The Relda Trio
1954 - 1960

The Amateurs.

Art Daane migrated to South Africa in May 1954. The place where Art landed was 'Strand,' a little village by the sea, and soon people seemed to know that he played a musical instrument, as he was asked to take part in a talent quest in the local cinema. With his broken English he phoned Vincent van Rooyen, a chromatic player from 'Parow,' and told him about this, he then went to see Bryan Jones, his future brother-in-law, who was a magnificent guitarist and keen to join them to make up a trio. They decided to play numbers they all new, and stuck to the original arrangements, so that they didn't need much time to practice. They lived too far apart and could only practice over the weekends. They played the Czardas of Monti, Hora Staccato and the 12th Street Rag. They had a great write-up in the local paper about this guy that looked as if he was eating a watermelon, they probably had never seen a bass harmonica before.

Relda Trio
The Relda Trio - South Africa 1954
Brian Jones - Guitar
Vincent van Rooyen - Chromatic Harmonica
Art Daane - Bass Harmonica

The guitarplayer was that natural, that when he got his first chord harmonica it looked as if he had never done anything else in his life, and that was the birth of the Relda Trio. (Read back to front).

During their first tour in the Western Province, they stopped in the Hex River Mountains and had a photograph made in the snow with a self-made snowman.

Relda Trio
The Relda Trio on Matroosberg, South Africa 1954
Art Daane - Bass Harmonica
Vincent van Rooyen - Chromatic Harmonica
Brian Jones Chord Harmonica

The trio became very popular and were invited to appear on radio. This success lead them to get their own 2 weekly programme on on Monday evenings at 7.30 pm, lasting 30 minutes on the Afrikaans speaking S.A.U.K.

Relda Trio
The Relda Trio `Live`at S.A.U.K., Cape Town 1956
Brian Jones - Chord
Vincent van Rooyen - Lead
Art Daane - Bass

The 5 Adlers
When The Relda trio wanted to become more professional, they seeked the help of Max Adler. A well-known Accordionist and teacher in Cape Town.


They also took lessons from a choreographer to improve their stage appearance.
Max suggested forming a larger group including the Relda Trio. Max wrote some arrangements for a quintet, which never got a real name because they only performed a couple of times. In remembrance of Max, Art chose ``The 5 Adlers``
The 5 Adlers
The 5 Adlers - South Africa 1954.
Kenneth White- Lead
Donald White - Chord
Art Daane - Bass
Dave Barlow (obscured) Harmony
Vincent van Rooyen - Harmony

The Semi Professionals.
The Trio had lots of success, many radio shows, theatre productions and commercials kept them busy. Touring the country with comedian "Piet Pompies" [Pieter van der Byl] took most of their time, the distances were great and sometimes had to travel all weekend to dojust one show.
They were regular guests on the Caltex- and Atlantic shows on radio by the S.A.B.C and Springbok Radio.

Caltex Show
"The Caltex Show" (1950's-1960's)
Ken Taylor
Geoffrey Slaymaker
Gabriel Bayman
Leslie Richfiled
Flippie Laker
Clair Scott
Harold Cobb and his Cobburettors

"The Atlantic Show" (1950's)
Cecil Wright
Molly Thompson
Bill Prince
Atlantic & Caltex Show photographs from The Pumamouse.

At the end of 1960 Art was to move back to his home country, which meant the end of the Relda Trio.
In 1989, when Art went to the Worldchampionships in Trossingen, Germany, he met Vincent again, and you could well imagine what a great time they had after 29 years.
Vincent competed with his new trio and took 3rd place, and took part in the duo competition, and took 2nd place.

Island of the White Cloud.
Back to the sixties again. Since being back in Holland, in The Hague to be precise. Art had been playing in several groups, and working his way through loads of meat when he was offered a position in New Zealand, where he and his family arrived in January of 1967.
A great country to live in, he had never seen a place that green, and all year round too. The outdoor living was tremendous, the family spent many a weekend, in the open, on the beaches. New Zealand wasn't filled with lots of harmonica players, so he took his chance in starting a harmonica school.
The school wasn't a real success, except for the fact that he ended up with a chord and bass player. With Art on lead, Ross Fisher on Chords, and Richard Wade on Bass they didn't quite make the grade, but had enough work to keep them practicing for a larger repertoire.

Relda Trio
The Relda Trio - New Zealand 1967-1973
Ross Fisher - Chord
Art Daane - Lead
Richard Wade - Bass
Because of things beyond Art's control, he had to return to Holland with his family.

Home again.
Once back in his home country and settling down in a complete strange city, where he had never been in his life before, he decided to look for some harmonica players, who, undoubtedly, had to be found somewhere in his vicinity.
How wrong he was, there was no one to be found, and after 16 years in this city he decided to go to Trossingen, where he didn't only meet his old friend Vincent again at Hohner's Harmonica World Championships in Trossingen, Germany, but also became re-acquainted with long-lost friends, all this lead to establishing the Catstown Harmonica Club in his home town.
Besides playing and teaching, Art loves to promote the instrument and the people who use it, doing research and writing articles about the artists and the instrument is taking up a large amount of his time which gave him great satisfaction.

The new Relda´s.
Since his arrival back in Holland, Art hadn't been playing harmonica seriously as he wasn't able to find anybody to make up a trio in the region where he resides.
On 7 March 1999, Art met an old friend, Cor van Helden from Rotterdam. Cor played the chromatic. Cor's friend, Peter Krol, played bass and lived just around the corner from Cor's place in Eindhoven. The two of them only live a few miles from Art's place in Helmond.
He was, like Cor, very much in the mood to start a trio with Art on chords.
Although Art had never played the chord harmonica seriously, he found it a challenge to have a new "Relda Trio" again with himself on chords.
They made their first public appearance in the Accordion and Harmonica Museum "De Muse"on 28 September 1999. Since then they appeared at various venues.
Since Art had a very busy personal Itinerary for 2002, visiting South Africa and various European countries to promote the harmonica and a visit to Singapore and Malyasia, he resigned from the trio in March 2002, and was replaced by Frank Rijsdijk.
The new formation is now called "The Jeno Trio".

Relda Trio
Peter Krol - Cor van Helden - Art Daane

During his visit to South Africa in 2002, they got the original Relda Trio from the 50's together again to record one of Vincent's own compositions "Wineland Seties" for Art's double CD project in Holland.
This project is a compilation of Dutch Harmonica Players 1947-2002. It contains 46 titles on 2 Cd's.

Relda Trio
Brian Jones - Vincent van Rooyen - Art Daane
(42 years later)

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Wineland Seties

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Relda Trio - Wineland Seties klik hier om te luisteren Recorded: Cape Town, South Africa 2002

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Art has been entered in "ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE HARMONICA" 2002

On 2 April 2004 Art returned to South Africa indefinitely. His old friend Johann Kok, whom he taught to play the chromatic in 1954, is still living in the same village by the sea. Since then Johann and Art performed as the "Helderberg Harmonica Duo", with Johann on Chromatic and Art on the Chord harmonica. They solely play traditional South African music from composers of the past like:

Danie Bosman, Danie Pretorius, Anton de Waal, Tienie Coetzer, Jan Pohl etc.

Die Flierefluiters
Photo: Districtmail

Early in 2008 Johann had a heart attack, followed by a stroke after which he became disabled, and the future for the "Helderberg Harmonica Duo" looked slim. Soon after, Johann's family found out that he also had cancer he became terminal. He passed away peacefully, surrounded by his closest family on Sunday 13 April 2008, at the age of 71.
He will be missed by family and friends. He was my best friend for 54 years and will never been forgotten.

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