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CeltCast’s ONE YEAR anniversary!

ONE YEAR
Did you miss the special anniversary show yesterday? Don’t worry! We’ve published the texts right here. Enjoy! 🙂





Yup.
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!



– Alex


Review ‘Die Irrlichter’ by Lena

Zaubergarten_Cover-1 It’s Thursday again! 🙂

And that, of course, means that it’s time for another Thursday Theatre. Our brightest spotlights this week are aimed at ‘Die Irrlichter’, as our lovely Lena has made a review of their latest album ‘Zaubergarten’.

Read all about Lena’s thoughts on the dreamy atmosphere this album creates. About the danceable tracks and the easy listening songs. About their fresh new songs and fresh new versions of some lovely traditionals.

Let Lena take you a journey into the world of ‘Die Irrlichter’! 🙂


Die Irrlichter – Zaubergarten (2015)

DieIrrlichter_Pressebild_2015 (750p)


It’s Thursday again! 🙂

And that, of course, means that it’s time for another Thursday Theatre. Our brightest spotlights this week are aimed at Die Irrlichter, as our lovely Lena has made a review of their latest album “Zaubergarten”.

Read all about Lena’s thoughts on the dreamy atmosphere this album creates. About the danceable tracks and the easy listening songs. About their fresh new songs and fresh new versions of some lovely traditionals.

Let Lena take you a journey into the world of Die Irrlichter!

Die Irrlichter – Zaubergarten

After waiting 5 years Die Irrlichter finally released their 7th studio album.
A long time of patiently waiting as come to an end.

‘Zaubergarten’ (Magical Garden) is a thematic album that contains mainly soft dreamy songs that invite the listener to dream away. All songs have something to do with magic, it’s either in their story or simply in the music itself. On this album ‘Die Irrlichter’ have made renditions of three well known songs, which I’ll allow myself to call Medieval Evergreens: ‘Sator arepo tenet opera rotas’, ‘Merseburger Zauberspruch’ and ‘Bergtrollets firei (a.k.a. Herr Mannelig)’ are all songs that have been interpreted by lots of bands already and will be interpreted by many other bands in future, for sure. ‘Die Irrlichter’ versions are fitted to the dreamy magical atmosphere of the album.

‘Sator arepo tenet opera rotas’ is one of the oldest and most often covered traditional magic courses of medieval times. The interpretation of ‘Die Irrlichter’ is sung in their typical choir singing, while a danceable atmosphere is being created using lots of flutes and a mystical bagpipe tune.

‘Loscher Bienensegen’ is a mystical song that is accompanied by a soft tune, which can be heard throughout the album.

‘Merseburger Zauberspruch’ is a soft and dreamy ballad that invites the listener to just close the eyes and dream away. It is one of the featured traditionals.

‘Die Nixen’‘s lyrics are by the German author Heinrich Heine and lay out the moral of this storytelling song. ‘Die Irrlichter’ are famous for using this format for their songs. It’s a lovely song that requires the listener to pay close attention to the tale that is being told.

‘Skebergslaten’ is a traditional Swedish harp song. Some mystically played flutes complete this magical instrumental song, carrying it’s beauty to the listener.



‘Zaubergarten’ is another dreamy ballad and the central song of the album. Soft voices, harps and just a pinch of violin once again create a dreamy atmosphere, in which you are invited into this magical garden.

‘Elfenflug’ is the next instrumental song on this album. To me at least, these are the strongest, since it’s only their music that electrifies you. A fresh and vivid song that is hard not to start to dance to.

‘Thora und der Lindwurm’ is another storytelling song, based on an old Islandish saga. The vivid rhythm and the typical female voices of ‘Die Irrlichter’ create their own magic once again.

‘Bergtrollets frieri (a.k.a. Herr Mannelig)’ is the third traditional, which many other artists have played before. This ‘Die Irrlichter’ rendition is a soft ballad.

‘Bourré Abière’ is a French traditional played on a nyckelharpa with an uprising, almost oriental, rhythm that is bound to set you off dancing!

‘Die Fee’ contains the manly yet soft voice of Martin Seifert that sings along with the fairy vocals of ‘Die Irrlichter’. It tells us the story of a young man that has to choose wisely for a wish that will be granted by a fairy. A well known violin played by Charles Matthew Rouse makes the cooperation of ‘Die Irrlichter’ and ‘Die Streuner’ perfect. Another fairytale told in a dreamy song.

‘Mittsommerreigen’ is an almost pagan style instrumental song with flutes and drums that is aptly named ‘Midsommer dance’.

– Lena


DieIrrlichter_Pressebild_2014_2 (750p)

‘Die Irrlichter’ are:

Brigitta Jaroschek -Karin: vocals, bass lute, harp, guitar, 12-string zither, mandolin, harp

Stephanie Keup-Büser: vocals, nickelharpa, Renaissance sopranino, flutes, rauschpfeife and chalumeau

Jutta Simon-Alt: vocals, bagpipes, flutes, rauschpfeife, shawm





Waldkauz interviewed by Lena

Cover Our reporter Lena had a chance to meet up with Niklas Steffen from this new German Paganfolk band. They had a nice chat about Waldkauz’ first album, and how they feel about the music they create. Of course comparisons are made with bands like Omnia and Faun, but they also discussed what it is that sets them apart. Waldkauz has already played some smaller and medium sized venues and events, but this year they even play(ed) on two MPS events! Last but not least Lenas tried to get a nice little scoop from them. Did she get it? Check it out for yourself! 🙂





Waldkauz Interview

Waldkauz - Landscape (750p)
Our reporter Lena had a chance to meet up with Niklas Steffen from this new German Paganfolk band. They had a nice chat about Waldkauz’ first album, and how they feel about the music they create. Of course comparisons are made with bands like Omnia and Faun, but they also discussed what it is that sets them apart. Waldkauz has already played some smaller and medium sized venues and events, but this year they even play(ed) on two MPS events! Last but not least Lenas tried to get a nice little scoop from them. Did she get it? Check it out for yourself! 🙂
Cover The first tunes appeared in the year 2010 when Gina and Lennart began to share life and make music together. but recently, as Peter moved back nearby in 2012, the idea developed into the Folkband Waldkauz.

