Captivated by the realms of myth and dream, Pandemonaeon fuses Celtic, Scandinavian, and Middle Eastern folk traditions with driving rock, powerful vocals, and metal accents, imbuing their songs with rich archetypal imagery and creating soundscapes both modern and timeless. At times haunting and stark, at times driving and passionate, the result is deeply evocative.
Pandemonaeon’s archetypal themes and otherworldly sound have made them popular among neo-tribals, neo-Pagans, Tribal Fusion bellydancers and lovers of dark fantasy. Their album Dangerous Beauty was chosen as the number one Pagan music release of 2010 by Jason Pitzl-Waters (The Wild Hunt, Numinosis). Their music has also been featured in the cult horror film, “The Commune” (2009) and a Gothic Fusion bellydance DVD “Dark Imaginations” by Anaar (2009).
“Dangerous Beauty offers a dark and exciting vision…from the very outset Pandemonaeon draws the listener in with a captivating sound.” -Tony Cannella, Femme Metal Webzine
Hailing from the hedge and loam of Seattle's undergrowth, Dogwood aims to weave historical and wax hysterical in the old-new traditions of mountain men, shantymen, and her fellow men as she tromps acro'st both ancient myth and accidental malady.
Nathaniel Johnstone is perpetually trying to figure out what he sounds like. At times he's blues, metal, punk, folk, celtic, with a whole bunch of other things thrown in for good measure. He has collaborated with a number of other ensembles: The Ghosts Project, Jill Tracy’s Malcontent Orchestra, Ego Likeness, Jody Ellen, Android Lust, The Last Dance, The Hellblinki Sextet, Abney Park, and others.
By their forces combined Dogwood & Johnstone make music meant to confound, delight, and infuriate in equal measure. Joining them at Hexenfest is gothic tribal dancer extraordinaire, Tempest.
Festival Favorites Sharon Knight and Winter are internationally touring musicians in the mythic-Celtic vein. Their penchant for combining fierce and gutsy bravado with ethereal beauty, a hearty dose of fantastical lyrics, and an obvious love of storytelling has inspired their own style, “Neofolk Romantique”. This often sound less Celtic and more “Folktales that ran away with the Faeries at the turn of the century and took cover in an old trunk bound for the circus, which was then commandeered by pirates.” This suits them fine.
They have shared stages with mythic music favorites such as Faun, Omnia, Corvus Corax, SJ Tucker, Tricky Pixie, Heather Dale, Wendy Rule, Stellamara, and many more. They have recently completed a 100% crowd-funded CD and music video featuring several of these artists, called Portals.