Vroeger Was Alles Beter / The Rockin' Windmill Show

On June 8, 2002 the Ferryhouse in Oud Gastel (the Netherlands) was the place to be if you fancy music that was played in the late 50’s and early 60’s. The festival was called ‘The golden years at the Ferryhouse”. Top acts from Holland, Belgium and the USA played our favorite kind of music.

We saw the following bands on stage.

The Hillbilly Stringpickers from The Netherlands playing mostly rockabilly music.

The Shakin’ Arrows, the Dutch band that celebrated their 40th anniversary last year at the same location. They played rock and roll and instrumentals like the Shadows used to do.

The Mike Fleming Special - all the way from the USA bringing you a dynamic performance with their own design ‘washtub’ bass.

Chris Watson and Band, the Piano Killer a.k.a. the European Jerry Lee Lewis from Belgium.

Rene Shuman who performed and sang like Elvis in his best years with the Shakin’ Arrows as backing group.

Two days before the festival Rucphen FM’s rock and roll program “Vroeger was alles beter” spent 2 full hours to preview the festival.
Special guests in the studio were: Mike Fleming and CJ (Chris) Kringle of the Mike Fleming Special. Ton Duquesnoy and Jan van Helvoirt of the Shakin’ Arrows.

Ton, Jan and Mike brought their acoustic guitars. Mike played guitar and sang a couple of songs in the studio. Chris was joining him in the studio just looking pretty (he said so himself). For some songs listeners could call in and when they knew the title of the song they got free access to the festival. A number of instrumentals were played by Jan and Ton for which the listeners could also win a free ticket for Saturday night. Jan also showed his vocal talents. In notime the 10 free tickets were earned. One of the winners even called from bed.