Fionnuala Dorrity - vocals, ukulele, guitar, toy piano
Andy Delamere - percussion, vocals
Simon James - sax, flute, clarinet, mandolin, vocals
Matthew Wood - accordion, piano, toy piano, vocals
Recorded at Limefield Studios, Manchester by John Ellis & Bill Leader
Released on the Limefield label
Photography by Iain Kirkcaldy
CD artwork design by Iain Kirkcaldy & Andy Delamere
''Dead Belgian's deliciously ramshackle approach deconstructs Brel the icon to reclaim him as a street musician, chanson maestro and people's champion.''
'' The way to perform to perform Brel is to throw yourself at it, and the
dramatic Dead Belgian do that with aplomb....at their best when playing with gusto, as with the romping 'Les Bourgeois' and the delicious 'Amsterdam.''
'' An unlikely bunch who've gone several stops beyond in the restorative promotion of very possibly the greatest Belgian in the history of the world ever. And they are terrific.''
''Love and Death is rowdy, engaging and passionate. Despite the inevitable comparisons to the vocals of Edith Piaf and Nico, Dead Belgian have created a sound that is all their own, while remaining true to the spirit of Brel’s music and poetry.
Neil McFadyen, Folk Radio UK
''This is an impressive and welcome debut...... If you don’t know Brel, start here then get a compilation of his. If you do know him, buy this anyway and reward a spunky new band as well as your ears.''
Ross McGibbon, Vanguard Online
''Kudos to Dead Belgian for breathing oxygen into Brel’s poignant, dark poetry. Whatever project strikes their fancy next, I’m all ears'
Lisa Torem, Penny Black Music
''Simply superb album. Immaculate production that catches all the excitement of the lives shows and Fionnuala Dorrity turns in one of the best recorded vocal performances I've ever heard.''
Dead Belgian are a Liverpool-based band playing the music of Jacques Brel. They began life in 2007, inspired to share Brel’s
music with all who would listen, using a ramshackle drum kit, ukulele, guitar, accordion, saxophone, mandolin, clarinet and flute....more