Liseth began writing acoustic songs in the nineties after the rockband in which
she started as bassist broke up. This brought her to various stages at home and abroad. During and after her study at the
Rockacademy in Tilburg ('99 - '04, her 2nd bachelor) she build her
professional practice as a musician and teacher. These were years of big personal changes and wanderings in other
musicprojects. But the desire to
return to her own music was undeniable...
Kites and Traffic Lights
In 2014 she flew to California and recorded a handfull of her new songs with
guitarist/singer Michael Roe and bassist Mark Harmon (The Lost Dogs, The 77s
a.k.a. The Seventy Sevens). The tangible result
of that exiting journey is the EP Kites
and Traffic Lights; an attractive and sun-drenched semi-acoustic
EP, containing personal and melancholic songs about friendship, love,
loneliness, doubt and hope. The EP was released in June 2015.
"such beautiful music, such honest songs..."
(Hijlco Span, radio presenter / producer)
& The Lost and Found
Back in the Netherlands, Liseth started playing with - lost out of sight and
found again - guitarist/singer Eric van Dijsseldonk and bassist Lucas Beukers.
The collective love for well-written acoustic songs and americana, and the
organic guitarsounds of the sixties and seventies, brought these three
experienced musicians together. But Liseth can still be found on acoustic stages as a solo artist or in a duo.
Eric van Dijsseldonk is not unknown to lovers of rootsy pop music in The
Netherlands: he played with JW Roy, The Revolvers, and others, performed in
several theater tours, plays with Malford Milligan, and is also a singer and
Lucas Beukers is one of the most wanted bassplayers in Tilburg; he played
with Gé Reinders, Frederique Spigt, and others, and is heard on CD's of various
Liseth Horsten herself is the best kept secret of Tilburg according to
her fans and bandmates. She writes passionate songs with a hint of
rock, folk and country. Not the other 'girl with guitar' but a woman with strong
songs and a voice that is warm and aged but clear like glass, down-to-earth and
dreamy. A voice with much depth and character and a delightful timing.
"A beautiful voice, warm, sometimes dreamy but
always flawlessly in tune. Her stage performance is natural and relaxed. A
woman that sings from her heart so that the music really touches the audience.
Gorgeously accompanied by Lucas Beukers on bass and Eric van Dijsseldonk on guitar.
The question that rises during the concert is: why is this woman with this
quality not much more known?"
(Wilbert van Rijen, venue programmer)
From earlier reviews:
"Her voice is powerful and fragile, sensual and compulsary at
the same time"
(New Folk Sounds)
"strong timing and a good voice".. "convincing"
"her voice is flexible as a rubberband, clear as water"
"beautiful, warm voice that definitely shows talent"
"I seldom saw a singer being so herself on stage"
ONCE UPON A TIME, when Liseth was still a
little girl with pigtails, they tried to teach her some musicality by making
her play the recorder, followed by (voluntary this time) clarinet. She didn't
really connect with the instrument after all, so a year later she called it a day..
But a few years later her teenage eyes lightened up when an old
nylon-stringed guitar entered
the house and into her older sister's room, and once she got her hands on it she
tuned the strings down to play 'bassguitar'...
After the breakup of the rockband in which Liseth had learned to play a
real bassguitar (halfway the 90's), and after discovering she also liked to sing, she started writing intimate and expressive songs on acoustic guitar.
These songs brought her to various venues in The Netherlands and abroad:
cafés and clubs, Flevofestival (NL), Greenbelt Festival (UK). In 1998 she
short tour through Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands, together
with Mr Bennet (CAN) & Jeff Tarayla (USA), and released her first EP.
From 1999 untill 2004 Liseth attended the brand
new 'Rockacademy' in Tilburg (NL), a Bachelor music course that helped to bring about a big change
in both her musical and personal life. She played her songs solo and with her band The
Disposable Souls with which she recorded a demo in 2002, played in a
few schoolbands, and in jazz/singer-songwriter project The Gift that released a
stunningly beautiful CD in 2003.
In 2004 she started
working as a vocal teacher, played guitar and sang in an acoustic
commercial cover project, and even dressed up as a discodiva to sing her rent
and groceries together. Too busy building and surviving and trying out new things, her
own original music faded into the background only to come to the surface on
special occasions. Meanwhile she did some cool projects
vocals in other bands, writing songs for a theatre play (in Dutch), putting someone's poems on
or singing oriental improvisational melodies during a modern dance theatre
And because blood is thicker new songs pop out from time to time,
and shows with her own repertoire suddenly appear in the agenda.. Her 2015
EP Kites and Traffic Lights was a good step towards new
songs, new recordings, new directions, new frontiers.. to boldly go
where she has never gone before >>>