Dragonfly-4 Celestial Songs EP[67/68 Dutch Psych-Rock]
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Here's some information i rewrote based on this article
and shortened it a bit.
Only the last part was taken from the original article
Brothers Rudy and Tonny de Queljoe emigrated
from the Moluccan island Ambon to The Netherlands in 1951.
and both where very musical and where learning to play guitar
just like many indonesian kids where doing at that time.
we take a jump in time:
With the upcoming beat music Rudy was asked to join a local band named The Javalins
his brother Tonny was allready playing in that band and a friend of him vocalist
Johnny Caljouw.both would later join him in Dragonfly
the band broke up after artisticall differences
Rudy,Tonny and Johhny formed a new band
and called it The Beat Five soon they changed the name into Group '69 Sect.
Besides Rudy, Tonny and Johnny the other two band members were
drummer Huib Pouwer and rhythmguitarist Carlos van den Berg.
everything was going good with the band
they where quite popular and gained a big fanbase.
they gained residency in two clubs:”La Cave” in Vlissingen and “De Schuttershof” in Goes, both in the province of Zeeland,where the band originaly came from.
in those clubs to would meet the dutch beat scene and played with bands like
Q65,Golden Earings,The Motions and more.
their repotoire changed aswel and their set concisted of John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers,
The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. Hans Verhagen( a well known tv maker at that time)
once was in the club La Cave(his parent lived in Vlissingen)
and met the band there and loved them at first sight
Compared them to the Jimi Hendrix Experience and lending them albums of Captain Beefheart, Moby Grape and other West Coast bands to get further inspiration and became their manager.
And changed the name to Dragonfly. They asked Artist/Painter Bert Kieten for inspiration
he was the one who came up with the painted faces.
the two singles where recorded in one session in '67 and the first one Celestial Dreams(can be called a psych classic.
meanwhile they had their face painted at every gig they did.
and were welcomed by overenthousiastic audiences when playing their first series of gigs in Amsterdam Clubs like “Felix Meritis”, “Paradiso”, “Fantasio,” the “Birdsclub” and “Sheherazade”. With their Hendrix-linspired psychedelic guitar-sounds and together with the painted faces they made an unbelievable impression.
they even played at
2 movies where made about them
both movie's are not availible on dvd yet
- Prince of Amboyna
- De Tijdgeest
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