FOLK ROCK MARATON

On the 14th of January, groups of heathen-looking people invaded the “Dürer-kert”. It was the day of the Folk-Rock-Maraton mini-festival. Despite the fact it was organised for the first time, the event had a big success – hundreds of people were present that night.

The band Astur opened the night, with their folkish metal music, clean singing and nice riffs, and later on, a woman singer joined them for some songs, too. They really warmed the crowd up, the people liked their enthuasism.

Astur setlist:

  1. Intro
  2. Pajzán lakodalom
  3. Isten kardja
  4. Réka királyné gyásza
  5. Fekete eső
  6. Magyar virtus

The next band to show what they have was Elanor. Their music can be defined more as epic metal than folk metal but it didn’t break the concept of the night.

You could see a full hall, lots of headbanging people, who really seemed to enjoy the music, just as the band – they even played a Pirates of the Caribbean cover for us, and a girl playing the bass just made the whole band even more interesting. For a song, they had a guest musician – Bálint from Niburta played the guitar in that song.

Elanor setlist:

  1. Spirit Of The Past
  2. King Arthur
  3. In Glory We Bath
  4. Of Light And Darkness
  5. Forefathers
  6. Dragonknight
  7. Vercingetorix
  8. Pirates of the Caribbean cover
  • Encore:
  1. Legendás Mátyás

The third newcomer of the night was Isatha, showcasing more folky tunes, clean and harsh vocals, two ladies, a violin, and some flutes.

Their show was versatile and as an encore, they played Inis Mona by Eluveitie. After their show, the people rushed for their beers – or to the main concert hall.

Isatha setlist:

  1. Vándor
  2. Suttogó erdő
  3. Pogány átok
  4. Álomösvény
  5. Árnykirályság
  6. Inis Mona (Eluveitie cover)
  7. Vérvörös ég alatt
  8. Felkelő Nap
  9. Utolsó dal

The next band to play was The Moon and the Nightspirit. Their style was the most different from the other bands, I could define them as atmospheric pagan neofolk.

The band has 4 members, a really enthusiastic drummer, two guitarists and a frontlady who plays the violin and sings (sometimes even at the same time!). A decent crowd gathered up to their show – which is not surprising, as they are known Europe-wide, and there came people from lots of countries to the show (Poland, Germany, Crotia and even some more!) They brought a really mystic atmosphere and despite their music has nothing to do with metal, the people were really responsive for their music.

The Moon and the Nightspirit setlist:

  1. Intro
  2. Rögből Élet
  3. Kéregbölcső
  4. Alkonyvarázs
  5. Éjköszöntő
  6. Felleg útján
  7. Regő rejtem
  8. Szarvaslélek
  9. Ég felé
  10. Zöldparázs
  11. Tűzben születő

The next band to play was Niburta, in the smaller hall again. Unfortunately the organisation of the running order was not perfect, the playtimes of the bands blended into each other, so many people (including me) missed the first songs of the bands. Who doesn’t know the band, should imagine, they have 9 band members, and the number of the instruments they all together play, is some multiple of this number. This, in itself means a big success, if the sound engineer does a good job, and it doesn’t come out as an undefinable noise – fortunately it didn’t.

You could barely move in the crowd during their concert – no wonder, lots of people were curious about their Balkan, Moldovian and Hungarian tunes, and all this mixed up with metalcore. Their setlist was, as their music very versatile. Core-ish songs to headbang, or I could mention the really folkish Forebear’s Dance, where the crowd started to dance in circles.

It is hard not to be entertained at the concert of these guys – you see lots of stuff, and you hear even more (just think of the instruments: guitars, bagpipes, flutes, lute, harsh and clean vocals) – many impressions make their concerts really enjoyable.

