Share the love and pain
- Helen van der Jagt
Since earlier this week, having active social media channels has been hard. It is heartbreaking to read all the posts about cancelled and postponed festivals, concerts, and shows.
While we were geared up and ready to start the new festival season, it has been so painful to see that events like Echos & Merveilles – Festival Médiéval Fantastique
and Mead & Greed Festival 2020
cancel this year’s events, but also to hear about the fear for Elfia
‘s festival at the end of April.
Just as painful is seeing our friends of Sunfire
, Rapalje Celtic Folk Music
, The Royal Spuds
and so many more having to cancel or move shows. Even worse, thinking about our Italian friends of EMIAN PaganFolk Music
and The SIDH
, they are litterally locked up in their country. All these artists are faced with weeks of uncertainty.
Not to mention all the people working in this business who are losing weeks of salary due to something as seemingly small as a virus.
Even though we are faced with similar issues, we at CeltCast want all of our friends to know that we think about you all and are there with you all step by step. Let us all hope the issues with this virus are solved quickly and that we can refocus on the joy and happiness music, concerts and festivals bring.
Let’s put our effort in this together, and let us hope that this is just a bumpy start to an awesome season!
The Dolmen create their own world
- Helen van der Jagt
The Dolmen create their own world and take the audience on a musical adventure. Three weeks ago, on Friday 24th, the audience of P60 in Amstelveen got carried away into this magical world. Before this one-and-a-half-hour concert of the Dolmen, The Royal Spuds made an entrance for this world.
Tonight I’m Staying In, the opening song of The Royal Spuds. They might be the only one to stay in, because P60 is filled with people. Bare feet, swirly skirts and long hair with dreadlocks; that is a rough sketch of the audience. The Spuds are here to party and after the third song, the venue is quite steamy. It’s unclear whether that’s the audience or if there are any hidden smoke machines… The curtain falls and it’s time for the Dolmen.
The curtain rises and before we can see the band, we hear the first notes of Nuada. Band leader Taloch Jameson looks like he is having the time of his life. He is dancing and jumping around the stage, which has a contagious effect on the audience. Drummer Chris Jones is taking all of his energy out on the drums, dreadlocks flying around his face.
It’s time for Crimson Tears and that is clearly an audience favourite. Guitarist Josh Elliot is playing a solo and all three band members are dancing and jumping around. The rock number shifts seamlessly into an acoustic song. Josh’s guitar is accompanied by the raw voice of Taloch. Then we hear the drums. Soft at first, but slowly becoming louder and louder until the entire audience is swinging along. And just like that, the drums stop and it’s guitar only. But not for long, the bass and drums follow up quickly. They are taking the audience on a rhythmic journey, getting ready for the drop. People are living in the moment. They are in their own world. The band and the audience become one with the moment. You can hear the love with which the music is made, and you can see it, too. The Dolmen’s songs leave the audience in a trance. They are not here to dance, but to experience the music.
Towards the end, the party music comes along; Dead Cats Don’t Meow, Rebel Fairy Fling. A few conga lines swing through the concert hall and The Royal Spuds are dancing in the back. Tim Elfring, singer and percussionist at Pyrolysis, is invited by Taloch on stage. It’s the last song and he is dancing, singing and even drumming. The audience is desperate for more and an hour and a half of the Dolmen seems like no time at all. A few people continue dancing after the show is over. The trance of the Dolmen is far from over.
!!! The great big THE DOLMEN P60 give-away !!!
- Helen van der Jagt
The festive days are behind us, and for most of us those are also expensive days. But at CeltCast we believe that the party should never stop, so together with The Dolmen
we have some goodies for you to win!
Comment on this post (- the original one on the CeltCast page -) and tag a friend that you would like to take to the concert of The Dolmen | P60 Amstelveen (supported by The Royal Spuds
) on the 24th of January. We are giving away two times two tickets, so you have double the chance to win and take your friend out, for free!
But that’s not all! Each winner will also receive a bonus! To go with these tickets one of the lucky winners will also receive a T-shirt of their choice and an promo CD from The Dolmen’s early days. The other lucky winner will have their pick of a free CD (the vintage CD excluded) and will also receive some stickers!
So quickly jump into the comment section and let us know who you want to bring to Amstelveen by tagging them, and feel free to let your friends know of this give-away by sharing this post. Good luck to you all!
The winner will be drawn at random and announced on the 16th of January here on the CeltCast Facebook page. You have until 18:00 CET on that day to enter in the competition.
Keltfest!!!! You were amazing!!!
- Helen van der Jagt
It has taken a few days but we have been coming down from our Keltfest-high ever so slowly. With huge smiles on our faces we have been working non-stop to ensure you all could enjoy even more of this festival. Our livestreams have all been tagged and our photographers are getting their pictures ready to be shared with you.
2019 was an absolute blast of music, dancing, friends, family and love. With artists like
Rapalje Celtic Folk Music
The Royal Spuds
Tir Nan Og
we enjoyed a great upbeat folk party.
While others like
Wouter en de Draak
ensured we could dance and dance and dance…
And for those who were more into the country roots and blue grass, there was fun to be had with
There are many more festivals coming soon but for now enjoy the first of our pictures, feel free to tag and share!