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Amythyst Kiah (USA)

A powerful, raw voice from Tennessee, original songs inspired by blues, country, oldtime and folk. Amythyst Kiah mixes traditional music with elements of today’s R&B.

Blind Boy Paxton (USA)

Here’s a ticket for a trip back to the blues, jazz, ragtime and folk of 1920s USA. Blind Boy Paxton has won fans among audiences and fellow musicians with his convincing versions of the great American roots music heritage.

Blue Rose Code (SCO)

Blue Rose Code is the Scots singer, songwriter and guitarist Ross Wilson. He taps into many styles – folk, jazz, pop and soul.

Christopher Paul Stelling (USA)

Songwriter and guitarist Christopher Paul Stelling is an actual travelling troubadour and has spent recent years touring in numerous US states and in Europe.

Friel Sisters (SCO)

Sisters Anna, Sheila and Clare Friel were born in Glasgow, but their family’s roots lie in Donegal Gaeltacht in north west Ireland.

Ida Gard (DK)

The danish singer and songwriter Ida Gard has to date released three albums, all successes.

Jeffrey Martin (USA)

Reviewers write of Jeffrey Martin’s songs that they offer an elegant and poetical description of life’s darker side, a take on “small town sadness”.

John Prine (USA)

John Prine had to pull out of his European engagements in the summer of 2019, including his Sunday evening show at Tønder Festival. Now, the 73 year-old American songwriter legend is back on the road and will return to Tønder.

Keb’ Mo’ (USA)

A genuine bluesman also recognised for his songwriting, 68 year old Keb’ Mo’ has a solid base in old-fashioned country and delta blues.

Lars Lilholt Band (DK)

66 year-old Lars Lilholt is a songwriter, singer, guitarist and violinist and one of Denmark’s most popular and hard-working musicians

Lula Wiles (USA)

The trio called Lula Wiles is racing ahead; they are part of a young generation of musicians affirming their traditional musical roots while grafting on contemporary styles with a tasteful touch.

Michael McGoldrick: Fused 20th (UK)

Michael McGoldrick has often performed at Tønder Festival. This time it is something different that brings him: a celebration of the rerelease of the 2000 album Fused.

Mike Elrington (AUS)

When six-foot Mike Elrington hits the stage, his audience is in for a powerful experience. His unpolished singing, accomplished guitar playing and bluesy, roots-rock songs have made him a big name in Australian music.

Mo Kenney (CAN)

An Irish Times critic wrote that Mo Kenney’s music “balances folksiness and metal edges with instinctual melodic power pop.”

Ryan Bingham (USA)

Here comes an outstanding purveyor of americana: honoured several times for his pre-eminent songwriting, American Ryan Bingham is placed high in the ranks of recognised songwriters.

Sean Rowe (USA)

A voice from the deepest basement, an acoustic guitar and songs with loads of soul. Since 2004, American Sean Rowe has made five solo albums, New Lore from 2017 being the latest.

Teitur (FO)

The Faroese songwriter and multimusician Teitur is long established in Scandinavian music history as a pre-eminent artiste with a distinctive personal voice.

The Henry Girls (IRL)

The Henry Girls are sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen McLaughlin from Donegal in Ireland. They named their trio for their grandfather, and The Henry Girls have been making music and touring since 2003.

The Once (CAN)

The Once from Newfoundland, Canada, have built their reputation on their fine interpretations, and are noted for their talented vocal harmonies.

The Secret Sisters (USA)

The Secret Sisters, last at Tønder Festival in 2018, are back. Sisters Laura and Lydia Randers from Muscle Shoals in Alabama have won admiration for their distinctive vocal sound which has been compared to the Everly Brothers.

The Small Glories (CAN)

The duo The Small Glories, who played at Tønder Festival in 2018, are continually gaining ground on the international scene. The Small Glories: Cara Luft, (vocal and banjo) and JD Edwards (vocal and guitar) come from Winnipeg.