Melodies and harmonies turned into songs, which were played on stage for the first time in year 2013. At the start of 2014 the journeys of Waldkauz united with those of Nina and Niklas. Fate wanted them to meet at Castlefest in the Netherlands –far away from home- to get to know each other. Only to find out that they had lived nearby all that time. Since then the rehearsal room filled up and also the sound became wider and deeper. In March 2015 they released their first album ‘Komm mit’.

New pagan folk bands are usually to found in the Netherlands or somewhere in Scandinavia – therefore I was happy to get the chance to talk to Niklas Steffen from Waldkauz, as this young German pagan folk band is about to find its way to the centre core of the Pagan Folk scene.

Lena: First off, thanks for taking time for us!
Waldkauz is one of the seldom young German bands that commit themselves to the genre of Pagan Folk. I explain you guys mostly as a good mixture of Omnia, Faun and a tiny hint of ‘Die Irrlichter’. What exactly is the thrill for you to create Pagan Folk music?

Niklas: With pleasure! And thanks a lot for the ranking, that is exactly where we feel at home 🙂
I think, Pagan Folk is our common sense. We all do have a very own and individual taste of music but Folk and especially Pagan Folk has a special meaning towards us. This deep connection while playing with acoustic instruments plus the mystic and spirituality unite us simply.

Lena: Your current album offers a lot of variety from calm, and as you just said, spiritual and mystical moments to “dance along” songs that electrify your audience. Is there a central theme that your current album ‘Komm mit’ is following – this common sense you talked about?

Niklas: The title of the album is in some way already the central theme. An invitation towards the listener to let us abduct him in our own world. The idea was to show the whole spectrum we can offer and that is what our music is about from ballads to “dance along” songs. In some ways it is more or less a classical first album – a introduction.



Lena: I already mentioned the itself suggesting comparison to Omnia and Faun, since some of the songs, at least the instrumental parts, come close to these Pagan Folk giants. How is it for you to get compared on the one hand in an artistic way to Omnia and Faun and on the other hand being Waldkauz, that do sound like “Waldkauz” and not like the others?

Niklas: Well, we feel honoured on the one hand for this comparison and we would lie to say that those bands didn’t have any influence on how we play our music. But I still think that we as individuals made different experiences than others and therefore will always sound like “Waldkauz” since we just can’t stop being ourselves. And finally such classifications are always helpful to explain to people the kind of music that we make.

Lena: Indeed. Recently Gisbert Hiller, organisator of the well known and popular MPS festivals, announced that you will not only play on the MPS Christmas market but way earlier already at MPS Bückeburg. What do you expect from MPS and how does it feel to know that you will play on those festivals for you in person?

Niklas: We see it foremost as a huge chance to prove ourselves in front of a big audience! We all were already guests on the MPS (even plenty times in Bückeburg) and it was always our goal to play there someday, since it is such an institution that will open up some doors for us. Of course we are a bit nervous, such huge events have been the exception, but we feel ready for this and that this is the right place to present our music towards an “expert public” which is used to good music.

Lena: You are still a young band and currently you play on a lot of smaller festivals and medieval fairs, the contrast which will be carried to you by the MPS and approximately by the Autumn Moon Festival will hopefully find open ears for your music. We already talked about your current album “Komm mit” which is a introduction of the band and its repertoire. Are there already plans for a second album?

Niklas: Exactly that is our hope as well – so cross your fingers 🙂
We actually do work on a new concept and the according to this concept fitting Songs and are very motivated to work on a more concrete topic this time!

Lena: Could you tell us already something more concrete? Don’t you do it like this as a band, that you are always acting a bit secretive? 🙂

Niklas: At the moment it is too early for more details, who knows what ideas will come to us. But that much I can reveal, on the cover there will be a blue flower visible 🙂

Lena: We will need to be patient for the moment but one last question I still need to ask. As a question that will turn to be my central theme through all my interviews. Music turns special to people when there is a story behind or some sort of anecdote, something that happened while writing the song or recording it, or anything during the artistic process. Is there such special story to one of your songs that you like to share?

Niklas: In one of our new songs “Raigan Dannsa” we had some sort of magical moment. As we wanted to create a new song out of a Bouzouki motive I brought to the audition. We just sat down and started together. It was as if everyone knew by instinct what he/she needed to play in a magical way. The song put itself together. After this experience we almost didn’t change the new developed song since everything just fitted so perfectly.

-Lena

Waldkauz - Portrait (750p) Waldkauz is:

Gina – Harfe, Drehleier, Gesang
Nina – Flöten, Gesang
Niklas – Bouzouki, Gesang
Lennart – Gitarre, Bouzouki
Peter – Perkussion, Schlagwerk








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