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Jules Bitter

Jules Bitter

Jules Bitter


Jules Bitter, born in Goes in 1954, is one of the many musicians in the Irish folkscene of Holland and Belgium. His travels to Ireland since the eighties inspired him to develope his own style of playing the whistle and the Irish flute. In 1993 he started “Finglas” (Gaelic: "fionn glaise" = clear stream) with Bernard Willemse (harp) and his brother Rob Bitter (keyboard, vocals, bodhran). In 1997 they released “Water(E)Motion” , a succesful audiotape with Celtic music, including some of his first compositions. Read more on Last.fm
Jules Bitter, born in Goes in 1954, is one of the many musicians in the Irish folkscene of Holland and Belgium. His travels to Ireland since the eighties inspired him to develope his own style of playing the whistle and the Irish flute. In 1993 he started “Finglas” (Gaelic: "fionn glaise" = clear stream) with Bernard Willemse (harp) and his brother Rob Bitter (keyboard, vocals, bodhran). In 1997 they released “Water(E)Motion” , a succesful audiotape with Celtic music, including some of his first compositions. Guest players were Frenk van Hooff (bouzouki/mandolin) and Philip Masure (guitar). To Jules it was indeed a year of special emotions connected to the water : for the first time, he took his sea kayak to Ireland and met Fungi the Dolphin at Dingle and the seals of Mutton Island.

From Doolin harbour he kayaked a few times to the Cliffs of Moher to see them from another (ocean-) level...and in the evenings he enjoyed the Doolin sessions. In 2001 Finglas was reformed into a six piece band: Frenk van Hooff (bouzouki, guitar), Kees Schoone (accordion), Jennifer van der Harten (harp), Janneke Donkersloot (fiddle) Rob Bitter (keyboard, bodhran, vocals) and Jules. In 2002 he produced his first CD “Druid Dance" with befriended musicians. And, to my delight, this "bardic experience of music, poetry and dance" was reviewed as one of the best "Nether-Celtic" CDs by New Folksounds Magazine. If you want to read more as well as have a listen, please visit my Druid Dance page on my website http://www.whistle-flute.com Also in 2002, Jules started "FluitPraxis" (lessons/workshops whistle/flute) and made the first Dutch tutorial for the whistle (“Basiscursus Whistle”) which was a prototype of his successful "Whistle Basics" method (book & CD). In the same year, the Dutch association of folkmusic (SVN) asked Jules to teach the whistle class at their Irish weekends in de Glind, which he did from 2003-2007. In 2005 Jules's interest in the history of his province Zeeland (in the south-west of Holland), resulted in a CD project about the Celtic-German goddess Nehalennia, whose cult was adapted by the Romans that occupied Zeeland under command of Julius Ceasar.

At the opening of the reconstruction of the Nehalennia temple in Colijnsplaat (August 2005), he presented this project : the instrumental CD “Nehalennia Suite” that includes nine Nehalennia themes, along with the story-CD “Neeltje and Saltbeard”, which is a Celtic tale of love and transformation (see and hear more in the menu "Shop"). In 2007 Jules made a tutorial CD "The Irish Beat Conductor” that includes 40 percussion tracks in different speeds to practice and play Irish Traditional Music : for beginners and advanced players on rhythm and melody instruments. In 2008 the Dutch edition of Whistle Basics was published, the first complete audio-visual tutorial for the whistle. It has indeed been a successful edition and release due to the fact that many folkies in Holland and Flanders have need of a tutorial in their own language and because Whistle Basics has a complete and impressive audio-visual part: 70 instructional videos and 99 MP3s. The English edition of Whistle Basics will be available in September 2009.

A preview and audio/video - demo's: go to the website: http://www.whistle-flute.com At the start of 2009, I released another Irish Beat Conductor (improved edition) with 66 MP3s. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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