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Adam Holmes & The Embers (SCO)

This is the third time Scots singer and songwriter Adam Holmes and his band The Embers are guests at Tønder Festival, and there is good cause for the follow-up.

Arcade feat. Heidi Talbot & Adam Holmes (IRL/SCO)

An exciting new collaboration at Tønder Festival this year: Arcade with Irish Heidi Talbot and Scottish Adam Holmes.

Birds of Chicago (USA/CAN)

Combining classic americana with elements of world music plus a good helping of roots rock, Birds of Chicago’s latest album Love in Wartime (2018) establishes that they really are worth listening to.

Bjørn Eidsvåg (NO)

The Norwegian songsmith Bjørn Eidsvåg has a large following in Denmark, while in his homeland he is one of the best-selling recording artists.His lyrics touch on existential matters, such as faith and doubt, and he can deal with big questions in simple, accessible songs.

Blair Dunlop (UK)

Songwriter and guitarist Blair Dunlop has released three albums and two EPs since 2011, and he is acclaimed as one of the most interesting young musicians on the British folk scene.

Breabach (SCO)

Breabach have achieved enviable status at home, winning Scot Trad Music Awards for best live band and best folk band, plus nominations for BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Caitlin Canty (USA)

Caitlin Canty played Tønder Festival in 2016, both solo and along with fellow songwriter Jeffrey Foucault. Now you will have a new opportunity to hear this rising americana star.

Calum Stewart (SCO)

Scots Calum Stewart is a familiar name to many in Denmark, where he has often played. A virtuoso on the uilleann pipes, Calum Stewart is an esteemed musician and composer in Scotland.

Cancelled! John Prine (USA)

One of America’s most respected songwriters is coming back to Tønder Festival. John Prine appeared here in 2015 and will do so again in 2019. This is another scoop, and the 72 year-old veteran is still going strong, and still writing excellent songs.

Charley Crockett (USA)

If you like country, blues, cajun and honky-tonk music, then you are going to enjoy a concert with the 32 year-old singer, guitarist and songwriter from Texas.

Chris Smither (USA)

The American songwriter, singer and guitarist Chris Smither has been playing for over 50 years. His original, stylish songs are inspired by folk and blues, and he is renowned for his elegant guitar finger-picking.

Claus Hempler (DK)

49 year-old Claus Hempler’s most recent album of songs in Danish, Kuffert fuld af mursten (A Caseful of Bricks), released this year, is an artistic departure for this musician, and has won critical plaudits.

Dan Sultan (AUS)

We are happy to present one of Australia’s major talents. In his homeland, Dan Sultan is famous for his raw soul sound, which has won him several prizes.

Daniel Norgren (SE)

The Swedish guitarist and songwriter Daniel Norgren returns to Tønder Festival with a new album and his own personal version of americana with a Nordic tone.

Delgres (FR)

The style is blues, roots, New Orleans rhythm and Latin, with Pascal Danaë’s guitar at its core.

Dervish (IRL)

They have spent the past 25 years perfecting their playing together while retaining their enormous joy in the music of their home ground.

Dreamers’ Circus (DK, S)

Adding influences from classical music, jazz and electronic ambient, Dreamers’ Circus build a delicate tonal universe of sweeping atmospheric passages punctuated by intense, powerful folk tunes, enough to get any audience on their feet.

Elephant Sessions (SCO)

Elephant Sessions mixes traditional folk, funk, electronica and much more in a potent neo-folk cocktail which has intoxicated listeners all over Britain, Europe and Australia.

Esben Just (DK)

It’s with good cause that they call Esben Just the uncrowned Danish king of New Orleans rock’n’blues piano. When his fingers roll expertly over the ivories, they unleash an incandescent display of swinging swamp rhythm’n’blues.

Finbar Furey (IRL)

A man who has seen decades of Irish music history, Finbar Furey is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer and has had his place on the Irish folk music scene since the 60s.

Folk Spot 2019

Folk Spot 2019: Fromseier Hockings (DK), Mads Hansens Kapel (DK), Odde and Nilssen (NO), Phønix and Embla (DK), Rannok (DK), Trio Svin (DK), Vesselil (DK), Víík (NO, SE, DK).

FolkBALTICA Ensemble (DK, D)

FolkBALTICA Ensemble is a gathering of around 50 young musicians from southern Denmark and Schleswig-Holstein in Germany. The orchestra was founded at the annual folkBALTICA Festival, which takes place in mid-May.

Folkeklubben (DK)

Folkeklubben have succeeded in uniting what they claim are the three pillars of their band identity: culture, insanity and the folk tone.

