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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.