Hello music lovers! 🎼

This was a busy week with family gatherings, work and a visit to Folk voor het WNF 2019 / Folk voor het goede doel (Folk for charity). In the meantime, I listened to the albums below to add them to our new radio server. In not too long, we will count down to the exciting moment when our new server will go live. Keep an eye on my posts for extra updates! For now, enjoy reading about the new albums and listening to the music! 🎶

Gwendolyn Freedom is hard won









Gwendolyn Snowdon – Free People (2019) – one track – Battle Hymn of the Free People ft. Fiona Rüggeberg 👩‍👩‍👧‍👦

In the beginning of June, Alex and I were at our place in the forest to recharge ourselves. The sun was shining through the trees and a message was sent to us… It was a message from Gwendolyn which contained her new song “Free People”, which she wrote herself and features Fiona (of FAUN) and Fieke van den Hurk of Dearworld Studio, where it was also recorded. Of course, we listened to this beautiful song! We are looking forward to more of these beauties! The ‘Warrior Women Choir’ in the song consists of talented musicians like Lies Sommer, Coca Roman Music, Hester de Boer, Abigail Bakker, Sanne van Gend, Meidi Goh and Rikke Linssen! I have no album to show you, but I will show you the cover, photo made by Anouk Pross Photography! 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦

Philip Steenbergen – Prelude (2019) 🎸
A couple of weeks ago, Philip also send us a message regarding his new album. And…. we listened to it and we were stunned! It’s beautiful! Last weekend we went to Folk voor het WNF 2019, where Philip was performing too. He played a solo show with songs of his new album and he played a set with his band Withershins. Of course, we brought his new album home and advise you to listen to these magical guitar sounds! We can’t play every song on CeltCast, but there are five songs that definitely fit our format. 😍

Triakel – Handelser I Nord (2019) 🗻
Last week I told you that we have news about Triakel! So yes, here is their new album! It’s beautiful Swedish folk music, completely fitting our format. The album has a booklet with 48 (!) pages with lyrics, archive material (old photographs) and background stories about the songs. A beautiful album to have and to listen to! 🥰

FAUN – Faun and the Pagan Folk Festival – Live (2008) 🍃
This is an older live album of our friends of Faun. Because it’s a live album, it was difficult to find the songs we can play on our radio, but we can play half. On this CD, you can hear ‘Sieben’ and ‘IN GOWAN RING‘ too. The booklet has 40 (!) pages with photos, lyrics and background information. This album brings the real concert experience! 🤩

Naragonia – Tandem (2006) 👣
This album of Naragonia is beautiful for our balfolk friends. Lovely music for dancing (Scottish, Tricot, Waltz, Circles, Mazurka) and of course to listen to! The booklet contains a description of the songs in Dutch, English and French! 💃

Rapalje Celtic Folk Music – Clubs (2012) ♣️♥️
Here they are again, our Dutchmen of Rapalje! This album is one of a series: Hearts, Spades, Diamonds and Clubs. Seven tracks and seven beauties which all will be played for you! ♠️♦️

Versengold – In Namen des Folkes (2012) ⚔️
One of my favourite albums from Germany! The music is diverse and the violin players are amazing! I love the songs ‘Sturmtanz’, an instrumental track, and ‘Vom Zauber des Wildfräuleins’ which, like many other tracks on this CD, contains quite a narrative. 📖

Celtic Myst – The Christmas Collection (2003) 🎄
A compilation album of diverse artists, all with beautiful Christmas songs. We played it during the holidays and at the end of next year, you will hear them on our radio. But first, we have to start with 2020 and enjoy the lengthening of the days before the dark days before Christmas will be upon us again. ☃️

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We’re very happy that these beautiful CD’s have been processed: ❤️

Gwendolyn Snowdon – Free People (2019) – one track
Philip Xander – Prelude (2019)
Triakel – Handelser I Nord (2019)
Faun – Faun and the Pagan Folk Festival – Live (2008)
Naragonia – Tandem (2006)
Rapalje – Clubs (2012)
Versengold – In Namen des Folkes (2012)
Celtic Myst – The Christmas Collection (2003)

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That’s it for now! 🎻
Festive greetings, Ilona CeltCast 🎇😘

The Cd's to the new server

Hello music lovers! 🎼

The last days of the year 2019 are passing by fast! Especially now that we are working so hard to have the new server up and running in the new year. The majority of our old collection has been reassessed and transferred to the new server. We are processing new music these days immediately upon arrival! We are so happy that we can show you the results quickly! Below are some featured albums that were processed this week. Have fun reading and of course, we are curious about which acoustic folk music you like!

