Sjock Report


tynefolk recently enjoyed the company of Sjock, a four strong band from Friesland in the Netherlands who sang a mixture of traditional English and Friesian songs along with some contemporary material for good measure.

Sjock are led by Gjalt Bosma on vocals, viola and whistle. Gjalt, who has visited tynefolk on previous occasions this time was accompanied by Rutger Dijkstra, vocals, guitar, violin and viola, Anouk van der Heij: Vocals, Cello and the newest recruit, Sanne Meijerho on vocals, bohdran and whistles.

Gjalt and Rutger previously played in a band called Kalis plus a number of other different formations before forming Sjock. Anouk is previously a member of the Maastrichter and Hamburger student orchestra. For Sanne, this is her first group.


The evening of song and music proved to be a great a success particularly when the group sang the Friesian equivalent of "Byker Hill and Walker Shore" with unpronounceable names! Along with an acapella version of Billy Joel's "For the Longest time".

Sjock provided a wonderful night of entertainment, enjoyed by all and continually changed between both the traditional and modern sounds.

A most impressive debut at tynefolk and no doubt we'll be seeing more of Sjock in the future.