BoB proudly present Sky over Rotterdam 

Lyrics

The sky over Rotterdam is so peaceful now
But my old man, he still remembers how
That war made that sky such a restless place
And airplanes were never hard to trace
First them planes brought war, then they raised hopes high
And in the end, they dropped food from the sky
The sky, the sky, the sky, over Rotterdam

 
One morning in spring, German planes were all around
That brought their bombs, burnt our town to the ground
People ran for their lives, many trapped by the fire
And for five years to come, life would be harsh and dire
 
The sky over Rotterdam ..
 
In years to come, allied planes would rule the air
And foreign towns, were handed the same nightmare
As people starved from hunger, in the Rotterdam streets
They often said a prayer, to support them allied fleets
 
The sky over Rotterdam ..
 
Then one fine day, planes flew in really low
No bullets, no bombs, but food they let go
Never before, did the sun shine so bright
After five long years, people danced into the night
 
The sky over Rotterdam ..
 
© Bunch of Bastards

Bunch of Bastards proudly present their song Sky over Rotterdam.

The lyrics summarize the history of the Second World War in Rotterdam from the perspective of what happened in the sky over that city. The song is based on the Rotterdam boyhood wartime memories  of a bandmember’s dad.

Three episodes are mentioned in the song. The first is that on May 14th 1940, the Rotterdam city centre fell victim to a vicious bombardment, the first ever of its kind. This is 75 years ago this spring. The second episode is that the people of Rotterdam stood and watched as allied airfleets flew to and from Germany. Despite knowing firsthand what destruction they caused, those fleets did give them hope for better days. The final episode is that allied forces were allowed to conduct much needed food sorties near the city towards the end of the war, much needed as hundreds of people per week starved to death.

Using historical footage, Bunch of Bastards put together a video that visualizes the upshot of the song.

At their gigs Bunch of Bastards start this song using a manually operated air-raid siren.

BoB recorded song about WW2 in Rotterdam 

The Sky over Rotterdam: the Rotterdam 1940-1945 episode in a ‘full force folk’-song.

BoB are about to release a song and video in which the history of the Second World War in Rotterdam is summarized from the perspective of what happened in the sky over that city. The song is based on the Rotterdam boyhood wartime memories of a band-member’s dad.

On May 14th 2015 it is 75 years since the Rotterdam city centre fell victim to a vicious bombardment. In years to come, the people of Rotterdam stood and watched as allied air-fleets flew to and from Germany. Those fleets gave them hope. In the last days of the war, 70 years ago soon, as hundreds of people per week starved to death, occupying forces allowed the allied forces to conduct food sorties above the city. To the amazement of the hungry and starving people of Rotterdam, low flying allied planes dropped their welcome cargo.

These events constitute the core of the song The Sky over Rotterdam that BoB will release here shortly. The audio has already been recorded and is currently being fine-tuned by our able producer Lars. 
Using historical footage, BoB are in the process of putting together a video that visualizes the upshot of the song. Expect shaky black-and-white film that underscores the three main themes of the song: the burning city after the bombardment, allied fleets in the air and the dropping of food supplies.

 

BoB hit German Autobahn 

BoB's first major road trip! The last weekend of March sees BoB hitting the road (or the 'Autobahn' more precisely) in South-Easterly direction for a series of three gigs. The first stop will be at the Celtic Folk Punk Festival 2015 in Stuttgart (G.) on Friday March 27th, where BoB have the honour to share the international bill with The Moorings from France and Paddy and the Rats from Hungary. This promises to be a very thirsty night indeed!

From there on BoB push into Bavaria to play a full length show in Cinn Mhara Irish Pub in Kothen (G.) on Saturday March 28th, hoping to throw in some fresh air and serious sightseeing on the way.

To complete the weekend, BoB play a 'welcome back in the Netherlands' show in Sophie's Pub in Roermond (NL.) early Sunday evening (we kick off at seven)!

 

 

For more information,
check out our hosts:
Celtic Folk Punk Festival 2015
Cinn Mhara Irish pub
Sophie's Pub

 

The road so far 

2016

Was an eventful and fun-filled year for BoB. We released our debut cd MY DRINKIN' AIN'T DONE which received some positive reviews (see posts below), and we played almost 30 gigs, traveling to and playing in Germany, Belgium and England. Late January our pal Paul Henshaw brought his Scientific Simpletons over for a long weekend of shared gigs overhere, which were a load of fun and solidified some firm comradeship. In the St. Pat.'s weekend we played four gigs in a mini cd-presentation tour. Early May we crossed the Channel to play a long weekend of gigs with Paul Henshaw on his home turf, his garden renamed 'Camp Bastard' being our temporary base. A gig at a Bikers-fest in a muddy field was an adventurous highlight, as was playing the Big Rivers Festival in Dordrecht. In autumn, we spent a long weekend in Germany, while the year ended in style by playing at major festivals in Bibelot and in Paard van Troje (at the international Folkfest).

