Songwriter, storyteller, actor and activist, whose father was one of the main figures in the American folk music revival: Arlo Guthrie has agreed to appear at Tønder Festival 2020, as have Irish Cara Dillon, Danish Claus Hempler and Canadian Del Barber.
A giant in US music history, Arlo Guthrie will play at Tønder Festival in 2020. In a career spanning 50-plus years, he has made his mark on the folk and roots scene both in America and round the world. Arlo’s father was the legendary Woody Guthrie, and that is the unique musical heritage he brings to Tønder Festival, where he has previously performed on several occasions.
Seven other musicians and groups have been added to the Tønder Festival roster. From Northern Ireland we have the award-winning singer Cara Dillon, one of the major talents in Irish folk music. And we see the return of the Canadian songwriter Del Barber and the US/Canadian duo Birds of Chicago.
Dynamic Old-time and Solid Blues
From Nashville, the four-piece Hogslop String Band bring a fiery brand of old-time and country music. Hans Theessink & Knud Møller, a duo with a wide fan base in Denmark, play stylish, authentic blues and roots music garnished with guitar wizardry.
Danish Vocal Stars
Claus Hempler released an album in Danish last year, Kuffert fuld af mursten (Bricks in the Baggage) and appeared at Tønder Festival in 2019. He’ll be back in 2020. Singer Kira Skov is on the list, too, with a programme of Billie Holiday songs.
Tønder Festival 2020 Musicians – so far:
John Prine (USA), Keb’ Mo’ (USA), Arlo Guthrie (USA), Ryan Bingham (USA), Lars Lilholt Band (DK), Blind Boy Paxton (USA), The Secret Sisters (USA), Michael McGoldrick: Fused 20th (UK), Teitur (FO), Christopher Paul Stelling (USA), The Henry Girls (IRL), Lula Wiles (USA), Cara Dillon (IRL), Claus Hempler (DK), Hans Theessink & Knud Møller (NL, DK), Amythyst Kiah (USA), The Once (CAN), Sean Rowe (USA), Blue Rose Code (SCO), Friel Sisters (SCO), Mo Kenney (CAN), Mike Elrington (AUS), Jeffrey Martin (USA), The Small Glories (CAN), Ida Gard (DK), Birds of Chicago (USA), Del Barber (CAN), Hogslop Stringband (USA), Kira Skov (DK).
Tønder Festival 27th, 28th, 29th and 30th August 2020
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