A monetary grant from the local council plus a deficit guarantee has now been secured. This enables the Tønder Festival to solve the immediate cash flow problems and work towards next year's 40. anniversary festival as planned. The Tønder Council agreed on Thursday Nov 21st to provide monetary support in the form of 1 mill. DKK plus a deficit guarantee of 1.67 mill. DKK.
"I am very happy and grateful" said the chairman of the Tønder Festival Foundation, Stig Bang Mortensen, after Tønder Council's final decision to support the festival.
2013 was a huge success: This year's Tønder Festival surpassed all expectations. The music program has everything from the traditional folk music to new songwriters and indie folk bands. The audience showed their appreciation by turning up in big numbers, and the festival site was buzzing. The Danish press gave the festival a strong tail wind. National, regional and local media covered this year?s festival thoroughly, which meant a massive exposure of the festival and of Tønder Town.
Modernisation: The festival initiated in 2012 a multi-annual plan to modernize and change the festival. An effort which, artistically and in terms of size of audience, really paid off this year. "The process is still running, but evidently there are much larger expenses tied to turning the old tub around than anyone has expected" says Stig Bang Mortensen, chairman of the Tønder Festival Foundation, seen in the light of this year's financial result ended in the red with 1.6 mill DKK, as opposed to an expected profit.
Towards the 2014 festival: Booking of the music program and the administrative and practical planning can now commence. The tickets for next year's festival are expected to go on sale early December.
Facts: The festival receives an extraordinary grant of DKK 1 mill. The Tønder Council provides a deficit guarantee towards the bank for DKK 1.67 mill. The festival has committed to operational savings of DKK 1 mill. over a two year period, 2014 and 2015.
Tønder, 12th November.
The Tønder Festival Foundation Board has today received an offer of financial support from the Tønder Municipal treasury committee. The offer however comes with certain conditions, in particular in relation to cutbacks, which the Tønder Festival Foundation Board now has to consider in collaboration with the festival organization. The Tønder Festival Foundation Board and the Tønder Festival Association are right now discussing the details of the proposal from the Tønder Municipal treasury committee. It is paramount for both the Tønder Festival Foundation Board and the Tønder Festival Association, on one hand to be able to pay our creditors and on the other hand in regard to the audience and the volunteers to maintain the high standard and music range of the festival. The intent of the festival must be clear, when or if - we announce the launch of the 2014 ticket sales.
Best regards, Stig Bang-Mortensen Chairman of the Tønder Festival Foundation Board
Tønder, 9th November.
Tønder Festival is experiencing financial difficulties but, though we are very busy as a result, we feel that it is important to keep you informed of the ongoing status.
The Festival in 2013 was a great success First and foremost, it is important to stress, and remind each other, that this year?s Tønder Festival rose above all expectations. The programme of music covered the entire spectrum from traditional folk music to indie-folk bands. The audience responded by turning out in number; the atmosphere around the festival site was fantastic; and the sales figures, both at the box-office, and for food and drink, were more than satisfactory.
Problems with liquidity It is therefore most unfortunate for the festival, and a great shame for its leadership, that the net result for the festival did not fulfil expectations. Partially because of the terrible weather affecting the 2011 festival, along with the large new investments in 2012, the Festival and the Tønder Festival Foundation have a liquidity problem, which we are currently fighting to solve. This year's anticipated profit turned into a loss totalling 1.6 million kroner.
At the moment, we are working together with Tønder Municipal Council in order to work out an official guarantee so that we can carry on. The case, which has been running since 11th October, has been very intense; one meeting after another with the bank and the council. During the coming week, we are hoping for positive conclusions following meetings of the municipal council and municipal treasury committee.
Economy aside We have had possibly the best festival ever! Thanks to the colossal contribution and inestimable engagement of all the festival's volunteer workforce, together we created a huge success; musically, artistically, audience-wise and in terms of development. On top of that, there was an unusually high level of interest from the media; national and international, regional and local. It cannot be stated too often, that 2013 has been the year when Tønder Festival, in its new form, has had a national breakthrough in the media. Not for many years has the festival been covered by national TV, but on the 9th November, DRK were broadcasting a 70 min. programme recorded at this year's festival. Furthermore, 2013 is also the year when the Danish national newspaper "Information" and the popular music magazine "Gaffa" published articles with the front-page headline "Folk Music is Hip". We will come back to you with more information directly after the aforementioned meetings of the municipal council.
Best regards, Stig Bang-Mortensen Chairman of the Tønder Festival Foundation Board
Click the link for the 9. November 70 min. broadcast.
Click the links for 2013 photos....
Madeleine Glindorf Jens TH
Michael Weilandt Matthias Fichtner
Sinéad O'Connor (IRL) The Avett Brothers (USA) Mariza (PORTUGAL) Kate Rusby (ENG) Flogging Molly (USA) Billy Bragg (UK) Allan Olsen (DK) Mads Langer (DK) Lukas Graham (DK) Admiral Fallow (UK) The Barr Brothers (CAN) Jonas Alaska (N) Cara Dillon (IRL) Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman (UK) Red Molly (USA) Lau (UK) Hudson Taylor (IRL) Meschiya Lake & The Little Big Horns (USA) Tupelo (IRL) Guy Davis (USA) Pokey LaFarge (USA) Carolina Chocolate Drops (USA) Niamh Ní Charra (IRL) The Whileaways (IRL) Dervish (IRL) Kristian Leth & Dreamers Circus (DK) The White Album (DK) Folkeklubben (DK) Spooky Men's Chorale (AUS) Troy MacGillivray (CAN) Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Band (UK/IRL) Duncan Chisholm (UK)Matt Gordon And Leonard Podolak (USA/ CAN) The Great Malarkey (UK) Niels Hausgaard (DK) Kristian Leth (DK)Rikke Mølbæk (DK) Huxi Bach (DK)Adam Cohen (CAN)Povl Dissing (DK)The Pine Leaf Boys (USA) The Red Stick Ramblers, The Revelers, Joel Savoy, Corey Porsche (USA) FOLK SPOT Asynje, Nordens Tone, Trias, Svøbsk , Tradish, Fromseier/Hockings (DK) Neanders (DK)
Son of cajun aristocracy Marc and Ann Savoy, Wilson Savoy was born into cajun music and culture and it was natural that he would continue and develop the traditions of south west Louisiana. With the Pine Leaf Boys he has done just that. Four Grammy nominations in a row indicate that the group have brought their music to the whole of USA. Pine Leaf Boys have also represented cajun and US culture through concerts at embassies in the Middle East and Europe. As well as Wilson Savoy, who plays a one-row accordion, the Pine Leaf Boys number fiddler Courtney Granger (grandson of cajun icon Dewey Balfa), guitarist Jon Bertrand, bassist Thomas David and Drew Simon on drums. They are all part of the new generation of musicians who are revitalising the living tradition and introducing it to a wider and younger audience. When the Pine Leaf Boys play on stage, be ready for waltzes and fast two-steps, concert and dance music with a rock'n'roll attitude. Pine Leaf Boys have played Tønder before, as has Courtney Granger, who was here with Balfa Toujours.
