OK, so yesterday’s Monthly Marker announcement was a bit of a joke, obviously. It was the first of April, after all. But we do have a new Monthly Marker for you, replacing
‘s ‘Black Is The Colour’. And ‘new’ is the key word this month!
You see, this is the month of
and we wanted you all to have a little something to get in the right mood. And what could be better for that than a nice balfolk dance, a cercle in this case. All through April you can hear
Wouter en de Draak
‘s ‘New Horizons, New Adventures’ five to six times a day, so you will have no excuse not to dance when they play this song at
Kasteel de Haar
during the wonderful weekend that is Elfia!
And…one and two and three and turn, and one and two and three and four….
Working in radio is awesome in so many ways! We get to meet new and interesting people, are invited to amazing events, and people from all over the world send us their music. Quite often the music they send isn’t really fit for our stream, but sometimes we recieve an amazing gem! A few weeks ago we got one of those, and from a band we never would have expected! You see, to wrap up their European tour,
made an acoustic song based on the European folk culture, and their label sent it to us! We are feeling extatic, and very, very proud to have been noticed by
, and so we immediately decided to make this our new Monthly Marker! So sit back and enjoy the musical genius of this very experienced group of musicians five to six times a day all through the month of April!
As you may have noticed we’ve been quite busy bringing you updates and videos from the
Fantasy Awards 18/19
this Friday, which is why we’re a bit late announcing the new Monthly Marker. A very perceptive listener may have noticed that we did actually program it into the the stream from the first of the month!
However, speaking of those Awards, it was awesome to see that our chosen band for this month’s marker,
, was very successful this Friday, winning not only in the category ‘Best Live Act International’ but also ‘Best Album’ with ‘Wytches & Cunningfolk’ and it is from this album that we chose the song ‘Black is the Colour’ to highlight throughout March.
sings this Scottish traditional in his typical deep and raw voice, giving it a genuine and very emotional quality. The song, sounding very subdued, but in a good way, guides the listener through the feelings of the author (or singer) and transports you to the banks of the Clyde. The addition of the rest of the vocals nearing the end of the song lets you know that this is a feeling shared through time and space with anyone who has ever felt a love like this.
We will play this song throughout the month of March five to six times a day in our stream and if you only love it half as much as we do, we’re certain you’ll enjoy it immensely!
Once again we start a new month with a new Monthly Marker, in what seems to be the coldest part of winter yet, at least here in the Netherlands, and of course in North America. Now, there are two things one can do in this time of year. Either bring warmth into your life by turning up the music and start dancing, which is what we did in January with
Cliffs of Moher. Then there is the complete opposite option…
For February we would like to look to the cold, which is such an integral part of nature. With this month’s Marker we want to acknowledge, even celebrate the Bitter Wind, which is why we were so very excited when
approached us and offered a premiere of a song from their upcoming album. It is based on a 9th century Irish poem with that very same name! The music in this song was written by
, who we all know from
, and it features an impressive solo by
. Special thanks to
SeeD Pagan Folk
) for your intermediary role!
So let’s get outside, light a fire, and enjoy these impressive sounds together with friends and family!
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
We hope you had a great New Year’s Eve, and we wish you al an amazing 2019, filled with the best music and dances! And to start all that off right…we present our new Monthly Marker,
“The Cliffs Of Moher”!
Aérokorda is a band of three, formed within the Balfolk community. Their music is heavily influenced by both Irish sounds as well as folkmusic from the Balkan area, and this comes together to create a unique sound that is loved by all in the wonderful world of Balfolk dancing. This months Marker was taken from their 2017 album “Hush The Wolves”. We saw them at
, and of course more recently at the
Midwinter Fair Archeon
, where they moved the crowd with their passion for music.
So come on and put on your dancing shoes (or go barefoot like many “folkies”) and let’s dance our way into a brilliant new year!