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The Limbrant Folk Music Ensemble

Belgium

The Limbrant ensemble was founded out of a small core of musicians and took shape from 2003 onwards. At present, the ensemble exists of six musicians. The group has specialized in the traditional Flemish –and by extension, Belgian– folk music, a choice that is highly valued both home and abroad.

Limbrant has played many concerts in Flanders and the Belgian Walloon provinces, and has more than once been invited to festivals abroad, amongst others in Saint-Chartier (France), the Festival Internazionale della Zampogna in Scapoli (Italy), the Balkan Youth Festival in Gabrovo (Bulgaria), the Slavianskiï Bazar festival in Vitebsk (Belarus), the Domažlice and Strakonice festivals (Czechia), and Saltoluokta in Lapland (Sweden). The ensemble has toured in Armenia and in the republics Chuvashia and Mari-El in the Russian Federation. Furthermore, Limbrant has given a concert for the Dutch radio NPRO, for Radio France in Paris, and in the New York Thalia Theatre for the World Music Institute. In 2009 Limbrant played a concert in the Mozart Hall in Vienna.

Limbrant has released a number of CDs with PMP. The first two CDs are titled Limbrant (Etna, nr. 5411499 72022) and ALEZI (Etna, nr. 5411499 72052). A third CD, Danskens-Arguèdènes, was recorded together with the Walloon brass ensemble Á Râse dè Têre and contains dance melodies from the Brabant and Hainaut tradition. In the fall of 2013 Limbrant released the double-cd Brabantse danstradities (‘Brabant dance traditions’ – Etna nr. 5411499 72082), as a supplement to a book with the same name containing dance-technical information

Group members: Katia Verheyen (flute and chair of the non-profit organization Limbrant),Veerle Houdart (clarinet and musical direction), Greet Verhulst (contrabass), Andries Boone (mandolin and violin), Patrick Janssens (chromatic accordion) and Hubert Boone (violin and Flemish bagpipes).