Degrees of Separation (Part 4.5: Again With The Germans)

Follow me as I take you on a journey around the globe to explore new types of early and folk music, discover amazing musicians, and possibly find something we are missing along the way.  In this fifth part, we will conclude our travels in Germany.

Now that you have had a few days to come down from your high, let’s continue our trip through Deutschland.

Psalteria also performs a song from the Martín Códax called Eno Sagrado en Vigo.  Unfortunately, their version isn’t on YouTube.  But, here is a very nice version with a hurdy gurdy:

Tři Oříšky Pro Popelku

Don’t worry.  This heading is not the name of some amazing band that you will feel compelled to learn to pronounce.

Listen to this version of Eno Sagrado en Vigo:

Now, ignore the karaoke.  That is clearly Eno Sagrado en Vigo mixed with another melody.  It turns out that melody is the theme from a 1970’s Czech (don’t worry, we aren’t going back there) film called Tři Oříšky Pro Popelku.  The Germans have a version of it that is a lot more comprehensible: Drei Nüsse für Aschenbrödel.  In English it is Three Hazelnuts for Cinderella.  It is a very nice movie and worth a watch if you can.  But it has nothing to do with this blog, much less this article.

Die Irrlichter

The music to which the lady was singing was arranged and performed by a band called Die Irrlicther:

(Sorry about the blacksmith)  But don’t be fooled.  When asked, these beautiful ladies can get quite loud:

Their focus primarily on German folk music:

But, they do constantly work to expand their horizons to other parts of the world:

I am particularly in love with their nyckelharpa.  Their music can easily be purchased from Amazon.DE.  Y’all better brush up on your German, you here?

Daniela Heiderich

Ela, the harpist, should be given special recognition for her performance of the Finish waltz Valvotun Yön Valssi (Sleepless Nights) by Arto Järvelä von der finnischen Gruppe JPP:

The whole group performs it on one of their CDs:

Well, that is it in Germany.  In the next post, we will find our way across the Atlantic, as we near our journey’s end.

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