The 7th edition of the Hofheim-am-Taunus Inter Celtic Folkfestival (Interkeltisches Folkfestival) in Germany will be running next week from the 2nd to the 25th of August. For my fourth participation1 in this festival, I will perform solo during the Breton night, on Saturday the 24th of August on the very atmospheric stage of the old water castle (Altes Wasserschloss). As every year, the eclectic program keeps its faithful approach in programming Celtic music, particularly from Scotland, Ireland and Brittany.
Among the musicians invited this year: Culmina Caeli (song) with the Scottish Barnaby Brown (triplepipes); the Scottish singer Margaret Bennett; the band of international musicians Homebound with Pedro Aibéo (guitar), Cheyenne Brown (Celtic harp), Hardeep Deerhe (tabla), Sascha Gotowtschikow (percussions), Allan MacDonald (pipes, whistles and song), Joachim Schiefer (cello) and Thomas Zöller (pipes and concertina); the band of Irish and Scottish music Trasnú; the Bretons Tristan Le Govic (Celtic harp) and the trio Samuel le Hénanff (accordion), Jonathan Dour (violin) and Tangi le Hénanff (guitar) for the fest noz.
Like every year, the Festival Club will keep its doors open till late at night. This will be the opportunity to listen once more to these artists. On Sunday, instrumentals workshops will be given on bodhrán, pipes, flute and Celtic harp. If you would like to try traditional dances, come to the workshop given by Heike Fröhling and Jelena Haramis on Sunday morning.
This year, David Rescher and Mike Dobek from the Berlin Camac Harp (Harfengalerie Camac Berlin) will, exceptionally, take part in the instrument makers' exhibition. If you are interested in purchasing an instrument, repairing or simply approaching a Celtic harp, visit their stand on the Saturday.
This video presents some of the highlights of the 2011 edition in which you can see extracts from the main concerts as well as short artist interviews:
The full program is online and downloadable here.
1. My first performance at the festival was in 2008. Since then, I have been regularly invited in 2009 (with the Breton band OMK) and, in 2011, in duet with the accordion player Samuel Le Hénanff.