! LIVE INTERVIEW & GIVE-AWAY !

Welcome to CeltCast Live!
This time we are interviewing Kati Ran , of course well know for her band LEAF official as well as her work in FolkNoir and many other projects.
We talked about old times, first times and what will come in time. Viewers could ask live questions and we started a give-away of two copies of her masterpiece album ‘LYS’. To have a chance at winning your own copy, simply share this video, set to “public”, on your timeline and leave a comment under this (the original) post.
You have until 18:00 CET on Friday the 10th of Februari to enter, after which we will draw NOT ONE, BUT TWO lucky winners!
Good luck everyone! 😀




ThunderCrow interview!

Welcome to our second live stream,
tonight we present you the first ever interview with Rob Thunder and Daphyd Crow ૐ , also known as ThunderCrow !
We have a few questions prepared, but feel free to ask your own and maybe the guys will answer them!




Waldkauz Interview

Waldkauz - Landscape (750p)
Our reporter Lena had a chance to meet up with Niklas Steffen from this new German Paganfolk band. They had a nice chat about Waldkauz’ first album, and how they feel about the music they create. Of course comparisons are made with bands like Omnia and Faun, but they also discussed what it is that sets them apart. Waldkauz has already played some smaller and medium sized venues and events, but this year they even play(ed) on two MPS events! Last but not least Lenas tried to get a nice little scoop from them. Did she get it? Check it out for yourself! 🙂
Cover The first tunes appeared in the year 2010 when Gina and Lennart began to share life and make music together. but recently, as Peter moved back nearby in 2012, the idea developed into the Folkband Waldkauz.

Melodies and harmonies turned into songs, which were played on stage for the first time in year 2013. At the start of 2014 the journeys of Waldkauz united with those of Nina and Niklas. Fate wanted them to meet at Castlefest in the Netherlands –far away from home- to get to know each other. Only to find out that they had lived nearby all that time. Since then the rehearsal room filled up and also the sound became wider and deeper. In March 2015 they released their first album ‘Komm mit’.

New pagan folk bands are usually to found in the Netherlands or somewhere in Scandinavia – therefore I was happy to get the chance to talk to Niklas Steffen from Waldkauz, as this young German pagan folk band is about to find its way to the centre core of the Pagan Folk scene.

Lena: First off, thanks for taking time for us!
Waldkauz is one of the seldom young German bands that commit themselves to the genre of Pagan Folk. I explain you guys mostly as a good mixture of Omnia, Faun and a tiny hint of ‘Die Irrlichter’. What exactly is the thrill for you to create Pagan Folk music?

Niklas: With pleasure! And thanks a lot for the ranking, that is exactly where we feel at home 🙂
I think, Pagan Folk is our common sense. We all do have a very own and individual taste of music but Folk and especially Pagan Folk has a special meaning towards us. This deep connection while playing with acoustic instruments plus the mystic and spirituality unite us simply.

Lena: Your current album offers a lot of variety from calm, and as you just said, spiritual and mystical moments to “dance along” songs that electrify your audience. Is there a central theme that your current album ‘Komm mit’ is following – this common sense you talked about?

Niklas: The title of the album is in some way already the central theme. An invitation towards the listener to let us abduct him in our own world. The idea was to show the whole spectrum we can offer and that is what our music is about from ballads to “dance along” songs. In some ways it is more or less a classical first album – a introduction.



Lena: I already mentioned the itself suggesting comparison to Omnia and Faun, since some of the songs, at least the instrumental parts, come close to these Pagan Folk giants. How is it for you to get compared on the one hand in an artistic way to Omnia and Faun and on the other hand being Waldkauz, that do sound like “Waldkauz” and not like the others?

Niklas: Well, we feel honoured on the one hand for this comparison and we would lie to say that those bands didn’t have any influence on how we play our music. But I still think that we as individuals made different experiences than others and therefore will always sound like “Waldkauz” since we just can’t stop being ourselves. And finally such classifications are always helpful to explain to people the kind of music that we make.

