The future

While Cloudmachine disbanded last January, the heart and soul of the group, singer-songwriter Ruud Houweling is moving on. Currently he is working hard on songs for a new album, to be released somewhere in the first months of 2016. The songs are among his best so far and it looks like it will be a very focussed record. It will be centered around his vocals and guitar, strong moods, with dressed down yet rich arrangements rooted in the melodic and harmonically rich European music. Marketeers wll probably call it chamberpop. There will not be a drummer. The song will be the core of the music. Which makes it possible to perform both solo or accompanied by other musicians. We are looking for representation in the USA. Please feel free to contact us.
Ruud’s website:

Posted on July 16th, 2015

Ruud Houweling with Egon Kracht and Amir Swaab: review

Ruud’s first official solo effort in his hometown Alphen aan den Rijn was just wonderful with many friends and kind hearted people attending. Thank you all for making this evening special.  (picture: Sam Knoop). Here’s a great review.
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Posted on April 11th, 2015

Semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition 2014 (ISC)

The Cloudmachine song Big Love appearing on the album Back On Land was submitted for the 2014 International Songwriting Competition (ISC). Ruud Houweling has been hand picked as one of the semi-finalists from 18,000 entries. Exciting, to say the least! Will keep you posted.

Posted on March 14th, 2015

LIVE: Ruud Houweling with Egon Kracht and Amir Swaab


On Thursday April 9th I’ll be playing at the Parktheater in Alphen aan den Rijn, with two musicians I admire: Egon Kracht on double bass and Amir Swaab on grand piano and accordion. We’ll play some of my recent songs and new interpretations of the best Cloudmachine songs. The theater is very charming and a personal favorite (since it’s in the town I was born). I’m excited about this evening, it’s the first step on a new path. I hope to see you there…

Reservations can be made through this link.

Posted on February 15th, 2015

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