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Bastaard Fantasy Awards

Bastaard Fantasy Awards






Our friends over at Bastaard are hosting their very own award show in March, and we have made it to the longlist of one of their catgories! We’re very honoured to have been nominated for ‘Best live act from Belgium or The Netherlands in 2015″.

We would love to make it to the shortlist, but for that to happen we need votes, lots of ‘em! So if you want to help us(and have a facebook profile), click here and then click on us!  It literally only takes about ten seconds, (because there’s  no need to register and confirm your vote) and we’d be ever so grateful!

Season’s greetings!


happy holidays!

happy holidays!




We are looking back on an amazing year! Playing at lovely festivals like Keltfest, Castlefest and Theater op ‘t zand (where we had quite the adventure of being driven to the stage in the back of a pickup truck!), but also revisiting intimate acoustic venues like Ons Ding in Haarlem and Quinta Essentia in Zwaanshoek(to name just a few).

So what’s in store for 2016? Hmm, let me see…
Oh yes…
We’ll be

-playing more gigs in Belgium

-performing alongsides our friends of RASTABAN

-finally shooting a new band picture

and most importantly….

RECORDING OUR NEXT ALBUM!  (wheeee, we can’t wait!!)

So stay tuned! 2016 is going to be epic!



Who will fill in for Gwen?

As some of you may have noticed or heard by now: I am currently 7,5 months pregnant(and overjoyed about it!) and am expecting to give birth around the 23rd of juli. Keltfest was officially my last gig before my pregnancy leave, which means at the next gig in Valkenburg I won’t be there, but you’ll find another singer filling in for me!

We won’t give away who it is, but those familiar with the dutch folk and festival scene will definately have heard and seen her perform at sometime or another because her band is one of the hottest new acts of the last few years and we’re thrilled that she agreed to join us for a short while. So expect to see her at Valkenburg and Castlefest and be sure not to miss these very special Finvarra shows with this unique limited-time-only line-up!

The Seagull

"Kouzlo" by Noemi Valentíny

The talented lady whose artwork, ‘The Sun’, graces the cover of our CD, has unveiled yet another talent!


Not only do the most wonderful fairytale-like illustrations flow from her hands and is she a musician and singer in the folk band Pilgrim, she has animated a short film! It is called ‘The Seagull’ and will be shown at the Holland Animation Film Festival in Utrecht, and it will be competing in the European student films competition. (This festival takes places during the 19th ’till the 23rd of March).


If you would like to attend, and see ‘The Seagull’ and other animated shorts, check this link for dates and showtimes.

Old Songs, New Songs!

©Louise van Gend

Hi there! Just a quick post to let you all know that our debut album, ‘Finvarra’,  can also be purchased at the German-based webshop ‘Old Songs New Songs’ and the dutch webshop Velvet music. Alternatively, if you happen to find yourself in our hometown, Leiden, you can also hop by the physical cd stores Velvet Music and Plato and ask for our cd there.

And speaking of old songs and new songs, we’ll be playing a bit of both at our first gig op 2014 in the very special living room of our good friends Ben and Astrid. Check out our gig page and facebook event for more information…tickets are almost gone, so if you want to attend this very intimate and acoustic gig, don’t hesitate to drop Astrid a line! (Ben and Astrid are understandably hesitant to put their address out there on the internet, so really the only way to attend is to book a ticket in advance after which you’ll be supplied with address and directions. No tickets at the door…). But of course we’re always hard at work booking new dates, so if you’re nowhere near Haarlem do not fret, for our aim is to traverse the lowlands of Holland and beyond so we’re sure to be performing somewhere near you in the future. Hope to see you there!



 Hurrah, 2014 is looking good already! We’ve been booked to play at Keltfest  festival the 31st of may and the 1st of june. We’re very psyched and thrilled to be asked for such a fantastic festival and we’re looking forward to seeing all our old friends there (and of course make some new ones!). Sláinte!

Another year over…


Happy new year from all of us!

Happy 2014

And a new one just begun! What can we say…2013 has been a good one.. We released our first CD, we performed at many awesome venues and festivals where we had the good fortune to play for sweet and enthusiastic people, we made some very nice new friends, hung out with old ones and we have grown not only musically, but in number as well! We welcomed bass player extraordinaire Evert Willemstijn into the Finvarra family and already we couldn’t imagine Finvarra life without him anymore.

What will 2014 hold? More of the same hopefully! We already have some awesome new shows booked and look forward to performing at new festivals and venues with our dear colleagues from the dutch folkscene (isn’t it cool that such a small country holds so much folkbands?). We’re also hard at work on some new exciting material which we hope to debut live this spring, so if you’re curious, be sure to take a gander at our gigs page !
Don’t see a gig near you at the moment? Don’t fret, we’re busy planning new ones all the time, and if you know of a suitable venue or festival near where you live that might welcome us, don’t be shy! Let us know, and more importantly, let the venue of festival know that you’d like to see us perform there. It really helps us!
But enough of that, all that remains now for us is to whish you a splendid, sparkly, shiny, healthy, blessed 2014! Now where’s the champagne?

Love and peace to all!
-Corné, Patrick, Dieke, Evert and Gwen