Lena: Indeed. Recently Gisbert Hiller, organisator of the well known and popular MPS festivals, announced that you will not only play on the MPS Christmas market but way earlier already at MPS Bückeburg. What do you expect from MPS and how does it feel to know that you will play on those festivals for you in person?

Niklas: We see it foremost as a huge chance to prove ourselves in front of a big audience! We all were already guests on the MPS (even plenty times in Bückeburg) and it was always our goal to play there someday, since it is such an institution that will open up some doors for us. Of course we are a bit nervous, such huge events have been the exception, but we feel ready for this and that this is the right place to present our music towards an “expert public” which is used to good music.

Lena: You are still a young band and currently you play on a lot of smaller festivals and medieval fairs, the contrast which will be carried to you by the MPS and approximately by the Autumn Moon Festival will hopefully find open ears for your music. We already talked about your current album “Komm mit” which is a introduction of the band and its repertoire. Are there already plans for a second album?

Niklas: Exactly that is our hope as well – so cross your fingers 🙂
We actually do work on a new concept and the according to this concept fitting Songs and are very motivated to work on a more concrete topic this time!

Lena: Could you tell us already something more concrete? Don’t you do it like this as a band, that you are always acting a bit secretive? 🙂

Niklas: At the moment it is too early for more details, who knows what ideas will come to us. But that much I can reveal, on the cover there will be a blue flower visible 🙂

Lena: We will need to be patient for the moment but one last question I still need to ask. As a question that will turn to be my central theme through all my interviews. Music turns special to people when there is a story behind or some sort of anecdote, something that happened while writing the song or recording it, or anything during the artistic process. Is there such special story to one of your songs that you like to share?

Niklas: In one of our new songs “Raigan Dannsa” we had some sort of magical moment. As we wanted to create a new song out of a Bouzouki motive I brought to the audition. We just sat down and started together. It was as if everyone knew by instinct what he/she needed to play in a magical way. The song put itself together. After this experience we almost didn’t change the new developed song since everything just fitted so perfectly.

-Lena

Waldkauz - Portrait (750p) Waldkauz is:

Gina – Harfe, Drehleier, Gesang
Nina – Flöten, Gesang
Niklas – Bouzouki, Gesang
Lennart – Gitarre, Bouzouki
Peter – Perkussion, Schlagwerk


Interview with Pyrolysis

At Keltfest 2015 we had a nice chat with the guys of Pyrolysis about all sorts of topics. How their musical careers started, about hopes and dreams, and their upcoming performances at for instance Castlefest.

Mind you, it’s audio only, though you can find the written text right here. 🙂



CeltCast: So, we’ve gone somewhat full circle at Keltfest this year ’cause last year we met a couple of people who were playing acoustically. They weren’t invited by Vana, they were just playing and drawing at least our attention, but no really a lot of people’s attention, and we met again at the Midwinter Fair which we wrote to you about and this year we thought we would have to get back to these people because to us they are very special and we’re going to have a little talk with them and show you why. So please, could you first introduce yourselves?

Sven: Hi, I’m Sven, 23 years old and I’m a chemistry student and guitarist of Pyrolysis.

Stan: I’m Stan, I’m 22 years old. I’m a psychology student and I’m the lead singer and drummer for Pyrolysis.

Rikke: Hi, I’m Rikke, I’m 19 years old. I study biotechnology and I play the violin.

Laurens: Hi, I’m Laurens. I study biology and I try to play the accordion.

CeltCast: So, you are a diverse group of people and so is your music. Because, we have been in contact the last year and we heard your acoustic set which drew us to you. And when we got back in touch via Facebook we said “Please give us some tracks and we’ll see if they are suitable for our station.” And what did you do?

Laurens: Well, normally we do something entirely different then we show on these, like, sort of fantasy festivals and we play with heavy electric guitar, electric bass, drumkits, we play some sort of rock, folkrock.

Stan: So we might have sent you something that sounds more like punk than like folk.

Sven: Something Flogging Molly like.

Laurens: Silly us, of course. We should have known.

