Petra de Winter is a wonderful singer who hails from The Hague, Netherlands. Petra is a singer, songwriter, in management at Chabliz. She is also a singer/songwriter/producer at Olsen Winter and Singer-songwriter at Chabliz. Petra also gives vocal workshops and vocal coaching to adults and children. I wonder when she gets time to sleep.
I posted this first video on my old blog a while back, but today being the 100 year anniversary of the start of the Battle of the Somme seemed like a fitting use of this beautiful song.
Petra is in wonderful voice and the full backing of the amazing Chabliz is perfection.
Poppies in Flanders Fields
Chabliz song about WW1 ( The Great War ), composed by Gerrit Vennema. The song starts as a jazzy ballad and ends with operatic Wagnerian rock. Chabliz singer Petra de Winter went to the WW1 battlefields in Belgium and France and read several books about the subject. Chabliz drummer Ap de Ree has a special interest in the historic military aspects of WW1. They were very impressed about what they saw on their trips to the battlefields and spoke about it with composer Gerrit Vennema, who got inspired. Gerrit read some books about the subject and composed this song. Chabliz arranged it and strangely they managed to catch the atmosphere of the big war graveyards in Belgium and France. This song is a tribute to all fallen soldiers, from all nationalities, especially in WW1. Composer Gerrit Vennema is a good friend of the band and gave his permission to promote this song at Soundcloud and other (social) media. John McCrae wrote the words in May 1915. He was one of the war poets, one of the soldiers who fought in WW1.
A strangely hypnotic re-write to a classic, a wonderful performance and the beautiful voice of Petra. What more could you ask for?
Brilliant, just brilliant.
“Strange Fish” is an adaptation of the classic song “Strange Fruit”. We wrote new lyrics for this jazz standard, following the current situation of people fleeing war. This song is dedicated to all the refugees of war, and is our musical contribution to the political debate; a small, personal initiative of a few musicians.
“Strange Fruit” is originally written by Abel Meeropol (aka Lewis Allan) and sung by among others Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.
Singer-songwriter Petra de Winter wrote this adaptation of the lyrics, together with Richard Underscore. Lyrics-advice by Catself.
This is a live home recording, made by René ten Cate. Mixing and mastering by Mosound Productions.
Vocals: Petra de Winter. Piano : René ten Cate. Saxophone : Nicko Christiansen.
More from Chabliz at the old blog, please ignore the stupid “Content Warning” Blogger / Google slapped on it. Who knows one year they might get down to the investigation they promised month ago. But not holding my breath, hence the move to here.