Oak stage

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HIKS

Born in 2006 at the Cléguérec Folk Festival (brittany – France), HIKS became an essential band on the “new breton folk scene”, mixing celtic & folk music with electro, dub, rock and pop sounds and energy.

HIKS the band imposes a new musical genre, a unique style and arrangements that sign a most original ID card.

Considering the music as a field of exploration, the dance is pulsed by an electro-rock sound and riffs in the unique Anglo-Saxon influences whose fusion gave birth to the ‘Drum’n Breizh’.

One thing all HIKS musicians have in common, is undoubtedly the need to perform, with traditional and folk music integrated in their own songs.

In other words, HIKS takes musical granite and turns it into glitter…!

Mumfords Calling bij Keltfest 2019 in Vijfhuizen. Mumfords and Sons tribute band

Mumfords Calling

I will wait, I will wait for Mumfords Calling!

The three-year-old band Mumfords Calling is an international phenomenon! This Mumford & Sons tribute band knows exactly how to perform. With gigs in the Netherlands as well as Belgium and England, they have their share of experience. The men played on numerous stages: from small clubs to big pop, folk and tribute festivals.

They will play all the greatest hits from award winning albums Sigh no more, Babel, Wilder Mind and Delta such as Little Lion Man, I will wait and the Cave. The show, atmosphere, looks and sound of Mumfords Calling will bring you as close to a Mumford and Sons concert as you can get.  

Mumfords Calling plays on Saturday.

Tir Nan Og speelt op beide dagen op Keltfest

Tir Nan Og

Tir Nan Og’s music moves your ears, voices, arms and legs

Tir Nan Og (from Gaelic, meaning: land of the everliving) consists of six musicians from southern Germany. They have been rocking stages in Central Europe for many years. No matter if it is a cozy pub or a large festival stage, Tir Nan Og feels right at home.  They manage to carry their audience like few other bands.

It is impossible to escape the energetic show, the untamed musical power and the congenial character of the band. Tir Nan Og unites different musical styles to an extraordinary mix which is still faithfully rooted in Celtic folk rock.

Traditional tunes ingeniously combined with original songs, well-known folk songs clothed in new and fat rock outfits. This all is combined with faced paced and very danceable rhythms and catchy singalongs – Tir Nan Og’s music moves your ears, voices, arms and legs.

Tir Nan Og plays on Saturday at the Hill Stage and on Sunday at the Oak Stage.

keltische hobbits Keltfest Oak Stage

Keltische Hobbits

Musical adventures with the Keltische Hobbits 

The Keltische Hobbits will be clambering onto the Keltfest stage with their adventurous instruments, ancient languages, rambling rhymes, and hairy hopping feet!

Celtic Hobbits? Well, Iris and Luuk are not quite that small… but they do love good food, long wandering journeys, and cheerful folk music!
Singing harpist Iris brings old folksongs to life in the languages of Irish Gaelic, Breton, English, Limbourgish, and Dutch. Creative virtuoso Luuk paints lyrical landscapes with his whistles, ocarina’s, shruti box, rubber duckies, teaspoons, and accordion.

From summer birds to stormy pirates, from romantic starry nights to the illegal brewery of tea: the Keltische Hobbits sing and play about all of it, until the elves start dancing on the rooftops. Come and enjoy the songs, dance tunes, improvisations, jokes, and poems!

After 2 years of making music together (and eating and hiking), it is time for a shiny debut album! The record will be released on April 1st 2019 and will also be available at Keltfest.

De Keltische Hobbits play on Saturday.

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Barnyard Tea

Barnyard Tea brings you rowdy, stomping bluegrass. They combine style, class and a whiff of rock & roll in their approach of American traditionals. The three blond-haired men focus their arrangements around vocal harmony and the use of authentic instruments. They have been seen playing mandolins, banjos, dobros, guitars and of course a good old double bass.

The uplifting music will make you dance, or at least get the urge to dance, but their sensitive side occasionally takes the spotlight with enchanting harmony-infused ballads. So put on your dancing shoes and stomp along to the mesmerizing music of the blistering bluegrass trio.

Edin Najetovic, Frank de Boer and Joost Abbel have been making music together since high school. They started Barnyard Tea in 2012 out of a joint passion for roots and bluegrass music. Soon they were performing all across Europe, playing more than 250 shows in The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland and Italy.

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the coincidences

The Coincidences 

Celtic band The Coincidences are rooted in ‘Woest en Bijster land’, located in the heart of Holland. Vast heather areas border the old march land of the Rhine Valley. Celtic fields, bordering on the early Roman Empire, still witness to the 3000 year old culture. Remains from ancient times can still be found in the Iron Age forts, burial mounts and fields.

This legacy is the reason that sometimes, melodies, coming from the depths of the earth, are spread by the early morning mist – inspiring the band to create their own songs.

However, the band’s music mostly originates from Irish and Scottish traditions – a mixture of both traditional and contemporary songs.

Minstrel Season op Keltfest, zaterdag op Oak Stage

Minstrel Season

Dancing in the moonlight with Minstrel Season

An adopted mermaid child, a maggot as a pet, and dancing in the moonlight…
These are just some of the stories that Minstrel Season sings about.
Shortly after Roxanne and Danny formed the folk duo Minstrel Season, their debut album Dragon Rising (2015) was released. Aside from some Irish and Scottish traditionals, the album was mainly filled with their own work. The style reminded people of the bygone times of the Middle Ages and the Celtic culture.
Then after several festivals and a tour through Southern England, Whispers of the Well (2017) appeared. This second album was with influences of country, blues, bluegrass and Pagan chants more than just the earlier Celtic folk.
In early 2017, the folk duo decided to expand into a full folk band by adding bass and violin to the instruments. At Keltfest, they will appear with an awesome live band.

Come and listen to the stories of Minstrel Season…

Minstrel Season plays on Saturday.

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