Village stage

Virelai Castlefest 2019 Village Stage

Virelai

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.

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. 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.

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

ALBUMS:

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.

Vael op Castlefest

Vael

Vael at Castlefest

The members of Spanish folk project Vael come from several music genres. They’re all united by a strong passion for the different cultures of the world, and wish to reflect that in their music. Vael mixes multiple musical traditions from all over the world with the richness of Spanish folk music. Doing this results in a cultural and social message, with a strong sound produced by acoustic instruments and different singing styles.

Cultural barriers made it impossible for many centuries to understand that all people come from similar roots. We share a good number of traditions, beliefs and, in general, everything that makes us human. Due to globalization, some of these barriers are breaking down, while others grow driven by prejudice, hatred or fear, without understanding that beauty is found in diversity.

 
Those who have always known the truth about humans are animals, present in all cultures and legends. Of all of them, the wolf is one of the most universal, found in many regions. This project is called Vael in honor of the Celtiberian wolf god. It has the intention of reflecting that under the gaze of the wolves we’re not different, because it’s what unite us that matters rather than what sets us apart.
Join Vael at Castlefest 2019! They will play the Village Stage on Friday and Saturday, and the Meadow Stage on Sunday. The band will release a new cd in July of this year.

 

Vedan Kolod op Castlefest

Vedan Kolod

Vedan Kolod at Castlefest

Vedan Kolod is a family world music band from Siberia, Russia. Born at the foot of the Krasnoyarsk mountains, future Vedan Kolod members started singing with their grandparents when they were only 4 years old. Traditional music has always been a part of their life. Drawing on ancient and medieval Slavic folk traditions, Vedan Kolod has attracted an impressive global cult following and toured extensively throughout Russia and Europe.

Band member Valery Naryshkin also restores rare Slavic instruments such as the war horn, hornpipe, bagpipes, drums, gusli, hurdy-gurdy and others.

Vedan Kolod has a wide experience of tours and festivals in Russia and Europe. They have released 8 lp’s up till now.

Band members: Tatiana Naryshkina (vocals, hurdy-gurdy, flute, mandoline), Valery Naryshkin (vocals, bouzouki, mouth harp, scythian horn), Daryana Antipova (vocals, drums, flute).

More information will follow soon.