Cultural life is up and running once again in New Orleans and Louisiana, and with the huge variety of musical traditions that mix there, New Orleans is more than ever an American cultural melting pot. The sound of NOLA, as the locals call the town, is the sound of a wild, happy party. And that is precisely the atmosphere you will find in Tønder Festival's NOLA zone. On the bill in the NOLA zone are The Pine Leaf Boys, Red Stick Ramblers, The Revelers, Joel Savoy and dance caller Corey Porche. Tønder Festival presents here the cream of the new generation of musicians to the fore today in south-western Louisiana. The Red Stick Ramblers, from Baton Rouge, have picked up on the meeting between cajun music and 50s pop. This is where western swing meets twang, early ska and country waltzes. The musicians in The Revelers also play in Pine Leaf Boys, The Red Stick Ramblers, Steve Riley & The Mamou Playboys and Cedric Watson's band Bijou Creole. The Revelers give us the essence of the new Louisiana sound with its blend of styles, but always centred round the characteristic one-row cajun accordion.
Danish roots and folk music bands perform every year at music festivals all over the world. They play music with roots deep in the Danish tradition, but with a powerful contemporary expression that has been making its mark internationally. The six Danish Roots groups chosen for this year's Tønder Festival Folk Spot are some of the busiest of their kind. Their music shows different takes on the combinations of Danish traditional and newly-composed music. This is where you will hear today's folk music sung and played on lyre, keyed fiddle, electronica, violin, hurdy-gurdy, flute, bouzouki, harmonica, bodhrán, guitar, djembe, harmonium, saxophone, double bass, piano, jew's harp, diatonic accordion, viola and more.
Niels Hausgaard says Allan Olsen is the best song writer in the country. At least, one of the best. Olsen thinks Hausgaard should take care he doesn't exaggerate. The two have bad-mouthed each other on stage for years. In spite of this, they're still doing First Night together. This year they aim to make it grander than ever. They share a concern that their ancient craft is waning. They have over 80 years' stage experience between them. Both have seen their audiences laugh helplessly, cry emotionally, and stomp out in loud protest. They despise the luke-warm: that's strictly for babies' bottles. Hausgaard still spends the first four months of the year touring packed concert halls in Denmark. The rest of the year, he is occupied with other things, among them physical work. This year, Olsen released a highly-praised album Grand (Jøwt), at first exclusively in northern Jutland. This provoked some Copenhagen commentators to cry "snobbery" and "pretension," which is interesting in itself. Plans to guard the exits of the Limfjord Tunnel to ensure the cd was not smuggled south had to be dropped for practical reasons. Now it is available everywhere.This year, Olsen and Hausgaard have invited three young colleagues to meet Tønder Festival's generous audience. Olsen heard Rikke Mølbæk by chance and thought, "She's got what it takes!" Rikke recently won a national song writing competition. She can stay the distance, without a doubt. "Isn't she a bit young?" remarked a worried colleague. Olsen and Hausgaard see no problem here: it'll pass. Kristian Leth has irons in many fires. He is a talented, exciting and experimental musician who shows a genuine interest for folk music's elemental qualities. His point of departure lies far from what we normally meet at Tønder Festival. "It'll do us good to play with him," is Hausgaard's view. Huxi Bach is widely known from TV and also from his solo tours, called "unauthorised lectures." He travels the country with his own lectern. Not many do that. Last year he rose to the challenge and wrote two songs specially for First Night. They went down well. This year he is invited back as if he were a real song writer. This will be interesting.
At 40, Adam Cohen is already long accustomed to success as a musician, and to interviewers asking about his father, Leonard. His latest CD, Like A Man, from 2011, covers both fields. Simple songs, sometimes deceptively so, in an acoustic setting, often dealing with love and other human complications. Danish music magazine Gaffa gave Adam Cohen's 2011 concert in Copenhagen five stars. After two reasonably successful albums, and tours with the band Low Millions, Adam Cohen took a break from 2007 - 2010. Adam Cohen's appearance at Tønder Festival last year proved his worth as a song writer and singer with an independent, lyrical stage presence tempered with a saving irony.
Since the 60s it has been said of Povl Dissing that he split the population. Either you loved his eccentric musical mannerisms, or you hated them. All that changed when, in 1973, Povl Dissing and poet and pianist Benny Andersen launched Songs of Svante (Svantes Viser). The LP sold more than 200,000 copies (in a country of 5 million inhabitants) and is today part of the official Danish cultural canon. Last year, Povl Dissing toured the country with Benny Andersen, giving concerts of a selection of the songs from the early years, and audiences were enchanted. Tønder Festival this year offers two Povl Dissing concerts, one on Saturday evening in the Culture House with Dissing's sons Rasmus on keyboards and Jonas on guitar, and Las Nissen, guitar. In Tent 2 on Sunday afternoon, the band will also number Nikolai Storr, bass, Palle Hjorth, keyboards and Jesper Elnegaard, drums. Guesting both shows will be Povl Dissing's good friends and colleagues, Benny Holst, Niels Hausgaard and Allan Olsen.
Though they originate in widely differing corners of the musical universe, they share a musical curiosity and a love of traditional folk music. Kristian Leth is known for his role as lead singer with the unpredictable indie rock band The William Blakes. Now Kristian Leth has been writing new songs in Danish for Dreamers' Circus, and it will be interesting to see where that leads the hitherto instrumental group. Kristian Leth and the Danish / Swedish super-trio, Nikolaj Busk (accordion, piano, graduate of Copenhagen's Rhythmic Music Conservatory), Ale Carr (cittern, traditional Swedish folk musician) and Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen (violin, leader of Copenhagen Philharmonic Orchestra) draw on many musical styles including classical music for their captivating brew.
Ross Ainslie learned his piping in the noted Vale of Atholl Pipe Band. Jarlath Henderson, from Co. Tyrone in Ireland, is a product of the well-known Armagh Pipers' Club. A concert with pipers Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson is no tattoo. Ross Ainslie's gentler border pipes and whistles and Jarlath Henderson's Irish uillean pipes meet as equals on their album Partners In Crime and on the CD to come later this year. This year's Tønder Festival sees the duo accompanied by Ali Hutton, guitar, the highly-rated drummer James Mackintosh, Matheu Watson on mandolin, violin etc and Duncan Lyall, bass. Expect a big sound, ranging from the traditional to the funky.