 Niburta setlist:

  1. Ancestry (Intro)
  2. Forgotten Path
  3. Nap és Hold
  4. Dance of Satyrs (Daemonia Nymphe cover)
  5. Forebear’s Dance
  6. Mashala
  7. Shto Kaszmete
  8. Awakening

Bohemian Betyars followed the “folkmetalcore” guys, this time in the main hall. Their folk-ska-punk is almost unique in Hungary, they are among the youngest musicians, they are full of energy and they almost break their instruments during the concert – what more is needed? Who didn’t move a muscle until this point, I’m sure they couldn’t resist dancing at this concert.

The Betyars sing about the everyday’s problems, booze, girls, chilling, and all this in a very light style. The audience seemed to like it, there were even smaller circle pits and wall of deaths during their concert!

Bohemian Betyars setlist:

  1. Megjöttek a fiúk
  2. Pálinka
  3. Virágszál
  4. Bohém cirkusz
  5. 200 BPM
  6. 18
  7. Betekintő
  8. Lazítós
  9. Egyedül maradtam
  10. Álljunk fejre!
  11. Józanodó
  12. Hegedű, Bor, Pálinka

The next programme was the symphonic folk band, KerecsenSólyom – again “thanks” to this strict line up, many people missed the beginning. The band’s career is going up and up, although they were quite passive in these times – but that also meant, the fans were eager to see them again. The small hall was without a doubt too small for them, people were hanging from the ceiling and sitting on the stage – but the band enjoyed this situation.

Their lead singer, Alkonyat (András Görög) is a great frontman, didn’t let the crowd be passive at the concert – he payed close attention to the people, and gave them his microphone for a couple of seconds to sing along – which cheered up the crowd! Their show was a blast, with really strong songs following each other, and even some new songs!

 KerecsenSólyom setlist:

  1. Intro
  2. Hadak Ura Szekerén
  3. A Hősök Mulató Mezeje
  4. Aquileia Ostroma
  5. Az Égig Érő Fa
  6. Kerecsen
  7. Révülés – Outro

The time of the main act of the night, Dalriada has finally come and the main hall filled up with fans totally. It has become a tradition, that they play with the 3 folk-musicians of Fajkusz Banda, but that night next to the strings, there was an accordion player with them, too. Their setlist was mostly from the two latest albums (Ígéret and Arany-album), but as a bonus, we could listen to a new song from their upcoming album (Napisten Hava, said to be released in the first half of 2012) Hírhozó.

It wasn’t really good, that they were almost on the last place of the running order, as the majority of the people got really, really tired to this point – however, they partied even like that. Between the songs Andris kept us entertained with his jokes and he expressed his thankfulness to the Hungarian folk metal and neofolk scene and that this festival has come true.

Their encore was of the songs A Walesi Bárdok, Ígéret. At their song Ígéret, which includes a melody of a moldovian csángó folk dance (Ördög útja), 10-15 people even formed up two circles in the crowd and danced this dance! After this, the videoclip-song, Hajdútánc was the final encore of their concert.

For half of the people this meant the end of the night but some stayed there for autographs, to have a beer or to continue partying.

 Dalriada setlist:

  1. Intro
  2. Égi madár
  3. Szent László 1
  4. Szent László 2
  5. Kinizsi mulatsága
  6. Hazatérés
  7. Zách Klára
  8. Hírhozó
  9. Leszek a Hold
  10. Leszek a csillag
  11. Szondi két apródja 1

encore:

  1. A Walesi Bárdok 1
  2. Ígéret
  3. Hajdútánc

The last act of the day was LochNesz. They started quite late, so not many people could see them – although they were really great – their setlist was mostly Flogging Molly and Paddy and the Rats covers, with some own songs – so as a starting point for the tired crowd, it was an advantage, that they knew the songs. They made us party, they made us dance, they even brought two Irish-dancer women and a pirate flag! I think who stayed there and listened to their concert will say that it was worth it.

This night was a true celebration of the modern folk genres, with great bands and a nice crowd, I’m sure many will remember it a long time. And who missed it, don’t worry, it is to be organised next year, too!

Vica