In the summer of 2013 Dan Wall took part in an world music conference in Slovenia where he had the opportunity to perform one of his first solo shows. While there, he met and collaborated with many talented and inspiring musicians, some of which showed interest in performing with him. With musicians jumping on and off stage performing a mix of original tunes by Dan Wall and traditional American songs in the spirit of the streets and pub sessions, suddenly the seed for the future band Old Salt was planted. Of the musicians who collaborated with him in this time, three of these people; Johannes Wannyn and Lotte Remmen from Belgium and Anton Teljebäck from Sweden are still core members of ‘Old Salt.’
Not too long after their adventures in Slovenia, they were able to rendezvous in February 2014 at a music festival in Umeå, Sweden where Dave Barfoot from Scotland Jumped on board as the Percussionist. Shortly after they made a short dive down to Belgium where Dan met Lara Rosseel on the Upright Bass which sealed the Sextet that is today the band Old Salt. Over the next two years, despite being from four different countries, the band was able to rendevouz a few times a year for short tours throughout the EU and grew rapidly into the European Folk Scene especially in Belgium where they played music festivals such as Dranouter Festival, Gentse Feeste and Copacabana. After their successful season of 2016 Old Salt is poised to jump head long into the next with their debut album, new tunes and a fresh tight sound.
Old Salt is a collective of musicians from the USA, Belgium, Sweden, and Scotland who pull their influences from down in New Orleans to the Appalachia Mountains up into the folk revival of the North Eastern States and jumping the pond to the many sounds from Old Europe. They successfully mix session with stage and street to bring a folk sound with grit, dynamic, spontaneity and improvisation. Their first album, ‘Up River Overseas,’ combines original songs by Dan Wall, as well as traditional tunes arranged by the band. The album was recorded in the north of Sweden in a live band room to ensure that the recordings would maintain a genuine reflection of their live performance.
Banjo, Violin and Lead Vocals
Dan Wall found his passion for music back in 2008 when he stumbled upon a street band in New Orleans. Riveted by the positive vibe, the social interaction, and a rootsy Americana sound, he quickly picked up the Banjo and found travel, street performance, songwriting and musical collaboration to be his new mission.
He initially divided his time between working at home in Hudson, New York as a carpenter and traveling through Europe as a street musician. He's now is based in the south of Germany and focuses his time on building a musical career.
Violin and Vocals
Lotte Remmen was born in 1986 in Belgium. She started her musical career at the age of 8 years old and immediately chose the violin as her favorite instrument. From the age of 12 Lotte started to play with several youth orchestras (Euregio Jeugdorkest, Kempisch Jeugdorkest) and became section leader. At that age she also started to develop in other genres like folk and jazz music.
Lotte studied classical violin at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp, but soon after this she decided to focus on improvisation in a jazz violin course and different kinds of world violin workshops with international teachers. In meanwhile she worked as a classical violin player in ‘Amos String Quartet’, ‘Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra’, ‘DeFilharmonie’ and ‘Banshee Duo’. Lotte played as a freelance musician in many folk, world music and cross over projects. Based in Gent, today she is the violin player of Old Salt and Strograss. In her musical career she has traveled all over the world as an artist.
Contrabass and Vocals
Lara Rosseel was born at the Belgian seaside in Veurne in 1985. She got her bachelor in classical guitar at the Lemmens Institute in Leuven (Belgium). Later she graduated as a Master of Double Bass (jazz department) with Nicolas Thys (Taxi Wars, Chris Defoort...) and Jos Machtel (BJO). Lara studied one year in Göteborg (Sweden) with double bass virtuose Anders Jormin (Bobo Stenson trio ECM).
In 2008 Lara traveled to Mali where she specialized in Malinese music. She worked together with Zap Mama, and Pierre Van Dormael and recently released the album 'Home and Old Story's' with Chris Joris.
With this wonderful mix of styles, Lara gathered enough inspiration to start her own band: Lara Rosseel band and their first album is about to be released soon.
Guitar and Vocals
Johannes Wannyn started his musical career at the age of 16 as an autodidact by playing in the band Stro. This band still exists, but is currently called Strograss. Strograss is one of Johannes' main projects, a crossover americana - oldtime - singersongwriter project in which originals of both Johannes and his brother Joachim can be heard.
Johannes always had a passion for music in the Dutch language, called 'kleinkunst'. He has his own project in which his originals are arranged into beautiful acoustic songs. Johannes also plays in 'Kleinkunstkollectief', in which they cover flemish and dutch song.
After Etno Histeria in 2013, he met Dan Wall, and is one of the founders and core members of Old Salt.
Five String Viola
French cellist Toby Kuhn is a post-classical musician with a taste for improvisation and folk music of all persuasions. Always on the lookout for new ways to play his instrument, his unorthodox approach wins admiration and acclaim from a variety of music-lovers, from the concert stage to the pub, from Japan to Slovenia via Sweden and Canada, bringing the full potential of the cello with him on his journey across style and invention.