story

1976

RK Veulpoepers BV was initiated in the Dutch province of Brabant, in the village Hilvarenbeek. This group was specialized in happy-folkmusic with Dutch lyrics, but with a typical view. Lyrics with a lot of engagement about the morals of Christian-Democrats and commercial media and a band with a lot of activities against establishment.
In their own environment they fight against local authorities. Results:
They organized their own youth-culture-centre and art-festival “Bikse Fiste” (1977-1981), with  70.000 visitors in 1981 ( red.: the population of Hilvarenbeek was just 10.000 people).
This ‘Collective’ played on big parties and political manifestations, everywhere in Holland.

1978

Veulpoepers make the LP-recording  Diarree. They are concerned  about SHELL, aggressive Police and N-bomb, but ordinary lyrics were not avoided. The band was influenced by groups like BOTS, Muszikas( Hungary), Alain Stivell (France) and Gwendal (France/Spain) as well as Dubliners and Fairport Convention maybe...

1979

Veulpoepers stay now in Tilburg. Den Egelantier just didn’t achieve a high place on the hit-charts. They refused to compromise to the rules of show-business (like ‘play-back’ in stupid  TV-shows) and that meant the end of the hit-single.

1981

Second album appeared with the title  Een frisse wind (Fresh air), which was recorded live on their own festival ‘Bikse Fiste’.
They started other projects for their foundation like action-orchestre “Fanfare van de Eeuwigdurende Bijstand( Fanfare of the everlasting solidarity)”, Printshop ‘Overmorgenklaarzeker’( “ReadyTomorrow?”), music-pub ‘Den Egelantier’, children-theater ‘PielekePoep’ and publisher ‘Polypoepka’.

1982

On 5 September 1982 the RK Veulpoepers BV, after 600 performances, stopped with a goodbye-concert for 30.000 people ( red: in Leypark, Tilburg).
They presented their third album Houdoe,bedankt en blijf wakker( Goodbye,thanks and stay awake).

1982 - 1996

Members of RK Veulpoepers BV-foundation  initiated in separated groups a lot of activities. They started the cult-theater ‘Noorderligt (Northernlight)’.They started the new music-group ‘VloepSuper’ with single Steeds Gezeik (Polygram).
The cooperation of Zjef Naaijkens and Paul Elbers resulted under the name of MMWOPS in reggae-polkamusic played by “MakingMusicWhileOtherPeopleSleep ”. One album on Polypoepka 1985. As the “Heilige Boontjes (Holy Beans)” they protested  the Dutch arch-bishop with the song Adonis ( verlos ons van Simonis/ releave us from Simonis) on Corduroy Records (red: producers BZN!...) 1986.
Zjef Naaykens goes ‘solo’ with album Harmonie-model on Hans Kusters Music (HKM) 1987.

1996

In this year the RKBV decided to organize a reunion. With all original players they do concerts in Tilburg (Bosvreugd/ www.bosvreugd.nl) and Amsterdam (Paradiso ,or was it MilkyWay, or both?). New album on Sony-music, “Van de pot gerukt (red: how to translate?)”. And some new songs....

Some additional comments

In 1985, there was the initiative of a new festival with all the experience of the ‘RK Veulpoepers BV’-foundation. This was the ‘Leipparkfestival’, which became the model for Festival Mundial (www.festivalmundial.nl) until now.
In 1996 there was the initiative for “013”.Theater ‘Noorderligt’ needed a new building and wanted to extend their activities, including studio, in cooperation wirth the local government of Tilburg.(www.013web.nl).
‘StudioChateau’(Polypoepka Recordings/ Zjef Naaijkens/Paul Elbers) was not allowed to be involved, because of conflicts about commerce and marketing. The new theater resulted in new projects like ‘RockAcademy’ , as part of the culture-area in the heart of the city, Tilburg.
Two members of RK Veulpoepers BV already passed away:
Dirk Broere
Bard Elber

 

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