Photo: Marianna Łakomy


Acoustic powerfolk trio

Watching the Belgian band Snaarmaarwaar is always a happy surprise. A trio stands in front of you but the stunning wall of sound coming from their acoustic instruments bears the impression of an explosive sextet instead. In a world full of cloned concepts and tired formats, Snaarmaarwaar write their own story, polishing their unique style day after day.

They take both listeners and dancers on an adventure full of tight grooves and warm melodies. Old traditional tunes and newly composed pieces sit alongside one another, both lively and introverted, tender and rocking. As always, Jeroen Geerinck is the beating heart and pumping turbo engine of the band, paving the way for mandola man Maarten Decombel and mandolinist Ward Dhoore. Their interplay is tight, their music – direct and they present a highly original vision of the ancient folk tunes hailing from the mud of Flanders.

To date, the trio have released 3 albums and have played on stages all across Europe and beyond: Nanjing International Jazz & World Music Festival (China), Festival des Luthiers et Maîtres Sonneurs (F), TFF Rudolstadt (D), Kaustinen Folk Music Festival (FIN), Mandopolis (F), Viljandi Folk Music Festival (EE), Sunrise Celebration (UK) and many many more!

Jeroen Geerinck – guitar
Maarten Decombel – mandola
Ward Dhoore – mandolin


Photo: Kuni Quintens

AIRBOXES (Belgium)

Airboxes is a project of Guus Herremans and Bert Leemans.
These accordionists from two different generations have known each other for about 15 years and collaboration in duo formation seemed inevitable.

Airboxes play solely their own compositions in the unique combination of a diatonic and a chromatic accordion. Virtuosity and experience, creativity and enjoyment result in a perfect and unique blend.

After playing on stage at the Boombalfestival (BE), Boombal Ghent Intiem (BE), they visited festivals such as Danserla (D), Raiz d’Aldeia (PT) and CaDansa (NL), and they are now ready to bring their programme to new audience.

The duo is currently working on their first CD, which will be launched in 2020!

Guus Herremans – diatonic accordion
Bert Leemans – chromatic accordion


Photo: Marianna Łakomy

BALSAM (Poland)

A poetic side of balfolk

Balsam is a Poland-based balfolk trio of friendship and family. First and foremost, they play for the dancers. With energetic chapelloises, unifying hanter-dros, romantic waltzes and intimate mazurkas in their repertoire, they compose and arrange European dance forms with respect for the traditional pulses and with a bravely creative approach.

Balsam goes its own original way. They combine dance music with self-written poetry sung in Polish, which results in a subtle, emotionally honest and heartwarming journey both for the dancers and the listeners away from the dance floor.

Their debut recording ‘DO’ is the first Polish balfolk album!

Ewa de Mezer – chromatic accordion, vocals, lyrics
Michał Zajączkowski-de Mezer – acoustic guitar, vocals
Jakub ‘Goldfinch’ Szczygieł – Irish flute, low whistle, tin whistle