Jan Akkerman UK-Tour

2000
 






Almost 27 years to the day, Jan returned [Jan, Lower Idley 13.05.00] to a happy hunting ground. During recording of the Focus sessions in May 1973 he visited the ancient stone circle in Oxfordshire


It's a rather romantic image. Always his own person, Jan tried to travel away from the hustle and bustle of the Tour Bus and entourage back in the early Seventies.
Thus it was that in May 1973 he brought his old Volvo from Holland and proceeded to tour the country back routes in deepest Oxfordshire.
It was there that he stumbled across the weird arrangement of stones - the Rollrights - within a power chord of Chipping Norton and Mike Vernon's studio.

"I always tried to explore in the country," says Jan. "Of course I did travel with the rest of the band, especially on the long-haul flights, but in England I liked to see a bit of the history. It was this that originally inspired me to play the lute and search out some of the old song-books."
Although Jan is a people-person, (witness his unhappy stay on a farm in North Holland in the 1980s when by all accounts "he loved cows but never wanted to own one"), he is inspired by historic buildings and pastoral pleasures.


During his trip to the UK in May 2000 he not only rediscovered the Rollrights but also a little bit of Shakespeare's England in Stratford -upon-Avon. However, as he says, he would rather live and breathe the past than look at history packaged in glass cases.

 

 
During his trip to the UK in May 2000 he not only rediscovered the Rollrights but also a little bit of Shakespeare's England in Stratford -upon-Avon. However, as he says, he would rather live and breathe the past than look at history packaged in glass cases.

"One of these days I'd like to bring my bike and explore further," he says. On our progress through Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire we stumbled across "The Old George Inn" at Lower Idley. Now rechristened "The Old George Flynn" this time the "Tabernakel" was real beer, but, regrettably, that romantic (if ultimately blurred) vision will have to wait for another day.