CeltCast: Well, it was brilliant music, because we could still hear the quality of you guys, but it wasn’t what is played normally in our stream. So when we met up at Midwinter Fair you kind of had a surprise for us, because you were recording a CD, which was like total death metal, or not?

Stan: Well, sort of…

Rikke: Maybe not death metal, more punk, like we play normally. But then we also thought well, CeltCast liked us so maybe we should make some acoustic music and put it on our album.

Laurens: Well, actually we thought, all these festivals are really great, and we like all the bands that play here. We like this kind of music more and more ourselves now, like live, and the last two years done that more and more and started to like it more, a bigger repertoire.

Stan: It was kind of like when we switched from metal to punk, which not, like, to folkpunk, which happened very early on in our band. But now lately we’ve been trying to, actually, not trying to, it just happened, we’ve been starting to feel drawn towards actual folk more then punk folk.

Laurens: And more people seem to like it actually, so…

Sven: We want our album to show our different styles which we play. Acoustically, non-acoustically.

Stan: Yeah, ’cause not only does our album have like folk, but it also has the more metal-like songs that we wrote, so there’s a great diversity.

CeltCast: Yes, you have sent us a couple of tracks already, thank you. And what we heard, even within that selection, is that you are very multi-talented and diverse. The quality of the music is very good, for such a yound band.

Laurens: We have invested all our money.

CeltCast: Well, you have our attention now. But, you already said, the album…something is about to happen now, right? So tell us more about the time schedule.

Laurens: So we have our release date, and also of course our release party at the 26th of June in our very beautiful hometown Zaltbommel. We are all from there and it’s a very cosy place, very nice.

CeltCast: For those who haven’t picked up on the accent yet, that’s in the Netherlands.

Laurens: And there we will present the album and we have avery nice group of friends that we met at these festivals called Fiddle ‘n Drum.

Sven: Last year at Keltfest actually.

Stan: Exactly one year ago.

Laurens: They also crashed the festival, we crashed the festival, and we played some songs together which is, I think, very common and very nice in this scene. And they will support us, they will play with us together. Then we will also play of course more the rock songs and the acoustic songs that we play, I think everything.

CeltCast: So you’ll be playing in both styles? Acoustic, as well as more rock or punk?

Laurens: Yes. But next to that are very other things on the programme as well. We’ve got Castlefest this year. We play at the campsite. I think it’s actually the first year that a band is allowed to wake all the people up.

Stan: Everyone at Castlefest is going to hate us!

CeltCast: You are warned!

Laurens: So at nine o’clock we start to wake everyone up and it’s going to be a party from nine to, I don’t know…

Stan: We’ll try to play metal there sneaky so (…inaudible…)

CeltCast: Ehm, remind us to book another camping.

Sven: Acoustic metal…great idea!

Stan: Definitely. We will start to sound more like classical music maybe.

CeltCast: So, but, you’re really doing rather well. I mean you were just crashing the festival last year, I would like to paraphrase you, you were crashing the festival last year, this year you are actually without any instruments, sadly, I should add.

Stan: Yeah, we are fully reparing for the return of our bass player.

Sven: Which will be in half a week.

CeltCast: We should say we are of course now lacking Tim in this interview. Tim is over in England right?

Stan: Yeah, he’s in Leeds.

Sven: He’s an English student, so now he’s half a year in England.

Laurens: And very happy there. Drunk all the time, maybe that’s not a good thing when releasing an album.

Sven: Not missing us at all, the bastard.

Laurens: No, but he will return coming Tuesday and then the group will be whole again and we will start writing songs and…

Stan: Rehearsing of course.

CeltCast: So, Pub stage in Castlefest, and…what’s beyond this year’s Castlefest? Where do you see yourselves in, like, five years?

Laurens: That’s a tricky one, because we never plan anything, we never think about anything, we just, I mean, we’re very happy now that we got in to Castlefest, but hopefully next year we will be able to play a stage where no one will hate us, and also we would like to go to Keltfest of course this year again, next year I mean, and be programmed, maybe in the Pubstage.

Stan: We were a little late this year.

