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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.