They are back again! The most famous duo from Groningen already came to our festival in 2015 and will do so again in 2021!
This musical cabaret duo from Groningen became known in the 1980s through street performances in the city of Groningen, where they accompanied themselves on an acoustic guitar and sang well-known songs with lyrics in ‘Gronings’ and Dutch. De Haan and Den Hollander were members of the student association Albertus Magnus. After both, separately from each other, participated in an association song festival in 1978, they decided to continue together. In 1980 the same song festival was won with the song Gezina. Shortly afterwards they started with street performances. They used the wide part of the Herestraat in Groningen for the Hema. Due to the large turn out, the street often closed off completely.
Legendary performances included on February 25, 1982 in De Trefkoel in Paddepoel, March 11, 1982 in Het Dok in Lewenborg, May 5, 1982 in Noorderplantsoen and September 17, 1982 in Jeugdsoos Rehoboth (now Zaal Flits) in Loppersum and the Oerol festival on Terschelling. At larger gigs they were assisted by a backing band called De Containers.
The band quit in 1985. In 1988 they started with Alina Kiers with the trio De Bende by Baflo Bill, later followed by Voorheen de Bende. A farewell concert was held on November 16, 1984 in the Stadsschouwburg of Groningen. After many requests, a reunion concert followed in the spring of 1990. In 1994 they gave two more concerts in the Groninger Evenementenhal, P&R Ten Years Apart. The tickets for these performances were sold out in no time. The twenty-fifth artist anniversary of De Haan and Den Hollander was celebrated with a short tour in September and October 2005. The two closing concerts in Martiniplaza were attended by four thousand visitors each. During this performance Daniël Lohues played along with Zundagoavond Blues.
In December 2005 Pé & Rinus became Groninger of the Year.
On January 14, 2008, Pé & Rinus sang along with the ‘Grönnens Laid’ during the record attempt “Singing the National Anthem” on the Grote Markt in Groningen. In addition, they also played their instrumental version of the song and sang “Jelle (Gaat Lekker)”. On May 10, Peter and Frank together with De Bond against Harries jokingly launched the old-school remix of the song De Plattelandsvrouwen – a jumpstyle version. On February 23, 2012, Pé & Rinus gave a concert in Martiniplaza, accompanied by the Noordpool Orchestra. In 2015 they were the surprise for many at Zomerfolk and in 2016 they were at Zwarte Cross.
Anyone who attended these amazing shows at Zomerfolk in 2015 will certainly still remember. We are therefore very proud that they will be back in 2021!