Virelai Castlefest 2019 Village Stage


Medieval folk from Denmark

Powerful medieval melodies and poetic nordic ballads combined with an energizing and endearing performance!
Since 1999 VIRELAI have been touring Scandinavia, Europe, India and New Zealand boosting good energy with their positive contagious appearance. Denmarks leading medieval-folk band is guaranteed to make you dance, sing and smile!
The band have released six albums and played more than a thousand concerts.

Virelai plays on Sunday on the Village Stage.

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Asynje carries you on a journey back in time through Nordic landscapes

The pagan folktronica group Asynje carries you on a journey back in time through Nordic landscapes and moods and mesmerizes you with a beautiful Nordic voice. With lovely flute and violin tunes, they bring new life into old Danish spells, viking poem’s and folklore. The combination with electronic beats and characteristic nature drumset, they sketch a world of its own.

The group is among the pioneers of the Danish pagan folk scene since the beginning of 2000 and consist of members from both Valravn, Sorten muld, Huldre, Heilung, Virelai and more.

It’s the fourth time that Asynje will visit Castlefest bringing their impressive number of historical instruments, guiding the audience into old viking games, dances and dreaming viking hymns.

Asynje plays on Saturday at the Forest Stage.

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Russkaja – the exact opposite of Easy Listening

Russkaja is the exact opposite of Easy Listening music, Russkaja – terror of terrors of all Russian folk music societies – stands for fat Austrian Polka beats. The group members are the most illustrious musicians of the Alpine region, who possess a colourful mix of cultural backgrounds. They pour these various cultural influences into a postmodern version of Russian folk and spread their distinctive music all over Europe.

The band has played for many crowds all through Europe. They are a welcome guest at festivals like Wacken Open Air (DE). Since 2010, Russkaja is also touring past big Dutch festivals, like Bevrijdingsfestivals, Zeehelden, Big Rivers, Festival op ’t Eiland, Welcome To The Village, MadNes, Westerpop, Appelpop and the Zwarte Cross.

Their newest album is a mix of the old polka ska, with hints of gipsy, klezmer. One thing is sure: it brightens up your day!

Russkaja plays on Sunday.

varend volk pyrolysis castlefest 2019

Varend Volk

Pyrolysis + Plunder = Varend Volk

Varend Volk is a collective of ten young folk musicians who have joined forces. They storm the stage with their acoustic instruments, determined to hoist any audience into one big musical journey. This year’s edition of Castlefest will mark the premiere of their brand new show. They will give their old and known songs brand new energy and introduce brand new songs for the very first time!

Pyrolysis, from the south of the Netherlands, is known to make crowds go wild to the chaotic energy of life, and Plunder, from way up north, brings a festive and joyful ode to all the black sheep out there. Combine these two groups of enthusiasts and receive a whirlwind of passionate folk music.

After meeting each other at Castlefest and discovering that they have a lot in common, they got the idea of performing together. This idea got crazier and crazier until they went on tour together in the spring of 2018, on a big theaterboat! Six days they sailed, under the name Varend Volk Tour, and they performed at a different town in Friesland every night. 

The tour was a big success, but the storm did not end there, and there is plenty of music to be enjoyed from these innovative bands. Fast Irish tunes, sea shanties, ballads, and other folk-inspired styles of music from all around the world. In other words: a fresh breath of folk music with the familiar feeling and powerful sensation of traditional folk. 

This uplifting show will take you out of your daily grind. The songs are about both the nice and the hard times in life, and they show you that you are not alone. Both the musicians and the audience experience the energy that is released when like-minded people come together.

Varend Volk speelt op vrijdag op Meadow Stage.

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Rastaban brings a real experience of universality through music

Regular guests of our festivals and events with their powerful and evocative Tribal Folk vibes. With a slight change in band members, the band still has the same energy and sound, mixing Celtic and Nordic melodies with East-European influences, medieval tunes, Balkan trads or even eastern elements, combined with their typical tribal touch and energy. A good example of how cultural diversity can bring a real experience of universality through music.

Rastaban plays on Sunday at the Meadow Stage.


Drusuna gives nature a voice in their Ritual Pagan Folk music

“The connection to the mother earth is what we pursue through our music. Shamanism is presented in our concept as a link to the ancestral roots to which we belong. The modern world has reached a level where people have almost lost their connection with nature. It is urgent to find once again the missing link and connect with nature once more…Drusuna intends to spread this message through their music. Ritual Pagan Folk music!”

It is without a doubt that Drusuna offers a special listening experience.  Drusuna is a Pagan Folk Band from Gallaecia (Northern Portugal). The initial idea was to create primitive sounds with only organic ethnic musical instruments made from wood, stones, and other natural elements. The main idea was to build something directly from the roots of the earth, because the call of nature was the driving force behind the project. Torano joined the project introducing wind instruments like bagpipes and whistles. The original compositions were created deep in the forest, away from people, just playing rhythms and melodies and enjoying nature.

