Leonard Cohen's songs don't need much explanation. With his first record from 1967 "Songs of Leonard Cohen", he immediately added some classics to pop history. "Susanne" and "So long Marianne" are two good examples. For Bert van den Bergh, the introduction to Cohen began with his second record "Songs of Love and Hate" (1971).
The programme Van den Bergh presents mainly covers Cohen's early period up to the 1990s. The songs are played and sung in a contemporary, intimate way. The lyrics (in English) are delivered glowingly by Van den Bergh with his dark, pleasant voice, so that Cohen's soul clearly shines through in the programme. Bert does this in his own unique way, interpreting Cohen, not imitating him.
Van den Bergh's favourable reactions and sold-out venues prove that Leonard Cohen's songs are still popular. Bert knows how to get to the heart of those songs, especially with the top musicians accompanying him.
Bert is accompanied by:
Tessa Kersten - Vocals
Ton Clout - guitar
Hanz Martenz - piano - keys