Laurens: Yeah, we were a little late this year but next year maybe, hopefully, we can do all summer festivals, but also still probably electrically. And you know, we hope to support some cool bands that like us, that we like of course and maybe, I think after our show everyone is very warmed up so that’s nice.

Sven: And drunk!

Stan: Generally quite drunk yeah.

Laurens: So for some sort of main act that is very nice. For us also but…

CeltCast: I’m fully convinced that you can go way beyond Pubstages so…

Sven: We hope so too.

Laurens: In five years we will be the main act hopefully. That’s the plan.

Sven: Let’s hope the post-student life doesn’t break us up.

Laurens: Yeah, so, we’re almost all finished now with our bachelor, with our masters, except for this young girl. But then we’re not very sure where we’ll be. Sven and I are probably going to do a PhD afterwards, hopefully in the Netherlands so we can still play together.

Stan: So I’m still not allowed to go to Scotland.

Laurens: No, but so far the vibe in the bands is very good.

Sven: I’m staying the Netherland at least, I don’t know about you.

Laurens: I don’t know either so, as mentioned, I don’t plan anything.

CeltCast: So you’re all studying, you’re all still learning, where did you learn to play your instruments? Can you give us some background on how you got to be in the music scene, especially how you grew into this part of it?

Sven: I got my instrument quite late, I got it for my 16th birthday, and then I started learning it myself first and a few different teachers and different styles, some rock and metal, and now I have more blues and folk oriented lessons, mainly thanks to these guys.

Laurens: Yeah, I basically dragged him into the band very quickly. Because I’ve been playing piano, I must say forced by my parents, I was forced to play classical piano. In the beginning of course, and then I started to like more and more and I had lessons for like twelve or thirteen years and then I got into this weird kind of band and then I had to pick up the accordion of course.

CeltCast: You don’t strike me as traumatized by it.

Laurens: No, no, I’m very happy.

Sven: He’s traumatizing us.

Laurens: But Classical music is less free than this folk music is so I had a very strict teacher that taught me to play very clearly and very well.

Stan: But not how to play in a rhythm.

Laurens: No. He’s always angry with me ’cause I always play…

CeltCast: Why is rhythm so important to you?

Stan: Well, I’m the drummer so…obviously.

CeltCast: Can you explain how you got to be a drummer?

Stan: Ah yeah, ehm, well, I don’t know. I think, we had a drumkit at home, when I was like six or seven, because my parents are really into music and they all play instruments, they both do, and so they wanted me to play an instrument, so they tried guitar and piano…

CeltCast: Oh, you were both force fed.

Stan: Yeah, both parents. But I wasn’t very good at guitar or piano, so I played drums. So I started lessons when I was seven and then I played a few gigs with a few other drummers, but then I got in a band with these guys and I started learning more instruments. I didn’t learn them from, like, teachers. I did have some singing classes, but then I taught myself how to play harmonica, mandolin, bodhrán, stuff like that.

Laurens: Well, he definitely, the only thing he didn’t want was to sing, but all the other ones really can not sing and we just forced him, eventhough he’s behind the drumkit all the time.

Stan: We were a band with four guys, we had a different bass player when we started, but we didn’t have a singer. I was like, yeah, I learned how to sing like six years ago for a few weeks, so I had to sing.

Sven: Then we shoved a microphone under his nose.

Stan: I got a microphone…I just wanted to drum though, I didn’t want to do anything else. But I had to sing. And I kept having to sing. And now I still sing.

Laurens: Well, hopefully you’ll start to like it.

Stan: It’s not that bad.

Laurens: It’s a bit scary maybe.

Stan: I don’t want to be at the front of the stage. It’s good I still have a drumkit to hide behind.

CeltCast: So after you were force fed by your parents you are now being force fed by your colleagues.

Stan: Yeah, kinda…

Laurens: But it’s still great fun you know?

CeltCast: To you three yes! What’s your story?