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Sowulo – Dageraad (2016) Sowulo released a new album this year (review dd 24th Oct, made by Cliff de Booy), but the CD you see in the picture is an older one from 2016. This one contains only one song, namely ‘Dageraad’. This single was intended as a sponsorship campaign for a full album. The album in question was released soon after and was called ‘Sowulo – SOL (2016)’, on which ‘Dageraad’ was, of course, featured once again. Did you know? A couple of band members are also members of ‘Heilung‘! 🍂

OMNIA – World of Omnia (2009) This band regularly comes back in my reports. Omnia has made so many albums! On this one, they name their development: “What we were, what we are and where we are going… welcome to our World”. There are two live songs on it, five older songs as a remake and seven new songs. My personal favourites on this album are: “Old Man Tree”🍁 and “Dil Gaya” (trad. Hindi). The album is beautifully designed again with a booklet with nice photos, the lyrics and the origin of some songs. Very happy with our signed version! 🌳

Jyoti Verhoeff – Phoenix (2012) Jyoti is one of my favourite artists and she made this album together with the talented cello player Maya Fridman. The songs are often focused on nature and that what’s important in life. The album, signed for us 😊, is beautifully made with a booklet with atmospheric photos and lyrics (Sander Van Den Berg, Yana Kovtun and Jyoti herself). I cannot choose a favourite song… Sit down and let yourself be carried away on the beautiful magical sounds. 💚

Rapalje Celtic Folk Music – Rakish Paddies (2003) This is something completely different. Time for an Irish party and a good glass of beer? Then it’s time for Rapalje! The album is a mini-book, the CD itself is in the back. The booklet contains beautiful paintings of the band members. Rakish Paddies’ contains no less than 21 songs since it actually is a collection of three albums into one: Celts in Kilts (1997), Rakish Paddy (1999) and Wack Fol the Daddy-O (2000). 🍺

AmorromA – Op Voyage (2001)Their Facebook page states: “AmorromA, the musical brainchild of Jowan Merckx, is a Belgian folk band that creates its own music based on traditional music from all over Europe”. In the booklet, they tell us that they have made a musical journey with a couple of friends of musicians from too many bands to mention. 😁 The different types of flutes are central on this album. Probably also a favourite album for our Balfolk friends (Mazurka, Bourrée, Scottish)! My favourite is ‘Over de grens’ (translated into English: ‘Across the border’). For me, as I Dutch lady, Belgium is also ‘just’ across the border. 👣

Irfan – Irfan – remaster (2019) This album is a remaster of the album ‘Irfan – Irfan (2003)’. Not a new album, but the old album recorded with much better listening quality. For CeltCast as a folk radio station, this older album is on the border in terms of format, but still we will play a couple of songs of this remastered version. 🕌

Ranarim – Morgonstjarna (2006) Unfortunately, this band no longer exists, because … I love their work! Beautiful folk music from Sweden! All 15 songs will be played on our radio station. Folk music to dance to and to dream away by. Beautiful voices and folk instruments. The album also contains a Christmas song. All the lyrics are in the booklet (in Swedish, of course). 🥰

Prima Nocta – Lost in Time (2017) Of course, the savage men of Prima Nocta also belong on our radio station. 🙂 We can play 11 of the 15 songs, since they fit our format. The album and booklet contain beautiful drawings by Bart van Nieuwerburgh. Listen to the energetic Medieval, Viking and Celtic sounds. When you see them play live, you also see these beautifully savage men in equally beautiful historical clothing. ⚔️

Triakel – Triakel (1998) Last week I already told you about this Swedish folk music. This is another album of this fantastic band! And, I have news for you… soon… we’re going to play songs of their newest album! I’m going to tell you more about that later. 😍

Kallidad – The Awakening (2017) In November I already told you about our meeting with the Australian band Kallidad at Elfia. On this album there are only two songs we can play, but I’m really happy about that. If you need some energy… put this album in the player and I promise you… you can’t sit still! 🎭

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We’re very happy that these beautiful CD’s have been processed: ❤️

Sowulo – Dageraad (2016)
Omnia – World of Omnia (2009)
Jyoti Verhoeff – Phoenix (2012)
Rapalje – Rakish Paddies (2003)
amoRRoma – Op Voyage (2001)
Irfan – Irfan – remaster (2019)
Ranarim – Morgonstjarna (2006)
Prima Nocta – Lost in Time (2017)
Triakel – Triakel (1998)
Kallidad – The Awakening (2017)

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That’s it for now. Merry Christmas, Happy Yule and a Musical New Year!🎄

Festive greetings, Ilona CeltCast 💫✨

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Hello music lovers! 🎻💕

It’s already a week ago… the Midwinter Fair Archeon ! It was a fantastic weekend with campfires and beautiful music. Through these kinds of events, the CeltCast team gets energised to do what we do as a team! We want to spread this beautiful music! And, as said before, we hope to start the new year with a completely refreshed radio server! 📻

Today I start with two albums that we collected last weekend at Archeon. 🏰

Pastiche – Pastiche exploring Rebetika (2019)
This band was at Archeon as Lemonaki, their new name. We saw a familiar face too, namely Emma van Dobben formerly of the band AmmA! That was a nice surprise! 😄 Lemonaki is a special folk band with cheerful and melancholic songs from Greece, Spain and the Balkans.☀️

