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 The Kinksfan Kollektiv

Chris Griffiths (drums/vocs) (UK) : Chris joined Dr Geoff and Anne-France Legris to jam at the Pete Quaife book-signing at the Clissold Arms in March 2011, and has been a member of The Kinksfan Kollektiv since the first gig in November 2011. He also played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in 2016.

Ben Elsendoorn (bass/vocs) (Netherlands) : Ben is a bass player for The APM Big Band and Irene's Angels & Demons in the Netherlands. He has been a member of the Kinksfan Kollektiv since 2012. In 2016, Ben set up The Kinksfan Kollektiv XL to play in s’Hertogenbosch. In 2017, he took over as leader of the Kinksfan Kollektiv.

Keld Nilsson (bass/vocs) (Denmark) : Sharing the bass duties with Ben, Keld plays bass with Empty Account, as well as being a solo performer and music teacher in Denmark.  He has also been a member of the Kinksfan Kollektiv since 2012.

 Jørn Back (vocs) (Norway)  : Joining the Kinksfan Kollektiv in 2015, Jørn is singer with Norwegian Kinks tribute band, Kinky Way.

Christian Ebeltoft (lead guitar) (Norway)  : Also joining the Kinksfan Kollektiv in 2015, Christian is lead guitarist with Kinky Way.

Birger Villadsen (rhythm guitar/vocs) (Denmark)  : The final Kinksfan Kollektiv newcomer in 2015, Birger plays guitar in a duo with Keld. He played with the band again in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Geoff Lewis (keyboards/vocs) (UK) : “Dr Geoff” has been playing the Kinks singalongs since the early 2000s. He is also keyboard player and backing vocalist in The Fingers, The Lazy Sundays, Big Fat Shorty, Frightened Eyes and Kinks kover specialists The Spivs.

 

2015 was his final year as leader of the Kinksfan Kollektiv, but he continues to perform with them. He also played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch in 2016.

Olga Ruocco (lead and backing vocals) (UK) : Olga has been at every singalong there has been. She is backing vocalist in The Spivs and has been a member of The Kinksfan Kollektiv since 2011. She also sang with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in 2016.

Xander van Veelen (drums) (Netherlands) : In previous years, Xander, son of Dick, played drums on Dedicated Follower of Fashion, while Chris led the vocals. In 2014, Xander  played on several songs while Chris did his extended Mick Avory vocals thing.

Patrick Costello (lead guitar/vocs) (USA) : Patrick played his first Kinks singalong in 2011.  A solo performer and bass player with an unnamed band in New York City, Patrick has recorded several Kinks songs, including one with Dr Geoff on piano. He played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv from 2011 to 2014 and again in 2016 and February 2018.

Lynn von Sien (Zecca) (bass) (USA) : Lynn is bass player in Minneapolis-based Kinks tribute band, Kinda Kinky, She played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv in 2011.

Jim Smart (guitar/vocs) (USA) : Jim lives in Hawaii, where he is a well-known singer/guitarist both as a solo performer and in bands including Green Flash, Tripper and The Day Trippers.  He played a special “unplugged” Kinks Night at the Clissold Arms  with the Kinksfan Kollektiv in 2015.

Alan McClure (guitar) (UK) : Hailing from Scotland, Alan sings and plays guitar (and occasionally saxophone and whistle) with The Razorbills and Hamilton McClure. He also performs a few solo gigs. He played at the “unplugged” Kinks Night in 2015.

Geoff Murrell (lead vocals) (Spain): Another long-time contributor to the singalongs, Geoff is a solo performer and singer with Stiff Upper Lip in Spain. He is also lead vocalist in The Spivs and was previously with G-Mark, Nameless and Who Are You. He sang with the Kinksfan Kollektiv in 2011, 2013 and 2017.

Dick van Veelen (rhythm guitar/vocs) (Netherlands) : Dick joined Dr Geoff for the first time at the 2010 singalong. He is also a member of Kink In De Kabel. He played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv from 2011 to 2014 and again in 2016 and 2017. He also played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in 2016.

The Kinksfan Kollektiv is an international band of musicians who are all great fans of The Kinks, put together in 2011 by Geoff Lewis, to perform at Kinks singalongs for Kinks fans.

Band Members (in order of joining) :

Christian Davies Son of Dave Davies and nephew of Ray, who starred as young Ray in the Kinks‘ “Down All The Days” video, Christian sang some of his father’s songs with the Kinksfan Kollektiv in 2012 and again in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Guest Vocalists

Isa Arnold Chris Griffiths‘ sister Isa joined the Kinksfan Kollektiv at The Clissold Arms in November 2015

Ian Rhydderch (sound engineer/vocs) (UK) : Ian volunteered to help with the sound at the Victoria in November 2015 and was inducted as a permanent full band member in November 2016. He performs with Cut 3 Ways around Swansea, South Wales.

Janet Wolters (lead and backing vocals) (Netherlands)  : Janet sang with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016 and again with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XXL in London in 2017

Marlieke Elsendoorn (flute) (Netherlands) : Ben’s daughter Marlieke played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016

Inge Donkervoort (trumpet) (Netherlands) : A member of Irene's Angels & Demons and The APM Big Band, Inge played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016 and again with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XXL in London in 2017.

Jolande van Erp (saxophones/flute) (Netherlands) : Another member of Irene's Angels & Demons and The APM Big Band, Jolande played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016 and again with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XXL in London in 2017.

Ton van Erp (trombone) (Netherlands) : Trombone player with The APM Big Band, Jolande’s brother-in-law Ton played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016 and again with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XXL in London in 2017.

Sjef van Rooij (keyboard) (Netherlands) : Sjef plays keyboard in: Irene’s Angels and Demons, APM Big Band, regional dialect band Cohda-Krek, Den Bosch Zingt-Band,and Bosch dialect duo Van Alle Markten Thuis.  He also sings in and composes for some of the above bands and accompanies various solo-artists . Sjef shared keyboard duties with Geoff with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016 and again with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XXL in London in 2017.

Roel Essing (guitar) (Netherlands) : Guitarist with The APM Big Band, Roel played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016 and again with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XXL in London in 2017.

Vincent Schrover (guitar) (Netherlands) : Vincent plays lead guitar in Beatles tribute band, The Magical Mystery Band. He played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016

Carli Bongers (vocals/bass) (Netherlands) : Singer with The APM Big Band, Carli sang and played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016

George Blanken (lead vocals) (Netherlands) : George sang with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016

Hans Rovers (lead vocals) (Netherlands) : Hans sang with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016

André Wagener (lead vocals) (Netherlands) : André sang with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016

Bjorn Kastelijn (sound engineer) (Netherlands) : Bjorn was sound engineer for the Kinksfan Kollektiv XL in s’Hertogenbosch, November 2016

Jos van Erp (sound engineer/brass arrangements) (Netherlands) : Also from The APM Big Band, Jolande’s husband Jos is a music teacher, arranger and band leader. He worked on the desk and arranged the brass parts for the Kinksfan Kollektiv XXL in London in 2017.

Nel van Driel (saxophone) (Netherlands) : Another member of The APM Big Band, Nel played with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XXL in London in 2017.

Laura Mapes (drums) (USA) : A former firefighter in California, Laura guested with the Kinksfan Kollektiv XXL in London in 2017.