Gentlemen’s Circle (USA, CAN, AUS, DK)

The special afternoon events known as Women’s Circle and Gentlemen’s Circle have been extremely well-received both in 2018 and 2017. Tønder Festival’s audience will not be denied the pleasure this year either.

Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar (UK)

Long well-established as one of the top duos on the British folk scene, Greg Russell, guitar and vocal, and Ciaran Algar, violin and vocal, are both from folk music backgrounds. They infuse traditional music with a hefty portion of innovation, energy and daring.

Gregory Alan Isakov (ZA/USA)

Subdued singing to an indie folk accompaniment of largely acoustic instruments, the songs moodily atmospheric. 39 year-old Gregory Alan Isakov was born in South Africa and lives today in Colorado in USA.

Hudson Taylor (IRL)

The brothers Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor lead a busy life, touring the world, still winning new fans. Tønder Festival’s audiences know Hudson Taylor really well, as they have played at the festival many times.

Ian Noe (USA)

He is a focus of attention on the country and folk scenes in USA, and now Tønder Festival audiences can hear and see him.


The musicians in Ímar have won many prizes, both individually and with other bands like Mànran, Talisk, RURA and Mabon.

Irish Mythen (IRL)

A return visit from Irish Mythen, who delighted audiences at Tønder Festival in 2018 with her strong singing, fine songs and indelible stage presence.

Jacob Dinesen (DK)

It’s been quite a ride from the teenage years in Tønder and jam sessions at Hagges to arenas and star status throughout Denmark.

James Keelaghan (CAN)

The music critic Dave Marsh called James Keelaghan Canada’s Finest Songwriter. The 58 year-old folk roots songwriter with a bent to social and historical topics has won recognition at home and abroad.

Jenn Grant (CAN)

A shower of prizes, even more nominations and fine reviews have rained down over singer and songwriter Jenn Grant from Nova Scotia in Canada.

Joel Savoy, Jesse Lége & Kelli Jones (USA)

Joel Savoy was brought up on cajun culture and the music that is such an important part of it. The Trio keeps the traditions alive.

John Smith (UK)

Guitarist and songwriter John Smith is a product of the British folk scene who is lifting his heritage to international standards.

Jonah Blacksmith (DK)

Two years ago, Jonah Blacksmith gave a memorable concert in Tent 1, winding up on a stage in the middle of the marquee with friends and family members ready to treat the audience to some authentic northern Jutland music from Thy.

Julie Fowlis (SCO)

The Scots singer and multi-instrumentalist, who sang at Tønder Festival in 2014, is a celebrated interpreter of Scots Gaelic traditional music.

Kate Rusby (UK)

One of England’s great voices in recent years’ folk music is coming back to Tønder Festival. Kate Rusby guested Tønder Festival in 2013, and Tønder Festival fans can anticipate this opportunity to enjoy this talented British singer and songwriter.

Les Poules à Colin (CAN)

Based firmly on Quebec traditions, Les Poules à Colin play trad folk with an intensity and musicality that carry the day.

Leslie Stevens (USA)

In their Best of L. A.: Music 2018 feature, L. A. Weekly magazine crowns singer and songwriter Leslie Stevens Best Country Singer.

Lion Bear Fox (CAN)

The return of the Lion Bear Fox trio from Vancouver in Canada, who were last here in 2017, will see another highly accomplished delivery of folk, rock, pop and a spoonful of West Coast growl.

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.

Luke Winslow-King (USA)

His music is built on blues and jazz, and he floats effortlessly between delta blues, ragtime, folk and roots rock.

Maija Kauhanen (FIN)

Maija Kauhanen is a distinguished member of the younger generation of Finnish musicians who play and develop the musical traditions of Finland and Karelia.

Mandolin Orange (USA)

Country, folk and bluegrass are ingredients in a tasty blend by the Mandolin Orange duo from North Carolina. Americana traditions respectfully lifted, the songs are original, and the mood is intimate, melancholy and untrammelled.

Martin Harley (UK)

The British guitarist and songwriter Martin Harley has achieved fame as a slide guitarist, in particular on lap steel. His material is acoustic blues, folk and roots music.

Max Gomez (USA)

A songwriter with a sure touch in folk, country and blues and yet another exciting new musician Tønder Festival is bringing to the Danish audience.

Niels Hausgaard (DK)

The Danish poet, satirist, songwriter, polemicist and entertainer has been making a major personal contribution to Tønder Festival since the 1970s.

