Ede Staal

Ede Staal
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Background information
Birth name Ede Ulfert Staal
Born (1941-08-02)2 August 1941
Warffum, Netherlands
Died 22 July 1986(1986-07-22) (aged 44)
Delfzijl, Netherlands
Occupation(s) Musician, teacher, singer-songwriter
Years active 1974–1986
Website web.archive.org/web/20180120010842/http://www.edestaal.nl:80/

Ede Ulfert Staal (2 August 1941 – 22 July 1986) was a Dutch singer-songwriter from the Northern province of Groningen who sang mainly in Gronings dialect.

Early life

Ede Staal was born in 1941 in Warffum, the son of a NSB-father (National Socialist) and a farmer's daughter. His father worked as a teacher, and his eldest son Ede would later follow in his footsteps by becoming a teacher himself.[1]


At the age of five, Staal started making music. He was inspired by his grandfather who had worked as a musical director in Leens (and grew up in Leens).[1]

His breakthrough came in 1974 with the song "I'm in the blues". He initially sang in the English language, having studied English at university.[1]

In 1981, he began singing in Gronings dialect, and became well known with the comical song "Mien toentje" (My little garden) as well as with "t Het nog nooit zo donker west" (It has never been so dark before). One of his last songs was the emotional "Mien hogelaand" (My high land) in which Staal sang of his love for the region where he grew up.[1]


Staal was scheduled to receive the K. ter Laanprijs for his efforts to promote the local language.[2] Because of his death in July, it was his wife who received the prize on 4 October 1986.[3]

Personal life

A monument built in Staal's honour near Delfzijl

Staal was an English teacher at a local high school. He married Fieke Spoel and fathered six sons. They lived on several farms throughout the province of Groningen.[1]

Staal died of cancer in Delfzijl, aged 44, at the height of his fame. He is still famous in his homeland and also has a following outside the Netherlands.[1]


After his death, Staal became an iconic figure in the province of Groningen.[1] A monument was erected in his honour near Delfzijl, where he died at his farm in 1986.[1][4] His music was translated into several languages, and one of his songs, "Termunterziel" was even played in Japan.[5]



  • "Mien toentje"
  • "Zuzooien op zundagmörn" (1986)

Single 7"

  • "I'm in the blues / Hear my song" (1974)
  • "Mien Toentje / Man, man, wat n boudel" (1983)


  • "Het het nog nooit zo donker west" (1984)


  • "Mien toentje" (1984)
  • "As vaaier woorden" (1986)

Mini CDs

  • "Zalstoe altied bie mie blieven" (1997)
  • "Credo – Mien bestoan" (1997)
  • "I'm in the blues / Hear my song" (2005)


  • "Mien toentje" (1984)
  • "As vaaier woorden" (1986)
  • "Zuzooien op zundagmörn" (1993)
  • "As t boeten störmt / Hear my song" (1996)
  • "Doarom zing ik" (2005)
  • "Getekend" (2006)


  • "Heur es aan!" (Bureau Groninger Taal en Cultuur, RuG, 1999)
  • "De grootste Groninger hits van RTV Noord" (RTV Noord/Marista, 2006)
  • "Kennismaking met het Gronings" (lecture notes with CD, 2007)


  • "Zo moutve t holden"


  • "Ede Staal" (2004)
  • "Ede Staal, Live " (2005)
  • "Credo, zien bestoan" (2011)

Further reading

(all in Dutch)[3]

  • Christof Beukema & Peter Visser: "Hai nam mie mit" (hommage, 1988)
  • Jacqueline Clements: "Ode aan Ede" Herinneringen aan Ede Staal (2000)
  • Siemon Reker: "Door 't dak zie ik de maan", (lyrics, 2000)
  • Siemon Reker: "Deur de dook zai ik de moan", (revised lyrics, 2004)
  • Henk van Middelaar: "Geef mie de nacht", (biography, 2004)
  • Ede Staal: "Dit is mien laand..." (lyrics with music, 2005)


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h (in Dutch) RTV Noord – Biography Ede Staal
  2. ^ d'Ancona, Jacques J. (5 June 1986). "Prijs voor Groninger zanger en tekstdichter Ede Staal". Nieuwsblad van het Noorden (in Dutch). Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  3. ^ a b c (in Dutch) Streektaalzang – Ede Staal
  4. ^ "Monument Groninger zanger Ede Staal". Leeuwarder Courant (in Dutch). 9 October 2000. Retrieved 31 March 2012.
  5. ^ Nederkoorn, Eric (23 September 2006). "Concertzaal van Yokohama hoort Ede Staal in 't Japans". Dagblad van het Noorden (in Dutch). Retrieved 31 March 2012.

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