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Paul Rans

singer, lute & sackbut player,
lute maker & broadcaster

Paul Rans Ensemble

Paul Rans: voice, lute, sackbut
Philippe Malfeyt: lutes, cittern, hammered dulcimer
Paul Van Loey: recorders, dulcian
Piet Stryckers: bass viol, hurdy-gurdy

Wednesday 27 November 2019,


Museum Vleeshuis, Antwerp, Belgium

Woensdagklanken, 2.30pm

Friday 13 December 2019, 8pm


Church of Saint-Gudula, Lindenstraat 11, 1785 Hamme

(Merchtem, BRUSSELS)

2019: A LA RUM

Paul Rans: voice, sackbut
Marc Hauman: voice, guitar, percussion
Wiet Van de Leest: violin, voice
Jokke Schreurs: guitar, voice

All gigs in Belgium
Saturday 1 June 2019: Merode Festival, Diest
Sunday 7 July, 4pm: Na Fir Bolg Festival, Vorselaar
Friday 12 July, 8pm: Summer Festival Leuven
24 July, 4pm: Gentse Feesten bij St Jacob, Ghent
Sunday 15 September 2019: Schots Weekend, Alden Biesen
Saturday 28 September 7pm: Centre culturel Victor Jara, Soignies
Sunday 29 September, 3pm: De Roma, Antwerp Borgerhout
Wednesday 6 November 2019, 8.15pm: CC De Werft, Geel
Thursday 7 November, 8.30pm: De Singer, Rijkevorsel
Friday 8 November, 8.30pm: Toogenblik, Haren (Brussels)
Thursday 14 November, 8pm: Ripspiqué, Lier

Paul Rans Ensemble:

Sunday 12 August 2018: Festival at Ham, Belgium
Saturday 10 November 2018, 8pm: CC De Ploter, Ternat, Belgium
Sunday 11 November 2018, 10am: Church of Lillo (Antwerp), Belgium
Sunday 18 November 2018, 4pm: 't Ey, Belsele, Belgium

Oorlogstaferelen / Scenes of War

Songs of War in the Low Countries from the Middle Ages to World War 1

Paul Rans: voice, sackbut
Philippe Malfeyt: lute, theorbo, guitar
Paul Van Loey: recorders, dulcian and whistles
Piet Stryckers: bass viol, hurdy-gurdy, cello
An Van Laethem, violin

“In Flanders Fields”: Michael Morpurgo, Coope Boyes & Simpson & the Paul Rans Ensemble
Kings Place, London, 25-08-2014

'It will be hard for other centenary events to match this original and powerful blend of music and spoken word. This show deserves to be repeated.'
Robin Denselow in The Guardian 27-08-2014


Wiet Van de Leest, Jokke Schreurs, Paul Rans, Marc Hauman,

                                                                                                      Photo Lieven Muësen

... the wealth of vocal colours which A la Rum produced for the songs 'Maschéro' and 'Duizend soldaten' (Thousand Soldiers) was a rare plea for depth and roots - De Standaard 23/04/2012
... with Jokke Schreurs and Marc Hauman, Paul Rans and Wiet Van de Leest injected new life into Rum. 'Maschéro' made you dream and they gave us a beautiful version of 'Duizend soldaten' - De Morgen 23/04/2012

On the different interpretations of the 14th c. song
‘Egidius waer bestu bleven’ (Gruuthuse Ms., end 14th c.):
“Most of all I was touched by the simple and intense version of the Paul Rans Ensemble ... the intimate and restrained voice of Paul Rans who turns this poem into a poignant lament.”
Guus Middag in 'Onze Taal' magazine (The Hague, April 2012)