When Waili (didgeridoo) and Kluto (guitar) joined in and Drusuna became an official band.  After two years of productive rehearsals came the concept of their debut album, “Kaytos Kom” (2016). This is an introspective conceptual work that takes a deep journey through ancient time and space; an era where humankind was connected with nature and ancestral roots were strong and pure.

Drusuna left the forest and hit the stage in 2016 at folk festivals and other stages throughout Portugal. They first played in the Netherlands at FantasyFest Rijswijk 2018.

Drusuna plays on Saturday at the Meadow Stage.


Songs about ancient magic, the wisdom of nature and the ecstasy of dance. Energetic and wild at some times but also spherical and dreamy are the sounds rolling of the stage. But yet the binding theme of old myths and legends remains, their power and secret reverberating in the music of the band to this day. That is WALDKAUZ.

On historic and modern instruments they combine their own compositions with influences from European folk-music. Danceable rhythms intertwine with catchy melodies and arrangements for up to three voices enchant the audience.

In the spring of 2017 they released their sophomore album “Mythos” and made a huge leap forward. A refined and extensive production resulting in attention and praise from press and listeners in Germany and other European countries.

Before that they released their debut-album ‘Komm mit’ which was dearly beloved at the time as well. With over 6000 sold records and a high touring frequency the band has many fans across the genres of medieval, pagan, fantasy and folk-music.


Euzen – alternative rock with a clear Nordic tone at Castlefest

Euzen is the love child of Danish multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Christopher Juul, and Norwegian singer and composer Maria Franz. In the live set up you will find the strong and experienced guitar player Harald Juul, the progressive drummer Kristian Uhre and the energetic bass player Thomas Welin.

The band began their journey in 2008 and has since then released three albums and toured the world in both folk and modern music festivals. The music can be described as alternative rock with a clear Nordic tone. Its melodic, rhythmic and experimental, with an abundant richness in the organic sounds and always with a clear focus on the melody.


La Horde

La Horde presents a message of love and party with their mixture of folk and Rock ‘n Roll!

La Horde stands at the crossing between medieval, pagan, Celtic music and funky disco Rock’ n Roll! All this comes with a lot of humor and surprises. A show with La Horde is much more than just music, it’s a shared experience between the audience and the band, where anything and everything can happen. It’s an unexpected journey on a pirate ship, where the many adventures make it an unforgettable trip. Don’t feel surprised when you find yourself dancing to old 90’s disco, dance or rock hits, it’s completely normal!

With their third album ‘X’, La Horde is out to spread their message of love, party and fun with the main purpose to mix musical quality and entertainment. La Horde knows how to twist every cliché of pagan folk music to make songs that are both catchy and funny. Have you already heard Ikeardruna?

La Horde will entertain you at its Castlefest show: they will make you dance, laugh and drink!
La Horde plays on Friday at the Meadow Stage.
Jaco Koster op Castlefest

Jaco Koster

Jaco Koster at Castlefest

Using the Scottish Bagpipe, Jaco Koster will amuse you with many Scottish and Celtic tunes. The music changes throughout the performance: from beautiful and touching slow airs, to exciting jigs and reels. Many cheerful, familiar tunes will also be played. The music takes you on a journey to the Scottish Highlands and beyond. You will not regret stopping by to listen to this!

Would you like to hear Jaco Koster play? He will walk around the festival with his bagpipe. Just wait until you run into him!

Harmony Glen op Castlefest

Harmony Glen

Harmony Glen at Castlefest

Harmony Glen is a Dutch feelgood-folk group founded in 2005. The music is based on Irish-Celtic folk, but regularly, sounds from all over the world get woven in. The goal of the band is to stand out. Not only through their music (which is a mix of traditional and original songs and tunes) but through their stage presence as well.

Harmony Glen’s shows have been described as “Folk Extravaganza” and people who attend can’t seem to stand still as the energy is always on a maximal level!

Since 2013 the band has toured in Europe and North America, amongst others: Denmark, Germany, Azores, United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Italy and Ireland, where they have participated in the Fleadh Cheoil (world championship for traditional Irish music) as the first band ever from Holland to make it into the world finals. Their latest album ‘Live at Elfia’ was just released in 2018 on CD and DVD!

Since September 2018, Harmony Glen also joined forces with Music Show Scotland on their amazing arena show throughout some of the biggest venues of Europe!

Come listen to Harmony Glen at Castlefest! They will play the Meadow Stage on Thursday.

La Maisnie Hellequin op Castlefest

La Maisnie Hellequin

La Maisnie Hellequin at Castlefest

Did you catch a performance of La Maisnie Hellequin at Castlefest last year? If not, you’re getting a do-over this summer. The Belgian band is back to liven up the stages of Castlefest 2019!

In medieval and traditional legends, ‘La Maisnie Hellequin’ refers to a band of little devils, led by Hellequin, making terrible noise at night. The musicians of La Maisnie Hellequin play around this theme, making musical parades. They create a special atmosphere with the strange sounds of hurdy gurdy, bruegelian bagpipe, nyckelharpa and medieval drums, inspired by the world of legends.
Don’t miss this unique sound! La Maisnie Hellequin will play the Meadow Stage on Sunday.
Loell Duinn op Castlefest

Loell Duinn

Loell Duinn at Castlefest

Through the sounds of forgotten instruments and ancient melodies, Loell Duinn (lo-el  d^in) takes you on a journey into the mythical history of the Balkans, Europe, the world and beyond. This summer we welcome Loell Duinn at Castlefest.

