Desolate landscapes, people gathering around the fireplace for songs and stories in quiet pubs, their deep connection with nature and history, these were only some of the experiences that made HannekeLaura fall in love with Ireland on her first solo journey abroad at the age of 17.
At the age of 22 however she started working as a lawyer in one of the biggest law firms in The Netherlands, quite the opposite type of life. After a year she gave up this position to follow her passion and leave to Ireland with nothing but a backpack and a guitar….
With a bit of courage and an open mind HannekeLaura quickly made connections and became part of the local scene in Sligo. She played several editions of SligoLive, one of the bigger international Irish festivals. Also HannekeLaura accompanied wellknown Irish artist Perry Blake for a few acoustic shows in Holland and Ireland. One can now clearly trace back the Irish folk/trad influences in her music, besides the songwriter sound of inspirations like Jewel, Tori Amos, Kate Rusby, Ilse DeLange, Melanie, Joan Baez and many others.
After returning to The Netherlands she played support on the club tour of Dutch songwriter Tim Akkerman. Consequently, in 2012, she invited Tim Akkerman to join her to Ireland for an acoustic mini tour together to share her love for the country.
Back home the ‘The Hague International Singer Songwriter Festival’ awarded her song ‘Echoes in the night’ for ‘Best English Lyrics’ resulting in appearance at Parkpop. Further she had the chance to play several shows in pop temple Paradiso Amsterdam. And a very special memory was created in October 2015 when The Dublin Legends invited HannekeLaura on stage to sing a folk song with them for 1100 people in Paard van Troje, Den Haag. In 2016 HannekeLaura, Ada Drost and Luuk Lenders played a support set full of Irish folk songs for the Dublin Legends in De Boerderij, Zoetermeer.
Because she likes magical experiences HannekeLaura also loves to play in magical places, old places like churches and castles. She played at several events in church buildings in The Hague like Nacht van de Bevrijding (Liberation Day) en Nacht van de Hoop. She also has been songwriter in residence for three years performing her own Christmas compositions on Christmas Eve in Grote Kerk Den Haag.
Recently in the lockdown situation, Hanneke started playing covers on request. A lot of 60’s and 70’s folk heroes covers were added to her YouTube channel in this period. She was consequently invited to play the first festival of 2020 ‘Lucky thirty festival’ in Zuiderparktheatre The Hague. This inspired her to start off a ‘folk revival tour’ which combines her interest for traditional folk songs, her own material and her folk heroes.
And so the story continues……
‘That’s exactly what HannekeLaura does – touch hearts, with beautifully simple, simply beautiful folk tunes and a warm onstage presence that invites audiences to open up, let go, and delicately dream away.’ (Christian Einsiedel, Wegbereit)
‘Limburg native Hanneke Laura, whose Irish influences can be heard in her folky and oftentimes sensual ballads, crafts songs that are snapshots of the romantic passion that at times both allures and eludes us.’ (The Hague International Singer Songwriter Festival)
‘Subtle songs about lost and found love. Dreamy, fairy tale like. Hanneke’s voice gets under your skin and makes you dream along, embraced by her love.’ (Real Roots Cafe, 2018)
Musicians: HannekeLaura on vocals/guitar and sometimes piano. Regularily joined by guest musicians, like Ada Drost on accordion, tin whistle or piano, Luuk Lenders on tin whistle, spoons and accordion or Febby Tasiran on guitar
Discography (EP’s): Silence of the Winds (2007), Storybook (2010), Signs & Stars & Miracles (2014), The Folk Session (2017), Space & Time (2017)