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Joep Pelt


1979 - current


Afro pop, blues, gitaar, singer-songwriter, zang


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Joep Pelt

Joep Pelt is an Amsterdam singer/songwriter who is inspired by Delta blues, folk, ragtime and country. After a visit to Mali in the period 2004/2005 African influences find their way into his music.
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gitaar, zang

Former members

Arthur ten Cate   basgitaar, zang
Randell Sambo   drums

Concerts & Festivals

by Podiuminfo / Festivalinfo

3/28/20, Parkstad Limburg Theaters, Heerlen
5/8/20, Mezz, Breda

Biography Joep Pelt

Joep Pelt is an Amsterdam singer/songwriter who is inspired by Delta blues, folk, ragtime and country. After a visit to Mali in the period 2004/2005 African influences find their way into his music.

1991 - 1996

At the age of twelve Joep Pelt (1979) is given a guitar, and he gets his first music lessons. Guitarist Harry de Jong teaches him the basic techniques of fingerpicking and slide guitar. As a boy Pelt plays in various rap, pop and metal bands. Inspired by his father's extensive record collection, and a concert by the ageing blues musician Jack Owens at the Utrecht Vredenburg, at the age of 15, he starts playing songs composed in the early 20th century by singer/songwriters in genres like Delta blues, folk, ragtime and country.


Joep Pelt Pelt is selected for the CD Characters, a compilation released by the Stichting Popmuziek Nederland (the precursor to the present Dutch Pop Music Institute) in its Unsigned series, in which new talent in a specific genre is presented. Characters (subtitled: Singers 'n Songs) contains music by singer/songwriters such as Kirsten, Dyzack and Racoon. Joep Pelt is represented by two tracks. The CD is presented at the Amsterdam Paradiso, and a joint tour of the Dutch club circuit follows.

Dyzack Kirsten Racoon

1998 - 1999

Joep Pelt travels through the southern American state Mississippi and performs with local musicians like R.L. Burnside, Willie Foster, T-Model Ford, Eugene Powell, Bud Spires, Elmo Williams, Hezekiah Early, Cedell Davis and Super Chikan Johnson. Together with Sam Carr and Frank Frost, a.k.a. the Jelly Roll Kings, Pelt performs at the Sunflower Blues & Gospel Festival in Clarksdale. Back in the Netherlands Pelt forms a band with drummer Randell Sambo and bassist/singer Arthur ten Cate (The White Broncos; later: Mist and solo as Arthur Adam)

Arthur Adam Mist

2000 - 2001

Pelt's solo debut Blues From The Gaasperdelta (2000) is released. Pelt presents the album during a performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival. A year later he is back at the same festival, as part of a tribute to blues legend Robert Johnson. The concert ends with a jam featuring Keb Mo' (Kevin Moore from Los Angeles).


Joep Pelt graduates from the University of Amsterdam with a thesis on the devil in blues music.

2004 - 2006

The devil in the blues is also the theme of a film and a lecture he gives as part of the exhibition Het Kwaad (Evil) at the Tropenmuseum (the Amsterdam ethnographic museum). In addition to the presentation of the film and the lecture Pelt also gives a concert at the exhibition's official opening. The musician regularly performs in Dutch clubs and bars, and at festivals like A Southern Blues Night in Heerlen, the Rhythm & Blues Night in Groningen and a Townes van Zandt Tribute in Den Bosch. His second album, Stick It In (2004), with the band Pelt, is released by the French label Bad Reputation Records. Following the release the band gives some concerts in France. The Dutch release on Pink Records in 2005 is celebrated with a presentation at the Paradiso. In the same year Pelt performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival for the third time. In the summer of 2004 and the fall of 2005 he travels to Mali to study with guitarists like Ali Farka Touré, Baba Salah, Lobi Traoré and Djelimady Tounkara. The influence of these musicians finds its way into Pelt's own repertoire. In 2006 his second solo album It Is What It Is is released.


Joep Pelt In March Joep Pelt leaves for concerts in the States. He presents a showcase at the South By SouthWest festival in Austin, Texas, plays in New York and twice in San Francisco. In the same period the NPS broadcasting company presents a three hour radio special about Pelt's visit to Mali and his project Bambara Amsterdam Blues with Lobi Traoré. Recording sessions at Studio Bogolan are released on the CD I Yougoba in the spring. In June the duo starts a tour taking them to clubs like the Paradiso (CD presentation) and het Patronaat in Heerlen and festivals like Mundial (Tilburg), Oerol (Terschelling), Torentijd (Amsterdam), Sunsation (Lelystad) and North Sea Jazz (Rotterdam).


After two well-attended performances at the South By SouthWest festival in Austin, Texas, in March, with Lobi Traoré, Pelt plays at the Paradiso on 4 April. He also performs solo at the Muzikantendag at the Tilburg 013 on 17 May. During the exhibition Music In Motion, at the Museum van Volkenkunde (the Leiden ethnographic museum) in October, a documentary is shown made earlier that year with Joep Pelt in Mali. The film tells about his project with Lobi Traoré and shows Pelt visiting, interviewing and playing with various Malian musicians like Afel Bocoum, Baba Salah, Habib Koité and Bassekou Kouyate. On 9 November Pelt gives a lecture at the museum about his experiences in Mali en its influence on his music. Joep Pelt and Lobi Traoré's album I Yougoba is reissued in the Benelux by Excelsior Recordings.

2009 - 2010

Late 2009 Pelt travels to Ethiopia, where he is inspired by Ethiopian jazz in concerts and musical confrontations with local musical heroes. He reflects these experiences on the CD I'm Off! (April 2010), mixing blues with folk, rock 'n' roll, ragtime, Malian guitar sounds and Ethiopian scales. The album contains contributions by Brehima Kouyaté from Mali, Lucky Fonz III, René van Barneveld (on pedal steel guitar), Arthur ten Cate (Arthur Adam) and Andro Biswane (Fra Fra Sound). Shortly after the release of I'm Off Joep Pelt travels to South Africa. In the first week of June Pelt receives the sad news that Lobi Traoré died of a heart-attack at his home in Bamako on 31 May, at the age of 49.

Arthur Adam Fra Fra Sound Lucky Fonz III

Discography Joep Pelt

In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.

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'That Soul '- with Joep P...
'That Soul '- with Joep Pelt - for Radio 6 / CoLive!
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'That Soul '- with Joep Pelt - for Radio 6 / CoLive!

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