He speaks the Drents dialect of the Dutch language. He sings in Drents. He is from Drenthe. Emmen-born musician Daniël Lohues is a big name in modern Dutch music and is known all across the Netherlands.
This October, Lohues is on a national tour with Holland Baroque orchestra performing Bach-inspired compositions. Blending the masterpieces by Bach, Telemann and Handel with ten of his own songs, Lohues plays chest organ accompanied by harpsichord, woodwinds, strings and lute. From Leeuwarden to Tilburg, tickets were sold out weeks before the concerts.
What is notable about such Northern singers as Daniël Lohues and Ede Staal is that they changed the perception of Dutch dialects by the public in the Randstad. For some of those living in the central-western cities of the Netherlands, dialect-speaking people seemed not intellectual enough. Educated and versed, Daniël Lohues and Ede Staal became the voices of the Drents and Gronings dialects.
While Ede Staal wrote songs mostly about life in the Groningen countryside, Daniël Lohues often incorporates the province of Drenthe into the national context. For example, in the piece called ‘A28,’ Lohues describes his way home to Drenthe from Utrecht via the A28 motorway and states his feelings for his province: “I have a heart of steel and my home is a magnet.”