From fronting a hard-hitting folk rock band and to caressing a sensitive slow air, Scots fiddler Duncan Chisholm masters it all. For more than 20 years, Duncan Chisholm has played for us, with Wolfstone, with Ivan Drever, with Julie Fowlis. He has recently composed music for several BBC productions. Duncan Chisholm has worked for six years on Affric, the final part of a trilogy relating in music the story of the Chisholm clan and his own corner of the Highlands. Irish guitarist Tony Byrne and fiddler, pianist and piper Allan Henderson from Blazin' Fiddles are coming to Tønder Festival this year with Duncan Chisholm.
"Touch not this cat" is the Clan MacGillivray motto. Luckily, fiddle strings are no longer made of catgut. On the east coast of Canada, traditional music is a natural part of life for old and young alike, adding chemical-free zest to the daily grind. Young musicians from Denmark and Nova Scotia and Cape Breton visit each other, play together, and get a taste of that zest. Troy MacGillivray is from a Nova Scotia family that for generations has cherished the old Scots music traditions in the best possible way: by renewing them. To an extensive, solid musical training and his many awards, Troy MacGillivray added in 2012 the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for his tireless work in and for music, both at home and abroad. Pianist Allan Dewar and guitarist and singer Louis-Charles Vigneau accompany.
London Underground could mean a number of things. But there is more YouTube than Tube about The Great Malarkey. With girl singer Alex Ware in front, this eight-piece powerhouse band throw merciless gypsy punk at their listeners. Drawing on The Pogues, Mano Negra, Fanfare Ciocarlia and Tom Waits, The Great Malarkey blend and belt with a raw energy that fills dance floors and bounces audiences. Noted for their single Merry Profits and album Badly Stuffed Animals, the Great Malarkey have appeared at huge English events like Bestival on the Isle of Wight and the London Olympic Games. Get ready, Tønder, for a wild musical thrash when The Great Malarkey hit town.
In 2008, this pair of Canadian musical talents were in Tønder. Matt Gordon clog-danced at Leonard Podolak's wedding. Matt Gordon is a highly estimated cabinet-maker who is also known for his mastery of the violin. He played fiddle at Riverdance's London premiere. Taking a break from playing with The Duhks, clawhammer banjo virtuoso Leonard Podolak has spent time honing his old-time skills with fiddler Matt Gordon. The pair have travelled the Americas and Europe and bring an authentic old-time American sound to Tønder. It's lots of fun, and we'll likely be treated to a tandem clog dance, too.
Fado means fate. As a durable Portuguese song tradition, fado has grown over the past 100 years from the streets and tavernas of Lisbon. Fado's greatest star today is 39 year-old Mariza, who has helped make these intensely emotional songs popular with millions of people all over the world. Born in Mozambique but brought up in Lisbon, Mariza sold over 100,000 copies of her debut album Fado em Mim ? a rare occurrence, explicable only by Mariza's giant talent, and a general Portuguese desire to rehabilitate fado after it was espoused by the late dictator Salazar. Mariza expresses saudade ? longing is the nearest English gets ? the blues of Portugal, in such a persuasive, charismatic manner that no Portuguese language skills are required to understand the songs. Mariza and her world-class fado musicians promise the Tønder audience a life-changing experience.
Among the distinctive female voices at this year's Tønder Festival is that of Cara Dillon of Co. Derry in Northern Ireland. But 20 when she first guested the Festival with Equation, she returns now,18 years later, as one of the most respected singers in Irish and British music.In close co-operation with musician and producer Sam Lakeman, Cara Dillon has given concerts, sung on Disney soundtracks and performed with a full symphony orchestra. A steadily widening repertoire has not detracted from the appeal of Cara Dillon's mastery of Irish traditional song. The critics loved her recent album Hill of Thieves, yet it is a tribute to the couple's song-writing skills that most praise has been reserved for the title song, the only non-traditional number on the album.
When Equation played at Tønder Festival in 1995, the movement was just beginning, but back in England the resurgence of interest in folk music meant that a lot was expected of the Lakeman brothers, Seth, Sam and Sean, Kathryn Roberts and Cara Dillon, who had just replaced Kate Rusby. They were young are impressively talented. Now they are not so young, but the talent has not diminished. A new golden age of folk music has dawned and although Equation are history, Kathryn & Sean, Cara & Sam, and Kate Rusby are all here at this year's Tønder Festival. For Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, the birth of another pair of twins meant a break of about five years before last year's remarkable comeback with the album Hidden People. Songs like The Ballad of Andy Jacobs, a gripping tale of the disastrous local effects of Thatcher's coal mine closures, demonstrate their song-writing powers.The demise of Equation was not without its frictions, but not enough to prevent Sean going on to help run Seth Lakeman's solo career, both as a musician and in the studio. This expertise has also served when he produced recordings for The Levellers and others. Sean is primarily a guitarist, but plays virtually anything with strings, while Kathryn plays keyboards, flute and wood winds.
From playing the fiddle for Riverdance to interpreting and advancing the revered western Irish Sliabh Luachra music tradition is a stretch. Niamh Ní Charra has done both, and much else. The former gave her full-time employment from 1998 until 2006, then part-time, most recently on an 11-week tour of China around the new year. The latter is clearly demonstrated on her fine new CD Cuz, a thank you to Sliabh Luachra fiddler Terry 'Cuz' Teahan, who bequeathed her recordings he had made before he emigrated to Chicago. That ?much else? is no less remarkable. Niamh Ní Charra's top-class format as a musician is borne out by her concerts and tours with her own band, and by her work with Carlos Núñez, the Chieftains and Ry Cooder. With Basque Ibon Koteron she has investigated their musical commonalities on The Basque Irish Connection. Niamh Ní Charra, equally at home on the fiddle and concertina, and moreover a beautiful singer, has achieved a great deal since her first fiddle lesson at the age of 4 at home in Killarney. Winds of change are blowing over Tønder, but the west wind that blew Niamh Ní Charra here, with her innate charm and musicality, could easily see her becoming a festival favourite.
Three solo singers, no matter how talented, do not necessarily make a good group. Here comes the exception. The Whileaways - Noriana Kennedy, Nicola Joyce and Noelie Mc Donnell - are three distinctive voices that harmonise engagingly. They also write beautifully crafted original songs. With six previous albums to their individual credit, this is their debut as a trio. From beginnings in the fertile folk sessions in Galway city, the new trio was hailed as ?a knockout of the festival? at the legendary Port Fairy Folk Festival in 2012. Their debut album The Wildflowers, recorded in a log cabin in Co Galway, is imbued with the sounds from both sides of the Atlantic, bringing something fresh to the familiar. On this, their first visit to Denmark, The Whileaways will be joined by drummer Éimhín Cradock and Kelvin Busher on double bass.
