Music

Brisinga

The two girls forming the psychedelic folk band Brisinga combine folk music with modern influences, such as minimal music and pop.

Their unique compositions tell stories of nature, love and myths, expressed on various folkloristic, partly ancient instruments such as recorder, hurdy gurdy and harp. Their style crosses borders between raw, archaic chants and fine folk tunes.

Since the release of their debut album ‘Visa Nornir’ in 2017, Brisinga has developed a versatile sound with a touch of chamber music, which aims to address a broad range of listeners.

On Castlefest 2018, they will be supported again by Sandra Schmitt (Storm Seeker) on cello, nyckelharpa, drum and vocals.

Brisinga plays on Sunday at Castlefest

Time Table 2018

Shows that take place after closing time will only be accessible for Castlefest Camping guests.

SeeD

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 Thursday and Saturday at Castlefest.

Kelten zonder Grenzen

This close knit group of friends has been playing music for many years, but their adventures together go back many more! Their catching cheerfulness and humor is typical for each of performance.

With a particular combination of instruments the Kelten play their own kind of folk: from sweet, little and romantic to stamping, wild and hysterical tunes.

Come and dance, party and enjoy with the Kelten zonder Grenzen! Be carried away with their positive energy and enthusiastic joie de vivre…you will have a smile on your face for the rest of the day!

Kelten zonder Grenzen plays on Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

Prima Nocta

Prima Nocta produces an extravagant mixture of Celtic folk, rock and many other styles, combined with humor power and charisma.  With the addition of traditional instruments like bouzouki and bagpipes on top of the drums, every song is made to jump and party.

Prima Nocta plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

Waldkauz

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.

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 2018 WALDKAUZ look back to a five year experience as a touring and performing band, nationally and internationally. Among past events and festivals are Wacken Open Air, Wave Gotik Treffen and Autumn Moon Festival. So, this year WALDKAUZ is going to pursue new ways and giving a special jubilee show: No less than three guest musicians (Fabienne and Fanny from Brisinga, Andi from Faey) will accompany the band for an even more powerful and mystic perfomance!

Waldkauz plays on Sunday at Castlefest. This show will be only accessible for Castlefest camping guests.

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 Highlands, 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 everyday life.

Ladies and gentlemen, let’s dance…

Rapalje plays on Thursday at Castlefest

Sowulo

Sowulo creates modern day Viking Folk-music, that is inspired by pagan culture.

Their ritual music will take you on a inner journey. Their acoustic music will let you celebrate our great pagan legacy. The aim of this musical project is to create deeper awareness of our spiritual heritage. This is brought forth by beautiful ambient conceptual music, and by the opening ritual at the start of Sowulo’s concerts.

Sowulo’s first album, Alvenrad, was built upon the pagan year feasts, expressing the four seasons. The follow-up, SOL, is an acoustic album which contains a tasteful blend of new and old material, recorded with acoustic instruments exclusively. Again, the main theme of the album are the cycles that are created by our beloved Sun. However, the songs on this album are more earthly and uptempo.

Be sure to take a listen to this exceptional band!

Sowulo plays on Friday and Saturday at Castlefest.

Árstíðir

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. 

At the end of 2017 Árstíðir toured Europe together with Sólstafir and Myrkur. In March 2018 their new single ‘While This Way’ came out, from their upcoming fourth album ‘Nivalis’, that will be released at the end of June 2018.

Árstíðir plays on Saturday at Castlefest.

Gwendolyn Snowdon

Gwendolyn Snowdon takes you on a journey through the west of Europe! Come and listen to both sad and funny ballads from times gone by. Gwendolyn sings in Dutch, English, Welsh, Scottish, Gaelic and Friesian and -having performed solo on the Camping stage last year- she now comes to Castlefest armed with a live band.
In the beginning of this year she released her debut CD ‘Three Strand Braid’, which explored her roots (being of Irish, English and Dutch descent) and was very well received. At Castlefest she will launch het second CD: An EP of acoustic songs.

