‘Twibv’ was created as an excuse for a group of friends to play music together, but quickly grew to be a fully fledged folk-pop band with original material. Playing music and telling stories, that’s what we love to do. Whether these stories originate in literature, poetry, nature, our own experiences or our imagination doesn’t really matter. We use an enormous variety of instruments (the counter is almost at 15!), different languages and most importantly: plenty of humour, even in songs about death and tragedy. Using (among other things) piano, ukulele, violin, whistles, cajon and vocals, we’re about to tell you a few of our favourite tales.
In 2015, we made a short cd named ‘Snippets’, and at the moment we’re busy writing and recording plenty of new tracks. What do the letters in ‘Twibv’ stand for, you ask? That’s a secret. But we’re open to your craziest suggestions…!
Twibv plays on Saturday and Sunday at the Castlefest Camping.
Kelten zonder Grenzen is a band based around the two harp players Lies and Coca. With an extensive array of musicians and instruments they never cease to amaze you. Their joy de vivre cannot missed on stage, but never without a few beautiful melancholic tunes. The Kelten are inspired by striking sunlight, cosy campfires and cappuccino with a large amounts of milk-foam.
Kelten zonder Grenzen plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.
Not many bands can lay claim to the kind of dramatic career development that the Icelandic band Árstíðir can. Formed in the wake of the 2008 stock market crash, they found themselves catapulted to the top of the Icelandic music charts within six months of their debut, and then forged ahead with their 2010 tour despite a volcanic eruption that stalled global travel.
Árstíðir’s music defies genre borders and might best be described as classically influenced indie folk rock. Whether in a train station in Germany, a concert hall in Russia or a bar at home in Reykjavík, theirs is music that mesmerizes audiences. The band members’ wide range of musical backgrounds and experience, combined with professional interests ranging from law to literature and engineering to computers, make them unique in their wholly democratic approach to music making and performance. Entwining the elements of sound with lyrics describing heartbreak, longing, memory and a deep connection to the circular oneness of life, they marry organic acoustic traditions and modern electronic arrangements with intricate simplicity and unpretentious skill.
Árstíðir plays on Friday at Castlefest.
The three girls of the psychedelic folk band Brisinga, Fabienne Kirschke (recorders/flutes, hurdy gurdy, vocals, harp), Johanna Bonnekoh (bodhrán, hammered dulcimer, vocals) and Fanny Herbst (harp, vocals), are combining folk and modern influences, such as minimal music with ancient tales and myths. The partly instrumental, partly sung compositions are taking the listeners out to Northern gods, shamans and witches, dancing in the forest. The musicians aim to evoke diverse moods and emotions, both atmospheric and vivid.
Brisinga released their first album Vísa Nornir on April 11th this year and perform their self-composed music in their native country Germany as well as in neighbouring countries.
Brisinga plays on Thursday and Friday at the Castlefest Camping.
Like obsessed alchemists BALL NOIR mixes the worlds of programming and electric devices with medieval and classical instruments. Inspired by their heroes from Anathema, My Dying Bride and Qntal they write medieval metal, with a greed for haunting melodies, dark fantasies and smashing heartbeats. Every BALL NOIR live show gives a glimpse into their laboratory: a feast of wings, candles, clocks and costumes.
Ball Noir will present their new CD at Castlefest!
Ball Noir plays on Thursday at Castlefest.
La Horde stands at the crossing between Medieval, Pagan, Celtic music and Rock ’n Roll! All of this will be combined with a lot of humor and surprises. A show with La Horde is much more than just music, it’s good times shared between the audience and the band, where anything and everything can happen. It’s an unexpected journey, where the many adventures are worth the trip. Don’t get surprised if you find yourself dancing to old 90’s hits. It’s completely normal !
With their second album called “Bonne Nouvelle” (which means “Good News”, “Good Omen”) released in May 2016, La Horde went out to spread their message of love, party and fun in a humble way and with the main purpose of mixing musical quality and entertainment!
“Bonne Nouvelle” marked the arrival of Mich Rozek on drums (Ex-Omnia, Ex-Illiana, Rastaban). With this album, the band defines more precisely their own style, influenced by various genres, from Classical Music to Heavy Metal, and dig deeper in all these ideas to create folk music that gets the subtlety of classical music, the power of Rock ‘n Roll, and the Belgian sense of humor.
La Horde plays on Friday and Saturday at Castlefest.
Plunder is a pirate partyfolk band from Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. The band makes danceable Dutch songs and chanteys about desire, love and freedom and always get the party going. Plunder consists of five enthusiasts with authentic instruments and the need to make music. Influenced by various styles such as Irish folk, balkan, country, ska and klezmer the group creates their own rousing and energetic sound. With a gig of this bunch of troublemakers every place they visit will definitely be plundered!
Plunder plays on Thursday, Friday and Sunday at Castlefest.
The Fae and Pagan folk band SeeD taps into the mysterious world of the Ancient Fae and the modern world of dreams and passions in life.
Their aim is to make these two separate worlds converge, thus activating people in making the best of both. The four musicians travel from festival to festival to inspire the people lost in this world and to tell the listener tales of the vast Fae realms, or to simply get everyone dancing to the energetic, self-composed Pagan folk tunes.