Rikke: Well, when I was six or eight, something around that, I learned how to play keyboard. My dad played keyboard so I was like, oh I want to play keyboard too! But then after half a year I quit because I did not have the motivation. So when I was fifteen my physics teacher brought her violin to class to teach us about strings, that they get a higher tone when you shorten the string and such. So I fell in love immediately, at the violin.

Stan: Not with the teacher?

Rikke: No, that would be just weird. Well, and the I asked my parents can I please please get violin lessons, but they said no, you’re too old, you can not…it will not have a gain. But then I just asked the teacher, the violin teacher, myself, can you teach me how to play violin without, really, my parents having to give a fuck about it. They just pay it and then ok, just go do it, but they did not think I would really pull through playing the violin, because I quit at playing the keyboard very early. And, well, after a few years I played in the school band, and then one of my, one of the colleagues at the school band mentioned my name to these guys because they were looking fo someone to play the violin and that was quite a coincidence. Because at the time that they asked me to play in their band I was looking for something to do…

Laurens: With your life.

Rikke: With my life yeah. I was in my last year in high school, well, at school, so I did not have anything to do after school and well, I had lot of free time. Yeah, poor me. And I visited one of their rehearsals and I thought it was amazing so the click was already there.

Laurens: Yeah, it was great, because we are just four guys that are very annoying to be with.

Stan: And very nerdy. Very important to mention.

Laurens: But she just fit in almost immediately.

Stan: She was just as nerdy.

Sven: When we said our nerdy shit, she replied with more nerdy shit.

Stan: She was like “Oh I already know that, do you know this?” and we were like WOW!

Laurens: Yeah, so she was really the last piece of the puzzle I think.

Sven: Well, we think. There might be more pieces.

Laurens: Yeah, but so far it feels very nice.

Stan: I think it’s good like this. Maybe a piper. I’m not going to play pipes guys! Don’t force me! It scares the shit out of me.

Sven: We don’t have to force you, you’ll do it by yourself.

Stan: Yeah, maybe, eventually, probably.

Laurens: Well, I think we’ve got the most important people now, the most important instruments, and the most important creativity that we need to write more songs. To hit the stage.

CeltCast: Because that’s another thing, you do write your own songs.

Laurens: Yeah.

Sven: Mostly, yes.

CeltCast: For a band that’s quite this young that’s very special. Most start out as a coverband.

Sven: We started out as a coverband.

Stan: Yeah, but then we got Tim and then songs kept flowing.

Laurens: Tim is an English student and he writes most of our, he writes the best of our lyrics. All the not so good lyrics are made by someone else, no offence to anyone, but…

Sven: Including yourself.

Laurens: Yes, of course. So he writes most of the lyrics and also a large part of the music, but we also try to ll add our own meaning to the music, I think that’s why it sounds…

Stan: Complete

Laurens: Yeah, complete, but also, well, fresh, you know? Because everyone is putting something in.

Sven: So often we start out just with a bit of music and then we just add stuff, change stuff and eventually we end up with, well, our songs.

Laurens: Well I think we’re still changing songs but…even the songs that are recorded on the album.

Stan: Even the songs that we play for, like, five years. Small adaptations…

Laurens: I think it’s never finished.

CeltCast: It shouldn’t be. I think it’s good to keep it in a steady state of evolution. You evolve as a band, as a person so, so does your music.

Laurens: Yeah, you must kep it fun to play.

Sven: Eventually we had to add violin, so we had to change the music anyway.

CeltCast: For bands that are starting now, would you have any special advice for them to grow into this scene, apart from crashing next years Keltfest?

Stan: Get a job, make sure your wallet becomes heavy, buy very cool instruments, buy many of them, learn all of them, learn all the jigs, play together with everyone and you’ll just meet awesome people and then you’ll roll into the world automatically. If everyone knows you you can get everywhere.

Laurens: Yeah, but I think the most important thing that has helped us to get so far is that we didn’t want anything really. We just wanted to be a group of friends, we wanted to play music that is, has some sort of high level, that sounds good. And we didn’t want to do this show, we didn’t want to do this very quickly. I mean we’re already playing together for five years now and well, some people say we are “only” here, but I think well, we’re still here as a band and so many bands that we met during our five years of playing everywhere, they are all gone.

