, but in the end the group was so happy about the new sound they
entitled the cd "Eva".
The cd was a production by Werner Pensaert again, and was testimony of a band
that had gone through quite a metamorphosis again, blending a "backbeat"
of bagpipes & dulcimer with melodies ranging from sweet and cozy to jumpy.
Despite the enormous interest inland folk music (pulled by the huge success of
the female band Laïs, who recorded "het Smidje"
with Kadril) and the - for the folk world - expensive production, "Eva"
didn't gather all the attention that could be expected (although it sold more
than any other Kadril-album, at over 7,000 copies). The high hopes were aired
at the press release "Laïs has initially taken advantage of our "celebrity"
by touring with us. In turn, the girls have aroused interest for folk music in
a lot of people. And now we hope to reap the benefits of that again." They
are able to put this all into perspective : "we have also tried to be innovators
of folk music. When Patrick joined us, we started to make folk-rock. And now,
with Eva, we still do folk, but it is also very much '90's-music. We use samples
and beats. Record firms have already asked us if we couldn't bring the band down
to five people. We now are nine - including violin, bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy -
and this is of course commercially less viable. But money has never mattered to
us very much."
The 25-year jubilee of the band was celebrated in 2001 with a number of festivities.
This included a "Best of Kadril" and a number of concerts with both
Eva & Patrick Riguelle singing (such as on the folk festival in Dranouter).
This "All The Best" eventually became a double CD, spanning the
entire career of the band, with many unreleased songs, re-recorded versions of
older songs, and all the best stuff they put out. Among the five new songs, things
such as "Voici La Saint Jean" (by Kadril with Malicorne) and
a cover of Richard Thompson's "I Still Dream".In the press-release
for the album, the band compared the 25years of their existance to one big party,
in the words of Patrick Riguelle as "Kadril is a school trip without the
As Laïs had assembled a backing band of their own by this time, Kadril
also started coöperating with a new female groups : the Brussels-based Galician
Band members (current line-up in bold) :
- Patrick Riguelle: vocals, bodhran, acc. gitaar
- Eva De Roovere: vocals, violin, clarinet
- Hans Guaghebeur: draailier, accordeon, fijfer, keyboards
- Peter Libbrecht: violin, vocals
- Harlind Libbrecht: mandolin, dulcimer, vocals
- Erwin Libbrecht: acc. guitar, vocals
- Dirk Verhegge: el. guitars
- Bart De Cock: bagpipes, keyboards
- Mario Vermandel: el. bass, upright bass
- Willy Seeuws / Philippe Mobers: drums
- Koen De Waele : el. bass
- Wim Coessens : upright bass
Buy CD's of this band at
- Kadril (LP, eigen beheer, 1986 - in 1998 op CD via Wild Boar)
- De Vogel in de muite (CD, Dureco, 1990)
- Nooit met krijt (CD, Dureco, 1994)
- De Groote Boodschap (Live-CD, Dureco/Radio 1, 1996)
- Eva (CD, Alea / Wild Boar Music, 1999)
- All The Best (2CD, Alea/Wild Boar, 2001)
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