With their finely textured arrangements WÖR injects new energy into 18th-century melodies from the Flanders region of Belgium. Their music shines an inventive spotlight, with a modern twist, on the melodies in these manuscripts.
WÖR released 2 albums ('Back to the 1780's' (2015) and Sssht (2017) and toured in Europe, Australia, Canada & the US . In August 2018 they won the German award 'Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik' with their last album 'Sssht'.
“WÖR, a massive hit with audiences at the Shetland Folk Festival 2016. Not only did they deliver a very powerful sound, they engaged really well with all ages in the audience who reacted with lots of smiles and appreciation. A fabulous edition to our 2016 lineup." Mhari Pottinger - Programmer, Shetland Folk Festival
"WÖR's album is brilliant. It's very exciting to hear a young band reinterpreting old manuscripts in a refreshing and new way." Sam Sweeney - BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician Of The Year 2015
"The music is classic, they call it folk, the result is rock'n'roll." Marc Vandemoortele (VRT - Radio 1 & Klara)
"The remarkable thing about WÖR is the dynamic way the quintet breath new life into these striking melodies." Songlines Magazine (UK)
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Back to the 1780's
WOR takes the audience on a timetravel back and forth now and Flanders 300 years ago.
Preferred to bring this program in the buildings where the original music once sounded: churches, bell towers, chapels, castles
A fast uptempo set
These people were the musicians of their town: violinists, bell tower musicians, dance masters... They played at all sorts of events, from official ceremonies to parties and informal occasions.
Petrus Josephus Van Belle, 1743, Viane
This collection of tunes by Van Belle was discovered in a church organ in Viane about thirty years ago.
Ioannes de Gruijtters, 1746, Antwerpen
De Gruijtters was the carillon player of Antwerp. In his manuscript 194 melodies and popular tunes from his time got noted down.
Fam. Di Martinelli, ca. 1750, Diest
This collection of four musicians books comes from the family archive of Di Martinelli, a family of musicians and lawyers from the town of Diest
Jean-Baptiste-Robert d’Aubat de Saint-Flour, 1757, Gent
A dance master from Ghent. In 1757 his collection of "Honderd uytgelesen Contredansen" was published.
Pierre Trappeniers, ca. 1775, Brussel
A dance master who lived in Brussels between 1734 and 1794 and published three books with contradances.
Franciscus De Prins, 1781, Leuven
Carillon player and organist at the Sint-Geertruikerk in Leuven.
P.J. Vanpelt, 1786, Tongeren/Maastricht
A collection of tunes well preserved in the beautiful Basilica of Tongeren, a city not far from the town Maastricht (NL) where the origin of this manuscript may be.
Theodoor or Augustinus Everaerts, 1728, Antwerpen
The collection 'Beyaert' is the oldest collection to be found in Belgium with music for carillon. It contains mainly Christmas carols.