FolkWorld #76 11/2021
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The Guesthouse Sessions


Naragonia "The Guesthouse Sessions: Naragonia Invites", Trad Records, 2021

NARAGONIA: Pascale Rubens: diatonic accordion, violin & vocals; Toon Van Mierlo: bagpipes, diatonic accordion, bombarde, flutes & soprano saxophone. GUESTS: Charlotte Van Mierlo: vocals; Mathijs Van Mierlo: vocals & trumpet; Guy Swinnen: vocals; Philippe Laloy: soprano saxophone & bass flute; Jeroen Geerinck: piano & guitar; Simon Leleux: percussion; Jo Zanders: percussion; Tristan Driessens: ud; Maarten Decombel: guitar; Véronique Rubens: piano.

In 2003 Pascale Rubens and Toon Van Mierlo formed Naragonia. There's no compromise to the music they make, which goes straight to your heart; free from all conventions. Their particular sensitivity towards strong melodies allows the duo to create their own unique sound – acknowledged by the phrase “The Sound Of Naragonia”. The continual innovative quirkiness of their music is infectious and soon Naragonia was to become one of the most loved and wanted folk bands in Europe.

In the past 18 years, Naragonia has made many new musical friends from different musical backgrounds and styles. During the period of the lockdown, a new idea came to life: to organize musical meetings and make fresh melodies with a number of these musical friends. These meetings were named the ‘The Guesthouse Sessions’.

The sessions became interesting collaborations, often creating intriguing new sounds. Musical styles, melodies, and songs were often quite divergent, but the music still carries that signature Naragonia sound.


Artist Video Naragonia @ FROG

Due to the unfiltered live recordings and the variety of the guest musicians, ‘The Guesthouse Sessions’ is different from their other studio albums. However, the duo is still loyal to their pursuit of beauty and authenticity, without compromises. A search that already counts 18 years of beautiful music which gave voice to Belgian folk in many parts of the world.

You can watch all the concerts on the official Naragonia Youtube channel.


Jeroen Geerinck

Tristan Driessens

Photo Credits: (1)-(4) Naragonia, (5) Jeroen Geerinck, (6) Tristan Driessens (unknown/website).

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