Originality is a difficult component for any band to encompass. In an industry where familiarity feels like home, Dutch trio My Baby should be applauded and appreciated for daring to be different.

Listening to the band’s second album, Shamanaid, feels more akin to taking an acid drenched trip into the unfamiliar. A journey that promises mystery, intrigue and excitement – and it delivers.

My Baby fearlessly fuse funk and gospel, mix finger-picking folk/blues with a few drops of Indian slide guitar, add a few shots of African inspired riffs, and shake it up all up with a generous measure of the haunting, ethereal, sultry and often powerful vocals of charismatic and captivating lead singer, Cato.

Following seven shows over three days at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, and 14 dates supporting Seasick Steve earlier this year, Amsterdam’s finest have just announced their own headline UK tour this autumn, and are set to cast their spell over British fans with their very own unique brand of beguiling and bewitching Blues.

Live, the band – completed by Cato’s brother Joost van Dyke (drums) and guitarist Daniel “daFreez” Johnston – perform in an almost ritualistic trance state, and they want you to join them on their psychedelic trip through the Universal landscape of World music. Have a few little sips of their home brewed Shamanaid cocktail, and you’ll soon be transported into an altered state of conscious awareness.

UK Tour Dates

27 – Komedia, Brighton
28 – Boedga, Nottingham
29 – Arts Centre, Liverpool
30 – King Tuts, Glasgow
31 – Graystones, Sheffield

01 – Deaf Institute, Manchester
02 – Academy 2, Newcastle
04 – Academy 3, Birmingham
05 – Louisiana, Bristol
06 – Oslo, London


Words: Bobby Smith