30 years ago, Anne Linnet made an album called Jeg er jo lige her (I’m Right Here.) In 2018 the popular recording has Anne Linnet and her band on tour again, including an appearance at Tønder Festival.
Danish Annika Aakjær has many talents, but it is as a musician and actress she has made her name. Her latest – third – album, Lykkens Gang (Third Time Lucky) from 2016, had the critics reaching for superlatives.
Bastard Kvintet is one of Denmark’s finest traditional dance bands, and numbers some of the most experienced musicians on the folk music scene. At this year’s Tønder Festival, the quintet will focus on the music of Denmark’s great fiddler, the late Evald Thomsen.
The name means ‘five’ in Scots Gaelic, but now there are four. Four brilliant musicians from Cape Breton play traditional Scottish music in its eastern Canadian seaboard guise, winning prizes for their virtuosity.
Colter Wall is from Saskatchewan in Canada and trades in folk, bluegrass and country. Colter Wall gave his first concert in Denmark at Tønder Festival in 2017, and this is his only Danish festival concert in 2018.
From Austin, Texas, singer, songwriter and guitarist David Ramirez is well on his way to a thoroughgoing breakthrough. His fourth album We’re Not Going Anywhere from 2017 has brought him glowing reviews.
Their voices entwine and meld in mellifluous harmony when the two women who are the duo Dusty Heart approach the microphone. Barbara Jean and Molly Dean hail from Minnesota and offer a fresh take on folk harmonising.
The Tønder Festival audience will be treated to a convincing demonstration of the spectrum of talent involved when 15 graduates of the South Denmark Academy of Music and Drama in Esbjerg take the stage.
Last year, Tønder Festival’s audience gave both the Women’s Circle and the Gentlemen’s Circle a warm reception. The concept of inviting a series of internationally recognised musicians to join a number of their male and female colleagues respectively on stage will repeat this year.
Irish’ voice can be silken, can be gravelly and rough, backed up by her rustic, rhythmic guitar style. Her performances are famous throughout North America, and she has won numerous awards and nominations.
One of the absolute top names on the political music scene in the 70s is now coming to Tønder Festival. Swedish Mikael Wiehe is still firing on all cylinders both as a musician and songwriter, and his commitment has in no way diminished with time.
The return of American Parker Millsap, who played at Tønder Festival in 2017. As a singer and songwriter he is on his way to the top, and he has long been spotted as one of the most exciting young talents in American roots rock music.
Rasmus Lyberth is one of Greenland’s great voices and a distinguished representative of Greenland culture. His intense singing and charismatic stage performance touch everone’s heart, while his songs in his mother tongue raise the art of storytelling to new heights.
Traditional Scots music is in really good hands in the band called Skipinnish, who after almost 20 years of playing are going from strength to strength. The band tour constantly and play for full houses.
Danish Søren Huss has made a name for himself, both as a solist and as a songwriter, as one of Denmark’s most important artists. He has underscored this status with his new album Midtlivsvisen (Mid Life Verses) from autumn 2017.
Exciting bands like Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, Visthèn and The East Pointers are attracting more attention to Prince Edward Island, which lies by Canada’s east coast between the mainland and Cape Breton Island.
Can one band really offer so much? The answer, in the case of The Mavericks, is yes. They play a colourful cocktail of country, folk, blues, tex-mex, twang, latin and roots rock with style, charm, and great songs from a charismatic singer.
Lifting an unmistakeable inheritance from Scottish folk rock bands who went before, Tide Lines are well on the road to establishing their name in the UK, with a full concert calendar and sell-out concert halls.