Madlot plays on those occasions where traditional musicians can contribute to a pleasant atmosphere. The music might be best characterized as world music of the Low Countries.

Madlot, the ensemble's name is derived from a Dutch traditional danze in 6/8 meter that was popular around the North sea coast in the 19th century. We find sources and inspiration for our repertory in Dutch collections printed from the 17th century, from the old folk musicians and from our friends we play with.

We play cheerful or otherwise catchy tunes: our colleague musicians from last centuries knew many! These tunes are interspersed with songs which are handed over during many generations. Many of them were recorded in the 20th century.

Who are the musicians?
Madlot consists of Judica Lookman, Roald Keuning, Bert Lotz and Ariëtte Zuidhoff.
Please, click on the pictures to read more about them. 

 

 

 

Ariëtte Zuidhoff 

Ariëtte Zuidhoff

I love to sing. From childhood I enjoy it. In 2000 I ended up at Stichting Volksmuziek Nederland, because I was looking for a place to combine singing with my passion for folkmusic. Quite soon after that I joined Madlot. With Madlot we give the mostly forgotten, but beautifull, in former times often performed old Dutch songs a sound and colour again.

 

      

 

 

 

 

 

Bert Lotz 

Bert Lotz

The bagpipe is my great love. I have been touched by the warmth and power of this instrument already for a long time. The bagpipe is a very old instrument. It shows a revival in many European countries. I really enjoy to put the variants of the "doedelzak" formerly played in the Low Countries, in the present time in a firm way.

That is the reason I also teach how to play this instrument and that I have contacts with makers to discus how this instrument must have looked in former times and can sound the best nowadays. I also play shawn, cow's horns and lots of flutes and sometimes sing a song.

 

 

Judica Lookman 

Judica Lookman

I play the diatonic accordion and also the bagpipe and cow's horn. Sometimes I participate in singing a song. At our performances I often explain how to dance on our music. With some words I can make it possible for everybody to participate in the dancing.

My interest in Dutch folkmusic started by meeting around 1980 some old accordionplayers. In 1983 I edited together with Bert the manuscript of Visser, an old folkmusician from the North of our country, to make this old and almost forgotten music accessible to play for other people. I love looking for new tunes to sing and play in old manuscripts.


 

 

Roald Keuning 

Roald Keuning

 

When I first tried to build a hurdy-gurdy myself I was falling in love with this instrument. So before constructing one I decided first to learn playing it. That was so much fun I still have to start building. The combination of technics of the instrument with the sound and musical possibilities make it a great instrument to play. I enjoy playing music with Madlot and see people having fun. Furthermore I teach how to play the hurdy-gurdy, f.e. at Stichting Draailier & Doedelzak.