Niels Hausgaard’s 75th Birthday Concert

Niels Hausgaard turns 75 in August 2019, and the occasion will be marked at this year’s Tønder Festival with the finest birthday concert imaginable.

Old Man Luedecke (CAN)

A prize-winning banjo player, guitarist and songwriter, Old Man Luedecke from Nova Scotia in Canada is a modern poet and troubadour in the old-time folk tradition.

Patty Griffin (USA)

Patty Griffin has written songs for Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmylou Harris and Dixie Chicks, has won Grammies and other awards: she sits at the top of the American folk roots scene.

Paul Cauthen (USA)

Paul Cauthen,who played Tønder Festival last year, has spent recent years establishing his reputation as one of the most interesting songwriters and voices on the American country music scene.

Plantec (FR)

There’s a wild party brewing when Plantec hit the stage. The band have roots in Brittany, and the music is a mix of traditional Breton folk music and electronica, beats and samples.

Poul Krebs & Henning Kvitnes with band (DK, NO)

Two Scandinavian songwriters backed by an elite band record a new album and give an exclusive release concert at Tønder Festival 2019.

Ruston Kelly (USA)

Ruston Kelly is at the peak of Nashville’s young country scene, has had fine reviews for his latest album Dying Star from 2018.

Schools Concert: FolkBALTICA Ensemble, Folkeklubben, Hudson Taylor

On Friday 23 August at 10.30 a.m., over 3000 schoolchildren will gather in front of the Open Air stage. Here they will see and hear three of the top names on the 2019 Tønder Festival roster.

Shaun Ferguson (CAN)

A musician and instrumentalist of high calibre, Shaun Ferguson hails from New Brunswick in north-eastern Canada and has explored a variety of music genres.

Skipinnish (SCO)

They played at Tønder Festival in 2018 and everyone knew they would be back. In 2019 Skipinnish will celebrate their 20th birthday and their popularity is bigger than ever before.

Startijenn (FR)

Music and dance fuse when Startijenn from Brittany are on stage. Startijenn, meaning ‘energy’ in Breton, gew out of the traditional music and dance events in Brittany, Fest-Noz.

Susto (USA)

Susto is the band and stage name used by guitarist, singer and songwriter Justin Osborne from Charleston, South Carolina. Susto have, in recent years, made their mark with original and personal roots rock and americana.

The East Pointers (CAN)

Last year, The East Pointers had to renounce Tønder Festival because two of the members had a baby. A happy event for the new parents, but a pity for the many who had been looking forward to hearing this power trio from Prince Edward Island in Canada.

The Ghost of Paul Revere (USA)

Banjo, bass and guitar. The Ghost of Paul Revere come from the town of Portland in Maine in USA and have made a remarkably speedy ascent of the American musical ladder.

The Savage Rose (DK)

In 2017, The Savage Rose had to call off their Tønder Festival appearance because of illness. They are back and they will be opening Tønder Festival 2019. The Savage Rose is one of the most potent and enduring entities on Denmark’s music scene.

The Tweed Project (ENG, SCO)

The members of The Tweed Project are some of the most successful young musicians on the English and Scots folk music scenes. Starting in 2015, the band appears now in 2019 in a new line-up.

The Unwanted (USA/IRL)

A transatlantic musical match, combining Irish traditional music with American folk music from the Appalachians.

Tide Lines (SCO)

Tide Lines’ inspiration is Scotland’s Gaelic song, pipe tunes and wild countryside, and unbridled love. The band have attracted new listeners with their fresh update of the Highland sound.

Tønder Festival Opening 2019

This year Mrs. Emi Furuya, the Ambassador of Canada to Denmark, is to give the opening address. The Provost of Tønder, Henrik Frandsen will also be present for the opening. The opening address is following directly by music from The Savage Rose.

Tyler Childers (USA)

He won over the Tønder Festival audience last year, and now he is back in 2019. Songwriter and guitarist Tyler Childers is well on his way to the top of the country scene in USA, and Europe is next.

Vishtèn (CAN)

Did you miss Vishtèn last year? You’re getting a second chance. For over a decade now this trio have bewitched audiences with their unique blend of French songs and original tunes that draw on Celtic and French-Canadian music traditions.

William Crighton (AUS)

The song draws on folk and rock, telling a story that digs deep into spiritual layers, and William Crighton is one of Australian music’s strongest cards right now.

Women’s Circle (USA, CAN, IRL, DK)

Tønder Festival’s long-established tradition of having musicians share the stage with friends, colleagues and heroes they don’t often get the chance to meet – the ceilidh – has morphed into two events: the special afternoon concerts called Women’s Circle and Gentlemen’s Circle.