Artists 2017

//Artists 2017

A.J. Croce (USA)

The return of American singer and songwriter A. J. Croce, who first played at Tønder Festival in 2016.

Afenginn (DK) & GLAS (DK, NO, FO, SF)

Afenginn is one of the most courageous and original bands on the Danish music scene. At Tønder Festival 2017 Afenginn will be appearing with the Scandinavian vocal group GLAS, who are influenced by the Bulgarian choral song tradition.

Allan Olsen (DK)

As a songwriter and perfomer, Allan Olsen is forever pushing the envelope. His live shows can be solo, with surrealistic tales and acoustic accompaniment, or with a full rock band.

Altan (IRL)

This is Altan’s sixth apparance at Tønder Festival, and to add to the festivity of the occasion, 2017 marks Altan’s 30th anniversary.

Anderson East (USA)

In 2016, American Anderson East and his rocking band had the temperature in the red in Tent Two. Blues, country, soul and rock in generous helpings, served in Anderson East’s soulful power vocal.

Art Exhibition: Pictures by Players

The group consists of: Thomas Agergaard, Franz Beckerlee, Erik Clausen, Ole Fick, Flemming Quist Møller, Lars Trier and Troels Trier.

Artist Talk: Allan Olsen

DR P4 radio host, Søren Rebbe has invited two of this year’s top Tønder Festival musicians in to talk intimately about their music.

Artist Talk: Hush

DR P4 radio host, Søren Rebbe has invited two of this year’s top Tønder Festival musicians in to talk intimately about their music.

Beoga (IRL)

If you have heard Ed Sheeran’s Galway Girl, then you have heard Beoga. The Northern Irish group with flute player Brian Finnegan provide the Irish tones that open the Sheeran song.

Colter Wall (CAN)

Only 21 years old but already the object of wide appreciation of his manifest musical talent, Colter Wall from Saskatchewan in Canada sets about the traditioners and comes up with new angles in folk, bluegrass and country.

Dallahan (SCO/IRL)

A relatively new name taking a head-long run at the international music scene, Dallahan are based in Scotland, but their musical roots are definitely in Irish traditional music.

Daniel Norgren (S)

This 33 year-old Swedish musician fills venues all over Europe with his dynamic yet emotional songs accompanied in simple style. Daniel Norgren is inspired by folk, blues and the American singer-songwriter tradition.

Danni Nicholls (ENG)

British singer and songwriter Danni Nicholls has country, folk and American roots music in her bloodstream.

Daoirí Farrell Trio (IRL)

All that talk about him in Ireland and out in the world could be what’s making Daoirí Farrell a hot name on the traditional Irish music scene.

Darlingside (USA)

Gathered round a single microphone, the four members of Darlingside seem a closely-knit unit of fine vocal harmony.

Dorthe Gerlach (DK)

Dorthe Gerlach is known as half of the duo Hush, but since 2014 she has been focusing on her solo career. In 2015 Dorthe Gerlach put out a solo album Natlys (Night Light), 11 songs in Danish.

Fara (SCO)

Fara is four young female Scottish musicians from Kirkwall in Orkney. They played at Tønder Festival in 2015, then released the album Cross The Line and were nominated at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2017.

Folk Spot 2017 (DK, S, N, SF)

Nordic traditions meet the wide world when Folk Spot Denmark 2017 presents eight Danish and Scandinavian folk bands.

folkBALTICA Ensemble (DK, D)

FolkBaltica Ensemble consists of around 50 young musicians from Schleswig-Holstein in Germany and from south Danmark.

FolkeKons (DK)

Concert with nine students from Folkekons take the stage in the Old Mill on the Friday.

Foy Vance (UK)

The world has noticed Ulster songwriter Foy Vance, whose breakthrough album is his most recent, The Wild Swan.

Frigg (SF)

Power-folk from Finland. A Frigg concert is a storm of acrobatic turbocharged fiddle at supersonic speed.

Gentlemen’s Circle feat: William Prince, Colter Wall (CAN), Grant-Lee Phillips, Nick Panken, A. J. Croce (USA), Aodán Coyne (IRL)

Sunday afternoon offers a unique opportunity to see and hear a selection of top international songwriters on the same stage.