Kate Rusby's voice may be, is actually, one of the most beautiful in British music, and she may, does actually, interpret the great, traditional English ballads better than most, but she is also gifted with a robust, down-to-earth Yorkshire humour, and a quick, sharp repartee, making her concerts much more than: good-looking girl, beautiful voice, fine songs. Although her songs are fine, not least her own self-penned. With last years album "20" Kate Rusby celebrated her first 20 years as a performer by re-recording songs from all the years in new arrangements. She then took them and her band on a long jubilee-tour, and if that's the show she's bringing to Tønder, and no doubt it is, then the expression "new Kate Rusby-fans may start here", makes good sense. As an artist Rusby has been a key figure in new English folk music, but at the same time her influence has contributed to making it less relevant to talk about a specific, more narrow folk scene.
- first saw the light of day in Glasgow in 2007. Their first album "Boots Met My Face" was released in 2011, the song "Squeling Pigs" having prepared the way and attracted attention to this new and different version of a Schottish folk-pop-indie band. Successor to many other powerful and dynamic bands from Glasgow's thriving musical underground, where folk, good songs and solid pop-craft intermingle freely. Admiral Fallow are Sarah Hayes, Phil Hague, Joe Rattray, Kevin Brolly and front-man Louis Abbott, whose personal songs and powerful singing are the bands greatest assets. If you are fond of references, you may in Admiral Fallow's music find traces of indie-rock à la Elbow, a hint of Coldplay, a little Iron & Wine, and a pinch of Mumford And Sons. Not to forget the distinct Schottish loftiness and grandeur. The band's second album "Tree Burst In Snow" was released in 2012, and has been nominated for the "Best Schottish Album of the Year Award 2013".
Lukas Graham, 24, is a natural. With a voice quivering with emotion and intensity. "Lukas Graham", his first album from 2012, and the songs "Ordinary Things" and "Drunk In the Morning", took him and his band straight to the top of the sales- and streaming-lists, and into the hearts of the young and the not quite so young public. He is something as unusual as a much sought after teenage-idol and a carefree, uncomplicated boy from Copenhagen's Christiania, and he has a voice to make the hearts of senior citizens melt, as they recall the soul music knockout back in the sixties. But there is one obvious reason for Lukas Graham's record success. He is the real thing. Just listen to his live-version of "Daddy, Now That You're Gone (Ain't No Love)" his rewriting of the classic "in't No Love In The Heart Of The City" Only a week after last year's festival, a festival they, as always, had enjoyed together, Lukas Graham sadly lost his father, Eugene.
With great authority Guy Davis, 64, passes on the traditional, black country-blues. He grew up in a New York family of actors, and is himself a singer, musician, songwriter, and actor. His first record was released in the late seventies, and his latest ?Juba Dance? this year. He is a masterful slide-guitarist and an outstanding singer and storyteller, inspired by old masters like Blind Willie McTell, Skip James and Mississippi John Hurt, and younger like Taj Mahal. Guy Davis' double life as an actor and a musician clearly influences his entertaining performances, as those who heard him in 2008, when he first visited the festival, will certainly agree with.
The Spooky Men's Chorale (Australia) How do you establish a male choir? Stephen Taberner from Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia did it this way: Ten years ago he gathered a number of singers, who, to join the choir, should dress in black and wear an interesting hat. And of course be male. Since then Spooky Men?s Chorale have proved that the combination of male voices and groans, grins, and grimaces can indeed call forth moments of brilliant entertainment as well as musical beauty. Spooky Men's Chorale are a male choir of seventeen singers, who may one moment sound like pious monks and the next like roaring madmen. An unpredictable stage show, satire, male roleplay, absurd humour, and creative vocal arrangements are awaiting us.
The band, from North Carolina, fronted by brothers Seth and Scott Avett, attracted attention when they sang Maggie´s Farm with the song's creator, Bob Dylan, and Mumford & Sons, at the Grammy Awards in USA in 2011. Before that, The Avett Brothers had already a built a name for themselves as a hard-hitting, energetic and original roots band with an Americana platform. In 2009 they put out the album I And Love And You produced by the celebrated star producer Rick Rubin - known for his epic American Recordings with Johnny Cash. The Avett Brothers appeared for the fist time in Denmark at Tønder Festival in 2011. In October 2012, the band released their seventh studio album, The Carpenter. And they have over 500,000 likes on Facebook...
After his successful world tour of northern Jutland with songs from the new album Jøwt, Allan Olsen is back in Tønder, this time on the big stage. With his talent for audience communication, there will be no problem. Not that we were in any doubt about it, but this album and this tour serve as sharp reminders how highly Allan Olsen sets his connections with the northern end of the country, and where he finds the resources he taps to write his songs. However, Allan Olsen is more than a provincial, local poet: he is one of the finest songwriters we have. Powerful, touching and funny when he relates his precisely observed tales, which give local events and characters universal and eternal relevance. Olsen is many things, and folk musician is definitely not the least important of them.
Things have been on the move for Harry and Alfie since the two brothers were in Tønder last year. In February this year, Hudson Taylor supported Jake Bugg on the English folk phenomenon's giant UK tour. In the summer, the duo will open for The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park in London. It's not that many years since Harry and Alfie were at home in Dublin uploading their folky versions of Beatles, Oasis and Bon Iver songs to YouTube. Gradually the boys fed in more and more of their own material. So far they have recorded two ep's. The latest is Cinematic Lifestyle, which came out in November last year.
From the word go, in the mid-noughties, Lau was seen as a coming super group, and before long they were recognised as the most original and creative band in newer British folk music. Without any hint of compromise to their traditional roots, fiddler Aidan O'Rourke, accordionist Martin Green and song writer and guitarist Kris Drever have built up their own original music. Calculated, tested and thoroughly musical, complex but accessible, dynamic but delicate. In a multitude of settings, from electronica to concerts with symphony orchestras, Lau have shown just how many unexplored paths are still open for creating relevant, exciting and entertaining music, while keeping to Aidan O'Rourke's assertion, "We'll always be a folk trio." Kris Drever's many Danish fans will also be able to hear him solo in Tønder.
Danish pop-rock hero Kim Larsen stood them a round and paid them compliments when the three Folkeklubben musicians sang their song Tightwad (Fedterøv) in an Odense pub. With the words "Newcomers Folkeklubben capture the raw, street singer tone" Copenhagen red-top Ekstra Bladet's Thomas Treo compares the trio and their debut album New Times (Nye Tider) with Larsen and his first record in 1973 There You Go (Værs'go). Kjartan Arngrim, Folkeklubbens songsmith, has the impertinent, guttersnipe poetry in common with Larsen, and coupled with Rasmus Dall's twangy guitar and Rasmus Jusjong's soft beats, Folkeklubben offer something grown out of Danish protest song's youth that strikes today's young people with a rare pop quality that has more to talk about than just the couple and coupling.
