Henhouse Prowlers in Olen

Here’s the eighth report by The Henhouse Prowlers from their ongoing European tour. This comes from bass player and founding member, Jon Goldfine. The guys have promised daily reports (with photos) from their Euro-jaunt over the next week or so. You can follow all their posts by clicking here.

Thurday we played in Olen, Belgium, only a short drive of 20 minutes or so from our “home” in Gierle.

The venue was an Irish Pub called McBoll. The decor was unique compared to what we’ve seen throughout this trip. Among other oddities, there was a chrome stove right in the middle of the room. Stijn informed us that this type of stove was once very common in Belgium and served three purposes. Heat, cooking, and a warm place underneath for the family dog to sleep.

Also, being an Irish Pub, in addition to the many Belgian beers available, there was Guiness on tap. We were served very filling dinner of pasta with a cheesy tomato sauce. On top was what looked like a slice of American Cheese! To make us feel at home perhaps?

McBoll is small and intimate enough that we didn’t need to set up the PA. It was Henhouse Prowlers in the raw. Typical of the Belgian audiences, they were attentive and appreciative while we played and even sensitive to the fact that we were playing unplugged.

There was a young Belgian country band in attendance. They call themselves Black Sheep Bible Belt, a name indicative of what we’ve found to be a Belgian fascination with things having to do with the southern U.S. They asked rapid-fire questions about our lives as full time musicians.

Next we’re on to Wolfersheim, Germany!

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.