"A Tune for you"
57,9 sec. - 114 Kb.
song: R. Van Campenhout
Year : 1970
Record co. : CBS
"Fish on the hook"
43,7 sec. - 83 Kb.
song: R. Van Campenhout
Produced : Jean Blaute
Year : 1985
Record co. : Ariola
"A Man needs a plan"
38,1 sec. - 75 Kb.
song: Van Campenhout, Jean Blaute, Marc Didden
Produced : Roland.
Year : 1993
Record co. : !Play That Beat
Starts off in the sixties (1963) with skiffle (The William and Roland Skiffle
Group) and folk (plays for some years together with Miek
& Roel), but evolves to blues later on. His breakthrough follows at Jazz-Bilzen
Roland (or in full : Roland Van Campenhout) is mainly a live performer, but
he always manages to stay in touch with modern times on his records. The styles
he touches : folk & blues, country, rock'n roll, rhythm & blues, world
In the seventies he is a member of the backing band of Irish guitarist Rory
Gallagher an tours about every barroom from Belgium to Singapore with his band
The Bluesworkshop, but also with artists as Ian Anderson, Leo Kottke and Tim Hardin.
Or, as his credo goes "To make a café swing with an amplifier and a microphone,
and to return home with a few thousand franks. That's what Belgian pop is about
and the rest is bullshit".
Commercial success is not really the thing he's after, but it occasionally
comes around, as with the "poppy" album "79 cm per second"
of 1985 and the cooperation with Arno Hintjens in "Charles
et les Lulus".
This last project turns out to be a very important one for Roland ánd for Arno.
Or as Arno said later in an interview with Humo "One
of the important aspects of Charles et les Lulus was that I've gotten to know
Roland really good. Such a terrific man, and a terrific artist, who had been screwed
by the music industry for 25 years long. I feel that through the project he has
gotten back a dignity worthy of his status. Many young people have found out about
Roland for the first time through Charles et les Lulus. Even if that were the
only thing this project would have done, it would have been worthwhile for me".
As a reward, Roland also plays on the debut-album of Arno's girlfriend Marie-Laure
Béraud. In return he receives from her the song "Les Femmes"
for his 1993 album "Little Sweet Taste".
In 1993 he produced "Antidote" for his "protégé"
Pieter-Jan De Smet, and composed the soundtrack for "Mannen
Maken Plannen", the fourth film by Belgian filmmaker & rock-critic Marc
Didden. Humo received the cd as follows : "His LuLu-ness knows like no
other to create atmosphere with nothing but a guitar and a bottleneck (or a lighter
or a kitchen knife) and I would give money to see him on stage together with Ry
He took part in the Johan Verminnen-tribute Spelers &
Drinkers with a cover of "In de rue des bouchers". He still tours
to country on a regular basis. In 1997 he did this together with Jan Hautekiet
(keyboards player and DJ on Studio Brussel), César Janssens (former member of
The Kids) and Vincent Pierins (bass player of Raymond
van het Groenewoud) under the name "A Vapore". "Steam there
will be. And music. The fragility of chanson, the pureness of folk, the wild yell
of world music, the surprises of jazz or the restlessness of blues : all you will
hear is clearly "Roland"-ish." said an announcement.
In 1998, he went to the States to do an interview with his American counterpart
: blueslegend John Lee Hooker (the artist that inspired him to go into music-making
with his concert in the legendary Antwerp café De Muze, somewhere in the
In the summer he released an album filled with covers (from Frankie Laine,
Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Ferre Grignard ...). As "Waltz"
went by almost unnoticed, the album was re-released with a new record company
(Virgin) in november, this time with more response in the media. He will also
be touring the country with Marc Bonne, David Crane & Vincent Pierins, and
guest musicians such as Bruno Deneckere, Pieter-Jan Desmet and Steven de Bruyn
(of El Fish).
In 1999 he played on the debut-album of Neeka (a young
female singer-songwriter) and also joined her live-band and started a theater-tour
with Wannes Van de Velde as "Nomaden
van de muziek" (a cd-release of this project was released in november
2000), containing work of both, a number of cover (e.g. a masterfully done version
of Dylan's "Masters of War", and a less obvious version of Dr. Hook's
In 2001, he went on tour with the young bluesband El Fish. This cooperation
was also recorded onto Cd : "Waterbottle", including a surprising
cover of the Grace Jones hitsong (to an original air of Astor Piazolla) "I've
seen that face before (libertango)".
Buy CD's of this band at
- A tune for you (CBS - 1971)
- One step at a time (CBS, 1972)
- Live (Music For Pleasure, 1974)
- Movin' on (Music For Pleasure, 1975)
- Snowblind (Assekrem, 1981)
- 76 centimeters per second (Ariola - 1985)
- Good as bad can be (CNR - 1989)
- The last tribe (Indisc - 1990)
- Hole in my soul (CNR - 1990)
- Last Letter Home (Play That Beat,
- Mannen maken plannen - soundtrack (Play That Beat - 1993)
- Little sweet taste (Play That Beat - 1994)
- 50 (Play That Beat, 1994 - Limited edition cd)
- Waltz (Play That Beat - Virgin 1998)
- Nomaden van de Muziek (Roland + Wannes
Van de Velde, Virgin, 2000)
- Waterbottle (Roland + El Fish, HKM, 2001)
- 20 years (Ariola - 1983)
- Day by day, Blow by blow - an anthology (Ariola, 1994)
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