Gwendolyn Snowdon plays on Friday and Sunday at Castlefest.

Eivør

Eivør

“There is music in every situation you get yourself into.”

So says Eivør – vocalist, instrumentalist and songwriter with a voice of rare beauty and power – when asked about where she gets her inspiration. These aren’t just words as she has relentlessly pursued music ever since dedicating her life to it at the tender age of fifteen.

Born in 1983 in the Faroe Islands, Eivør’s early musical forays were steeped in Faroese musical traditions. At the age of sixteen she released her self-titled debut album bearing the marks of this fruitful starting point. While an enduring love of Faroese culture remains at the heart of her work, its expression has been widened through profound interaction with other traditions.

Eivør’s musical palette has broadened since her folk beginnings as her albums and performances variably have included jazz, country folk, big band stylings, classical influences, and trip hop tinted rock. As of late, she has consolidated these experimental inputs into her own style of folktronica with heartfelt lyrical observations of life as it unfolds.

Her career has thus far been a testament to the fact that there is indeed music in every situation. Yet it takes a skilled artist to be able to grasp and express this music and Eivør is such an artist; an acclaimed vocalist/composer at the peak of her powers.

Eivør plays on Friday 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 spectacular 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.

troubadours, la maisnie hellequin, castlefest

La Maisnie Hellequin

“La Maisnie Hellequin” in medieval and traditional legends refers to a band of little spirits, led by Hellequin, making terrible noise at night…

The musicians of La Maisnie Hellequin play around this theme, making musical parades, to create a special atmosphere by the strange sounds of hurdy gurdy, bruegelian bagpipe, nyckelharpa and medieval drums, inspirated by the legendary world.

La Maisnie Hellequin plays on Sunday at Castlefest.

pagan folk, the moon and the nightspirit, castlefest

The Moon and the Nightspirit

Brought to life in 2003, the Hungarian duo known as The Moon and the Nightspirit has since been crafting a distinct artistic signature, reflected not only in their music but also in the unique visual universe that illustrates their work.

Such a combination has been greeted with growing enthusiasm since the release of their 2005 debut album on Equilibrium Music, “Of Dreams Forgotten and Fables Untold”, and the early shows that followed, which included an appearance on Hungarian National Television. Later, and in support of “Regõ Rejtem” “Ősforrás” and “Mohalepte”, their second, third and fourth albums, The Moon and the Nightspirit had the opportunity to tour throughout most of Europe supported by two live musicians, Gergely Cseh (bass) and Gábor Végh (percussions). They gradually conquered a prominent role in the Pagan/Folk scene.

In 2014 the band signed a long-term contract with legendary German label, Prophecy Productions. Later this year their fifth album, entitled “Holdrejtek” has been released. The band release their 6th album called Metanoia in March 2017.

The Moon and the Nightspirit invites the listener into the moss-grown heart of the forest, into the emerald world of ageless, sylvan realms, weaving a web where threads of ancient mysticism combine with dreamy atmospheres, where World Music acquires a bewitching pagan aura.

The Moon and the Nightspirit plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

world beats, thundercrow, folk, omnia, reggae, didgeridoo

ThunderCrow

ThunderCrow is a drum ‘n’ didge duo from Eindhoven, The Netherlands. They play hybrid world beats, a mix of analog and digital music.

Drummer Rob and didgeridoo player Daphyd have been playing together for years already. They also play in another eccentric band called OMNIA for seven years now and they have been touring in Europe, the USA and Mexico.

They played their first tour as the ThunderCrow duo in the BeNeLux with one of their idols, Michael Franti.

ThunderCrow released their first album called “Drop It” at Altstadt in Eindhoven, February ’17.
With the main use of the Didgeridoo and Drums, you will hear a mix of Drum and Bass, World, Reggae, Psy-Trance, Chill out Music and much more.

ThunderCrow plays on Friday at Castlefest. This show will be only accessible for Castlefest camping guests.