Sinéad O'Connor has established herself as one of Ireland's greatest musical talents. Internationally acclaimed as one of the finest singers and performers of our times, Sinéad has been described as the high priestess of international pop and her live shows reflect the fact that she remains unafraid to tackle social and political issues in her work. Since first exploding on to the world stage with her international breakthrough cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares To U" Sinéad has achieved career album sales in excess of 7 million. Her new album, "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?" has been widely acclaimed as one the strongest releases yet and it plays like an encyclopedic definition of her distinctive style: songs about love and loss, hope and regret, pain and redemption, anger and justice. This forms the basis for her live show with moving, exciting and beautiful songs, drawn not only from the new album, but also from her extensive back-catalogue of recordings. Backed by her new band Sinéad O'Connor reaffirms her position as one of the most eloquent - and outspoken - voices in contemporary music.
Most Danes first became aware of Jonas Alaska last Christmas when he appeared on the tv-screen in DR's Christmas extravaganza from Koncerthuset in Copenhagen, where the young Norwegian performed his own song "October" from his eponymous debut-album. In Norway it was enthusiastically received by the critics who were impressed by his strong voice, his mature, personal lyrics, and his catchy tunes. The follow-up "If Only As A Ghost", released in Denmark in late April, sees Jonas Alaska continuing along the road to stardom, and back home the new album has confirmed his position as Norway's new folk-hero.
Facing 80.000 hurling-fans at Dublin's Croke Park and working with the Irish singer Imelda May are some of the achievements of the four young Tupelo-lads so far. Their debut "Dirty Money" was released in 2011 and singles from the album "Firefly" and "Don't Let Go" have had a lot of airplay on Irish radio.Even though Tupelo's main inspiration is American music, their compact, acoustic, Irish folk-sound still echoes the wild nights in Dublin's Temple Bar-area and Irish ballad groups like The Dubliners.
Last years Tønder Festival, and a lot of other Danish festivals as well, saw him as lead-singer with The Eclectic Moniker. This year he is back with Claus Arvad and Jakob Eilsø, the three of them making up The White Album. Together they give us gentle lumberjack-folk straight from the heart, and though the sound is reminiscent of American neo-folkers like Bon Iver and Iron & Wine, its Nordic tone, oozing longing and melancholy, is unmistakeable.
In the first decade of the 2000s the American brothers Andrew and Brad Barr made quite an impression on the jamband scene with the impro-rock trio The Slip. Since then the brothers have settled in Montréal and joined forces with classically trained harpist and koraplayer Sarah Page and multi-instrumentalist Andres Vial. In The Barr Brothers sound, blues and folk meet soft vocal harmonies and clobbering indie. This year their debut album from 2011 "The Barr Brothers" has been nominated for a prestigious Canadian Juno Award in the category "Adult Alternative Album Of The Year" standing next to Bahamas, Kathleen Edwards, Serena Ryder and Royal Wood. The band has toured extensively, played a large number of festivals, and guested "The Late Show With David Letterman", one of the most important showcases of American TV.
Early this year the 29 years old Danish singer/songwriter released his new album "In These Waters". With a voice you can't ignore and a knack for melting a girl's heart, Mads Langer has made his way to the top of the Danish charts, and his Nordic pop-melancholy has made quite an impression abroad. His third album "Behold" from 2011 was released by Sony Music, and the cover version of Olive's "You Are Not Alone" paved the way for a European breakthrough. Mads Langer made his first album "Attention Please" in 2006, and in 2009 won wide recognition for the album "Mads Langer", which included his hit "Fact-Fiction".
Last year, when closing the final concert in the Mirror Tent, Meschiya Lake did it by declaring her everlasting love for the Tønder Festival, its guests and its volunteers. And her feelings were reciprocated. With her Little Big Horns Meschiya Lake dished out large quantities of the true New Orleans spirit, and the audience fell in love with Meschiya Lake, her contemporary approach to traditional New Orleans jazz, and the lindy hop dance, which is an integrated part of the concept. No doubt in anybody's mind. Meschiya Lake and her hot, swinging band will be back in Tønder this year.
Late night at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival 2004. Three girls at a campfire singing so beautifully that a curious sun considers rising early. Red Molly took their first hesitant steps in the New York clubs and soon became a household name at the American folk festivals. Their fresh approach to old bluegrass-, country-, and western swing-traditions has won them a host of fans, calling themselves "RedHeads". Red Molly are Laurie McAllister, vocals, bas and banjo, Abbie Gardner, vocals, dobro and banjo, and Molly Venter, vocals and guitar. The trio's latest album is "Light In The Sky", and the Tønder concert is their European debut.
Flogging Molly kick you in the face with Celtic punk as savage as the first Pogues music mixed with the chain-saw guitar of The Ramones and The Clash. Flogging Molly's debut Swagger from 2000 helped define the American Celtic punk wave. Flogging Molly's singer and guitarist, Dave King, was born in Dublin, moved to Los Angeles in the 80s, and sang with the rock band Fastway. In the early 90s he started a band that mixed rock and traditional Celtic music. They played every Monday night at the Irish pub Molly Malone's in Los Angeles, hence the name. Dave King's talent for penning sharp, critical lyrics and fine ballads lifts the band above mere foot-stomping and beer-swilling. Flogging Molly's latest album, from 2011, is entitled Speed of Darkness.
In a career stretching over 30 years, Billy Bragg has developed from pared-down punk rock to an ever-deepening study of the musical roots. Working with American band Wilco, Billy Bragg put music to Woody Guthrie's words on the three Mermaid Avenue recordings. With many other musicians on the The Imagined Village project, Bragg explored new English multicultural folk traditions. On his new CD Tooth & Nail (2013) Billy Bragg returns to an earthy sound and sharp lyrics, reminiscent of the Mermaid Avenue project.
Sounding like something off a crackly old 78 record, Pokey LaFarge purvey 100 year old jazz, ragtime, blues and western swing music. The well-dressed quartet play brilliantly, reaching out to all generations with their energy, charisma and loads of humour. In 2011 Jack White produced their record Chittlin' Cookin' Time in Cheatham County, and Pokey and the boys opened for White's The Raconteurs in the legendary Old Ryman's Theatre in Nashville. Pokey on his love of these old American tunes: "It's not retro music. It's American music that never died."
