Music

Corvus Corax

The story of Corvus Corax starts with a journey. Shortly before the fall of the Berlin wall Castus and Wim, who had worked as street musicians in the GDR committed what the regime called “Republikflucht” and left eastern Germany. In memory of a tame raven they had to leave behind they called themselves Corvus Corax. The first album, “Ante Casu Pecatti”, was released as a cassette in the same year. Soon the band became known for driving rhythms, sweaty concerts and masterly instrumental technique. With drums and huge bagpipes (handcrafted by Wim), juggling and entertaining interaction with audiences, Corvus Corax contributed significantly to the development of Medieval Music as we know it. Albums like “Mille Anni Passi Sunt”, were influential to an entire scene from Moscow to Mexico City. They toured in Japan and China, the U.S. and Canada as well as all over Europe.

What will be next is written in the stars, as Corvus Corax were always unpredictable. But one thing is for sure: they will surprise us and reinvent themselves again to a certain extent.

Corvus Corax plays on the Saturday of Castlefest.

Photo by Christian Ermel (foxandmagpie.com)

L.E.A.F. & Martine Kraft present: “Galdrar Song”

The Kati Ran | L.E.A.F and Martine Kraft cooperation presents two characteristic folk artists in one stage performance, backed by the same dynamic band. Ran’s poetic vocal blends perfectly with Martine Kraft’s powerful compositions and together they create something new and strong within the Nordic folk scene. These two “Northern lights” bring their Hardangerfiddle, Nyckelharpa, Kraviklyra, different flutes and drums along with a rare powerful and playful band, and with this a dramatic and historical soundscape has been brought to life.

Kati Ran | L.E.A.F is known for her work as composer, vocalist and historical folk instrumentalist. In her music Ran aims to “reconnect people back to nature, to each other and to their roots”. Ran released her successful solo folk album ‘LYS’ in 2015 and has worked as specialized guest and studio musician with various established bands.

Martine Kraft is an acclaimed Norwegian artist and composer, combining her traditional Nordic sounds with raw power and haunting dreamlike soundscapes. As well as being a virtuoso on the Hardanger fiddle, she is talented composer with a unique voice. Kraft is supported by innovation Norway to create the folkloristic Spirits from Norway; Kraft became an ambassador for Hardanger fiddles, awarded with a signature Hardanger fiddle by the National Hardanger fund Norway

L.E.A.F. & Martine Kraft play on Saturday at Castlefest. 

Rastaban

Rastaban is a Tribal Folk project, a unique mix of traditional folk melodies, tribal vibes and world music elements.

Their musical inspiration comes from Celtic and Nordic trads, French medieval tunes, melodies from the Balkan lands, Oriental music, as well as trance and tribal rhythms from many primordial cultures around the world, combined with the energy inherited from their previous rock or even metal projects.

Rastaban invites you to dance, to share emotions and to create a place in your every day routine to celebrate Life through the sound of their moving and energetic music.

Band members:
Marine Libert: vocals.
Stéphan Késenne: fiddle, bouzouki, vocals.
Dominic Marchal: guitar.
Luka Aubri: slideridoo, vocals.
Mich Rozek: percussions.

Rastaban plays on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

The Dolmen

The Dolmen are a relentless organic Celtic rock band born from the county of Dorset, England. Their mission has been to infiltrate the minds and souls of a growing audience with their tribal rhythms and powerful spiritual renditions. 

The Dolmen was founded by prolific song writer & lead singer, Taloch Jameson and after a few changes over the years, the current line-up has been solid since 2010 when drummer, Chris Harris, joined The Dolmen experience. Josh Elliott, lead guitarist, joined The Dolmen family in 2009 and Kayleigh Marchant, bass guitar & vocals, became a member in 2008. After breaking into Europe The Dolmen then found Anja Novotny, flutes & keyboard, in 2015. 

Their latest album ‘NUADA’ released in 2016 is emblematic of their success, and testament to the band’s artistic evolution and enthusiasm, described by Van Muylem of SNOOZECONTROL “as an exceptional trip”. The release of ‘NUADA’ has also found The Dolmen nominated in the ‘Bastaard Fantasy Awards’ for best album internationally and nominated best live act internationally. Which they both won.

The Dolmen now continue to grow as they continue their journey into more of Europe and around the UK.
The Dolmen plays on Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

Heilung

Remember, that we all are brothers
All people, beasts, trees and stone and wind
We all descend from the one great being
That was always there
Before people lived and named it
Before the first seed sprouted    

Heilung is Amplified History and creates sounds from the Northern European Iron Age and Viking period. The vocal performances consist of normal singing, whispering, screaming and throat singing, known from ancient Tibet and Mongolia.

The purpose is to show the relations between the languages and create a feeling for the roots of ancient and modern European communication. 

