On Friday September 8 the awesome people of
SeeD Pagan Folk
will be joining CeltCast in the livingroom of
for a very special event!
Are there any questions you really want to ask them? Now is the time, because we will be doing a live interview! Any special requests? Ask, and maybe ye shall receive, as
will be playing some tunes right there!
Looking for SeeD goodies? Be there online, because you might win a brand new SeeDee, or you could maybe adopt a
All in all an event you don’t want to miss, and why should you, because you can join in for free from the comfort of your own home!
See(D) you all there, lovely people!!!
INTRODUCING: Ilona van der Jagt -Esveld
Helen van der Jagt
Our team of beautiful volunteers is ever-expanding in order to bring you all more music and festival experiences! Though
has been a part of the CeltCast experience from day 1, being married to
and thereby also sort of to the station, she has recently decided to become a very active member of the team.
Having viewed our workings from the sidelines for a while, Ilona has become an integral part of our “back office”, so to speak, searching for new music, ripping, converting and uploading new music to our servers, contacting bands, and of course she does a lot of live-streaming, both for the give-aways and on festivals!
We are extremely proud and happy to now officially add her to the team and we would like to extend our most heartfelt <3 welcome!
If you want to learn more about her story visit
and of course feel free to leave her a message here in the comments!
Start of Festival Fantasía Epica Avalon Summer Faerie Fest 2017!
Helen van der Jagt
Ususally when I go to a festival I get up quite early, so I won’t miss anything. Today was a little different, I had to get up even earlier, because today was the day I flew to Spain for
Festival Fantasía Epica Avalon Summer Faerie Fest 2017
! A drive to the airport, a heart throbbing shuttle transfer from parking to departures, and then into the plane! As fast as the shuttle driver was, I think the pilot wanted to beat him, because we arrived 20 minutes early in Madrid! Here I was greeted by the lovely
, and together we set out for Belmonte, the town with the beautiful castle where the festival will be held.
When we arrived we found out exactly what the airconditioning in the car was doing. Opening the doors to the car unleashed some serious heat! But all that faded quickly when we entered the rooms the organisation had reserved for us! Beautiful, luxurious rooms, with everything we could wish for and more! So we quickly settled in, had a nice lunch and then, well, they say “when in Rome, do as the Romans do” so when in Spain…you close the curtains and have yourself a nice siesta!
After this more members of
and their support arrived, and we went to the festival grounds for some reconnaicance and a soundcheck! The first thing you notice when approaching
Castillo de Belmonte
is “Wow! What an amazing castle!” To be honest, this is also the second thing you notice when you take a walk through it. Just awesome! As I am writing this the soundcheck is in full swing and it’s looking to be a brilliant evening! So the last thing I really want to say is: stay tuned! We will keep you updated, and maybe, if things work out, there might actually already be some streaming tonight!
So all in all it will be a very busy and festive weekend, and if you can’t make it to either festival we strongly recommend you keep a close eye on our Facebook page, as we will be streaming as much as possible!
CeltCast’s ONE YEAR anniversary!
Did you miss the special anniversary show yesterday? Don’t worry! We’ve published the texts right here. Enjoy! 🙂
That’s how -ONE YEAR AGO- CeltCast commenced broadcasting.
After many -MANY- hours of collecting, filtering, transferring and planning music, we finally pressed play.
Were you there? Did you listen in to hear those first tracks? We really had no clue how many of you would turn up, or rather tune in to listen to our selection. Of course, we had had great help from friends who helped inform the social network, or as we like to say, the community. We told people, who told people, who… well, you get the picture. 🙂
And then there was OMNIA. They helped out with our first competition (or give-away) and thereby fuelled the flames.
So, there we were: full speed ahead! Those first moments of actually being live, “in the air”, gave such a rush! Such a feeling of accomplishment, until…
It turned out, that so many of you had tuned in, that you all just crashed the server! 😀
Wow! Who would have thought!? A weird mixture of panic and euphoria held sway in my head. Luckily we managed to get CeltCast back up online in a matter of minutes. What a way to start the adventure!
And thus the party started! Our stream became robust and steady, the Facebook followers gathered, we found more outlets for the stream, like smartphone apps, and the website showed it’s first real content. Now, we had all sorts of ideas to put on there, but what-do-you-know? Our friends from Bastaard turned the game around and interviewed us before we could even do our very first report!
Then an old friend from across that big pond (namely Miles) sent us a wonderful report on FaerieCon East and pretty soon after, a continentally renowned photographer, called Kees Stravers, started sending in reports.
