Ten Katestraat are an alternative guitar band based in Amsterdam. English singer-songwriter, Brexit refugee and former street busker, Stephen James Howard started playing his new heartfelt political songs at the Amsterdam Songwriters' Guild Cafe de Koe open mic in August 2017. Influences include Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Jeff Buckley, Jacques Brel, Sonic Youth, Johnny Marr and Radiohead.
Reviews for debut single “Cold Surrender Again”, which reached number 8 in the Dutch IndieXL free40 indie charts in 2019, include:
"An abundance of headphone moments on the one track & an absolute fine piece of music" Alice Peter-Burns (NOVUMfm.de);
"Fantastic!" Christian John (RadioWigwam.co.uk);
"This is absolutely gorgeous. Has let some light into our world today" (EverythingIndieOver40).
The new singles “The Commander Told You” and “Leaving Everything Behind” are also charting in The Netherlands indie scene and gaining international radio play.
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