Heilung at it’s core is leaning towards creating and portraying ancient atmospheres, more than directly being influenced by modern compositions, hence creating Amplified History. Heilung contains sounds, that consciously aim to alter your state of mind.

Heilung has chosen Castlefest deliberately to present their first and exclusive live premiere this summer.
Heilung plays on Saturday at Castlefest.

 

EMIAN

From Celtic to North European culture, from medieval ballads to shamanic chants: the music of EMIAN combines North European and Mediterranean folk languages, capturing the listeners’ attention through enchanting songs, leading their mind to spectaculair sceneries such as snowy peaks and enchanted woods, along the Scandinavian fjords. They are offered the unique and unexpected opportunity to discover their deepest self together with lost archaic feelings that can bring back the ancestral harmony with the universe. 

EMIAN plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

Berlinski Beat

Roaring Twenties & Sound of the Streets in Berlin: That’s Berlinski Beat. Seven musicians from Berlin with roots in four different countries. The Streets of Berlin are international; Berlinski Beat renew the Roaring Twenties alike with an international flair: Berlin classics with danceable rhythms, Balkan Beats and Mariachi music. No matter if you go out clubbing or just take a walk through the Streets of Berlin: Berlinski Beat let you experience the feeling of bygone Twenties. During Live Performance the seven multifarious characters in fashionable black and turquoise excite the audience with multicultural charm, a heady show and outstanding instruments: staged percussions, a commanding horn section and actually bagpipes and shawms become modern Indie Pop-instruments as unique eye catcher.

Berlinski Beat plays on the Friday of Castlefest

Photo by Christian Ermel (foxandmagpie.com)

Theodor Bastard

Theodor Bastard is one of the most unusual and independent Russian bands. They were pioneers of the world music and neofolk genres in Russia. The themes of band’s songs are very far from everyday problems and based on mythology and fantasy.

The hallmark of the band is the unique female vocal by Yana Veva, the lead vocalist and author of many songs, whose voice is filled with glory and in the same time by meditative serenity and mild warmth.

Theodor Bastard band turn their performances into a magic act that sends the audience to Eastern musical tradition, to Balkan and to Northern folk. Yana Veva often sings in private language invented and spoken only by her and in rare languages ranging from African and Asian to Native American and many more.

The musicians use electronic instruments: synthesizers, samplers, theremin as well as plenty of ethnic instruments: darbuka, ashiko, conga, djembe, daf, didgeridoo, gusli, cimbalom, dulcimer, agogo, bawu, mbira, marimba, ocarina, morin khuur, tibetan horn, jew’s harp and classic instruments: cello, harp and many more.

Theodor Bastard albums were released in 5 countries: Germany, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Russia.

Theodor Bastard plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

Rapalje

Two thousand years ago the Celts were driven off of mainland Europe. All Celts? No, one band bravely resisted the influx of modern pop and rock and found their own place in the world of music.

Armed with nothing but their voices and instruments, Rapalje is raiding clubs and halls far and wide, looking for victims to carry away on a musical journey through Scottish Higlands, Irish valleys, taverns and inns. Ground shaking jigs and reels, delicate ballads and a whiff of heavy metal provide you with the perfect opportunity to not care about every day life.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s dance  

Rapalje plays on Sunday at Castlefest.

Russkaja

For almost a decade RUSSKAJA have spread healthy Turbo Polka all over the world! Their self-created “collective feeling of consciousness expansion” has become legendary. This band is a perfect example of starting in small venues, then moving to the biggest stages after 10 years with more than 600 performances worldwide and still delivering pure energy & finest cultural musical diversity. They spread the joy of life and say that there’s no need to speak Russian to understand the philosophy of RUSSKAJA. Well, that’s right, as the multicultural cast around the charismatic Russian front man Georgij Makazaria reflects this immerse power perfectly!

Their brand new and upcoming album “PEACE, LOVE & RUSSIAN ROLL” was released last summer – and the name says it all, with a twinkle in the eye. One can definitely say that Russkaja have created their very own style over the past years: a blend of Balkan music and Metal matched perfectly between Polka, Eastern Rock, Rock and Roll as well as mariachi and US country music influences. A contradiction? No, not at all! The band simply calls their music Russian Turbo Polka and this high speed sensation delivers the perfect soundtrack to nearly everything! 

The musical message of Russkaja is completely clear then: dance, dance, dance to “PEACE, LOVE & RUSSIAN ROLL”! They have conquered the clubs and open air festivals all over Europe by surprise and distributed their high-speed Brass to the world. This is not only a Balkan fashion, these guys are not simply great power pioneers from Moscow, this simply is the pure sound of anarchy!

Russkaja plays on Sunday at Castlefest.

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