NO blues goes Istanbul

March 2nd, 2019

NO blues have been asked for some possible gigs in Turkey, it seems we are going to play in Istanbul in april. We would play with Janos Koolen on guitar as we did in Amman.

Ad van Meurs and Ankie Keultjes

February 2nd, 2018

After the tragic death of our guitar player Ad van Meurs, we are sorry to say that his partner Ankie Keultjes has decided there is no role for her in NO blues anymore. We are sad to see a good and trusted sound engineer leave. She recorded and mixed the previous seven albums and you can hear her singingsome lead vocals and  backing vocals on many NO blues songs. We wish Ankie all the best in the future. NO blues will be available for gigs with Haytham Safia, Anne-Maarten van Heuvelen, Osama Meleegi and a stand in guitar player for now. The last two years this has been Janos Koolen. The first upcoming gig is on 3 march in Parkstad Theaters Limburg in Heerlen (NL).


NO blues on tour in Turkey and the Czech Republic

June 8th, 2017

After a very successful show in Bursa last year, NO blues will now be performing in Ankara, Turkey. The band is doing one show at the Ankara Palace on June 12. We are looking forward to play to all our Turkish fans again! You can buy your tickets here:

On June 26 we are heading to the Czech Republic to play at Valašský Špalíček in Valašské Meziříčí. If your Czech is educated enough, you can check out for more information.

NO blues in British Songlines magazine

October 20th, 2016

We’re very proud that our music is included on the exclusive Dutch Delta Sounds sampler that comes with the latest edition of the leading British music magazine Songlines! This issue contains an actual summary of Dutch ‘world music’, accompanied by the bonus cd.

What the Mississippi symbolizes for New Orleans is the Rhine for the Netherlands. In this delta of Western Europe, on the boundary between land and water, originated a musical more-streamscountry. On the one side influences from Eastern- and Southern-Europe silted, on the other side from the whole world. Via the sea as from the 17e century the Netherlands were connected  with Africa, Asia, North- and South- America. More than ever this heritage – an open attitude to absorb ánd to pass on influences from four directions of the wind – colours the Dutch musicworld today.  You will find here cross-overs between jazz and pop with music from the Balkans, Surinam, Indonesia and Morocco, but also with influences  from the Dutch Antilles, Turkey and Portugal. In short: Dutch Delta Sounds!

On Dutch Delta Sounds there are 18 tracks from the following artists:
Amsterdam Klezmer Band, Arifa, Baraná Trio, Boi Akih, Carel Kraayenhof & su Sexteto Canyengue, Combinatie XVI, Fra Fra Sound, Getetchew Mekuria & The Ex, Izaline Calister, Julya Lo’Ko & Erwin van Ligten, Kasba, Maria de Fátima, Mdungu, Minyeshu, NO blues, Oswin Chin Behilia, Raj Mohan and STriCat.

For more info visit


NO blues is heading for Turkey

October 19th, 2016

Good news, we’re coming to Turkey real soon! Next week NO blues is playing in the auditorium of the Union of Chambers Academic in Bursa.

Date               Wednesday Octobre 27th
Time               20:00
Price              discount: 10 ₺, full: 15 ₺
Venue            Bursa akademik Odalar Birliği Oditoryum, BAOB
Adress           Odunluk Mah. Akademi Cad. No:8 Bursa

For more info visit the facebook event. Hope to see you there!


New shows at Deventer & Amsterdam

July 6th, 2016

We have some new shows confirmed, come and check us out at:

Poëziefestival Het Tuinfeest
August 6th, 23:00
info & tickets

Dutch Delta Sounds
September 7th, 20:30
info & tickets

Hope to see you there!

NO blues continues tour to Czech Republic

May 26th, 2016

We’re back from Jordan, where we played a wonderful tour of five performances! In our tour journal you can read all about King’s Day in Amman, a bar named after our album Ya Dunya and audiences from all directions.

We’re happy to announce that later this summer we’ll play the Folk Holidays Festival in Náměšť nad Oslavou, Czech Republic. But before we move on we play one gig in the Netherlands during the Wijland Festival.

This fall we will be playing in succession of the recently released album The best of years at NO blues, a tour that we’ll continue in theaters and at festivals in 2017/2018. For bookings please contact Anne-Maarten.

Upcoming shows:
24/06 Wijland Festival, Dronten
29/07 Folk Holidays Festival, Náměšť nad Oslavou (Czech Republic)

Hope to see you there!


Check out The best of years at NO blues:

NO blues’ tour journal of Jordan

May 4th, 2016

We had a great time playing in Amman Jordan! The first show at the Blue fig was magical, playing for an appreciating audience. The atmosphere was relaxed and the warm night was a beautiful start of our five gigs. After the show we went to a place called Dunia where the owner told us he had named his bar after one of our albums Ya Dunya and told us he is a big fan of NO blues. We had waterpipe, drinks en food and enjoyed great Jordanian hospitality.

On day two we played at the Haya Cultural Centre after taking a walk in the area. This theater was a good setting for the NO blues music. Sound engineer Hassan from Eclipse Events did a great job and the band really took off during the show. The audience gave a standing ovation and after the show we went out for food.

Day three was our Kings Day gig at the Embassy. In the Netherlands everybody gets dressed up in orange and celebrates. The Dutch Embasssy was coloured with orange lighting, so we felt right at home. Although the evening was a little chilly, the gig went great and the people kept warm by dancing. A couple from France had come in especially from Jerusalem to watch us play. It is always an honour when fans drive a long way to come to one of the gigs.

On day four the band went cultural and we visited the Citadel at Amman. After seeing the ancient buildings and the amphitheater we went to the Shomann Foundation for our fourth gig. The energy in the room was truly amazing with people singing along and clapping to the songs. Young and old enjoyed the music and after the show and encores we went out for a great meal and more waterpipe.

Our last show was at the Maestro Bar. A completely different venue from all the others. A smokey club with a young crowd. We played with a lot of energy and fire. Again the music came across and the room exploded after solos. People clapped and danced, a great last gig to our stay in Amman. After the show Haytham and Osama had to hurry to catch their flight. What a night!

We want to thank everybody who helped make this tour possible; among others Lama, Ghadeer and the rest of the good people at the Amman Jazz Festival, Maartje Peters at the Dutch Embassy, the Fonds Podiumkunsten for helping us out, the sponsors among which Amstel, the sound engineers, Safe for dragging the instruments around, productiehuis Oost-Nederland and all the people that came out to see us. We hope we’ll go back to Amman!

– NO blues

And this is what it looked like:

De Stentor: “Brugfunctie in Amman”

April 26th, 2016

Yesterday we had the first gig in our Jordan tour, still four to go! Meanwhile newspaper De Stentor published an interview today with our own Anne-Maarten. He talks about our music and the chance we get with this tour to focus on the bridge and not the gaps between east and west.

Read the entire article here (only in Dutch, click on the image):


With greetings from Jordan.. 😉

NO blues on tour in Jordan

April 14th, 2016

Good news: this year we’re celebrating Dutch holiday King’s Day in Jordan! We’re invited to play at the Dutch ambassy and do a mini tour during the Amman Jazz Festival in the capital of Jordan:

NO blues | Jordan Tour
April 25th   Blue Fig Cultural and Arts Café
April 26th   A Night of European Jazz, Haya Cultural Centre
April 27th   King’s Day Concert, Royal Netherlands Ambassy
April 28th   Shoman Foundation
April 29th   Maestro Music Bar

With a lot of thanks to Fonds Podiumkunsten who support us for this tour. There we go!

NO blues