Musick and Poëtree Tour 2012
OMNIA is a PAGANFOLK band based around the varied works and compositions of the singer-songwriter / Shaman couple Steve "Sic" Evans van der Harten (Nijmegen 1967-) and his wife Jennifer "Jenny" Evans van der Harten (Mijdrecht 1980-), also known as Stenny. OMNIA plays a very unique form of religious Pagan, Celtic and World music in which Nature, the Living Planet and personal freedom of expression are the main themes. The rather unusual hand-built acoustic instruments played by Stenny and OMNIA have been heard on countless Mittelalter, Celtic, Gothic, World and Fantasy festivals throughout Europe, as well as during performances of special shows in theatres and clubs in Holland and Germany. OMNIA is a self-made, self-managed band with a definite message of anti-commercialism and warning concerning the destruction of the natural environment by the human race. This message is brought to their audience by means of the music pieces themselves as well as the many texts, poems and speeches in between songs, which take on the semblance of "preaching", by frontman and self proclaimed "pope of Paganism" Steve Sic. All the works written by this artists couple expresses a deep love for nature, personal liberty, their Bohemian lifestyle and freedom of thought. Their live performances are (aside from their music) known for satirical humour, visual richness and a very singular Anarchist approach to ancient European religion and musical tradition (including a yearly mass ritual with thousands of spectators involving sacrifice by fire in a wickerman). Despite the fact that they are a purely indie-underground band, unconnected to any of the standard record labels and the music industry, OMNIA has managed to win the respect of their peers and to capture the hearts and minds of audiences of all ages and musical preferences worldwide, inspiring many people to greater creativity and a deeper understanding of nature and of themselves. Unlike most modern bands, OMNIA is not merely a music project to make money (Stenny is 100% non-commercial), to them it is a way of life and all their compositions express this lifestyle which becomes evident when you see and hear them play. They are best known for their Pagan battle chant epic "the Morrigan", mind-exploring duets such as "Toys in the Attic" and the way they have put to music various literary classics of Lewis Carroll, Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe (such as the definitive musical version of "the Raven"). Their world view is best expressed in the songs "I don't speak Human" and "Free".