Waldorf String Band for British Traditional Folk & Celtic Music.  Established 1987



DVD SHOOT FOR NEW CD: 'Best Of...So Far'

Sunday 6th February 2005
New Melville Theatre, Main Road, Melville

As the result of the success of Waldorf String Band's 'Singalong Party' CD and their DVD of the same title, Gallo Record Company commissioned the shooting of a second DVD to coincide with the release of Waldorf String Band's next CD, later this year, to be called 'Best Of...So Far' (which was recorded last year).

Not being insensitive to the tragic passing of their dear friend and colleague in the band, Billy Dean, these new recordings and releases are being dedicated to his memory, with his share of royalties going to his family.


The Shona Robinson Dancers, who were also included as Special Guests on the "Singalong Party" DVD, feature in cameo spots on the "Best of ... So Far" DVD.

November 2003
Waldorf String Band with Alan & Kathy


Other current appearances include corporate and private functions and special events such as the Press launch of NU Metro's " Lord of the Rings".  


WSB appeared as 'Special Guests' on FOSTER & ALLEN'S RSA TOUR the first week of June 2003, at Carnival City Johannesburg.

They made a guest appearance on M'Net's "Jerry Springer's Saturday Night" show transmitted on Saturday March 15th, to coincide with St Patrick's Day Celebrations.

In addition to the 5 key members of Waldorf String Band and the Shonah Robinson Dancers, Barry Van Zyl played drums & percussion (he also plays with Johnny Clegg).  Kathy Van Rensburg and Alan Strang performed as backing vocalists
Shonah Robinson 
Barry van Zyl
Alan Strang
Kathy van Rensburg 
Press Release February 2010

Waldorf Celtic CelebrationA new double CD collection through Next Music will be released prior to St Patrick's Day, 2010. It is entitled "Waldorf String Band In A Celtic Celebration", with The Clancy Bros & Tommy Makem, The Corries, The Dubliners, Foster & Allen, The Fureys, Noel McLoughlin and Planxty.

Waldorf String Band was formed in 1987 and quickly established itself as South Africa's premier Folk & Celtic Music Band, having been compared favourably with the Chieftains, and the Dubliners, with regular TV and Festival Appearances.

Today's line-up still retains its rich Celtic folk flavours, with Rael Birns (Guitar, Vocals and Mouth Organ) and John Gnodde (Banjo, Guitar and Vocals); together with Nippy Cripwell (String Bass); Jimmy Smyth (Flute, Piccolo and Vocals); Alan Strang (Guitar and Vocals), and special guest Steve Hall (Banjo, Mandolin, and Vocals).

Waldorf String Band started their recording career in 1990 and by 2008 had released eight CDs and three DVDs including an annual release of their ‘Spirit of Christmas' CD featuring well-known traditional Christmas Carols.

In 2004, Waldorf String Band had enormous success with their ‘Singalong Party' CD, which took Gallo Record Company and the dealers by surprise, outselling the ‘boy bands' for some time, and by 2009 was on the verge of going ‘gold' with sales of almost 20,000.

“Great fun was had compiling this pair of CDs, which in my mind ended up as a fictitious live concert, featuring the ‘greats' of Celtic music, irrespective of their individual time frames over the past 50 years or so.

Similarly it was an absolute pleasure being asked to include some of the most popular Waldorf String Band recordings made over the past 23 years and as a bonus, we recorded three new tracks, just for this compilation – ‘I Will Love You', ‘Step It Out Mary' and ‘Danny Boy'. "

Rael Birns February 2010

‘These ‘Deeply Middle Aged' gentlemen are still at it 23 years later … proving over and again that music is not just for the young… but for the young at heart … of all ages… and on Saturday 13th March they will be performing at Bryanston Organic Market, on Monday 15th March at Barnyard Theatre Broadacres in aid of Animals In Distress and on Wednesday 17th March 2010 Barnyard Theatre in the Casterbridge Centre, White River … so join them in celebration of St Patrick's Day and enjoy a great performance of musical fun while they launch their new double CD!'

Waldorf String Band's March Appearances

Saturday 13 March 2010:

Waldorf String Band will be appearing at Bryanston Organic Market for a Pre-St Paddy's show on Saturday 13th March 2010 from 10am.

Monday 15 March 2010:

Join Waldorf String Band for true Irish entertainment in aid of Animals In Distress. Barnyard Theatre, Broadacres. They will be joined by country stars Billy Forrest , Bobby Angel & friends. Dress as you wish: if the hat fits, wear it. Irish/ Country 'n Western will be fun. Tickets are R200 each, which includes a finger supper (cash bar available). Advance booking and proof of payment essential to secure your seats. Contact Bev 078 458 9143.

Wednesday 17 March 2010:

On St Patrick's Day, Wed 17th March, Waldorf String Band will be performing in the evening at Barnyard Theatre in Casterbridge Centre, White River near Nelspruit.


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