‘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
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
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