CD Philip Xander

On the 25th of February we had an amazing "Live in the livingroom session" with Philip Xander and Erwin Tuijl.

All you had to do, to win this beautiful signed album, was answering the question: "Who is the song 'Little Miss Magic' about?"

Well, in fact... it was a trick question! The answer is not a "who" but love itself that is magic! Or, as our lucky winner formulated it herself: "Little miss magic is about a fresh love... When in the first weeks we feel in love and all is magic."

Congratulations: Elena Jayne Isu, you're the winner! (Send us an email to: ilona.celtcast@gmail.com, to receive this beauty!)

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📀 Album give-away: Philip Xander - Prelude 📀

Last week, during the 'Live in the Livingroom' session with Philip and Erwin, the opportunity was presented to win a signed copy of this amazing album! 🎶

All you have to do to enter this give-away, is answer this question: "Who is the song 'Little Miss Magic' about?" ❓

Watch Philip ask that very question himself around 57 minutes into the session:

Please write your answer in the comments underneath the original livestream before March 11th, 18:00h CET. Later that evening we will draw and announce a lucky winner. 🏆

You can pick up the album at the CeltCast Merch stand during the Fantasy Awards 19/20 *, where Philip Xander will also perform! See you there!! 🤩

*) Should you not be able to join us there, we will send the album to you per mail.

Good luck!!! 🍀

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Of course we are hard at work getting every little part of the Fantasy Awards 19/20 organised, but we shouldn't forget to take a moment to spend time with friends and family. And sometimes, we can combine the two! ^_^

Next Tuesday we will be joined by CeltCast's good friend Philip Steenbergen for a whole new 'Live in the Livingroom' session at CeltCast HQ!

With Philip's incredible history in the folk scene, his brand new album, (which Cliff just did a review on (see this webpage), and of course his upcoming performance at the Fantasy Awards, we're quite sure we'll have loads to talk about. As usual we welcome your questions too! Feel free to ask away here in the comments or in those of the livestream itself which we will be monitoring closely for that real-time interaction! 🙂

Join us online and come enjoy this little preview to the Fantasy Awards 19/20. To help you pass the time until Tuesday the 25th, here's a video we made of Philip at Folk voor het goede doel (Folk for WWF) 2019:

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At CeltCast we don't often get post from South America. And if that envelope then also includes a Swedish folk CD, you can imagine the music team got a lot more than just interested. We were actually intrigued. The CD we got is called Dag O Natt , and the duo who sent it to us has the typical Argentine name of Vilsevind . A quick look at their Facebook page tells us a bit more:
-'Vilsevind -Swedish for "wandering wind- is a Swedish-Argentine duo made up of spouses Sergio and Johanna Ribnikov Gunnarsson. As sound travels farther on water, their musical style can be described as North Sea music, a crossover between Nordic Folk and Celtic Music. Their main source of inspiration is Nordic history and folk life, superstitions and folklore and nature, especially that of the island of Öland, Johanna's birthplace.'
And so I ended up with a North Sea folk album all the way from South America on my review desk. And I can already reveal, I am not complaining.
So Vilsevind is Swedish-born Johanna Ribnikov Gunnarsson on vocals and concertina, and Argentine-born Sergio Ribnikov Gunnarsson on vocals, Irish bouzouki, guitar, mandolin, hurdy gurdy, jaw harp and offerdalspipa (A Swedish flute based on a flute from the museum of the Offerdal Heritage Centre. It was bequeathed to the Heritage Centre in the 1960s by a man from Fiskviken, a village in the borough of Krokom.) Already an impressive list of instruments.
But the couple didn't record Dag O Natt as a pure duo, not at all, it was a huge project with as much as twelve guest musicians involved, playing percussion, guitars, a Galician bagpipe, a Cretan Lyra, Strings and Irish whistles.
Vilsevind themselves already said that they play North Sea music, and from the first notes of Ingång: Dag you can hear this is more than just Swedish folk. This first song actually sounds more like film music with added sound effects. It sounds like a small vessel on the North Sea is washed ashore by the tides of time. In it are two musicians who wake up to tell their tale. I love the cello setting the tone in this song. Ingång: Dag is followed by the upbeat song Fuego . Fuego is cool mix of folk influences. Think of a mix of the cabaresque sound of Twigs and Twine , the Swedish folk of Asynje and a touch Read More