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The Flask

The Flask is an energetic folk band from Delft, Netherlands, who like to tell stories with their music. Their repertoire ranges from sensitive ballads to upbeat tunes that will get you on your feet dancing a jig, including covers and original songs. The music is structured around Celtic folk music that was inspired by the likes of Rapalje and The High Kings, but also fantasy influences from for instance Faun can be heard and raw pirate tales inspired on Ye Banished Privateers. The harmony vocals, guitar, tin and low whistles, violin, bodhràn, cello, piano and cajon provide a festive atmosphere where the listener has no choice but to dance, laugh and sing along as they are carried away to another world.

Known in their hometown of Delft since 2012 as a student band, in 2016 The Flask hit the folk festivals with an appearance at Archeon Midwinter Fair, and in 2017 they were signed to Friendly Folk Records label as a quartet. In 2021, the band had a lineup change to add cello and another voice to the mix. Now, this five-piece band is established in the folk festival scene, with appearances at Archeon Midwinter Fair, Fantasy Fest Rijswijk, Historisch Zoetermeer Festival, Rapalje Zomerfolk and many pubs, clubs and private parties. Their debut single, ‘Faerie Folk’ (Dec/2019) was followed by the release of their debut album of original songs, ‘Village Tales’ (June/2021), and both were released via Friendly Folk Records.

The Flask was invited to perform at the Celtcast Fantasy Awards 2022, where their album, ‘Village Tales’ was shortlisted for the categories of Best Song, Best Album, Best Cover Art, Best Collaboration, and Best Live Act.

Band members:
Annalena Hoyer (cello, vocals)
Anneke Kraamer (vocals, tin whistle, low whistle, bodhrán, piano)
Astrid van der Niet (violin, vocals)
Jesse van Mullem (guitar, vocals)
Rudy van der Zwan (vocals, cajon, bodhrán)