Laundromat – A Rory Gallagher Tribute band
The inspiration for the formation of Laundromat arose out of a contact from Klaas and Annet Spijker to Danny Vlaspoel in June 2000. After two very successful Rory Gallagher tributes in Leeuwarden they were looking for new bands – in particular for a Dutch band to play 100% Rory music. Danny, a Rory fan since the age of 14 who had seen the Man perform quite a few times, was pleased and honoured to take on the challenge.
Leeuwarden 2001 was the launch-pad for the new band and they were absolutely delighted with the reception to their 10 songs /one hour set from an audience of seasoned Gallagher fans from Ireland, Germany, England, Belgium, Scotland, Norway and the Netherlands. They were really struck by the depth of enthusiasm and warmth of the response. As the audience sang along with every song and hung on every note they felt that this was something very special. There was almost a spiritual feeling about the great influence of one man – Rory Gallagher.
The five following years were very successful and Laundromat played a lot in Ireland (Ballyshannon twice, Cork and three tours), England (Sheffield), Holland (Leeuwarden 5 times and some other big festivals) and also Germany.
Most gigs were big tributes but they played also small theatres and pubs.
But then there was a change: Ed, became a father and didn’t want to play that often anymore, Rob was invited to play with another band and it was over. After several requests Laundromat made it to play on the 9th Rory Gallagher Tribute Concert Holland with Ted McKenna on drums. It was a huge success and the RG tribute foundation received many requests to get Laundromat on stage again for the tribute nights.
On the 14th Rory Gallagher Tribute Concert Holland they showed their skills to the audience, they played songs from Rory from the Taste period and after, with no one less than Mark Feltham (Nine below zero, Rory Gallagher, Oases, Robbie Williams, Joe Cocker etc). And after that they played the international Rory Gallagher festival in Ballyshannon ( Ireland) on the main stage.
So we’re back again and Laundromat will play their hearts out for all those Rory Fans with the following line-up:
Guitars – Danny Vlaspoel
Bass – Joeke Wouda
Vocals – Fred Koridon
Drums – Maarten Witsel