Midwinter Fair Archeon

So, for a while now we have alluded to us working together with several festivals. The time has come to tell you a little bit more about one of these projects!

For the past few months we at CeltCast have been in close contact with the amazing people of Archeon . Having visited their Midwinter Fair Archeon many years on end, it’s quite something to now having a proud part in organising the festival! We did some brainstorming with them on general matters, but of course mainly helped to set up part of the musical program of this year’s Midwinter Fair Yule Fest ! We were (are) the linking pin between the organisation, the bands, and the dance instructors. Working closely together our two organisations have come up with a musical line-up that will knock your socks off!

Not all bands have been announced yet, but they will be soon. In the meantime, we are certainly looking forward to some stomping energy provided by Sassenachs and some medieval partying with Pøbel ! We can’t wait to dream away to the beautiful sounds of EMIAN PaganFolk and to be woken up again by the musical power of Trolska Polska ! Meanwhile there will be a part of the festival dedicated all weekend to the dance! Balfolk workshops, Irish dancing lessons and a few brilliant bands to accompany them, among others the very first Dutch performance by EMIAN duo !

Have we peeked your interest yet? No? Well, how about if we tell you about the storytellers? The wandering musicians? The craftsmen and the marketplace? New this year is a Yule ritual in which everyone is free to partake or just watch. We have seen some of the plans for the ritual, and trust us, it will be special! And of course the key feature of the location, the historically accurate reproduced buildings, from eras ranging from early prehistory to the late middle ages, that give the event its special atmosphere, enhanced by the many fires all over the grounds.

We guarantee you that it will be very much a “not to be missed” type of event, so we hope to see you all there! And if you’ve taken the time to read all of this, then let us give you a little heads up as a thank you 😉 Keep a close eye on our page tomorrow! We might have a little early Yule present for you!

Midwinter Fair

It was one special heart-warming experience!

This was special! Really special actually. From the moment I (Cliff) got the end mix in, containing Meidi makes Music ‘s first solo mini-CD Heartstrings, up to me and my girlfriend visiting the official release concert yesterday – a concert Meidi Goh gave together with Hanna van Gorcum and Abe de Verteller (the storyteller) – it was one special heartwarming experience.

I not only loved listening to Meidi’s beautiful music, but also loved talking with Meidi about the background of that music. ‘Just to put it into context’ became a key sentence the last two weeks. That way I learned about the difference between baroque and classical singing. I understand how Heartstrings was recorded. And heard the touching story behind the seven stringed bass viol Meidi plays.

Heartstrings is a mini CD that combines Meidi’s love for old classical music and english folk. The lyrics are poetic and have an Elisabethan feel to them. And the voices, well they are stunning, the stars on this mini CD. Want to know more, then just follow the link and read all about Meidi’s first solo CD Heartstrings. I sincerely hope it will not be her last one.

– Cliff
http://www.celtcast.com/meidi-goh-heartstrings-2018/



Brisinga’s Vísa Nornir review is online!

Only a week has passed since Cliff ‘s last review, but he is at it again with his deep research, surprising but accurate comparisons and almost poetic descriptions of music. This time he has reviewed Brisinga ‘s Vísa Nornir.

A musical love story from the start, Brisinga is a duo that has taken the Pagan Folk style and made it their own. Cliff uses the word minimalistic in this review several times, but it is clear that this is meant in a good way. One might see it as undressed, showing the naked beauty of the essence of the songs. Comparisons are drawn to OMNIA, but also to Sinéad O’Connor. The album was recorded by Fieke . dearworld studio and so with her talent overlaid on the talents of Fanny and Lorenza (Fabi), this album is guaranteed to touch your soul!

Reed the entire review at: http://www.celtcast.com/brisinga-visa-nornir-2017/



Happy Autumn!

We are happily enjoying the Autumn season and looking forward to the coming of the winter festivals and concerts!

Alex in the sand

Pic by Photography by Rosanne

Review The SIDH is onlilne!

When I first saw The SIDH at Keltfest my brain went to words like “party”, “folky fusion” and of course “oh wow!” But now Cliff has done a review of their latest album “Another Way To Fly” and he has added some of his own in-depth vocabulary to it, with words such as “kicks you in the butt”, “layer upon layer” and “well composed, full-on Irish folk tunes”.

The Sidh plays a style of music that is CeltCast in feel, though we can all agree that as a whole it takes us out of our comfort zone a bit 😉 Having always been a rocker and never an enthusiast of electronic music, this is even more so the case with Cliff, now writing a review about a CD he liked, but in a music style he knew nothing about. But Cliff being Cliff he dove in headfirst, doing some very deep historical research into the origins of Dub Step and the background of the Sidh’s musical styles. We can just imagine him sitting hunched over his computer looking up weird and wonderful classics, and judging from the review, slowly falling for a whole other musical style!

The research he did for this review is clearly visible throughout, the investment of time and effort has paid off, and the music has definately gotten to him. In what we can now describe as True Cliff Style this review will draw you in, it will open up a whole new side to the album and the band, and we’re certain you’ll enjoy reading it almost as much as you’ll enjoy dancing to the tunes of the Sidh!

Wait no more and go check out the whole review here .









Listen now!



Use the pop-out button (lower right corner) to continue listening while browsing our site.

Basic HTML5 player:
(should work on iPhone & iPad)

For other player options, please go to our
Player page and find your preferable way to listen in.

CeltCast news

  • HAPPY Saint Pancake's DAY !!! +

    Come join the fun when we go live at 20:00h CET with Meidi makes Music and Hanna van Gorcum , live Read More
  • ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT! +

    Remember everyone, we still have a Midwinter Fair Archeon give-away going where two of you can win two one-day tickets Read More
  • Already we have invited her to a 'Live in the Livingroom' session! +

    Only very recently did Cliff write his splendid review of Meidi Goh 's Heartstrings, to be found at http://www.celtcast.com/meidi-goh-heartstrings-2018 and Read More
  • CeltCast will be present! +

    This weekend CeltCast will be present at Castlefest Winter Edition 2018 - Official and we have some very special goodies to Read More
  • As promised we have some nice Yule presents to give away! :-D +

    You've probably seen our post on our collaboration with our friends of Midwinter Fair Yule Fest . We are very happy Read More
  • Midwinter Fair Archeon +

    So, for a while now we have alluded to us working together with several festivals. The time has come to Read More
  • It was one special heart-warming experience! +

    This was special! Really special actually. From the moment I (Cliff) got the end mix in, containing Meidi makes Music Read More
  • Brisinga's Vísa Nornir review is online! +

    Only a week has passed since Cliff 's last review, but he is at it again with his deep research, Read More
  • Happy Autumn! +

    We are happily enjoying the Autumn season and looking forward to the coming of the winter festivals and concerts! Pic Read More
  • Review The SIDH is onlilne! +

    When I first saw The SIDH at Keltfest my brain went to words like "party", "folky fusion" and of course Read More
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • 24
  • 25
  • 26
  • 27
  • 28