Bert Hek (1952) is active as musician since many years. In his place of birth Winterwijk (Acherhoek, eastern part of The Netherlands with Doetinchem as central town) he became “guitar player” in "The Black Hands" at an early age of 13. After having seen a performance of Matthews Southern Comfort in 1970, Bert was taken by folk music. Partly by the singing of Iain Matthews, but even more someone called Leo Unger, a Dutch guitarist who played ragtime in a way as if he had discovered it himself.
Because of profession, marriage, children etc. the music became second-rate until he met Henk Leeuwis and Martin van Laar who played a repertoire Bert knew and liked at an open-stage during a birthday party in Enschede in 1990.
They decided to “play around together” and after Henk bought an accordion in an overconfident mood, a choice for cajun music was made after Bert took over and managed to play on it, and Des Fais Do-Do was born.
Nowadays, next to this, Bert is active in several other bands such as singer/guitarist in the late (electrical) Americana band “The Smallville Songhunters”, "The Sunshine Boys" (together with Alex and his son Douwe) and occasional accordion player in the ‘nederrock’ band "De Zingende Fresia's" and as guitarist in de Johnny Cash tribute band "Cash 'n Co".