Hills of Belgium is an old time duo from, you guessed it… Belgium. And they have just released a single and music video from their second EP, their version of Ola Belle Reed’s timeless classic, I’ve Endured.
The duo consists of Jérémie Fraboni on banjo and Lorcan Fahy on fiddle, and the two have dedicated themselves to the Appalachian music of the American southeast. Well-accepted back home, they have performed at popular folk and bluegrass festivals in Belgium, France, and the Netherlands.
One might ask what sort of hills they have in Belgium, and while there are a number of peaks that are popular with hikers and climbers, the guys acknowledge the differences between their homeland and the Appalachians that inspire their sound by describing it as “mountain music from the flat country.”
Jérémie and Lorcan have recently returned from a pilgrimage to the source, spending three weeks in the Appalachian region where they attended a number of festivals and fiddlers’ conventions. It was during this whirlwind tour that they shot this music video for their decidedly old timey version of I’ve Endured.
I’ve Endured from Hills of Belgium is available for download purchase through bandcamp as part of their Sources EP.
Work on a debut full-length project is ongoing, with hopes for a release in 2024.