Joint String Friends – Down by the Banks of the Ocean (2019)
In that same weekend, I met Sebastian Meijer. He was playing the violin in the band Plunder during the Midwinter Fair. At Castlefest Winter he was also playing with Varend Volk. It turns out that he has made an album with Joint String Friends (Sicko Hoogterp, Nico de Koning and Menno Schilstra). It’s a nice album with a lot of folk traditionals. If you want to know more, have a look on their website. 🌎

Triakel – Thyra (2014)
I love this album with Swedish folk music! This is what CeltCast is in my opinion, beautiful voice and old instruments. And, our balfolk friends will also love this one. I’ve read on their FB page that they made a new album. We really love to play that one too. 😍

Loreena McKennitt – An Ancient Muse (2006)
I don’t have to tell much about this singer, she’s a great and famous artist. The song ‘The Gates of Istanbul’ reminds me of Irfan. The title of the album perfectly sets the mood of this album. Let yourself be taken on a journey to ancient cultures. 🏛

Merrow – A story to tell (2018)
Regularly, we receive albums that do not completely fit the CeltCast format. If an album does not fit at all, then we will not present it. But sometimes we can play one or two songs. In that case we will definitely play them and happily tell about it! This is also the case with Merrow’s album. It actually tends towards country folk, partly due to the voice of the singer. We will, however, add the track ‘Ashokan farewell’ to our lists. 🎻

CORVUS CORAX – Cantus Buranus II (2008)
This album is totally different from Merrow, but we also can play only one song from this album. This work is more reminiscent of opera and theatre. The artwork is beautiful, making the album a true collector’s item. We are going to add the song “De Mundi Statu” to our playlists. 🕍

THE AssAssENaChS – New Traditions (2015)
We’ve been playing this album for some time now. Last Fantasy Fest Rijswijk we saw them performing again and we made a couple of livestreams. The album contains many folk traditionals. It contains no less than 17 songs, half of which we will play on our new server. 🎸

Wardruna – Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga (2009)
Wardruna, Einar Selvik … a big name in our scene! Everything that this special man makes is magical and beautiful. However, for this album you have to sit down, close your eyes and just listen. For that reason, it is difficult for us to dismantle the set of twelve numbers. We are going to play two songs on our stream. I think everyone will understand. Collect the Wardruna/Ivar Bjørnson & Einar Selvik material and let the music enchant you! 🌝

Lúnasa – The Story So Far (2008)
If you want to make me happy … play a Lunasa album! The joy of living radiates from their music. Hop, dance and love life. So, we are going to play every song of this album, as well as the three other albums that we already have processed.

Instinkt – Hur (2002)
We conclude with an older, but fan-tas-tic album! This one gives me positive goosebumps. You probably know Trolska Polska… this is the precursor, because this band no longer exists! This band had a famous band member “Martin Seeberg” – our hero from Denmark. This album cannot be forgotten, it’s one of my favourites. I love the song “Brombaerdance”! Jump, jump …. yeahhh!
On Facebook I found a couple of former band members: Søren Korshøj, Malene Daniels Beck and Martin Seeberg of course. I couldn’t find: Louise R Vangscaard and Vivi Di Bap. I wonder what they are up to these days… 🍀🍃

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We’re very happy that these beautiful CD’s have been processed: 🎵

Pastiche (new name: Lemonaki) – Pastiche exploring Rebetika (2019)
Joint String Friends – Down by the Banks of the Ocean (2019)
Triakel – Thyra (2014)
Loreena McKennitt – An Ancient Muse (2006)
Merrow – A story to tell (2018)
Corvus Corax – Cantus Buranus II (2008)
Assassenachs – New Traditions (2015)
Wardruna – Runaljod – Gap Var Ginnunga (2009)
Lunasa – The Story So Far (2008)
Instinkt – Hur (2002)


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That’s it for now. See you!
Musical greetings, Ilona CeltCast 😘🎶🎵🎶

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The time is nigh…

We are entering the last week of voting for the long-lists for the Fantasy Awards 19/20!

The photo album for the category ‘Best Costume’ will be online until next Friday, the 20th of December 19.00h CET.

Give the costumes you like most your love by liking them. The top 5 costumes will then go on to form the short list to compete for the award. For this short list we have both a jury and a people’s voting system. We will aim to select a jury which is both knowledgeable and fair. This means that 50% of the points will be given by a jury and 50% by the number of votes that the costume receives.

Sharing the pictures is of course allowed (we even want you to share all over 🙂 ) but please keep in mind that the likes counted are the ones on the picture in this album, not in the shared posts.

A new music video, don’t miss it!

Imbue will delight us this week with a new music video from their latest album Ut Solis Radium.

Worldes Bliss shall be released on YouTube, where you can already find music videos of Stella Splendens and Oh Madame . Worldes Bliss is after a 13th century song about how the bliss of life doesn’t last. It has a beautiful chant-like melody by two voices who are driving each other forward.

Let it take you on a journey with its pure, soulful and meditative sound.
Don’t miss it!

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