9pm Saturday | Brass Castle Stage

Marvara is a high-energy party band with some of the finest musicians from Belgium and the Nordic countries.

Belgian bagpipe player Marieke Van Ransbeeck is the composer and artistic leader of the band. On bagpipes, diatonic accordion, bass, percussion and guitar they perform music that reflects Marieke’s experiences and memories from a breathtaking musical journey in Northern Europe.

In January 2023 Marvara won a Flanders Folk Award for “Most Promising Band”. They were also nominated for “Best Live Band”. Marvara has built a wild live reputation at different festivals and venues in Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Belgium and Finland. 

They present their music through an interactive show that will tease all of your senses. Get ready to experience powerful melodies, badass harmonies, sexy slow tunes, and devilish polskas. This will be the moment of the evening to demonstrate your best dance moves and go completely nuts! Marvara delivers an energy boost that you will never forget.

“A great live act that goes the extra mile to make the crowd have an amazing time. This is new tradition at its best” – Bavo Vanden Broeck, Director of Festival Dranouter (BE)

“Marvara is an exciting new band blending musical traditions from Western Europe and the Nordic states. Their energy, led by Marieke and channelled through the conduit of her multiple styles of bagpiping, is simply invigorating” – No Depression (USA)

“It sounds Ethno, it sounds fun, and it sounds exciting” – Spelmannen Magazine (SE)