Fancy a party? Well, lucky you, Joint String Friends are turning every gig they play into a little party. And… you will experience that on Keltfest! These talented multi-instrumentalists from Friesland (Northern Province of the Netherlands) will bring a wide range of musical styles with the emphasis on Celtic folk. Serene ballads, sturdy folksongs, swinging jigs and reels and (dance)music from Eastern Europe, it’s all being served as part of the tasty musical menu of the ‘Friends’. In short, global music in all it’s diversity.
The group Joint String Friends, founded in 2008, consists of Menno Schilstra (vocals, guitar, bass guitar, Cajon, mouth harp, whistles), Sébastian Meijer (violin, viola, vocals, percussion) en Sicko Hoogterp (guitar, DADGAD-guitar, mandolin, bass guitar, spoons, vocals). During a live performance, the band is often supported by a guest-percussionist.
In May 2019 Joint String Friends released their first cd, called Down by the Banks of the Ocean. The album was critically acclaimed by the press and the audience. The successful release of this album may well be considered as a milestone in the existence of the band. Even more so, because they got invited anywhere and everywhere to perform their new material live on stage. Recently the band was supporting the Irish duo Liam Ó Maonlaí en Peter O’Toole (Hothouse Flowers) during their tour in the Netherlands.
Joint String Friends has gained a strong reputation as live-performers over the years. The gentlemen know how to touch the audience with fragile songs. However, on the other hand, party time s never far away. For these artists a good interaction with their spectators is a must. Wherever the band is playing, they make sure to make great memories with their audience.
At the moment the group is working hard behind the scenes to write new songs and tunes for their second album. The new record will be released next year.
Watch out! Joint String Friends are on their way. Where’s the party?
23 May 2020