Dutch Tilders was worthy of his status as “Master Bluesman”. Soon after arriving in Australia from The Netherlands as a fourteen year old, he was performing. And for the next fifty-odd years he kept performing. It was only the pain from the cancer that eventually killed him that stopped him as his manager reported here back in February:
“Hello Fellow Fans of our Legendary Australian Bluesman,
Dutch Tilders has been forced to retire from his full-time career as an extraordinary gentleman entertainer, performing live Blues Music for fifty two years. Sadly our General Blues Master can no longer sing due to the pain it causes to his diaphragm.
Dutch is now homebound and in a happy place, walking very little and sleeping much more due his much needed dosage of medications.
Dutch Tilders is nearing the end of his journey battling incurable cancer and is accepting of life’s everything.
Thankyou on behalf of our friendly family man as the love continues to be there for him from so many and this definitely puts a grin within him.
I understand some may feel a special thought, story of a time with the Dutchman and if you wish please do not hesitate to write.
Peanuts Promotions 0419308781”
I had the pleasure of working with him a few time around 1986 when he did some shows with Bandanna. The night that sticks in my mind was at the Leumeah Hotel. He’d finished his set and had killed it as usual & we were having a talk side of stage. The DJ from the venue butted in with something about how him & Dutch were “really talented beacuse they were both in the music business” or words to that effect. Dutch just glared at the idiot and said “I’ve spent years learning my craft… you play fuckin’ records. Piss off!”
The guy smiled and backed away & I’ll bet he never compared himself to Dutch Tilders again.
Rest in Peace Dutch.
- Born Matthew Tilders November 1941 – The Netherlands.
- Died 23rd April 2011 – Australia.
Videos of Dutch Tilders
“Stoned Again – 1979”
“I’m a Blues Man”
“Baby Please Don’t Go”