Carolina Chocolate Drops have had great success in recent years, dipping into the origins of old-time, jug-band and bluegrass music. The African roots of these musical styles have been sadly neglected, but with their Grammy-winning Genuine Negro Jig, The Drops brought them back into the limelight. The Carolina Chocolate Drops revive the old styles, and attract a new audience to the music with their dynamic, eclectic stage show. The Drops' latest album is Leaving Eden from 2012, released on the Nonesuch label and produced by Nashville legend Buddy Miller. Carolina Chocolate Drops are a trio with fiddle, banjo, guitar and kazoo as their main instruments.
Fronted by Cathy Jordan, Dervish played for 240,000 people at Rock In Rio and have toured the world with their traditional Irish music. The Thrush in the Storm, Dervish's first studio album in five years, appeared in February. True to the musical inspiration from their home county of Sligo, with new tunes and songs on the set-list, Dervish are once again ready to light up their Tønder audience.
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Press Release 17 June 2013
Tønder Festival programme complete
The final names have been found to fill the bill for this year's festival in Tønder. There will be three new theme zones: Little New Orleans, Little Dublin and Lille Fanø. And Tønder Festival Folk Spot will be presenting exciting new talents on the Danish folk roots scene.
There have always been plenty of good reasons to visit the music festival in Tønder. This year's programme makes it very clear that a trip to Tønder will be really worthwhile. Denmark in summer offers a wealth of festivals and events of all kinds. But Tønder Festival has its own unique identity, and a music programme that no other festival can compete with. Here, you can hear the new wave of indie folk bands alongside more established folk roots names. The Tønder Festival offers - for the 39th time - that special something that festival-goers travel long distances to enjoy: top quality performances in a relaxed, friendly environment, where there are few barriers between the musicians and their audience.
The poster and the programme are ready: festival fans have many treats in store. The last bands have been booked. These include Louisiana notabilities The Pine Leaf Boys, Red Stick Ramblers and The Revelers. They are part of the sound-track to one of the new features at this year's Tønder Festival, the Little New Orleans zone, specialising in cajun music, two-step dancing, creole cuisine and a Louisiana atmosphere.
Dublin and Irish music culture have their own zone this year, too, as does the island of Fanø and its music life. Another innovation at the 2013 Tønder Festival is Folk Spot, presenting a series of the best among the up and coming young Danish roots and folk music bands.
NOLA - Tønder Festival's own little New Orleans Last year, the Palais des Glaces mirror tent was a huge success. This year, that evocative ambience can be enjoyed in two tents: Palais des Glaces and La Gaieté, which houses the new cajun restaurant. The area surrounding the two tents will offer a glimpse of New Orleans and Louisiana, with masses of cajun music. You'll find the revamped creole bar Madam Laveau here, too, a cajun barbecue, a retro American streamer coffee wagon and a fine little outdoor stage, the Front Porch.
Lille Fanø Tønder Festival trains its spotlight on the island of Fanø and its music and dance traditions. Lille Fanø is where you'll find fiddles, good beer, bakskuld (the local kippers), herring & snaps, kaffepunch (coffee laced with snaps or vice versa), accordions, party atmosphere, good company, loads of song, Fanø dance musicians, a dance workshop and, on Saturday, a big Fanø ball.
Little Dublin Irish music culture has its own domain around the Tønder Festival Irish pub in the yellow building on the Festival Site. Always available here, naturally, will be fresh draught Guinness, a series of other good Irish beers, and a wide selection of fine Irish and Scotch malts. The Pub will ring with Irish and Scottish music. This is where to come to hear professional and amateur musicians meet in lively sessions.
Press Release 10 June 2013
Top Danes meet in Tønder
Kristian Leth meets Niels Hausgaard - and plays with hot favourites Dreamers" Circus. Povl Dissing is bringing a dream team. And Canada's Adam Cohen is back at Tønder Festival.
Kristian Leth has fingers in many pies. He is the singer with the rock band The William Blakes, has a solo album out, is a published author, radio host and that's not all. He has joined forces with one of the most exciting formations in today's Danish folk music, the trio Dreamers" Circus. This is a constellation Tønder Festival could not turn down. "The combination of Dreamers" Circus and Kristian Leth could have been invented just for Tønder Festival. The musical inventiveness and innovation these four talents represent fits perfectly in the spectrum we aim to present," says Carsten Panduro, artistic director of Tønder Festival.
Hausgaard and the craft Thursday evening is when the Festival's first course is served, and, true to form, the job is in the capable hands of Niels Hausgaard. Along with his colleague and fellow conspirator Allan Olsen, Hausgaard will invite three new names on stage: Kristian Leth, Rikke Mølbæk and Huxi Bach. Niels Hausgaard has never been slow to introduce young colleagues to the stage, both on his own tours, and in Tønder. "Neither Allan nor I came from nothing. I have toured with many of the old heroes, who have now left the building. I learned some of their craft, and carried it on. I hope someone will pick up some of our craft and carry it on. And these evenings in Tønder are one way of trying it out," says Niels Hausgaard."It's a really good idea and a good place for the young musicians to start. The Tønder Festival audiences are very generous," he points out.There is a special Tønder spirit, in his opinion, and that spirit comes from the audience. "For many years, the press have described the Tønder Festival audience as middle-aged going on dotage. It's not so. The Tønder audience is ideal, and very mixed. I don't believe there is any another festival that has so varied an audience, be it gender, age, social status, or whatever..." "These people have a deep interest in fundamental music, the kind of music that all other music is based on. That's the music that is Tønder's speciality. It is music that has its ups and downs, but music that will always be with us. Any rock musician worth his salt acknowledges his roots. Where would Dylan or Springsteen be, if they couldn't get down every now and then and inhale this basic music?"
Press release 30 May 2013
More Tønder Festival names
British gypsy punk, bagpipes, a Wolfstone front man and a lively old-time duo are among the international artists on this year's Tønder Festival programme.
There is good news for the seasoned Tønder Festival fan. And good news for newcomers to Tønder Festival's special blend: brilliant young musicians playing world class contemporary folk, old-time and traditional music.
Leonard Podolak, banjo player and famed founder of Canada's The Duhks, has been a great favourite in Tønder for years. This year, Leonard Podolak appears with the American fiddler Matt Gordon. From Nova Scotia, Canada we also have the Troy MacGillivray Trio.
Scottish Wolfstone have triumphed at Tønder Festival year after year. The band's foreman, Duncan Chisholm, violin, returns this year with an acoustic trio. Bagpipes sound fresh and new in the hands of Scotland's Ross Ainslie & Ireland's Jarlath Henderson and their band. Their playing is virtuoso and their performance high-energy. From London we have The Great Malarkey, a wild eight-piece band mixing punk, Balkan music, folk and much besides.
Press Release, 22nd May 2013 Strong Women at Tønder Festival
New scoop: Portugal's top fado singer, Mariza, will appear at this year's Tønder Festival. Women feature strongly on the Tønder bill, among them: Ireland's Cara Dillon, Niamh Ní Charra and The Whileaways, and England's Kathryn Roberts.
