In 2016 the birthplace of TOUR’s grandmother in the small town of Zutendaal (Belgium) would be demolished. Once the epicentre of the village as a blacksmith and a cafe, the house had to make place for yet another ambitious housing project. Inspired by the famous New Orleans jazz funerals and the Western European fanfare tradition, TOUR made 10 songs describing the life of his grandmother, the house and the village. An ode to his grandmother (who died 10 years ago) and a soundtrack to the demolition and burial of the house. A celebration of life and death.
Together with a 14 piece brass band (The Kroensel Krewe) and producer Micha Volders (Blurred Seasons, Meteor Musik, Fence) the songs were recorded live in the house on June 4th 2016. The album was presented as a jazz funeral at the house on November 20th 2016.
TOUR (vocals, ukulele, guitar), Terry Bekx (bass drum), Dienne Bogaerts (vocals, glockenspiel), Guy Cardeynaels (banjo), Zander Dreesen (trombone), Loes Gerits (vocals, glockenspiel), Niels Hendrix (vocals), Bert Hornikx (snare drum, percussion), Kristof Huskens (souzaphone), Jo Ieven(trumpet), Tjeu Martens (trumpet), Gert Stinckens (vocal, percussion), Lesley Troquet – Wouters (wash drum, vocals), Harald Vanherf (vocals, percussion)
Recorded live in the Blacksmith’s Forge, Sweet Valley, Belgium on June 4th 2016
Produced by Micha Volders
Released by FONS Records on November 25th 2016