Meadow stage

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Faun, Fiona, Castlefest, pagan folk, celtic folk, classical music

Fiona

Fiona – singer and bagpiper/flutist of FAUN – surprises with showing an entirely new side of her musical work – and it´s like opening the door to a secret garden.

Her sound is a delicate fusion of romantic classical music and playful celtic folk melodies, uniquely blended together to soulful cinematic soundscapes.

She carries her listeners away with intimate and timeless compositions, leading from pure minimalistic piano moments to intensely woven arrangements of some movie soundtrack quality. Listen close and you will find elements of nature in the spherical sound, like drops of water and footsteps on a forest floor forming the rythm and beat, or even a bird´s voice tuning in to minimalistic piano patterns.

Fionas blue grand piano is floating like an enchanted ship reaching out it´s way through a mystical foggy evening full of dreams and dance.

Bandmembers:
Fiona Frewert: piano, vocals, irish whistle
Alex Schulz: Percussion, drums, soundscapes
Maya Fridman: Cello
Special guests: tba

sunfire, castlefest, elfia, americana, roots, blues, folk

Sunfire

The Old West. Hot, dry and a true mess. Women and men needed true grit to survive the hardships of the newly claimed land. A time of feared outlaws, predatory cattlemen, heroic sheriffs and brave men that won the West. In other words, a time that has been highly romanticized. The tales close to the truth didn’t always have a happy ending.

The four troubadours of Sunfire compose tales about these hard times and work as much as they can to entertain the audience with gritty and quite dance-able Alternative Western Folk. Influenced by Americana, Roots, blues and a pinch of sweet, good ol’ fiddle music this four-headed band gets a sound unlike any other.

Sunfire plays on Friday and Saturday at Castlefest.

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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 band 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 December 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”. Their soon to be released album Wytches & Cunningfolk will take that trip a step further. The release of ‘NUADA’ has found The Dolmen nominated in the ‘Bastaard Fantasy Awards’ in 2017 for best album internationally and nominated best live act internationally. They won both awards. 2017 brought The Dolmen to Wacken Open Air where they gigged for 3 days for thousands of people. The Dolmen continue to grow as they take off on their journey into ever expanding territories.

The Dolmen plays on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

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PerKelt

PerKelt is Pagan Speed Folk.

When the joy of playing fast and tight was being fed into the mankind, the PerKelt members sat down and just kept eating… The unrivalled synergy of crazily quick whistles, tribal drumming, haunting vocals and devilish fiddle is used here to fill your hearts, souls, minds and bodies, while bathing in their pagan poetry about the folklore spirituality, love, nature and the joy of living.

Over 700 performances across the Europe so far (United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland and Czech Republic), critically acclaimed albums, winners of the Best Live Act in the UK Exposure Music Awards 2014 and finalists of the Best Live Act International Bastaard Fantasy Awards 2017, PerKelt see dropping jaws in the audience everywhere they appear.

PerKelt are: a prodigy Paya Lehane (CZ) on whistles, lead vocals and harp; Steppy Honc (CZ) on the guitar, Dave Maurette (FR) on tribal drums and percussion, and Duncan Menzies (Scotland) on fiddles.

PerKelt plays on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at Castlefest.

Coppelius, Castlefest, Elfia, fantasy, steampunk

Coppelius

Coppelius – the great proof that rock music goes back to 19th century!

Six noble, but mysteriously pale Gentlemen with silk hats and tailcoats play their chamber chore instruments in a fascinating way, accompanied by their japanese drummer. With catchy melodies, thrilling rhythms and mosh-able highlights, they create a new kind of Rock Show. Travelling and performing with their butler at all times, they also deliver a great theatrical performance.

Having fallen out of their original time, as the Gentlemen assure, they had to adapt to modern times – and now, stuck in our present and their future, they perform their very own kind of chamber music – “Kammercore” – on a technical level suited for opera houses. As bizarre as it is outstanding, their stage show includes a magnificent performance which makes Coppelius an absolute highlight for metal heads, steampunkers and gothics alike.

Their songs mostly borrow themes from so-called “dark romanticism” – madness, drug experiences and the sometimes scary influence of modern technology – but they also include cover versions of songs known from Iron Maiden and Motörhead in the very unique style of Coppelius.

Coppelius plays on Thursday and Friday at Castlefest.