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De Troubadour Harpen

The Bards’ Harps – For players at any level!

Searching 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 amateurs 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, lightweight 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 advice 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.


Build a didgeridoo

Silvia and Kees both know exactly what they are talking about when it is about building and playing the didgeridoo. They have been discovering the secrets of this beautiful and inspiring instrument for years. Originally, the didgeridoo is an Australian wind instrument. For centuries the Aboriginals have been playing and using this hollow tree for their spiritual traditions. With this instrument, they tell stories about their lives and those of their ancestors. Because these stories are unknown to us, we play this instrument in a western way. We are inspired by the moment and by the music of the other person. From this joint hobby, Airflow was born. This name covers everything that matters when playing the didgeridoo: Air bending in different ways with our own body as the main instrument. With Airflow we want to inspire others to meet this beautiful instrument. We do this by demonstrating how the didgeridoo is made and of course by playing the didgeridoo, with explanation how these beautiful sounds come to life.

Dutch Hurdy-gurdy & Bagpipe Foundation

Have you always been curious about bagpipe and hurdy-gurdy playing and how these instruments work? Then come and visit us at the Koetshuis 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. 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?

guda drum


The GUDA drum is a hybrid between a tongue drum and a handpan. For the production the same materials and techniques are used that are used by most handpan builders, additionally stainless steel and aluminium are also options. Zen Percussion also offers designs that are engraved in the GUDA drum, besides offering more than 20 designs you can also get a custom design.

Thanks to build in electronics that are optional at Zen Percussion, you can easily amplify your GUDA with a jack connection (same as a guitar). These features and many more will be presented to you by Rob van Barschot, official dutch affiliate of GUDA drums. He plays GUDA drums solo, and in his band ThunderCrow.