|Origin||America, the Netherlands|
Tren van Enckevort
|Past members||Mart Deckers
Lyrically the band is influenced by every day items like a hangover, the local Fanfare, fatherhood, walking with the dog or songs about a local figure.
Formation and history
The band started with the search for a new lead singer for the band The Legendary Texas Four. Jack Poels, formerly singing in the band Bad Edge, was willing to fulfill this position, on the condition he was allowed to do one song in dialect. The other band members agreed and Rowwen Hèze was born. In early years they mostly played covers in English. A lot of bands from Limburg compose a song every Carnaval, which is a big cultural event in that region. Rowwen Heze became known in all of the Netherlands with the Carnaval song "Niks stront niks" (no crap nothing). After that they gradually sang more and more songs in dialect.
Since 1991 the band consists of Jack Poels (vocals, guitar and harmonica), William "Tren" van Enckevort (accordion, piano, trombone and vocals), Jan Philipsen (bass guitar and Double bass), Theo Joosten (guitar, mandolin, saxophone, tin whistle and percussion), Jack Haegens (trumpet, flugelhorn, trombone en percussion) and Martîn Rongen (drums and percussion).
Rowwen Hèze have proved themselves in the Dutch music history, although their lyrics are difficult for people who do not understand dialects of Limburgish. They have also proved themselves internationally with a particular mix of Tex-Mex, Irish folk, American rock and brass band music.
- Een kwestie van geduld ('a matter of patience', about how the Limburgish language will gradually take over in the Netherlands)
- bestel mar ('just order [some beer])'
- auto, vliegtuug ('car, airplane')
- Zondag in 't zuiden ('a Sunday in the south' a song about being idle).
In 2006 the band released their album Rodus & Lucius which directly after its release made number 1 in the Album Top 100 of the Netherlands, proving their national fame.
Definition of their dialect
Rowwen Hèze presents itself as a Limburgish spoken band, one of the three (regional) languages the Netherlands recognise since the 1990s. In a pure Language scientific regard one can not call the tongue Rowwen Hèze sings in Limburgish. It's a South Guelderish dialect they use. In a cultural regard both Dutch and Belgian Limburgians call all the dialects spoken in the both Limburg-provinces Limburgish. Seeing it pure scientific, their dialect is a transition dialect of Limburgish, Low Saxon and Dutch.