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Louis with Peter Case


Louis with Ian Siegal at Blues Open


Moulin blues 2008


Southern Blues Nightfall 2007


October 16th: Louis had the pleasure and privilege to get up on stage with Mississippi bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards.
photo: Leo GabriŽls

August 2006, Folkwoods Festival


September 17th 2005: Paradox, Tilburg with Geurt Engelsman, Arthur Ebeling and Sjoerd van Bommel.

On stage with Guy Forsyth, september 2005.

A short conversation with BB King backstage after the show at the Rotterdam Ahoy....

Release of the Songwriters United DVD, june 2005. Songwriters United is a coŲperation between 4 dutch Songwriters: BJ Baartmans, Eric Devries, Louis van Empel en Eric van Dijsseldonk.
Released on Inbetweens Records (IRDVD02).

March 29th: Louis at the Mezz, Breda

Februari 26th: Louis and Aart van der Wulp live at the Leerdam Bluesfestival

Februari 20th: Songwriters United during the recording of the Live-DVD.


Juli 10th: Louis! live in the studio for a national radiobroadcast.

June 24th: Louis at the local radiostation of Brabant.

During the recording of a music video at the Circus.


July 2003: Recording the CD "A Close Watch" at the Hofnar Theatre, Valkenswaard. Musicians: Roel Spanjers (keys), Will Theus (accordion), Geurt Engelsman (bass), Louis van Empel (vocal, guitars, mandolin, banjo, sitar), Thijs Verwer (drums), Rinus Groeneveld (sax) and Arend Bouwmeester (sax).

June 8th: Mainstage Jazz in Duketown, 's-Hertogenbosch. 
Geurt Engelsman, Rinus Groeneveld, Thijs Verwer and Louis.

March 13th: Elegast, Deventer. With Bartel Bartels & Stephan vd Meijden

January: Bellevue Theatre, Amsterdam.
Louis, Arend Bouwmeester, Thijs Verwer, Geurt Engelsman.


The third line up of The Little Louis Bluesband: Aart van der Wulp, GabriŽl Peeters, Louis, Simon van der Wulp.

2002 saw the release of the vinyl LP / CD "Hangin' in the Alley"


The first line up of the band Louis!
GabriŽl Peeters, Louis, Geurt Engelsman and Will Theus

The second Louis! CD - Tales of Liquid Desires & Shining Armours. Musicians: Louis van Empel (vocal, guitar, banjo), Will Theus (guitaar, accordion), Geurt Engelsman (bass), GabriŽl Peeters (drums, keys). Guests: Frank Robescheuten (clarinet / sax), Wilco Botermans (Theremin)


December: Release of the first Louis! CD "Compass & Chart" Musicians: Louis van Empel (vocal, guitar, banjo), Will Theus (guitar, accordion), Geurt Engelsman (bass), GabriŽl Peeters (drums), Eric van Dijsseldonk (guitar), Arend Bouwmeester (sax), DaniŽl Antonis (bass), Jan Snellen (piano), Hans van Velthoven (drums), Wilco van den Wildenberg (guitar), Ronnie van den Wildenberg (bass), Aart van der Wulp (harmonica).

July: Belgium Rhythm & Bluesfestival (BRBF) in Peer, with the second line up of the Little Louis Bluesband:
Aart van der Wulp (harmonica), JP van Hoesel (bass), Hans van Velthoven (drums) and Louis (vocal, guitar)

Demo CD: Juicy Pear


In 1999 Louis briefly joined a Rootspop band called Smalltown Romeos. This picture was taken when the Smalltown Romeos won the Winston Kingdom Pop-prize in Amsterdam. The 1999 line-up from left to right: Louis, Eric van Dijsseldonk, GabriŽl Peeters, Geurt Engelsman. During this period, the band performed mainly in the dutch clubcircuit (Paradiso, Patronaat in Haarlem, Atlantis, De Kade, etc.) and did a short tour of Italy and Switzerland.

Live in Winston kingdom, Amsterdam

Paaspop 1999 with The Little Louis Band

Demo CD The Little Louis Band


CD "The Little Louis Bluesband".
The first line up of The Little Louis Bluesband performed from 1994 - 1998. From left to right: Ronnie van den Wildenberg (bass), Wilco van den Wildenberg (guitar) Aart van der Wulp (harmonica), Little Louis (vocal, guitar) en Jorg Sengers (drums).


Demo cassette