2011 wasn't all that bad! Piiptsjilling's Wurdskrieme was released in Europe in January. One month later Staalplaat released the Mort Aux Vaches feat. Kleefstra|Bakker|Kleefstra. In April the Sieleslyk ep by Gareth Davis and the Kleefstra Bros was part of a lovely Rural Colours package, followed up by the first full-length (Tongerswel) by the trio on Home Normal at the end of the summer. And then there was Kleefstra|Pruiksma|Kleefstra with the Deislieper-album in November, on Hibernate Recordings.
With Sytze Pruiksma we did some incredible gigs, partly accompanied by Greg Haines and Nils Frahm. Meanwhile we rocked some stages with Gareth Davis (and Bela Emerson). And let's not forget Piiptsjilling and all the other artists making Seeljocht a totally awesome happening.
But enough of that! A new year, new plans, quite some special releases. First of all the return of Kleefstra|Bakker|Kleefstra. In 2009 we published KBK's first full length 'Wink'. It's follow-up 'Griis' will come out in February on 12" vinyl only. A Low Point release! Then a bit later there will be an album by the quartet Kleefstra|Pruiksma|Kuitwaard|Kleefstra, a very special release in an edition of less than a hundred. Then somewhat in spring we expect the fourth Piiptsjilling album in the format of a limited double 10" vinyl release on an exciting label. So beware! We also still expect Piiptsjilling's third album 'Molkedrippen' to be released on Spekk Records. It's already over a year late, so let's hope for the best...
Then a new ensemble the Kleefstra Bros are in is working on two albums at the same time. For something completely different that will be. One is already scheduled for the fall on one of our favorite record labels. This ensemble might also do a special live project. So keep an eye on the [r] for all this and more.
Last but not least we're planning to do some gigs with Celer, Machinefabriek and Kleefstra|Bakker|Kleefstra in March. There are already a few dates planned in The Netherlands. More opportunities are definitely welcome.
There is actually more, but let's not overdo it, or did I already?