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Skipinnish (Scotland)

Skipinnish performing “Walking on the Waves”. At 1 January 2015 New Year ceilidh in Kilmallie Community Centre, Corpach, Lochaber. In Scotland we take Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) seriously! Click here for more about Skipinnish. Here’s a longer excerpt (10:45) from the BBC Alba Show broadcast on Hogmanay 2015. How’s your Gaelic? Pronounced “Gallic” in...

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Die Seer (Austria)

Christmas 1946 and Today. Fred, Sabine and Astrid of Die Seer retrieve a letter from little Andrea of Dornbirn (Austria) to the Christkind** dating back to 1946. For her brother, she asked for socks, for her sisters gloves and for Dad a shirt. Did not quite catch what she asked the Christkind to bring Mom. Anyone help? Let us know in the Comment box below. The important thing is that her wishes obviously came true. A wonderful song for Christmas from Die Seer. This song, Weihnachten 1946 und Heut was actually released in 2015 and is from the CD, Seer Weinacht. **The Christkind (sometimes known affectionately as Christkindl) is a traditional giver of gifts at Christmas time, mainly in European countries including Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Liechtenstein, Hungary, Slovakia and Switzerland. The word Christkind translates to ‘Christ Child’. The Christkind is depicted as an angelic figure with blond hair and wings.” Information comes from this webpage. Some information about the three Die Seer band members performing Weihnachten 1946 und Heut. Fred Jaklitsch Bandleader and Moving Spirit behind Die Seer Composer, lyrics, guitar and vocals Birthday: January 22 Aquarius Location: Bad Aussee Marital status: Married Children: Dario and Larissa “When we started in 1996, we were a chaotic bunch, part of the so-called “new folk music”. Today we have a large, unique and faithful audience to whom we owe everything....

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Beinn Lee Ceilidh Band (Scotland)

As a Scot (someone from Scotland) I find this song from the Beinn Lee Ceilidh Band from Uist particularly stirring. For more information about North Uist from VisitScotland click here. For more information about South Uist from VisitScotland click here. The song, Your My Best Friend, builds to a climax in Bolero fashion. Very well sung/played in an atmospheric setting. From the band’s Facebook page –, I learn: The Beinn Lee Ceilidh Band was established by drummer Angus John Machines and named after the annual Hill race on Beinn Lee in Lochmaddy. The band are Angus John MacInnes on drums, Padruig Morrison on Accordion, Anna Black on Piano, James Stewart on vocals and guitar, Mairi Therese Gilfedder on fiddle, and Michael Steele on pipes, whistles and flute. The band are available to play for all occasions. Members Padruig Morrison – Accordion Anna Black – Piano James Stewart – Guitar/Vocals Mairi Therese Gilfedder – Fiddle AJ Macinnes – Drums Micheal Steele – Pipes/Whistle & Flute Contact the Beinn Lee Ceilidh Band at...

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A Jodler, A Rock Singer & A Jodler Club Choir (Switzerland)

Jodlerin Kathrin Burch im Starduett mit Gölä – Indianer – Happy Day Wonderful combination of jodler Kathrin Burch, rocker, Gölä and traditional German Swiss choir – Jodlerklub vom Glaubenberg. The result is simply awesome. Hands in pockets as is customary. Except for the rock singer, of course. German Swiss folk music at its best. Obviously it helps to understand the words. But this is German Swiss – Schweizerdeutsch – which the Germans themselves have a real problem understanding. Cannot find out too much about Kathrin Burch but Gölä is a well known rock singer from Kanton Bern. This video from 2009 has just been enhanced and re-released by SRF featuring everyone’s favorite Schlager singer, Francine Jordi and the Jodlerklub Wiesenberg. And here’s Swiss Schlager singer Francine Jordi singing Nicht das erste Mal (Not the first time) at Wenn die Musi spielt Sommer Open Air in Austria at the end of July this year....

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Golec uOrkiestra concert featuring Edyta Golec (vocals), the Rain Gospel Choir from Lublin in the magnificent Jasna Gora Basilica in Częstochowa, Poland. Edyta Golec (vocals, violin) is flanked by her twin brothers, Łukasz (trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals) and Paweł (trombone, tuba, vocals) See below for the others involved. Click HERE to visit the Golec uOrkiestra website. Golec uOrkiestra is one of Poland’s most popular folk-rock groups, being founded in 1998 in Milówka (South Poland) near Żywiec, well known for its beer of the same name. From the Częstochowa official website in English: “Częstochowa is one of the largest pilgrimage destinations in the Christian world, famous for the image of Our Lady of Częstochowa, also known as the “Black Madonna” icon, housed in the Pauline Monastery at Jasna Góra. 4.5 million people from over 80 countries on all continents descend upon the city every year to breathe in – even if only for a while – the unique atmosphere of the world-renowned sanctuary and treasure trove of the greatest Polish national relics.” Click HERE to read more. If you have a little time, click HERE to see this amazing hour long concert from Golec uOrkiestra. You’ll definitely not regret it. Click HERE to visit the website. Poland made...

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Schattäbärgler Josef Schmidig (Switzerland)

Click on video link at image above. This is fun! From the Swiss Television program, Potzmusig hosted by Nicolas Senn from the Festhütte Altrüti in Gossau (ZH) and aired on 05.03.2016. Good example of traditional Swiss folk music. With the Swiss Chlefeler instrument (!?) and Julius Nötzli featuring prominently! Keeping German Swiss traditions alive in Switzerland, a modern, wealthy country with French, German and Italian speaking regions. Swiss Radio and Television (SRF1) has been broadcasting the Potzmusig program showcasing traditional folk music from the German speaking cantons on Saturday evenings for many years. View this video too from “The Big Swiss Talent Show”. For more about the “Schwyzer Chlefeler” and Julius Nötzli, check out video below for this highly amusing segment from the Morning Show at Radio Pilatus. Featured photo of Bergün in the canton of Graubünden in Switzerland. Image from...

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