The Vlieland folk duo "Drijfhout" sing of life at sea, on board, of stranded ships and beachcombing along the coast. Their music, sea songs and shanties come from the Netherlands, Vlieland, the Wadden Sea region and England. Accompanied by guitar, fiddle, accordion, mandolin and whistle, their cheerful songs and stories are the music of the sea and the music of the island.
Ger Lamerus sings and plays guitar, accordion, tin whistle and is no stranger to the world of folk music. His songs, tunes, writing and compositions have sprung from a rich imagination; inspired by the world around him and the seasonal and changing beauty of nature and life on Vlieland. His songs are widely performed by many different singers, bands and shanty choirs. Ger previously played in bands including Kalis and Tientooners.
A musician at heart, Nils Koster sings and plays fiddle, guitar, accordion and mandolin. Trained as a music teacher at the Conservatory of Utrecht, he teaches music, a wide range of instruments and singing to children and adults alike on Vlieland. He is also a musical director, writer, composer and producer, running the acclaimed NKM music label. Nils is a popular and experienced guest lecturer and teacher at music schools including the Conservatory of The Hague, the Netherlands Folk Music Foundation as well as at accordion festivals (including Trek er es uut) and with a number of shanty choirs.
In 2011 Drijfhout have been recognised for their work playing and promoting traditional music on Vlieland and in the Wadden Islands, being the first artists to be awarded the “Wadden Gold Certificate”.
Drijfhout give concerts throughout the year on Vlieland. From April to late October, they perform a traditional music concert every week at the Podium Vlieland Theatre. During the summer months, they also perform special concerts at the Reddingshuisje on Vliehors; which is a driftwood theatre built around a historic sailor’s refuge on the beach. At these concerts Drijfhout sing songs about local shipwrecks, perils and adventures on the high seas.