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Karin van Driel

Karin can't remember exactly when she first started singing! But she joined her first choir when she was old enough to read (5 yrs old) at church in her native Netherlands. She spent many years singing with various choirs including, at the age of 17, a year in The United States with the Concert Choir of her High School. Whilst in The States she also sang in two musicals at The Sioux Falls Community Playhouse ("Hello Dolly" and a "Celebration of the Musicals" medley), as well as her High School's production of "The Wizard of Oz". On her return to The Netherlands she went back to singing in her church choir, until she decided to spread her wings and moved to Scotland for work. There she struck up a friendship with the fabulous Jimmy Campbell, local keyboard legend, whom she asked to learn one of her favourite Gershwin tunes 'Stairway to Paradise'. He said he would, if she would sing it. This led to hour-long guest slots in Jimmy's weekly performances at the Hotel where she lived. This really gave her a taste for "live" performing as a solo singer. When she eventually left Scotland and moved to Cambridge it took winning a Karaoke competition to get her back on stage. She started doing solo gigs with a backing track, but soon discovered that this was not something she enjoyed. She missed the interaction with other people on stage. When her work took her to Peterborough, she met and started dating Tommo, who asked her to sing backing vocals with his band The Mary Hinge Experience. This band lost some members, but was then reformed including David Astell and Mick Castellano. When Dave mentioned he was forming a blues band, Karin jumped at the chance to be a part of it and the legend that has become Dr A's Blues Consortium was born!

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  • Karin and Tommo got married (to each other) on March 29th 2003
    thereby bring domestic harmony to the dance floor!!!!!!!!!

Musical Influences

  • If this section is for music that she has heard and which has also influenced her in one way or another. The list would be endless… Some of her favourites include: ·
    •  Annie Lennox 
    • Anastacia 
    • Anything written by George and Ira Gershwin 
    • Creed 
    • Les Miserables
  • Blues related: ·
    • Eva Cassidy 
    • The Commitments 
    • Bonnie Raitt 
    • The Blues Brothers 
    • David Astell 
    • Neil Johns

Musical Ambitions

Singing Jazz and joining David on the Jools Holland show…

Favourite Position

Right in Front of the Kick Drum!!!!!!!





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