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Dutch Hurdy-gurdy & Bagpipe Foundation

Have you always been curious about bagpipe, hurdy-gurdy or diatonic accordion playing and how these instruments work? Then come and visit us at the Instrument builders at Castlefest

Under the guidance of experienced bagpipe/hurdy-gurdy musicians and the Dutch Hurdy-gurdy & Bagpipe Foundation, you can try these instruments. No previous knowledge is required, we only ask for a bit of enthusiasm and courage. Instruments are of course available.

The dutch hurdy-gurdy & bagpipes foundation is an organisation that focuses on hurdy-gurdies and bagpipes of the western European continent. This year they will also bring the beautiful diatonic accordion, which is often used in Irish, French or Dutch music. Their activities include organising courses for advanced players and beginners. Beginners can even rent instruments from the foundation.

For the record: We won’t be playing the Scottish or Irish pipes, but the gurdies and pipes which are traditionally played in France, Belgium or in the Netherlands. Maybe you know them from paintings of Jeroen Bosch or Pieter Breughel?

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Try the didgeridoo with Airflow

The enthusiasm towards AirFlow was big last year. We, Silvia and Kees, also enjoyed sharing our passion, the didgeridoo, with you.

We build and play this magical Aboriginal instrument for many years now and love to share our experiences as AirFlow with you. You will be amazed by the sounds that spring from this hollow tree trunk as well as the ease with which you can blow the first notes yourself. You don’t need a musically trained background to play the didgeridoo. By listening to each other and following our intuition, we play this instrument. So you don’t need to be able to read music notes. For being able to express emotions, the didgeridoo is the ideal instrument and we will be happy to tell you more about it at Castlefest.

New this year are the workshops. In small groups, multiple times a day, we will offer an introduction to this beautiful instrument. We hope to see you then!

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De Troubadour Harpen

The place to let your (harp)dream come true!

Always dreamt of sitting behind a harp and letting your fingers flow across the strings? During Castlefest you will have this chance! Visit us in the “Koetshuis” to experience what fun playing the harp can be, but be aware: The Harpvirus is highly contagious!

Besides a first encounter De Troubadour Harps is thé place to begin your search for just thát specific harp that really matches your personality! Every single harp, form small lap harp to the biggest concert lever harp, it is handcrafted as a unique instrument with its own character.

Our harps are being played by many amateur and professional harpists all around the globe. From Helisir to Lavinia Meijer, Omnia to Kelten zonder Grenzen, they all choose one of the magnificent harps in our collection.

Whether it is an affordable travel companion, a high quality, small, light weight therapy harp or a wonderful performance harp by Triplett, Pratt or Rees, our harps will amaze you. Gotten curious? Come and have a look (and play of course) at the instrument builders market in the “Koetshuis”!

Have you already been mesmerised by the sound of the harp and are you just interested in hearing other harps, or are you in need of advise on your own harp? When our technician is not back-stage doing some last-minute harp servicing, he is at your service, ready to answer all your questions! Come and visit our exhibition or check out our website.