Kees turned out to have a facination with a very special and talented duo: Jyoti Verhoeff and Maya Fridman
Though not quite Folk, Celtic or Viking music, these ladies managed to establish a stronghold in a corner of CeltCast’s musical spectrum… Their captivating music and mesmerizing chants drew us in like hungry sailors to determined sirens.
A similarly moving musical experience followed soon after, when Arjan and I visited the Mid-Winter Fair in Archeon, a historically themed open air museum. Standing amidst a large gathering of wondering souls, who sat on the floor, Einar, known for his work at Wardruna, but these days also for his contributions to the hit-series “Vikings”, bridged the gap of centuries and took us way back in time, Using only a single instrument per song.
Travelling even further North, Kati Ran had collected new material for the then-upcoming new album of L.E.A.F. Her work made such an impression that we decided to create an extra internal platform which would enable us to focus even more on certain tracks. Hence, our “Monthly Marker” was born and the first ever was “Terveh” by L.E.A.F. Our current MM is of the now released very-same album.
Playing at L.E.A.F. that time was Philip Xander, who wanted to contribute to CeltCast by sharing his musical review of 2014. Feeling the need to share more on the developments of new albums, events and festivals, we created CC Chronicle, a feed for all relevant news.
We were expanding.
Through these couple of months, we had once again collected new music and were adding it to the stream. Thanks to Frauke, we could even expand our horizon way deep into Russia, where Random Reel invited her to celebrate their third anniversary.
Bands were also “discovering” US and started sending in their music, like Greenrose Fair from Finland and Cara from Germany did!
At CeltCast we absolutely love helping young bands spread their music across the globe, especially when they show such promise as Pyrolysis did, when they crashed Keltfest, by simply not needing a stage, but playing out on the field! We were proud to attend the release of their début album and delighted to see them play at Castlefest!
Meanwhile our team grew with Kees formally announcing his position, Lena joining in from Germany, and Iris supporting bands as our very own merch-babe. We were now at full strength, which was good timing, because the festival season had begun!
At Keltfest, we interviewed Pyrolysis and Mark van der Stelt, the man behind many festivals, including Castlefest, where this year, we were helping out our friends from Bastaard with their video-registration work. It was great fun and probably the most technologically advanced part of our work so far…
In musical terms, the most technologically advanced tracks we play are from Denmark. Like Jyoti and Maya, Euzen have conquered their own sweet spot in CeltCast’s spectrum. We simply can’t resist playing their work…
Castlefest feels like ‘home’ us. It gives us a chance to meet up with people we wouldn’t normally meet, like Kalin from Irfan, who came over, all the way from Bulgaria! We had a wonderful chat and were sò happy get our copy of their latest album “The Eternal Return”!
Castlefest is also a hotspot for long-awaited album releases. And so it was too for our friends of SeeD! We had a great competition leading up to the festival. We managed to round up all the crazy pagan band members and do the draw right there on the festival terrain! It was great fun and what was even funnier, was that the lucky winner, Mrs. Bea Versluis, was walking not too far from where her name was drawn! It was the fastest prize-delivery ever!
SeeD went on to give an amazing performance for a huge crowd. Way more people than the stage was intended for, but hey… have a listen…
Did you know that it was Robin Dekker of SeeD who actually designed our logo? We are so very grateful for his contribution!
Oh, and did you also know, that the lady he was handfasted to at Castlefest, Tjarda, is working hard on her musical carreer?
Now, releases parties are great, but with Elvya… we actually got involved when her work was still in progress. We we got the visit the awesome Orchus studio, run by Fieke van der Hurk, where so many albums we play have been recorded… and we even gave our two cents worth, commenting on the art-work Liesbeth was creating for her BIG project. What a ride, to be part, however small, of the creative process!
And it doesn’t stop there… If anything, we learned that our view of the world of Celtic, Folk and Viking music expands further with every new band we discover, every border we cross… Like you heard Mark van der Stelt first announce through CeltCast, that he thought the time had come to cross our Southern border, we too ventured into Belgium and went to Celtic Night Geluwe.
We finally got to meet with the lovely people of EMIAN (long overdue hugs!) and it soon became clear that this scene really has no borders, no boundaries…
Now… I could go on and on, like I hope CeltCast will… but we are already way past the one hour we planned. 🙂
So time to wrap it up!
Well, this special, that is… because we truly hope that this past year was only the first of many, many others to come!
We would like to thank ALL of you, bands, artists, listeners and volunteers, that helped made this dream come true. Together, as a community, we have proven that it can be done: a radio station with “our” music, without advertisement, sharing music that deserves to be heard across the globe!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
But now, as Arjan stated one year ago… enough with the talking. Time to get to what the station is all about: the music!