The mystical musical journey of Loell Duinn started in the spring of 2003, in the Croatian region called Istra.
First as a duo, then a trio, quartet, quintet until it became a rich sextet. With six band members, they performed at many concert venues and festivals like Wave Gotik Treffen, Dark Bombastic Evening and other major and minor European festivals.

With no discernible genre and trendy influences,  but with free creativity and timeless spirit, Loell Duinn invents their own esoteric (musical) world. Mellow, melancholic melodies connect with ethnic/folk elements and classical music. It’s a mixture of contemporary and traditional (medieval, renaissance and baroque) music. The music itself has Arabic, Spanish, Balkan and local Istrian influences. Different languages are used such as English, Croatian, local dialects, extinct Mozarabic language and also invented language.

Current members are:

Olja Frolo – Vocals, percussions
Alen Zarifović – Classical & acoustic guitar, percussions
Goran Brezac – Drums, percussions
Patrik Šćira – Keyboard, programing, accordion
Ivona Kiršić – Flute, backing vocals, percussions
Damir Dimovski – Bass guitar


Retrospective 2003-2008 (OSA MEDIA_ 2011.)

Retrospective 2003 – 2008, as the title suggests, is a collection of 12 songs – lovingly created over the 5 first years of existence of the group. In nearly one hour, the listener can feel the complexity, creativity and intensity in every single note.

Karpatia (OSA MEDIA_2014.)
Karpatia is a conceptual album with 11 songs. The concept of the album is “East meets West” in the spiritual, metaphysical, cultural, artistic and historical sense. This meeting takes place in the Balkan region, in the imaginary land called KARPATIA. Karpatia is the homeland of all the different nations that have met there throughout history and, in these encounters, have combined all that seemed impossible to come together in spirituality, culture and music!

Loell Duinn aims to release their third album at Castlefest 2019! Loell Duinn will play the Village Stage at the Castlefest Friday and Saturday.


Trobar de Morte op Castlefest

Trobar de Morte

Trobar de Morte

Trobar de Morte was born in 1999. It’s the most ambitious project of the multifaceted Lady Morte, singer and songwriter. They have played at several festivals, concerts and tours – including one big tour with Faun in 2011 – and visited countries such as Germany, Holland, Portugal, Romania, France and Italy. The band has recently collaborated with the Celtic Orchestra of Barcelona and toured through Europe as coheadliner with The Moon And The NightSpirit to celebrate its 18th anniversary. Two tribal dancers have accompanied them in several concerts throughout the years, adding a strong visual impact to many of the songs.

The band’s live show includes performances, dances and ritualistic elements which enhance the audience’s experience.

Last summer they released their seventh album. Myths, legends, sorcery and occultism are intertwined with charming melodies of violins, guitars, bagpipes, ethnic percussions and beautiful voices. All together, it forms a dark and magical universe composed of 13 songs entitled “Witchcraft”. Cover art was designed by Victoria Francés.

Trobar de Morte will play the Forest Stage on Friday and the Village Stage on Saturday and Sunday.

Plunder op Castlefest pirate party folk


Plunder at Castlefest

Plunder welcomes you to their harbor. Put on your most piratey dancing boots and seize your mates by the collar. It’s time for a party with Plunder at Castlefest!

In a world where the grey masses decide who and what is normal, Plunder creates a free port with their audience. For all the misfits, black sheep and creatures that don’t fear some colour in their lives. It’s a zone where it doesn’t matter who you are. Where life is celebrated to Plunder’s unique pounding party music, that they bring into the world with loads of energy.

Plunder’s music contains influences of Irish folk, ska and Balkan, and is combined with Dutch lyrics. It is best described as Pirate Partyfolk. Drums, bass and guitar give a solid and danceable foundation. Flute and accordion add a fiery folky flavour.

About the band

Plunder was founded in the summer of 2014. They made their first public appearance roughly nine months later, in front of a large audience at the Fries Straatfestival. Many lovely parties were sure to follow.

The group played at the opening of Leeuwarden’s Neushoorn and at Pairc Pub, between groups like the Dublin Legends and Fiddler’s Green. They were also part of a documentary about the folk group Irolt, which was broadcasted on Omrop Fryslân and NPO 2.

Plunder appeared at Keltfest and Castlefest in 2017, which opened many new doors for the band. They made their way to festivals like Paaspop, as well as supporting The Dread Crew of Oddwood and The Rumjacks. The latter of which was at the Melkweg in Amsterdam. Plunder have also toured through Friesland on a big theatre ship with the band Pyrolysis in the spring of 2018, under the moniker of Varend Volk Tour.

The band will return to Castlefest after many beautiful adventures, to turn the festival grounds into a jolly mess. Join this crew of varied adventurers and Plunder the world in a grand party!

Plunder will play the Meadow Stage on Saturday.