2015

Oi lads and lassies, 2015 wasn't a bad Bunch of Bastards-year at all. The first half of the year we played a dozen or so gigs, among which two in Germany and one in Belgium. Let's stick to a few highlights. In fact, there were no bummers. No-one got hospitalized and no-one left the band, so all was good in that respect. We like to think we grew tighter as a band, at least we rehearsed a lot and worked on fun parts in our show and on extending the setlist. And the year ended recording.

But first things first. The 2015 gigging started celebrating Rabbie Burns day. At one of the later spring gigs, the band before us were not only freaking out on something not presribed by the doctor, but were also playing the bar empty. Luckily the publican intervened and cut them short. By way of thanking him, and to let of steam, we proceeded to play a very tight gig indeed. A few weeks later we traveled south-easterly towards Stuttgart, where we played an international  Celtic Punk Folk Festival with The Moorings from France and Paddy and the Rats from Hungary. Enjoying the scenery the next day, we strolled into a garden of a monastry to sing our lyrics in would-be Ambrosian style. A good laugh indeed. A pub gig in Bavaria started off by the publican being very worried that our noise-level would upset the punters, which did not at all turn out to be the case, instead, a good time was had by all. A few weeks later, we at BoB had the privilege to play support to the Scottish-Canadian legends The Real MacKenzies in Rotterdam. The last spring gig saw BoB as closing band at the reknown three-day Na Fir Bolg festival (campsite and all), playing a big crowd in a huge tent.

After the summer, we concentrated on rehearsing and songwriting rather than gigging, though of course we did play a few gigs. Mostly though, we were preparing ourselves for the road towards recording an album. In October we spent four fun days in a studio, recording no less than 9 songs. Plans to finish recording in 2015 were canceled due to someone near one of us passing away, so the end of 2015 left us with 2/3 of an album, eager to finish it early in the new year, while gigs for started 2016 coming in.
   

2014

The year 2014 started dismal for BoB, our drummer having been hospitalized and diagnosed with heart failure just as we got going. It is as yet unknown whether him joining the ranks of BoB was to blame for that. Anyhow, by March he was up-and-drumming again, so BoB could have a second take-off. This happened in a new line up, Cor moving from guitar to vocals, throwing in some of his theatrical skills for good measure, and Dex taking up duties on bass. BoB played four gigs over the St. Pat’s season, two of which were special. The third of those gigs, and our fifth ever, was recorded live. Seven songs of the then ten-song setlist can be heard here. Those tracks constitute a snapshot of how we sounded then, a newly formed band learning on their feet. A week later, Bob’s sixth gig ever took place in Germany, where we had the honour to play at the St. Patrick’s Party of the good folks who also organize Castellans Folk Festival each summer. With Nick Parker (UK) we jammed and drank deep into the night, giving them folks value for money.
 
Early summer we played our first two outdoor festivals, early autumn we did an acoustic set amidst players from and before an audience of music students. Along the way, Huib and Peter joined our ranks to play guitars, mandolin and banjo. More gigs followed as winter approached, the highlight of which was to play the massive stage – to our standards at least – of Fabrik in Coesfeld (Ger.), opening an Irish Folk Punk night that also included The Porters and Mr. Irish Bastard. Towards the end of the year, finally, we had our first merch made: a bunch of t-shirts with our 'Bunch of Bastards - Full Force Folk' logo.
So things went upward for BoB throughout 2014, finding a stable line-up, playing 17 gigs and being in the process of adding more and more self-penned tunes to the increasing setlist. With a handful of confirmed gigs already in the pocket, including one at a well-known international festival in Belgium, 2015 holds the promise to become even better.

2013

Late August 2013, with little more than a few half finished songs and some ideas for covers to play, Andries decided to call on some people to form a band to play full force folk. Cor was there from the outset, initially on guitar and some singing duties. John, having heard of what was on, already joined us at the second rehearsal. The three of them are still around. After maybe a handful of rehearsals, BoB debuted at the The Hague Rockweek in the Supermarkt. A couple of weeks and rehearsals later, we played an indoor festival which for f***'s sake nearly proved fatal to our drummer. Gigs had to be cancelled, two bandmembers left and BoB appeared in disarray, if not stillborn.
 

 

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