Stan: All the local bands just vanished.

Laurens: Yes, and we are still here and we’re still making fun and progress. Slowly, but we have fun and we don’t set any particular goal for next year, we want to have so many gigs and so many sold albums, we just, I don’t know, we just…

Sven: Everything is a great bonus that we do.

Stan: We just play for the music and not for anything else.

Sven: We love playing together, surround yourself with friends, keep playing music, keep doing what you love and you’ll just grow into stuff.

Stan: What helps is that we as friends, we don’t just, we really became friends. We’re just real friends, if you play music together with other people, if you can’t be friends, if you didn’t like each other, don’t play music with each other.

Sven: Your band lasts mostly a year then.

Laurens: Yeah, and I think, especially in this scene where there is I think so much friendship and everyone knows the tunes so, I don’t know, when you’re open to play with other people you can play with everyone in the scene because almost everyone knows exactly the same songs which is very very cool.

CeltCast: Even in the Netherlands, here we now have Irish sessions in pubs. So yeah, I love going to those. So what are you off to now, today, in Keltfest? Are you going to see Soar Patrol that will finish the day?

Stan: We already saw it.

CeltCast: Yeah, they are here twice.

Laurens: But probably we will check them out again yeah, that would be nice I think. I liked it.

Sven: Very nice music.

Stan: No, I really liked it! I mean finally a band actually has an awesome amount of drums, so many drums! It was awesome! Three freakin’drummers!

Laurens: Yeah, and the Scottish accents.

Stan: An actual genuine Scotsman!

Laurens: We couldn’t understand it, but he goes to Scotland all the time, so he was…

Stan: Not all the time, like two weeks every year.

Laurens: Every year yeah.

Sven: He’s the Scot over here.

Stan: Well, I’m the local Scot.

CeltCast: Well, make sure you team up and you’ll be supporting them maybe. Alright, well, thanks very much. I hope you enjoy the rest of the festival and we’ll be sure hearing more of you at CeltCast!


Pyrolysis at Keltfest 2015 (750p)


Pyrolysis consists of:

Stan Eimers
Vocals, Drums, Harmonica

Tim Elfring
Bass, Drums, Backing Vocals

Sven Schipper
Guitar

Laurens Krah
Keyboard, Accordion, Backing Vocals

Rikke Linssen
Violin, Vocals


Interview with Mark van der Stelt (3/3)

At Keltfest 2015 we had a very open and heartfelt talk with none other than Mark van der Stelt, one of the driving forces behind Castlefest and everything Vana-related!

On this rainy but beautiful festival day we talked for almost 45 minutes about the festival scene, how Castlefest and other festivals came to light. We talked about the importance of music and creativity, and of course about the future!

Because Mark was so kind to take a lot of time for us we had to cut the interview into three parts, of which the third and final part is released today! Mind you, it’s audio only, though you can find the written text right here. 🙂



CeltCast: Is there any limit to this? Where do you see yourself in like ten years?

Mark: That’s a difficult question because there’s no goal in growth. So when I think of the future I only think about all the plans I have, all the dreams I still have, and how we could manage to make them true. So there is no view to the future, it’s always “this day, and what we are doing now, and what we like now, and what we would like to create.” We are only creating, that’s what we like most. I hope in ten years I will still be creating things.

CeltCast: Like the festivals, you are building on the past?

Mark: Yes, but that’s because of the atmosphere around “medieval”, medieval things, and nature of course.

CeltCast: What is your opinion on series like Game of Thrones or Vikings?

Mark: I like them. I like them a lot. And also other Fantasy films like The Golden Compass or Narnia and of course Lord of the Rings. We like fantasy and we like history, not in the historical correctness of it, but in the atmosphere around it.

CeltCast: Do you still get time to enjoy your own festivals?

Mark: Yeah, more and more. We have very very good colleagues and we have…our volunteers are the best. We still have quite a few volunteers since the first year, so they are already with us over ten years. At the festival, after about an hour after opening on the first day, then it’s good, and I can visit bands or enjoy the festival. And what I enjoy most is the smiles on the faces of the public, because that’s the goal.

