About us

The Pheasant Pluckers are a group of five musicians and comics. Together they add up to more than 150 years of experience, having worked with Jango Edwards, Pigeon Drop Comedy Company, The Nitwits and Lonnie Donegan to name but a few. For the Pluckers, variety is the key word and not only because they are from five different countries. They switch between styles and sounds in a mixture of music, theatre and comedy. You might hear Zappa, Ellington, Sinatra, Spike Jones and Shostakovich all within five minutes. You’ll be kept on the edge of your seat not knowing what’s coming next. There are vocals in close harmony, velvety brass melodies, a rhythm section that really nails it and even some rude jokes.

The Pheasant Pluckers are a one of a kind ensemble!


  • La Strada Sul Palco, (Italy)
  • Duke Town Jazz Festival, (Den Bosch)
  • Heineken Jazz Festival, (Capella a.d.IJssel)
  • Street Festival Lienz, (Austria)
  • Theatre Carre, 50 years Circus Elleboog (Amsterdam)
  • Meppelsdag, 2 times 1st prize winner! (Holland)
  • Oerol Festival, (Holland)
  • Moderne Clowns Festival, (Amsterdam)
  • Fools Adrift, (Holland)
  • Vlissingen Festival, (Holland)
  • Theater im Garten, Wiesbaden, (Germany)
  • Foolstock, Amsterdam, (Holland)
  • Clown Festival, Leukerbad, (Switzerland)
  • Festival of Fools, Amsterdam, (Holland)
  • Carnaval de Valladolid, (Spain)


De jury van:

“ Jullie zijn ’n feest” (Angela Groothuizen)

“You have to love a good surprise. I don’t know how Much time it took you to prepare that, but it was worth it, cause it works. It was really fun.”
“They have the element of surprise working for them, you don’t know what to expect. But I think what really makes it work, is that they are really good as well. An act like this sometimes can get boring fast, if you’re not really talented, but you guys are, so it just makes you want to see what else you’re going to come with next.”
(Dan Karaty)

“Ik vond het zoooo leuk, dit is entertainment. Ik heb me heel erg geamuseerd.”
“Ik vind het ‘n enig geheel, jullie samen. Ik vind het stuk voor stuk leuk om naar jullie te kijken. Ik vond het een te gekke act. Weird in a good way.” (Chantal Janzen)

“Ik heb nog nooit een drummer gezien die ook trompet speelde. Dat is best knap. Ik vind jullie ontzettend leuk.”
“Het is fantastisch om naar te kijken en te luisteren.” (Angela Groothuizen)

“Er zit humor in en er zit plezier in, en vooral muzikaliteit. Ik vond het echt ‘n geweldig, hysterisch fazanten-optreden. Een heel groot compliment.”
“Ik vind dat jullie muzikaal heel goed zijn. Ik vind dit echt heel bijzonder….. ik word er heel erg vrolijk van. Het is weird maar heel erg vakmatig en vakkundig gedaan, dus grote complimenten daarvoor.” (Paul de Leeuw)

Other quotes

“They are a musical theatre act with a kind of magic comedy. They ridicule without being banal” (Het Parool)

“They appear in a beautiful mix of Music Theatre and refined comedy. It’s always surprising how flexible and tight the music is, how clear the vocals sound and how they change instruments with such ease” (De Gelderlander)

“A brilliant band of comic angels. Imagine Zappa, Ellington, Prince and Sinatra all rolled up in one” (Jango Edwards)

“They play traditional folk music like flamenco and klezmer, a bit of classical, a round of country and jazz and a set of pop and rock. Like chameleons, they take on the colour of various musical styles and are able to do so because of their impressive record in the fields of theatre and music.” (Folia)