Ron van Eck RIP

Sad news from the long running Supersister camp with the announcement that bass player Ron van Eck passed away earlier this week. Ron van Eck had been with the band from the very beginning and featured on their 1970 debut album Present From Nancy.

“Supersister were unique among Dutch groups, presenting a musically sophisticated blend of Canterbury style prog/fusion (strongly reminiscent of Caravan, Egg and Hatfield And The North, with strong classical flavours and garnished with a dollop of Zappa style humour”…

Ron van Eck ~ courtesy of the Supersister websiteSince July 20th, Wednesday morning,  our dear friend bass player Ron van Eck is no longer with us.  After several years of heavy health struggling his body ‘simply’  had to give up – the end was reached. The end of his working so hard and so patiently on recovering, which even one day resulted in the fact that he picked up the bass guitar again.  Supersister even started to rehearse – very cautiously –  we had high hopes to be able to play Nearfest ’11 after also completing a short TV appearance in September ‘10.

Sadly enough we had to cancel all this shortly after : Ron suddenly suffered from significant fall-back. It seemed as if Ron had to start all over again – which he did, as he had done everything before, utmost bravely, but as we know now, half a year later: in vain…

Ron was Supersister’s architect and philosopher – without him it would have been something else completely, as well musically as lyric-wise.  We sure will miss him badly, our dear music mate and friend with whom we went through so many stages in life together.

Bye bye Ron, thank you for all your notes, words, ideas… our Red Giant !

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