Fado means fate, and the Fates have smiled on Mariza's singing career. She is Portugal's number one fado singer and has for the past ten years been a world-wide ambassador for this pure, nostalgic Portuguese folk music. Tønder Festival has, once again, made sure that the music presented here is the best of its kind. Fado sits perfectly with the folk, roots and blues that are the Festival's specialities.
Women at the Top There are more women coming to Tønder Festival. While rock and pop music are largely male-dominated, there is more gender equality in folk & roots music. At this year's Tønder Festival, at any rate. A third of the booked artists are women, either in front or as musicians in their bands. Several of the top names are women: Sinéad O'Connor, Mariza, Kate Rusby, Cara Dillon and Meschiya Lake, just to name a few.
"We don't book musicians just because they are female. But the simple truth is that many of the major artists in the type of music we want to present are women. It's the musical expertise and the quality of the musical experience on offer that determine our choices. That's why we are so happy to have secured the names we now have on the programme. Not least Mariza, who is the most distinguished of all the fado singers," says Carsten Panduro, Tønder Festival's artistic director.
More from Ireland The Irish singer Cara Dillon is a familiar face at Tønder Festival, since she has been here several times before. The same is true of the English musicians Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman. The three of them know each other well from their days in the old Equation group. Another singer on this year's Tønder Festival bill used to play with Equation, too: Kate Rusby. A woman recognised as an international capacity in Irish music will also be with us, in the person of Niamh Ní Charra. Not forgetting the trio The Whileaways from Galway.
Press release 7 May 2013
Tønder: British Top Artiste and Danish Darling
The merry month of May has come, and with it fine weather and growth. Just look at the The Tønder Festival which, on an already impressive programme, has sprouted yet another bunch of fine artistes: Kate Rusby, first lady of British folk, Admiral Fallow, up-and-coming Scottish indie-folk band, Lukas Graham, Danish soul-tornado, Guy Davis, American blues-singer ? and 17 stark raving mad Australian Male Singers
She has been pronounced "the First Lady of the Young Folkies" by the BBC, and after more than 20 years at the top of British folk music, Kate Rusby is certainly worthy of the title. For years the festival has had their eyes on her, and the guests have asked, "When do we see Kate Rusby in Tønder?" "Now is the time!", says Carsten Panduro of the Tønder Festival, "and we are extremely happy to have succeeded. As a singer and songwriter she is one of the finest in new British folk and roots. She fits perfectly into the festival's profile, and she has for long been on the list of artistes we wanted to introduce to our guests. The influence and inspiration from Rusby is manifest in popular younger soloists and bands like The Unthanks and The Staves."
Scottish power The festival has also taken the opportunity to introduce the new and very interesting Schottish band Admiral Fallow. With their second album "Tree Burst In Snow" the band, lead by singer/guitarist Louis Abbott, has asserted themselves as a powerful new band with fine songs on the set list. Like "Isn?t this world enough?", which has been frequently heard on the radio. You may expect full volume, big sound and contemporary Schottish folk-pop.
Lukas Graham is back After last years success riots would have broken out among the younger segment of the Tønder-guests if Lukas Graham hadn't been back this year. Have no fear, he is back, and there is another sweaty soul-night in the big tent to look forward to. Since last years festival Lukas has asserted himself even more: He is a unique artiste who cares very little about musical labels and genres. Soul, roots. A formidable singer fronting an intense, potent band.
... and not least American singer and blues-guitarist Guy Davis. Traditional, acoustic bluesmusic has always been on Tønder's musical agenda and in Guy Davis' hands the music is safe. A humorous storyteller, a guitarist with a steel solidly mounted on his left hand, and a singer whose voice is soaked in the country-blues tradition. And more. During the festival Spooky Men's Chorale, a 17 strong, uproarious Australian Male Choir will pop up here, there and everywhere providing supple male singing, musical stand-up and all kinds of mad pranks. Definitely something to look forward to.
Press Release 23 April 2013
The Avett Brothers return to Tønder Here is good news for folk roots fans. The critics' favourites, the impressive band The Avett Brothers, are back at Tønder Festival. And our audience can also look forward to Allan Olsen, Hudson Taylor, Lau and Folkeklubben.
It was a bit of a scoop when Tønder Festival scored The Avett Brothers from USA for the 2011 bill. The audience response to the Avetts' music was overwhelming. Now the hot-blooded young roots band are back as one of the headliners at Tønder Festival 2013.
Welcome back Armed with banjo and acoustic guitar, The Avett Brothers' main men, Seth and Scott Avett, have dug deep into the American mines of old-time, country, bluegrass, blues and folksongs. Not to find their musical platform as such, but to find inspiration for their song writing. That may be the key to The Avett Brothers: a personal, deft and original take on traditional music with an indie accent. "For many Tønder Festival fans, The Avett Brothers have been one of the biggest musical experiences for years. They are the perfect match for the Festival's new profile, and we are really proud to be able to present them again. Since their last visit, they have moved up the league and gained recognition as a world-class band", says Carsten Panduro, artistic director of Tønder Festival.
Bluegrass and ballads with bite The Danish music magazine Gaffa gave The Avett Brothers' live debut in Tønder in 2011 five stars. Reviewers have used words like passion, heart, nerve and courage to describe the band. More recently, The Guardian describes a live concert in London in March this year: "The Avett Brothers associate to vaudeville-bluegrass with shades of chamber music, power pop, calypso, celtic soul noir and even a touch of Fleetwood Mac coolness. When they open the traditional barn dance, it is with punk bite, with a trip-hop double bass solo thrown in"...
More names coming up Jøwt is the title of Allan Olsen's newest album, with a number of songs in North Jutland dialect. After the release in March this year, Olsen embarked on a World Tour of North Jutland. The CD was available only in the CD Bar shop in Frederikshavn and in Spar grocers in North Jutland. But the rest of the country will not be totally forgotten, and Allan Olsen is, of course, coming to Tønder. As is the Irish tornado that hit last year's Tønder Festival, Hudson Taylor, who have lost none of their edge during the past year. Both Jake Bugg and the Rolling Stones have been in touch with Hudson Taylor. From Scotland come the trio Lau with singer and guitarist Kris Drever in front. This group have also previously given the Tønder audience a run for their money. From Denmark we see Folkeklubben, covered with critical praise for the debut album New Times (Nye Tider).
Press Info, April 11 - 2013
Sinéad O'Connor at the Tønder festival
Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor, back in great form, will be performing at the Tønder Festival 2013.Other additions to the bill are Jonas Alaska from Norway, Irish Tupelo and Danish The White Album.
