‘HOW KATE CHANGED MY LIFE’

Buck­ing­hamshire will get a taste of the Kate Bush magic as her Dutch coun­ter­part comes to play in High Wy­combe this month. Lor­can Lovett spoke to Maaike Brei­jam ahead of her show

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GOTHIC metal singers may not spring to mind when you think Kate Bush. How­ever, the daz­zling singer who is rid­ing the wave of an ac­claimed come­back tops the playlist of any heavy metal vo­cal­ist worth their salt, ac­cord­ing to Maaike Brei­j­man. And Maaike would know.

The 38-year-old singer used to screech out heavy rock, and jazz, and gypsy folk – that is un­til Kate Bush changed her life.

Maaike, who grew up near Am­s­ter­dam, heads the trib­ute act Dream­ing of Kate which tours across the coun­try this month.

She first heard the idio­syn­cratic war­bling of Kate when she was eight year old.

“Her mu­sic is ev­ery­thing,” she said. “I can hardly un­der­stand how some­one can write the lyrics she has writ­ten and mu­si­cally all the songs are great.”

Maaike has tried out dif­fer­ent gen­res in­clud­ing gothic metal, and she says most gothic singers lis­tened to Kate be­cause of her ‘beau­ti­ful clear vo­cal lines’.

When Maaike was 16, peo­ple be­gan com­par­ing her looks to that of the fa­mous per­former.

Then she went the ex­tra mark and got a fringe.

Soon the pubs of Hol­land were ring­ing out with ren­di­tions of Wuther­ing Heights and Hounds of Love as the singer and dancer moulded her craft.

At the age of 31, Maaike launched her trib­ute act to Bush. Peo­ple thought she was ‘crazy’ for do­ing it, she says.

“I think at that stage I had the right peo­ple around me. I had much more courage than I had ever had be­fore,” Maaike re­flected.

“I de­cided that I wanted to do things be­cause I wanted to do them. As a per­son Kate has al­ways done things she wanted to do the way she wanted to do them.”

Much like Bush, Maaike stopped car­ing and started per­form­ing from the heart. Now she will bring the mu­sic of Kate Bush to life, with help from her Liver­pudlian band.

The show will have nu­mer­ous cos­tume changes, dance rou­tines and stage props. While the per­for­mance may not match the scale of Kate’s cur­rent shows in London, it prom­ises to share its spirit of

ex­cit­ing the­atre.

The come­back has also stirred up at­ten­tion for Maaike’s tour, which her band an­nounced a day be­fore Kate an­nounced hers.

“It is a co­in­ci­dence,” Maaike, who proudly holds tick­ets to see Kate’s show this week. “We have drawn at­ten­tion from it and the whole thing’s more in peo­ple’s minds at the mo­ment.”

See Maaike per­form 23 songs – a lot from the first cou­ple of al­bums, some from her favourite al­bum Dream­ing and many of the clas­sics too – at the Wy­combe Swan in St Mary Street.

The show is at 7.30pm on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 17. Tick­ets cost £19.50. Call the box of­fice on 01494 512 000. Visit wycombeswan.co.uk

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