Artists 2019

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.