Irish music with a modern twist. The young talents that make up Four of a Kind can pull off some of the most powerful, energetic and danceable jigs and reels one is likely to come across outside of Ireland.

With uilleann pipes prodigy Michael Boere, combined bouzouki-harmonica-player Tijn Berends and swinging bodhrán-beater Suzanne Leeuw, Four of a Kind has exactly the right combination of instruments and temperaments to take their music to the high level of skill and energy that is typical of modern Celtic music.

The three young talents that make up Four of a Kind are well known in the folk music scenes of the Netherlands and Belgium, being regular players at the different sessions, ceili´s and festivals around the Low Countries. It was in fact at such a session that the three of them first met, although it would be several years later before they decided to take the next step and take to the stage.

Over the past few years, Four of a Kind has developed a highly recognisable sound, arranging their songs and tunes in increasingly intricate structures and pouring ever more energy into their music. Performing on festivals and gigs all over the country has allowed them to create a stage act that is alternatingly relaxed and energetic, complementing the unique sound of their music.

Self-described musical mastodon Suzanne didn´t pick up music until her mid-twenties, making her almost geriatric by musical standards. Her solid, powerful rhythms on the goatskin help create the drive that carries the jigs and reels the band play. She maintains that without her maturity and guidance, the band would soon collapse into chaos and anarchy - a gross exaggeration, according to the boys.

At 17 years of age, Michael was the youngest ever workshop teacher at the annual meeting of the Dutch Uillean Pipers Association, leading him to be recognised not only at home but also in Ireland as one of the world´s finest emerging talents. Since then he´s continued to develop his skills as a player, composer and technician, contributing his instantly recognisable individual sound to the music of Four of a Kind. On top of all that, he has very stylish hair.

Tijn firmly denies having ever stated that he only plays with other musicians because he doesn´t have enough arms to play all the instruments himself. Nevertheless he´s made it his personal goal to be able to play a jig on every instrument ever constructed and so far he´s doing quite well. With Four of a Kind he plays the guitar, bouzouki and harmonica.

Upcoming gigs

2019-01-03Bastaard Fantasy AwardsLeiden
2019-03-15Private PartyAmsterdam
2019-03-16Iers Festival LeekLeek
2019-03-17St. Patrick´s Festival AmsterdamAmsterdam
2019-03-22Mulligan´s BarAmsterdam
2019-04-13Celtic Night NuenenNuenen

Past gigs

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2018-12-20Mulligan´s BarAmsterdam
2018-12-09Archeon MidwinterfairAlphen a/d Rijn
2018-12-01Irish NightStolwijk
2018-10-27Halloween CeiliSplendor Amsterdam
2018-09-30Historisch ZoetermeerZoetermeer
2018-09-29Historisch ZoetermeerZoetermeer
2018-09-14Folkpodium ZeistZeist
2018-06-03KaeskoppenstadAlkmaar
2018-06-02KaeskoppenstadAlkmaar
2018-05-27KeltfestVijfhuizen
2018-03-17St. Patrick´s Day FestivalAmsterdam
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2017-12-16O´Ceallaigh´s PubGroningen
2017-12-10Archeon MidwinterfairAlphen a/d Rijn
2017-12-09Archeon MidwinterfairAlphen a/d Rijn
2017-11-12FlevobierfestivalAlmere
2017-07-17Private PartyWageningen
2017-06-04KaeskoppenstadAlkmaar
2017-06-03KaeskoppenstadAlkmaar
2017-05-12Private PartyBunnik
2017-03-18St. Patrick´s Festival AmsterdamAmsterdam
2017-03-17Irish Pub O´Leary´sUtrecht
2017-03-16Private PartyAmsterdam
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2016-12-11Archeon MidwinterfairAlphen a/d Rijn
2016-12-10Archeon MidwinterfairAlphen a/d Rijn
2016-10-29The Irish CottageOude Niedorp
2016-08-26Private PartyRitthem
2016-07-02ZeeheldenfestivalDen Haag
2016-06-11KaeskoppenstadAlkmaar
2016-06-12KaeskoppenstadAlkmaar
2016-06-04Peije DeiDrachten
2016-05-12Musical "De Titanic"Haastrecht
2016-05-11Musical "De Titanic"Haastrecht
2016-05-10Musical "De Titanic"Haastrecht
2016-05-08Musical "De Titanic"Haastrecht
2016-04-26Café de SportDelft
2016-03-17Irish Pub O´Leary´sUtrecht
2016-02-12Huiskamerconcert bij GwendolynnDen Haag
2016-01-23Clan Lamont Pipe Band GatheringWaalwijk
2016-01-13Private PartyAlphen a/d Rijn
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2015-12-13Archeon MidwinterfairAlphen a/d Rijn
2015-12-12Archeon MidwinterfairAlphen a/d Rijn
2015-10-08Huis van PuckArnhem
2015-09-06Mystical Fantasy FairHeeswijk-Dinther
2015-09-05Mystical Fantasy FairHeeswijk-Dinther
2015-06-28KaeskoppenstadAlkmaar
2015-06-27KaeskoppenstadAlkmaar
2015-05-31KeltfestDordrecht
2015-05-30KeltfestDordrecht
2015-03-17Irish Pub O´Leary´sUtrecht

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