Madingma

Madingma is a fascinating duo of two Flemish brothers (Stefan Timmermans and Diederik Timmermans) who are on an unstoppable musical journey through Europe with their bagpipes, flutes and diatonic accordeon. Their music has brought them to big festivals as well as living rooms, pubs, parties and smaller stages across Europe.

Stefan Timmermans (1973) has given a lot to the Belgian and Estonian folk scene in the past 20 years with bands like “Fluxus” and ”Madingma” (together with his brother Diederik Timmermans). In Belgium he has played with Arjaun, ‘De geest van de Kesterheide’, Folk2Day and in duo with Bart De Cock. Stefan Timmermans started to play Flemish bagpipe at 12 years old, participating in the band called Arjaun, with whom he performed at least 1 000 times. In 1996-2006 Stefan played in an internationally well-known folk group “Fluxus”. Together with his younger brother Diederik (a diatonic accordeon player) they formed a duo called “Madingma”, a band that also played on Viljandi Folk Music Festival in 2009. In 2010, Estonians could enjoy a tour of both Stefan and Jaak Johanson, that was organised by Eesti Kontsert (Estonian Concert Foundation).” (22.08.2016, A. Johanson, Postimees). Thanks to the first international Ethno (Falun, Sweden in 1991) Stefan decided to dedicate his life to music.

In addition to being an internationally well-known Belgian folk musician, Stefan Timmermans has also been an organiser of many folk festivals in Belgium, contributed to numerous radio shows, and has worked as a bagpipe teacher in Belgium (Dé Academie – Ieper). Diederik Timmermans (1978) is an exceptionally talented autodidact inspired by a.o. Bruno Le Tron and Didier Laloy. Together with Birgit Bornauw and Pieter Lenaerts he formed the band “Netel”. In Belgium, they were selected for a cultural exchange project in Ireland and Calabria (Italy).

Diederik Timmermans also participated in various Ethno-folk music camps and gave several courses on diatonic accordeon and Belgian folk music. The amazing capacity of Stefan and Diederik Timmermans to connect with the audience has inspired many musicians around Europe to learn traditional instruments and start following their own path of traditional music.

Madingma and Stefan´s former band “Fluxus“ are surely one of the most appreciated bands throughout the times of Viljandi Folk Music Festival in Estonia (which celebrated its 25th year in 2017). During the 2017 Viljandi Folk Festival, they were joined by Peter van Accom (a Belgian violin player, living in Sweden) as honorary guests of the festival. In spring 2018 Madingma was back in Estonia for a week-long tour, jamming and workshops with Reval Folk.

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