CeltCast: Like just now, we were walking to a say more quiet area to do this recording and there were people just walking up to you and say “Oh my god, I haven’t hugged you today yet” and you allow them to and you just…

Mark: Well of course. It’s something we do together. We can’t make a festival where people enjoy if they are not willing to enjoy. The person who came up to me when we were walking, that’s a market salesman, and if market salesmen are with smiles behind their stands because they are enjoying themselves it reflects on the public, and then it reflects on the rest of the public. It’s a sort of snowball effect.

CeltCast: When talking about enjoying yourself at a festival, what’s with Castlefest and fruit stage-diving?

Mark: We have a very very good friend, Hans Rek, who is with us since the first Castlefest and never ever skipped a festival, and when we started to know him he only did his “nar” (jester, red.), he did only one act. And we said to him “we would like you to do something new, something different.” And he had so much ideas. And after a few years he came in a banana suit. And he asked me before “do you allow me to stage-dive in a banana suit?” I laughed my ass off, I found it the best idea ever. So yes of course you can! And the year after he made two grapes, and my brother and I were not asked to, no, we were pressed to get in that suit and stage-dive with him. And the public went wild. From that moment it was something special for us. We didn’t do it every year. We stopped doing it for a few years. One year Hans did it together with a couple of friends of his, but we got emails of public who asked us if we could do that again because it was so much fun. And from what I’ve heard it still is at Castlefest at the Sunday that people, when the last band is on stage, people are looking over the fences or between the fences if they are already seeing someone in a fruit suit. So it became a big anthem, it’s nice.

CeltCast: The other big anthem is of course the wicker, every Saturday. How did that come into being and how much of the pagan aspect of it is important to you?

Mark: If was an idea of Steve from Omnia. He told us that he, every year he did a wickerman burning, and that he would like such a ritual on Castlefest, and what we thought about that. And from that moment we created the wickerman. Mostly Steve at first because he made the pictures, how to build it. The first few years they helped with building it. So it became a real important part of the Castlefest Saturday, the Pagan night. And of course it’s an old religion, pagan ritual, but for Castlefest it’s more than that. We have visitors that are not only pagan, but they all have a special feeling for the wickerman, so it’s not only pagan anymore. People find closure, or new beginning at the wickerman with offering the thing they want to offer. So it’s very special for us, that’s even why we started to make it a sole ritual and not a part of the Omnia show.

CeltCast: It stands with music now, I think composed by Fieke van der Hurk from Orchus Studio.

Mark: Yeah. What we did, we composed it together with Fieke. Natasha and I can’t compose music but we had an idea of how it should be, emotionally, energy wise, and we took the videos of the last few wickermans and we made a sort of time-line from lighting it until it burned big and it went smaller again. And on that time-line we started creating the music. For us it’s real emotional. Some people call it just a tape but for us it’s so much more.

CeltCast: I’ve been in the crowd for ten years now, and I can tell anybody who disagrees that it’s way more than that.

Mark: Yeah, there’s so much love and also cries in composing this piece. And Fieke did a really really good job. Because that’s what makes Fieke such a special creative person. She can translate a feeling into a graphic design or a music design.

CeltCast: Yes, she does a lot of graphic work for you as well.

Mark: Yeah, almost all.

CeltCast: Well, I know she’s multi-talented. Of course she’s also playing in Cesair and she has her own studio. It’s wonderful to be able to build on people like that. Alright, well, I want to thank you for your time.

Mark: You’re welcome.

CeltCast: And before we leave, is there anything people should know, if they’re not already convinced that they should come to Castlefest this year?

Mark: I don’t know how to answer that question. The only thing I can say is that every person who I tried to persuade to come to Castlefest, when he finally came, after that it wasn’t even needed to ask again because everyone wants to stay. It’s such a special, magical place. I don’t know why, but it is.

CeltCast: That’s true! Just keep on at it! Thanks again, thanks very much.








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