SeeD plays music of their own creation. Every single one of the band members helps with composing and writing the music, thus creating an organic flow of creation. Because of this, there is not just one kind of song in their repertoire, but a healthy mix of all kinds of Pagan Folk tunes and songs.
SeeD plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.
SeeD’s new album “Through the Veil” will be released at Castlefest, during the show on Friday.
Cuélebre is a Spanish pagan folk band that mix archaic sounds with medieval instruments and ritualistic atmospheres.
Cuélebre emerges from Yhandros Huergo’s idea in 2011, looking for an archaic sound in the Pagan folk. They are influenced by bands such as Hagalaz Runedance, Corvus Corax and Wardruna, but they create their own unique sound and identity. This is possible by research and hard work and this got Cuélebre on the path they were looking for: a personal and ritualistic sound based in votive texts.
Cuélebre first album “Oinos” was released in 2014 with Art Gates discography. They played every place possible in Spain and got the chance to travel to Europe. The first international music festival was Trolls et Lègends and this opened doors to other European festivals. They played at Festival Mediaval (Germany), Castlefest Winter Edition (Holland), Faun Spanish Tour (Barcelona and Madrid), Yggdrasil (Italy) and Castlefest (Holland).
In 2017 they will present their new album “Anaman”, again a very powerful album.
YE BANISHED PRIVATEERS takes you 300 years back in time for an imaginary journey through the harsh life at sea during the early 18th century. With songs inspired by traditional Irish and Scandinavian folk music, acting and elaborate historical clothing the privateers tell a story about the rough sailor’s life, lived on the other side of the law – and the fight against oppression and nationalism.
Together, the nearly 30 crew members take turns to go on tour and plunder, and with around a dozen sailors on stage no two shows are ever the same. The mix of rude folk and punk music invites you to dance and sing along, while the gripping ballads will make the toughest pirate heart soft.
Ye Banished Privateers plays on Thursday and Friday at Castlefest.
Few could have envisioned the bright future that the Norns had in store for HEIDEVOLK back in 2002. Since its inception in Arnhem (the Netherlands) fourteen years ago, HEIDEVOLK came, saw, and conquered stages throughout Europe with their very own brand of folk metal. Instantly recognizable dual clean male vocals and irresistibly catchy songs have ignited the pagan fire in the souls of many on the continent. They deliver their songs on divine matters and profane pleasures with equal integrity, fueled by a folkloric fire and pagan pride. With a repertoire ranging from epic to raging, captivating live shows and an undying desire to perform, HEIDEVOLK has become a familiar face Europe and North America.
HEIDEVOLK stands for an uncompromising attitude, intense shows, and the transcendence of barriers between performer and audience… even if your Dutch sucks!
HEIDEVOLK plays on Thursday at Castlefest.
You can say what you want, but if there is one band that knows how to throw a party it has to be Flogging Molly. With their uptempo folkpunk this Irish/American band lead by guitarist/vocalist Dave King knows exactly how to win a crowd.
Dutch tribute-band Rebels of the Sacred Heart comes very close to the real deal and every show is a true tribute to the no-nonsense and highly accessible folkpunk from the band from Los Angeles, California.
“We’re Rebels of the Sacred Heart and this is what we do, so put on your dancing shoes and by all means join in!”
Rebels of the Sacred Heart are:
– Robin Slutter: lead vocals, acoustic guitar
– Robbert Arentz: electric guitar
– Rens Bourgondiën: bass guitar
– Jeffrey Hartjes: drums
– Hanneke Rinders: fiddle, tin whistle
– Joost Raben: accordion
– Sjoerd van Ravenzwaaij: banjo, mandolin, tin whistle
Rebels of the Sacred Heart plays on Saturday at Castlefest.
Ever since mankind learned how to speak, stories have been shared and passed down through generations. As such, legends gave birth to epic songs. It is this manner of storytelling that lies at the heart of Cesair’s music. As a band, they aim to bring to life the epic tale of the eponymous Cesair, a mythological princess that sailed the oceans 5,000 years ago.
They set to music the chapters of her story, captured by the words of many romantic souls, with unique, original compositions, performed on a great variety of instruments. Their music incorporates the musical, spiritual and historical heritage of cultures from all around the Orient and Occident, creating a mixture of eastern sounds and rhythms and traditional as well as modern European folk music. They invite you to join them in a world of timeless adventures and colourful characters, and to take part in a story that may last a lifetime.
Cesair will present their new line-up as well as their new full-length album on Castlefest 2017.
Cesair plays on Friday at Castlefest.
Steve the Machine is a Musician and a DJ. His profession is playing Drums and Percussion in (almost) every genre for the last 35 years. From Jazz to Rock and from Reggae to Classical Music.
He works as a DJ as well for more than 15 years, which is his second big passion. Spinning Music in small underground Clubs up to big Festivals. His taste of music is varied and he feels the audience to see what makes people move and dance. Beats, Balkan/Worldmusic, Electronic Music are some of the styles he offers.
Since Steve is part of BerlinskiBeat, his already existing interest in the World of Balkan music is growing day by day and he includes more and more songs of this genre in his DJ-Sets.
Steve feels and reads the crowd.
Don’t forget… IT’S ALL ABOUT MUSIC!
Steve the Machine plays on Friday at Castlefest.