Jacques Steyn  

New release

House of the rising sun

Jazz single

House of the rising sun

House of the rising sun, also known as Rising Sun Blues, is an old folk song known before 1905. It was sung by miners

The oldest published version of the lyrics was printed by Robert Winslow Gordon in 1925, in a column "Old Songs That Men Have Sung" in Adventure Magazine. The oldest known recording of the song, under the title "Rising Sun Blues", is by Appalachian artists Clarence "Tom" Ashley and Gwen Foster - 1933. Ashley said he had learned it from his grandfather, Enoch Ashley.

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I have a repertoire of about 300 songs, most for which I have orchestrated background music to give it a bit of a diferent slant than the originals - my own touch.

I perform in the following genres

My playlist includes, among others, music made popular by

I play the following instruments and sing along...


  • Ligh pop classics (along the lines of Il Divo and Andrea Bocelli)
  • Pop Rock
  • Jazzy Rock
  • Blues (Texas Blues; Chicago Blues)
  • Music theater (musicals such as Mame, pantomime)
  • Cabaret (continental cabaret - social critique)


  • Natural harmonizer
  • A Capella
  • Ballad
  • Rock-n-Blues
  • Jazz - scatting
  • Classiek: romantic baritone
  • Choir


  • Keys
    • Piano
    • Organ
    • Harsichord
    • Synthesizer (MIDI, as well as building own sounds)
  • Guitar
    • Finger picking, finger style (also arpeggio), picking, hybrid
    • Some lead playing - not on axe-man standard
  • Light percussion
    • Bongos
    • Cabasa
    • Guiro
    • Kalimba
    • Maracas
    • Tambourine
    • Wood block

Compositions, Arranging, Orchestration

  • Compositions in popular genres
  • Arrangement - e.g. jazzed up Beatle songs for production: Beatle Jam
  • Orchestration
    • E.g. rock-classic cross-over
    • MIDI orchestration - e.g. backtracks for cabarets
    • Soundtrack for stage productions


Apart from performing my own compositions, I perform well-known international hits in these different programs:

  • Up close and personal. A 2 hour journey through all-time favorites, and the stories behind them. Goes particularly well with wine...
  • Served chilled. Easy Listening - a mixture of genres ranging from folk, pop, ballads and cross-over light classics
  • Timeless. Light Classics and timeless ballads - crossover music
  • Golden Oldies - popular music of the past 100 years
  • Smooth Beatles with a Twist - famous and lesser known Beatles' songs
  • Just keys - lounge and piano bar


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