Grant-Lee Phillips (USA)

At 53, Grant-Lee Phillips has worked his way into the elite of American indie folk rock, bulding his solo career since 2000. Before that, he fronted Grant Lee Buffalo.

Greg Russell og Ciaran Algar (UK)

Two young talents with rapidly-growing careers have established themselves in the past few years as names to be noted on the British folk scene.

Hans Theessink & Terry Evans (NL, USA)

This year, Hans Theessink is coming to Tønder Festival with his American colleague, singer and songwriter Terry Evans.

Homesick Hank (DK)

The Danish band Homesick Hank formed in 2002, finding their feet instinctively in what was then known as alternative country.

Hush (DK)

Danish band Hush have been on a long sabbatical, but now they are back, and it will be Tønder Festival that welcomes this fine country rock band back to the live stage.

Ìmar (SCO, IRL)

From Glasgow, this new quintet numbers members of Mànran, Rura and Talisk. The band works with traditional Irish and Scots music.

Jacob Dinesen (DK)

In a fairy-tale like sequence of events, Tønder boy Jacob Dinesen, who played at Tønder Festival for the first time in 2012, has gone on to win national fame.

John Moreland (USA)

From Tulsa in Oklahoma, with a voice grated in the same dust that tinted Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl ballads, John Moreland’s songs are rooted in that very same soil. New album 2017: “Big Bad Luv”.

Jonah Blacksmith (DK)

Last year, they rocked the Club Stage at Tønder Festival and gave us an unforgettable concert on the Open Air Stage with videos and other visuals. This year, Jonah Blacksmith will top the bill, closing the Tent One Sunday night show.

Jyderup Højskole (DK, S)

We present the result of an intensive, two-week folk music seminar at Jyderup Folk High School
arranged in conjunction with Skurup Folkhögskola in Sweden.

Kaia Kater (CAN)

The musical inspiration is partly Canadian folk music, partly traditional Appalachian music.

Karl Blau (USA)

Karl Blau has over 40 releases to his name. He comes from the north-west, halfway between the cultural hotspots of Seattle, USA, and Vancouver.

Kentaur (DK)

The Tønder Festival audience has a treat in store in this new formation on the Danish music scene.

Laura Mo (DK)

An original Danish singer and songwriter who fills the stage with wild energy, thoughtful lyrics and a voice which one critic called “delicate, almost tender, but with deep overtones.”

Leyla McCalla (USA)

Her music curls elegantly and with assured respect round the folk traditions of Louisiana and Haiti. Leyla McCalla is a classically trained cellist and she plays banjo and guitar as well.

Lion Bear Fox (CAN)

Out of Vancouver in Canada, this storm of a trio is raging over Canada’s music scene right now. The three musicians are highly qualified in their genres: folk, rock and pop.

Live radio: DR P5 Live

You will be able to see and hear some of this year’s Tønder Festival’s main acts performing close up and live.

Loudon Wainwright III (USA)

Turning 70 has not slowed US songwriter Loudon Wainwright III down one bit. He is still touring, writing and publishing albums as lustily as ever.

Lucinda Williams (USA)

This is one we have been after for years, and now she’s coming. The American singing star Lucinda Williams is playing her only Danish concert of summer 2017 at Tønder Festival.

Marc Cohn (USA)

In 1991 Marc Cohn had a massive hit, Walking In Memphis. The song appeared on his debut album Marc Cohn and placed the songwriter and singer among the US music elite.

Mick Flannery (IRL)

33 year-old Mick Flannery from Ireland was on the bill at Tønder Festival in 2016. This singer and songwriter has a lot to tell, and a voice of rare intensity and passion to tell it.

Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh med Seamus Begley og Donogh Hennessy (IRL)

After many years as Danú’s singer, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh has left the band to concentrate on her solo projects.

Niels Hausgaard (DK)

He’ll be here again this year, don’t worry. Niels Hausgaard has been an indispensible part of Tønder Festival for decades.

Nive Nielsen (GR)

Greenlandic singer and songwriter Nive Nielsen has toured all over Europe and USA and is currently making a name for herself in Denmark. Her music is indie folk inspired by americana.

