The band Papaver ( plays traditional and mainly flemish music. This music is played on both traditional instruments such as flemish bagpipes, melodeon and cittern, and modern instruments such as double bass, clarinet and saxophones in a very dynamic way. The repertoire, mainly newly composed tunes by the members, consists of dance music and is played in concerts as well as for dancing.

The band Papaver (dutch for poppy) was founded in 2000 when Fons Vanhamel (ex Spelemannen, Stoopkes, From Us to You, ...) joined the group PPR (Poesen, Rutten, ex Limburgs Dansorkest, Slemp). In its short life (so far) Papaver played throughout Belgium with highlights such as Midis-Minimes 2000, Feestival Gooik 2001, the third Rencontre des Cornemuseux, Arc-Ainières 2002 and 2003, Volksmuziekstage Gooik 2002, Dranouter 2003 and 25 years Brabants Volksorkest 2004.


  • Wim Poesen: flemish bagpipes, wooden concertflutes, whistles, low whistles and bamboo flutes
  • Leo Rutten: melodeons, sax tenor and sax bariton, bamboo flutes, flemish bagpipes.
  • Peter Daems: mandola, guitar
  • Fons Vanhamel: double bass, sax soprano, clarinet, percussion