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ROBIN BERLIJN

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Robin Berlijn

Period

03-04-1971 - current

Genre

gitaar, rock, zang

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Robin Berlijn

Robin Berlijn is one of the best Dutch rock guitarists. In the late eighties he starts his career as a guitarist in Fatal Flowers. From the nineties onwards he can be heard on albums by Bettie Serveert, Wally Tax, Kopna Kopna, Claw Boys Claw and Wende Snijders. Since 2001 he ...
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Instruments

gitaar, zang

Mentioned in the biography of

1988   Fatal Flowers
1998   Richard Janssen
2001   Ellen ten Damme
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Biography Robin Berlijn

Robin Berlijn is one of the best Dutch rock guitarists. In the late eighties he starts his career as a guitarist in Fatal Flowers. From the nineties onwards he can be heard on albums by Bettie Serveert, Wally Tax, Kopna Kopna, Claw Boys Claw and Wende Snijders. Since 2001 he is a member of singer Ellen ten Damme's band, and from 2008 he plays with Kane. He also has his own band, 13.

Played in

13   gitaar, zang
Ellen ten Damme   gitaar
Fatal Flowers   gitaar
Kane   gitaar
Moke   gitaar
Sky Pilots   gitaar

1988 - 1990

Robin Berlijn (The Hague, 3 april 1971) is first heard of in the late eighties when he joins the rock band Fatal Flowers, at the age of 17. At the time it is one of the leading exponents of the so-called 'Amsterdam guitar school'. He performs a great deal in the Dutch club circuit with the band, tours Europe and plays in New York a number of times. Rock legend Mick Ronson produces the band's final album Pleasure Ground.

Fatal Flowers

1991 - 1994

Berlijn moves to London, where he performs with various bands, and plays on the album Walking The Reeperbahn, ex-Wishbone Ash member Martin Turner's solo debut.

1995 - 2000

Back in Amsterdam he starts the punk-bluesrock trio 13 with Henk Jonkers and Dick Brouwers, in which he is the singer as well as the guitarist. Electrolux, Excelsior Recordings' precursor, releases a single by the band. Berlijn can be heard on the Claw Boys Claw album Will-O-The-Wisp. He is also a member of The Blind Dogs, singer Wally Tax's new band.

13 Claw Boys Claw Wally Tax

2001 - 2010

In this period Berlijn is featured as a guest guitarist with various bands and artists, including Bettie Serveert, Kopna Kopna, The Wild Romance, Wende Snijders, but also foreign singer-songwriters like Shannon Lyon and Sam Lapides. In 2001 Berlijn becomes singer Ellen ten Damme's regular guitarist. He does a variety of projects with her: in clubs and theaters, at festivals, and very successfully at De Parade (a travelling music and theater festival), on electric guitar with her own band, in an acoustic setting, with a big band, with the German rocker Udo Lindenberg and with jazz pianist Michiel Borstlap. Berlijn produces Ellen ten Damme's CD Impossible Girl and his composition Daar Waar Jij Wil Zijn is featured on the album Durf Jij, on which she sings in Dutch exclusively. The theater show of the same name is received very well and takes them to over eighty Dutch theaters. He writes the score for a documentary on Ten Damme, As I Was Wondering... for which she is awarded the EECB Nathwani Prize in Barcelona. 2006 sees a musical high point for Berlijn: the self-taught guitarist performs High Speed Train, a composition he has written for electric guitar and symphony orchestra. He performs it himself with the Noord Nederlands Orkest at the Groningen Noorderzon Festival. In 2008 the guitarist joins Kane and can be heard on their CD No Surrender. In the fall of 2010 13's long awaited debut album is released by Excelsior Recordings.

13 Bettie Serveert Ellen ten Damme Kane Kopna Kopna Michiel Borstlap Noord Nederlands Orkest Wende

2011

Berlijn writes the music for the documentary "Beer is Cheaper Than Therapy", made by Simone de Vries.

Discography Robin Berlijn

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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