Parker Millsap (USA)

There’s no denying 24 year-old Parker Millsap has star quality. With his third and critically-acclaimed album The Very Last Day, he has made a name for himself as one of the most exciting new musicians on the American roots rock scene.

Réalta (IRL)

From Belfast in Northern Ireland comes a new take on traditional Irish music. The Réalta quintet play uilleann pipes, flute, guitar, piano, bass, bouzouki and bodhrán and sing brilliantly.

Red Hot Chilli Pipers (SCO)

Their own name for it is bagrock: a heaving, frenetic blend of Highland pipes and familiar riffs and hits from the rock and pop charts.


ROD means root and is the name of a youth music organisation that has a huge influence on the development of folk music in Denmark.

Romengo (HU)

World class Hungarian Roma music: five-piece Romengo is one of Hungary’s best bands, and they master traditional olah gypsy folk music.

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys (ENG)

Sam Kelly has a voice that grabs an audience, whether he sings his own songs or Irish folk favourites.

Sam Outlaw (USA)

Sam Outlaw creates his own South Californian country sound, with a Bakersfield Telecaster twang and shades of late sixties country rock from Los Angeles.

Sarah Jarosz (USA)

Newly proclaimed double Grammy winner for her album Undercurrent, Sarah Jarosz is without a doubt one of the biggest names on the US folk scene right now.

Schools Concert

Over 3000 schoolchildren will gather in front of the Open Air stage and will see and hear three of the top names on the 2017 Tønder Festival roster.

Shovels & Rope (USA)

Shovels & Rope employ simple means to create a big sound that stretches from punk blues to rooted folk to beautiful, low-key ballads.

Signe Svendsen (DK)

This Danish singer and songwriter’s career is charging ahead, both in its solo version and supporting Niels Hausgaard on his massive tours.

Socks In The Frying Pan (IRL)

Irish traditional music has found new international ambassadors in this young trio from County Clare.

Spirit Family Reunion (USA)

In 2016, Tønder Festival’s audience discovered Spirit Family Reunion. The six-piece band from Brooklyn is back this year, and there are many reasons to rejoice.

Talisk (SCO)

Talisk form a tight, virtuoso trio who have the tradition at their fingertips, but also dare seek out new routes.

Tami Neilson (CAN/NZ)

Powerful singing and old-school country style mark Tami Neilson’s music.

The Dustbowl Revival (USA)

The Dustbowl Revival update bluegrass, swing, hot jazz, blues, soul and New Orleans funk. New album out June 2017.

The Savage Rose (DK)

One of the most important and most resilient of all Danish bands, The Savage Rose, with Annisette Koppel’s signal vocal in front, are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2017.

The Small Glories (CAN)

Cara Luft, banjo and vocal, and J D Edwards, guitar and vocal, come from Winnipeg on the Canadian prairies, and each has had a successful career on the Canadian folk roots scene.

Tønder Festival Opening 2017

The Official Opening of Tønder Festival 2017 will take place on Thursday 24 August at 12 noon on the Open Air stage.

Trad.Attack! (EST)

Trad.Attack! are the top Estonian folk band, and with several Estonian Music Awards on the mantlepiece, they enjoy star rating in their homeland.

Ulaid (IRL)

With a background in some of the major Irish bands, these three musicians have already established their credentials as exponents and interpreters of traditional music.

William Prince (CAN)

With his soft baritone, William Prince has taken the prairie by storm. Last year, he won the award for Aboriginal Artist of the Year at The West Canadian Music Awards.

Women’s Circle feat: Tami Neilson (CAN/NZ), Kaia Kater (CAN), Danni Nicholls (UK), Dorthe Gerlach, Laura Mo (DK)

The Women’s Circle show, presenting female songwriters from home and abroad, a fascinating, one-off concoction of artists from Canada, New Zealand, England and Denmark.

Yola Carter (ENG)

Her power soul vocals and musical talent have been put to good use with big names like Massive Attack and Katy Perry. Yola Carter has now opened a new chapter in her story, as a solo americana singer.

Young Seminole Hunters and King James & The Special Men (USA)

This year King James & The Special Men will be joined by Young Seminole Hunters, authentic Mardi Gras Indians in impressive, colourful gear.