I N T R O D U C I N G T H E J U L I A N S A S B A N D
The Julian Sas Band is one of the leading blues rock bands in The Netherlands. Since they began playing together about 7 years ago, they have released 7 CD's, 1 DVD and done an awful lot of gigs. In 1998 the band received a public award for their second album called 'A Smile to my Soul'. It was listed as one of the best blues CD's of that year. In 1999, the Julian Sas Band was top of the bill at the legendary Fehmarn Festival (the German equivalent of Woodstock), which was entirely dedicated to the memory of Jimi Hendrix. The Band also featured at the Rory Gallagher Tribute in the Belgium town of Wespelare. In september 2000, they released 'Spirits On The Rise', their fifth and most recent album.
T H E B A N D
Julian Sas lives in Beneden Leeuwen, a small town that lies between the rivers Maas and Waal in what might be called the Blues Delta of The Netherlands. This is where he finds inspiration for many of his songs. Although Julian is only 32, he is already being compared to American guitar giants such as Johnny Winter, Walter Trout and Jimi Hendrix. He can play load and aggressive as well as heartrendingly subtle, and no-one can play a boogie like he does. Most of the songs he writes are based on riffs of John Lee Hooker, Freddy King, Willy Dixon, Memphis Slim or other major blues artists. Julian is a great fan of the late Rory Gallagher and the fact that he was invited to take Rory's place in the original Rory Gallagher Band on a number of occasions, clearly shows how his fellow musicians have come to respect him.
Pierre de Haard, the drummer in the band, lives in Germany. Since the end of the sixties, he has been playing various styles of music. Pierre, who is also known as the 'Boogie Machine', loves to improvise together with Julian.
Tenny Tahamata of Moluccan origin is the bassplayer and lives in Tiel, The Netherlands. He's selftaught, has done experience with various local bands playing all kinds of music. The last years Tenny played with blues rock trio Half Past Midnight, which accompanied Curtis Knight until his death. In between he did several gigs with harpplayer Keith Dunn before to join the Julian Sas Band.