Oak stage

Piraten folk, Plunder, Keltfest


Plunder welcomes you in her port; put on your most piratey dancing boots and seize your mates by the collar! This pirate party folk band from Leeuwarden (NL) plays Dutch tunes about the black sheep of society, the desire for freedom and the search for your inner fire. Plunder never lets a chance go by to party with her audience. Influenced by various styles such as Irish folk, balkan, ska and klezmer, the group creates their own unique rousing and vigorous sound. This bunch of troublemakers is bound to plunder each and every single place they visit!


folk pop


Twibv started out as an excuse for a group of friends to play music together and quickly grew to be a fully fledged folk-pop band with original material. Playing music and telling stories is what we love to do; whether these stories come from literature, poetry, nature, our own experiences or our imagination doesn’t really matter. We like to use as many different instruments and languages as possible, but most important is that we bring our songs with humor, even the ones about death and misery.
In 2015, we released an EP called ‘Snippets’, and we’re currently preparing to record our first studio album.

The Highland Sell-Outs

The Highland Sell-Outs is a 4 piece folk band from Groningen. They have been touring throughout the Netherlands since 2013 and can be found on pop stages, in pubs and on music festivals like Middeleeuws Winschoten en the Rapalje Zomerfolk Festival. These practised musicians take you along in the atmosphere of the Scottish Highlands and Irish pubs with their contemporary rendition of traditional folk music with rock and pop influences. Singer and violinist Sebastiaan, Guitar player Steven, bass player Robin and drummer Tim are inspired by bands such as Rapalje, the High Kings and the Killkennys.

The Highland Sell-Outs have introduced Irish folk songs and ballads to a young audience whilst stealing the hearts of the thorough folk-lovers.

Half a Mile

Half a Mile

Half a Mile is a band of six passionate musicians from Zwolle. The two sisters Hanna and Susanne van Gemeren have been singing together since they were young. The band shares an honest message of their journey towards meaning, and try to solve the mystery of life and the Creator in this chaotic existence. The country/folk, Celtic and Middle-Eastern influences, combined with the band’s love for acoustic music, result in a unique and authentic sound.

The latest album Roots is all about wonder and respect for the world around us. Several songs are about nature: the peace it brings humankind, the wisdom of an ancient tree, the realization that we’re only small people in a world full of miracles… a quest in the midst of silence.

Robert den Hartigh, folk, roots music, keltfest

Robert den Hartigh

Robert den Hartigh: Folk & Roots music at Keltfest 2018

Robert den Hartigh (1976) is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist influenced by several traditional styles of folk and roots music. His own original songs are a pleasant blend of Transatlantic folk and (acoustic) blues.

Robert plays these songs with much devotion for our great musical roots. If you see Robert play, you can hear him following the footsteps of the musicians who inspired him. Being a part of and to carry on this musical tradition has become a way of life.

All the songs from Robert den Hartigh have their own story and memory. The intense experience comes straight from his heart. He accompanies himself with acoustic (slide)guitar, mandola and diatonic accordion. He also has an Indian bass drum. Robert is inspired by folkloristic artists like Leadbelly, Lightnin’Hopkins, Woody Guthrie, but also Rory Gallagher, the Chieftains and modern artists like Sixteen Horsepower.