Fantasy and music are closely intertwined,
particularly in folk and Celtic music, but also in some less
expected genres. To close each day in style, come and discover
the best international artists of the genres.
Timings will be announced soon.
Friday 22 April 2011
The Donjon de Naheulbeuk started as an online
podcast parody of the role playing world, and very quickly became
a hit. It then evolved into a bad, a comic book, novels and
very soon, a TV-show! Naheulbeuk, or Naheulband for friends,
is a band with deliciously mad shows, in perfect symbiosis with
the public that takes part in the craziness. The folk music
of Naheulband can be found in their 3 CDs: Machins de Taverne,
A Poil dans la Forêt and Grimoire Audio. Don' tmiss it!
Dunkelschön is a medieval Celtic folk
band, founded in 2004 and authors of 4 albums already! They
have been on the scenes of many big festivals and will present,
among others, their last album, Katharsis.
Founded in 1991 by a bunch of friends, Borrachoz
quickly gained a reputation in the area of Liège, their
home town, with their Celtic-inspired music. Some say it's the
ideal music to drink to, others say it's groovy and yet others
somehow find themselves dancing around, holding each other by
their pinkies. With over 300 concerts since 1992, three tours
in Bretagne, a CD (1998) and some great scenes on their track
record, they are still there… come and judge for yourself!
Medieval Baebes is a voice combo founded in
1997, composed solely of young ladies. Their repertoire mainly
includes original medieval compositions. They have recorded
8 albums, including a live and a best of, as well as the original
score of the TV-series The Virgin Queen. Their shows are a combination
of charm and vocal performances… Come and enjoy the magic!
Faun is a quintet that produces Celtic and
medieval-inspired melodies in a repertoire of traditional pieces,
adaptations and original compositions that carry the listener
into a timeless world. Traditional sounds harmoniously mix with
electro sounds. Their sixth album, Buch der Balladen, is now
out, and it is the second time they come to Trolls & Légendes,
after a brilliant performance in 2007.
L'Effet Défée is a quattuor from
Rennes, mixing prog-rock, jazz, metal and many other genres
to bring to mind the encounter of fairies and humans. Lyrical
melodies and powerful sounds come together under the heavenly
voice of a soprano which brings to mind Kate Bush or Björk.
Their first album, Al Trop, is out on the label Prikosnovénie.
This Pagan Folk band, born in 2009 around
the singer of AumgaiA has many influences ranging from multiethnic
and medieval , coloured by Celtic and Nordic legends, occasionally
sung in Creole, adding to the atmosphere a touch of magic and
fairy. In the band, the ex-drummer of Omnia and the violin player
of Les Légendes du Temps.
Corvus Corax is one of the first bands to
bring rock into authentic and traditional medieval music. True
to the spirit of minstrels, the band members have gathered melodies
found in libraries throughout their many travels, studying them
and paying interest to the daily life of their forefathers and
adopting their way of life. They have rebuilt ancient instruments,
improved them thaks to their experience and used them to forge
rhythms and melodies into a new, contemporary music style. This
way, Corvus Corax have influenced the whole European music movement,
with a career that brought them all over the world with their
spectacular shows that bring together power, feast and mystery.
Monica Richards brings her personas of 'InfraWarrior'
to vivid life with an interactive multimedia performance. Fueled
by her work with the Feminine and the Familiar, Monica Richards
is planning a not-to-be-missed show based on Matriarchal mythological
themes with all the cultural echoes, elements and seasonal faces
With a full filmic event behind her, this performance is not
a live concert but an innovative artistic event. Like theater,
the film will interact with Monica on every song to create a
living art piece. Each part will convey a different concept
of her personas, creating an image of Woman both powerful and
vulnerable through her interaction with the live audience as
well as the film behind her. The connection between Women and
Nature is a prominent theme in Monica's work, this presentation
will include natural materials such as leaves, stones and branches
to express this relationship.
In over twenty years as a front woman in Underground music,
Monica Richards has a far reaching reputation of the highest
respect for her powerful voice and theatrical stage presence.
Her sharp, intelligent lyrics and musical talents are the highlights
of Faith and the Muse as well as her solo music. This upcoming
InfraWarrior performance art installation underlines that she
belongs in the Avante Garde of today's music, forever changing,
evolving and true to herself.
The band around the eponymous singer and musician
is part of the new Belgian gothic alternative scene, but defines
itself as post-folk. Their very visual music cleverly combines
traditional Celtic harp, alto violin and alectric and acoustic
guitars on a deep rhythm of ethnic percussions and didgeridoo.
Celtic, medieval, Nordic and Oriental influences come together
around a heavenly voice and themes inspired from mythology and
'A band like this should have every chance
of enjoying the status the Cocteaus once held in the 80's' -
Seventh Harmonic are an all-female neo-classical
ensemble formed in Autumn 1999, creating sensual euphoric dreamscapes
which draw on a great diversity of influences. The music blends
an intoxicating kaleidoscope of rhythmic intensity and soaring
vocals with ethno-symphonic overtures, defying categorisation
yet always beating with a dark romantic heart.
The project went into hibernation in 2004 - the remaining members
joined Sol Invictus who went on to play with Arcana in Autumn
2008, and a friendship was formed between the two bands which
led to Ann-Mari from Arcana offering to sing for Seventh Harmonic
a year later. The band have recently featured in a number of
appearances on the 2010 European festival circuit, including
Wave Gotik Treffen, Waregem Gothic Festival, and Summer Darkness.
A new album is being worked on and is scheduled for release
in May 2011 on Out of Line Records.