Rapalje Celtic Folk Music is a name that has been synonymous with stirring folk, sensitive ballads and wonderful chaos for over 27 years. From intimate theater concerts in the Netherlands to large club tours in Brazil and everything in between.
Dressed in a kilt and provided with a good dose of humor, the band has become an integral part of the folk scene. They play both traditional and original songs and are known for their unique ways of making every performance a special experience. Sing along to classics such as "Wat Zullen We Drinken", "Whiskey In The Jar" and "Caledonia" or be surprised by the relatively new repertoire of their latest CD "Scotland's Story".
Despite an unexpected almost empty concert agenda, these full-time musicians have not been sitting still for the past two years. With a huge amount of free online concerts, they have kept in touch with their huge fan base from all over the world. Whether it was from the beach where they released seals, at the reopening of Emmen Zoo or their unforgettable benefit broadcast to support Castlefest after the cancellation in 2021: Rapalje continued to make music and share it with their audience. If you come across them during the festival, don't hesitate to ask for a photo or autograph. The massive support of the fans has helped them through it all and they are extremely grateful for that.
At the last Fantasy Awards, organized by CeltCast, the band has been awarded 3 times: "Best Merch" for their songbook, "Thanks for the Laugh" for their unique bird show during the Rapalje Zomerfolk Festival and the special "Positivity Award" for band founder Maceál. For several years now, he has provided a free livestream on the Rapalje social media channels every Tuesday at 8 p.m., in which everyone can ask questions and talk to him about all kinds of topics. Many fans have indicated that this has carried them through difficult times and the rest of the band is very proud of Maceál for being rewarded with this amazing award.
This group has performed all over the world, but Castlefest, they say, continues to feel like coming home. "Be Easy And Free" and celebrate life with Rapalje.
6 August 2022
7 August 2022