FolkWorld Issue 42 07/2010; Festival Announcement


Tønder Festival
26-29 August 2010

Tønder 2009
Tønder 2008

Looking Forward to See You
Tønder Festival, 26-29 August 2010

The first Tønder Festival was held in 1975. Like all festivals, it was started by a bunch of enthusiastic young people who wanted to share their musical tastes with others,


Katzenjammer @ FolkWorld: FW#42

Icon Sound @

Icon Movie @
and who had the courage and the will to set up an annual festival.

Tønder at that time was home to Scandinavia's oldest teacher-training institution, whose students were an extremely active part of the the town's cultural life. The decision to launch the first festival was inspired by the success of two three-day folk music events in June and September 1974.

Since then Tønder Festival has grown and matured, now enjoying its status as one of Europe's most respected folk and roots music festivals, both from an audience and from a performer viewpoint. The music is international folk and roots from Ireland, Scotland, England, USA, Canada and Scandinavia, among others. The music programme is of the highest calibre, and the Tønder Festival atmosphere and ambience are legendary. Tønder Festival has also an enviable reputation for top class organisation.

Tønder Festival sticks to its original musical concept. There is plenty of room for experiment, and the festival keeps abreast of developments in the music. At no time has the original musical framework been prejudiced. At no time has there been a slackening of quality in the content of the music programme. Achieving that delicate balance between renewal, continuity and comfortable familiarity has proved essential for musicians, audience and festival staff alike.

Tønder Festival has accepted its responsibility to encourage and foster the young generation of folk musicians. They appear on stage at Tønder Festival, and they participate in the workshops, master classes and sharing sessions the festival offers. We have brought many unknown young talents to Tønder Festival. Sending them off again with renewed self confidence, Tønder Festival is rewarded when they later return to play for us.

Cathal Hayden, Maírtín O'Connor, Seamie O'Dowd

Hayden, O'Connor, O'Dowd @ FolkWorld:
#14, #22, #24, #26, #26, #35, #38, #39, #39

Icon Sound @
Icon Movie @
Caladh Nua

Caladh Nua @ FolkWorld:
FW#40, #41

Icon Sound @

Icon Movie @

Photo Credits: (1) (1) Tønder Logo (by Tønder Festival); (2) Katzenjammer (from website); (3) Cathal Hayden, Mairtin O'Connor, Seamus O'Dowd (by Walkin' Tom, Tønder Festival 2009); 4) Caladh Nua (by Seán Laffey).

Back to FolkWorld Content
To the German FolkWorld

© The Mollis - Editors of FolkWorld; Published 07/2010

All material published in FolkWorld is © The Author via FolkWorld. Storage for private use is allowed and welcome. Reviews and extracts of up to 200 words may be freely quoted and reproduced, if source and author are acknowledged. For any other reproduction please ask the Editors for permission. Although any external links from FolkWorld are chosen with greatest care, FolkWorld and its editors do not take any responsibility for the content of the linked external websites.

FolkWorld - Home of European Music
FolkWorld Home
Layout & Idea of FolkWorld © The Mollis - Editors of FolkWorld