Carly E. & Friends

Carly E. (Carlijn van Wijk, 1989) has played the cello from a young age. Between the ages of 12 and 18, Carly toured in Europe and China with the Youth Orchestra of the Netherlands. In 2012 she moved to London before moving again a year and a half later to Argentina, where she stayed until 2016. Far away from home she discovered her own music. She became a singer-songwriter and solo artist, accompanying herself on a cello, also with loop pedal. In 2016 she released her first EP “Blue Funny You”, recorded in Buenos Aires.

Back in the Netherlands, she attracted attention at TEDx and with various performances at festivals. Carly E. formed her own band in 2017 with guitarist Richie Richman, drummer Efraim Schulz-Wackerbarth and double bass player Annick Odom.

Their analog recorded debut album Timeless Thoughts was released on vinyl in 2018 in a sold out venue ‘Cinetol’. She started off the year 2019 with playing solo performances in major venues like the ‘DeLaMar Theater’ and the ‘Amstelkerk’. She plays also in other well-known venues in Amsterdam like ‘De Roode Bioscoop’ and she will play on various festivals like the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh this summer.

Carly E.’s cello idol is Yo- Yo Ma, and she loves the old jazz and soul ladies like Aretha Franklin and Nina Simone. Her big example is Andrew Bird. This combination makes her music a mix of jazz, pop and folk with an intuitive poetic groove.


  • Carly E.
  • Cello
  • Richie Richman
  • Gitaar
  • Annick Odom
  • bas
  • Efraim Schulz-Wackerbarth
  • Drums

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