Tønder Festival Theme: Music with French Roots

20. March 2019

Tønder Festival 2019 will feature a whole range of music with French connections. There will be music from Quebec in Canada, Louisiana in USA and Brittany in France. And more new Tønder Festival bands and soloists have been announced, too.

Cajun and zydeco music from Louisiana and folk music from north-eastern Canada have always been extremely popular at Tønder Festival, and this year, music with French roots takes up a special space in the programme.

From USA and Canada
This year, cajun music will be represented at Tønder Festival by Joel Savoy with Jesse Lége and Kelli Jones. Louisiana cajun music is directly descended from the Acadians, displaced inhabitants of the French colony Acadie in north-eastern Canada. That part of the world has often sent traditional music to Tønder Festival, and 2019 is no exception, with Les Poules à Colin, Vishtèn and Shaun Ferguson on the programme.

Breton fest-noz and Caribbean tones
The guitarist Pascal Danaë, from Guadaloupe in the Caribbean, lives in France. He is appearing at Tønder Festival with his band Delgres. From Brittany we have two really exciting names destined to set feet a-dancing: Plantec and Startijenn.

Last but not least
From Scotland, Breabach are coming, and from USA, promising newcomers Susto. And a warm welcome back to audience favourites Hudson Taylor from Ireland.

Musician Interviews Podcasts
The French theme at Tønder Festival will be highlighted and elaborated on in a series of podcasts which you can download or stream from Here you can learn more about music from Louisiana, north-eastern Canada and Brittany and find interviews with some of the Francophone musicians appearing at this year’s Tønder Festival. The podcasts are the work of journalist Claus Vittus.

Pre-festival Events
The music is not the only show in town. In connection with Tønder Festival, a multitude of activities are on offer in the Tønder area in the four days up to Tønder Festival. The 4+ concept has been a huge success, and the events on offer from 18th – 21st August 2019 will be launched at a free opening concert on 18th August. The ensuing programme invites participants to a wide variety of activities focussing on the local countryside, culture, history, food and drink. See more at

Tønder Festival 2019 Musicians – so far:
John Prine (USA), Patty Griffin (USA), Kate Rusby (UK), John Moreland (USA), The Savage Rose (DK), Bjørn Eidsvåg (NO), Jonah Blacksmith (DK), Dreamers’ Circus (DK), Gregory Alan Isakov (ZA/USA), Mandolin Orange (USA), John Smith (UK), Jacob Dinesen (DK), Tide Lines (SCO), Joel Savoy, Jesse Lége & Kelli Jones (USA), Les Poules à Colin (CAN), Delgres (FR), Plantec (FR), Startijenn (FR), Vishtèn (CAN), Susto (USA), Shaun Ferguson (CAN), Hudson Taylor (IRL), Breabach (SCO), Elephant Sessions (SCO), Irish Mythen (IRL), Paul Cauthen (USA), William Crighton (AUS), Lion Bear Fox (CAN), Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar (UK), Poul Krebs & Henning Kvitnes (DK/NO), Esben Just (DK), Dan Sultan (AUS), Skipinnish (SCO), The Ghost of Paul Revere (USA), Martin Harley (UK), Julie Fowlis (SCO), Finbar Furey (IRL), Chris Smither (USA), Jenn Grant (CAN), Old Man Luedecke (CAN), Leslie Stevens (USA), Caitlin Canty (USA), The Tweed Project (ENG, SCO), James Keelaghan (CAN), Charley Crockett (USA), Max Gomez (USA), Adam Holmes & The Embers (SCO), Maija Kauhanen (FIN), The East Pointers (CAN), Arcade feat. Heidi Talbot og Adam Holmes (IRL/SCO), FolkBALTICA Ensemble (DK/D).

Tønder Festival 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th August 2019
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