Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival – 8 – Official Page


The 8th Edition of the Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival has been announced and will take place at the Q factory, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from Saturday 11th May to Sunday 12th May 2019.

dfgf eight poster

Timetable DFGF 8 2019

Link to Radio Podcast (Begins 1:17)

Gitarist.NL (Promotion)

New Fred Mascot

Mascot for the festival by Hans Sweep.

Willem Niehorster has announced plans for the eighth DFGF VIII (Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival) to be held in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands, EU.

In his own words….

Today I had a meeting with Emiel Scholsberg. He is a Dutchman that took guitar lessons from Scott McGill. And that’s how he got to know me.

He is very enthusiastic about the DFGF 8! He also brought along the guy that is the importer of Vigier here in NL. This man has a lot of connections in the music business and is also very interested in helping.

The festival will take place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May 2019.

Facebook page for DFGF VIII

This time in Amsterdam at the Q-Factory

Q factory also has a hotel and cafe, plus we will be holding workshops on the Saturday morning.

Anyone wishing to attend should contact Willem via the Unfretted Facebook page.

The Q-hotel is only available for booking online. However if your Dutch is not up to scratch the hotel can be booked on booking.com

The Organisers

Willem Niehorster

Willem Niehorster

Emiel Scholsberg


Han van den Essenburg

Han Van Der Essenburg

Artists booked and confirmed

Jay Matharu, Mahavira
Jay Mathura, SE, Progmetal – band

Tellef Ogrim
Tellef Øgrim, NO, Esoteric jazz – solo

Melle Weijters
Melle Weijters, NL, Microtonal Blues

Albert Dambeck

Albert Dambeck, DE, Composed improv – solo

Studio Brewdio

Stu Brewer, UK, Psychedelic rock / electro, prog – band

David West, EC, Psychedelic, funk, blues – solo

Sound of Oneness, US/IT, Ambient, world, esoteric – band

Mathijs Leeuwis, NL, Ambient pedalsteel – duo

Dream Flight To Antarctica (Willem Niehorster), MEX, Rock, alternative, progressive – band

Emiel Scholsberg – Frimangron Project, NL, World, alternative, improv – band

vLookup, trio (Rich Perks), UK, Jazz, improvisation – trio

Artist’s expressing interest in performing

Gunnar Backman
Gunnar Backman, SE/US, Free, composed improv – solo

Jahloon 2nd Austrian Festival
Jahloon, UK, (Founder “Unfretted.com”) Ambient, soundscapes – solo

Scott McGill Vigier
Scott McGill, UK – Progressive, fusion, freejazz, bebop, pop, rock, atonal – band


Buzz Gravelle Fretless Classical Guitar
Buzz Gravelle

Tom Baker
Tom Baker

Les Mouvements
Les Mouvements

Links to previous DFGF festivals

Dutch Fretless Festival I – 2006

Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival II – 2007

Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival III – 2008

Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival IV – 2009

Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival V – 2010

Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival VI – 2011

Dutch Fretless Guitar Festival VII – 2012


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