Sinéad O'Connor is not known as someone, who shies away from conflict, but as an artist, who was never afraid to let us know that feelings and tears are an integrated part of her expression and her career. With her voice and her songs she has always come over as an artist of outstanding honesty and integrity.
In 1990 Sinéad had her international breakthrough with the Prince song "Nothing Compares To U". It was the heyday of MTV and the video of O'Connor's distressed and tearful performance has become part of music history.
Touring Following the release of her critically acclaimed new album "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?" Sinéad O'Connor will be touring extensively all over Europe this spring and summer, and as the Tønder Festival is included in the tour-schedule, the Tønder guests can look forward to seeing her on stage in August.
"We are proud to be able to present Sinéad O'Connor at this years festival. Her new album shows us an artist who goes right to the heart of the matter. Live Sinéad O'Connor is in top form", says festival manager Carsten Panduro.
Other names to look forward to Jonas Alaska, 25 years old singer/songwriter who, having won Norway over with his well-crafted songs in the folk/americana/pop-genre, has rapidly proceeded to secure himself a position on the Scandinavian scene, Irish quartet Tupelo with an energetic mixture of americana and their own Irish roots, and Danish neo-nordic folk trio The White Album featuring Frederik Vedersø of The Eclectic Moniker.
Press Info, March 7th - 2013
Upswing Goes On in Tønder The first 2000 tickets for Tønder Festival 2013 are already sold. The long-established folk festival had a radical makeover last year, and festival fans loved it. The first names on the 2013 bill are out now: Flogging Molly, Billy Bragg, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dervish and Pokey LaFarge.
After last year's Tønder Festival, Festival-goers were full of praise. They swamped the channels - mail, Facebook, website etc. The Festival management had revolutionised Tønder Festival in 2012: new venues, new festival site, new names, lots of new services for the audience, and more. Naturally, then, they were a little nervous how the almost 40 year old festival's audience would react. "Thank you for the many respectful adjustments"... "We have never heard so much music at a Tønder Festival as this year", and "It was amazing! The hand-made music on offer at Tønder was magical!" were some of the responses. It was not just empty talk, either: there is strong interest in Tønder Festival 2013. At this early juncture, around 2000 people have secured their tickets for Tønder Festival on 22nd - 25th August, 2013.
Close to the roots "We are very pleased with people's positive response after last year's festival. It was a very different festival we invited folk to. And sure, many were sceptical. But they got a pleasant surprise. Festival veterans and the many new guests were both extremely positive towards the changes, the new music and the new atmosphere on the Festival site. I believe that everybody sensed the enthusiasm and hard work the management and all the volunteers had put into it", says Carsten Panduro, artistic director, Tønder Festival. "Change is inevitable, and we are currently witnessing a huge surge in interest in the folk and roots music Tønder Festival has always stood for. We have taken the pulse of the times and put on new names, without throwing out the baby with the bathwater. Moreover, we offer what no one else can: our own special way of setting up a festival, with an atmosphere sustained by music in every nook and cranny, and where the audience can get close to the musical roots and its finest exponents", concludes Carsten Panduro.
The Festival Site bids you welcome Last year's Festival was stage one of a three-year plan. Tønder Festival 2013 extends the changes laid out in 2012. The music programme will be many-sided and varied, with new indie-type names and powerful veterans - from Denmark and abroad. Our audience have many treats in store: new experiences, facilities and services that the management are developing. One thing is sure: the special Tønder Festival Feeling will greet our audience as soon as they step on to the Festival Site. It will pervade the marquees, the familiar Tent 1 and Tent 2, the Mirror Tent's intimate café atmosphere, the P4 Tent with its direct radio transmissions, the vast area in front of the Open Air Stage, and of course, the venerable Old Song Mill, the Culture House and the Art Museum.
Tønder Festival 2012 feature
Tønder Festival at a Glance The first Tønder Festival was held in 1975. Like all festivals, it was started by a bunch of enthusiastic young people who wanted to share their musical tastes with others, and who had the courage and the will to set up an annual festival. Tønder at that time was home to Scandinavia's oldest teacher-training institution, whose students were an extremely active part of the the town?s cultural life. The decision to launch the first festival was inspired by the success of two three-day folk music events in June and September 1974.
Since then Tønder Festival has grown and matured, now enjoying its status as one of Europe's most respected folk and roots music festivals, both from an audience and from a performer viewpoint. The music is international folk and roots from Ireland, Scotland, England, USA, Canada and Scandinavia, among others. The music programme is of the highest calibre, and the Tønder Festival atmosphere and ambience are legendary. Tønder Festival has also an enviable reputation for top class organisation.
Tønder Festival sticks to its original musical concept. There is plenty of room for experiment, and the festival keeps abreast of developments in the music. At no time has the original musical framework been prejudiced. At no time has there been a slackening of quality in the content of the music programme. Achieving that delicate balance between renewal, continuity and comfortable familiarity has proved essential for musicians, audience and festival staff alike. Tønder Festival has accepted its responsibility to encourage and foster the young generation of folk musicians. They appear on stage at Tønder Festival, and they participate in the workshops, masterclasses and sharing sessions the festival offers. We have brought many unknown young talents to Tønder Festival. Sending them off again with renewed self confidence, Tønder Festival is rewarded when they later return to play for us.
- Location: Tønder is a small town (population 12.500) - based westcoast mainland Jylland, 5 km from the German Border. - Tønder Festival always takes place on the last full weekend in August. - Tønder Festival is organised and run by Tønder Festival Foundation and Tønder Festival Association. - Tønder Festival office has 4 full-time employees in administration and music booking. - Tønder Festival is managed by a board and a volunteer body of around 2000.
In 2012 the Festival concept was changed from concerttickets to a combination of wristband and concerttickets. This change was the first step of several in a proces which, in first place, will last until 2015.
Until then - there was, on the nine stages, presented 28 concerts in all. - Tickets were sold for single events. Concert venues range in capacity from 180 to 2200 seats. Some venues have both seats and standing room. The two biggest venues, marquees, are on the festival site, the rest spread out over the town of Tønder. - sold about 23,000 concert tickets every year.
After the changes - The Festival sells wristband for the Festivalsite, and Concerttickets for the tree remaining venues, were there is a limited numbers of seats. - There will be free entrence for the venues at the Festivalsite.
- Tønder Festival Foundation runs the daughter company Millstream Records, a unique net-based music shop, specialising in selling folk and roots music from the whole world. - Tønder Festival's Friends is a company that runs the music venue Hagge's Music Pub, where there are folk and roots concerts all year. - We are happy to announce that H.R.H. Princess Marie in 2009 has become Patron of The Tønder Festival.
H.R.H. Princess Marie in good company with The Guthrie Family in the Belgian Spiegeltent - one of the new venues on the festival site in 2102.