More colours brighten the 2017 Tønder Festival palette. This year Tønder Festival will be presenting more exciting foreign artists, including Shovels & Rope from USA, Kaia Kater from Canada and Danni Nicholls from UK, all appearing in Denmark for the first time.
Shovels & Rope comprises Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent, who were booked to appear at Tønder Festival in 2015, when a pregnancy put a stop to their touring activity. Now the critically-acclaimed americana duo are back in business and will take pride of place on the 2017 Tønder poster.
You heard it here first
The Tønder Festival audience are accustomed to being treated to top names from abroad, and here are a few that are well on their way upwards: British Danni Nicholls, whose country style has Nashville written all over it; 23 year-old Canadian Kaia Kater, a world class banjo player and songwriter, and Canadian Tami Neilson, who has been called the Amy Winehouse of country music; and a classic folk band: Irish Altan, who have played Tønder Festival five times before. All of these musicians are giving their only concerts on Danish soil this coming summer at Tønder Festival.
Gems from Ulster and Denmark
Also keenly anticipated is Ulster songwriter Foy Vance, who has Ed Sheeran and Elton John as champions. From Denmark we have two singers and songwriters from different corners of the musical landscape, to wit Laura Mo and Dorthe Gerlach.
Female songwriters on stage
The latter two will be taking part in a songwriter concert during Tønder Festival: Women’s Circle, joining Danni Nicholls, Tami Neilson, Kaia Kater and Sara Watkins. Hosting this special songwriter session will be Søren Rebbe, radio and long-term Tønder Festival presenter. “This is an event I am really looking forward to: hosting six female soloists at one go. It’s a dream job, introducing and presenting one beautiful woman singer after the other. This will be a musical occasion of rare carat. In short: a unique affair!” says Søren Rebbe.
The 2017 Roster – so far:
Lucinda Williams (USA), Shovels & Rope (USA), Loudon Wainwright III (USA), Marc Cohn, (USA), Daniel Norgren (S), Grant-Lee Phillips (USA), Sara Watkins (USA), Allan Olsen (DK), A.J. Croce (USA), Altan (IRL), Tami Neilson (CAN/NZ), Kentaur (DK) Ìmar (SCO, IRL), Savage Rose (DK), Hush (DK), Afenginn (DK), GLAS (DK, NO, FO, FI), Réalta (IRL), Nive Nielsen (GRL), Homesick Hank (DK), Dallahan (SCO/IRL), Romengo (HU), Talisk (SCO), Danni Nicholls (UK), Kaia Kater (CAN), Foy Vance (UK), Laura Mo (DK), Dorthe Gerlach (DK).
Tønder Festival 24. 25. 26. 27. august 2017
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(Photo above: Shovels & Rope, pr-foto)