Fiddler's Green (band)

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Fiddler’s Green
Fiddler's Green in 2010
Fiddler's Green in 2010
Background information
Origin Erlangen, Germany
Genres Irish folk, Folk rock, Folk punk
Years active 1990–present
Website www.fiddlers.de
Members

Ralf "Albi" Albers
Tobias "Tobi" Anton Heindl
Rainer Schulz
Stefan Klug
Frank Jooss

Patrick "Pat" Prziwara
Past members

Robert Oppel (1990 - 1991)
Eric Obst (1990 - 1995)
Wolfram Kellner (1995 - 2000)
Tobias Rempe (1991 - 1995)
Tobias Schäfer (1995 - 2000)

Peter Pathos (Peter Müller) (1990 - 2006)

Fiddler’s Green is a German band from Erlangen that plays independent Irish speedfolk, formed in 1990. Their first concert under the name of Fiddler’s Green was at the Newcomer-Festival in Erlangen in November 1990, where the band came second. The first album, entitled "Fiddler’s Green", was released in 1992, and was a mixture of live and studio tracks and of traditional and self-written songs. It was released on their own label, Deaf Shepherd Recordings. The band has been signed to a major label, but chose to go back to being independent.

The band has kept up the mix of traditional Irish or Scottish songs and self-written tracks, though the self-written tracks have progressively become less and less folky. The band's influences are wide and varied, but obviously heavily influenced by Celtic rock bands like the Pogues, the Waterboys and Great Big Sea. Recent albums also see a clear influence from Gothic rock music. Having enjoyed growing success in and around Germany, the band reached 1000 played concerts in 2004 (the only band member to play them all is bass player Rainer Schulz), which was celebrated with a concert at Castle Hoheneck. This concert was filmed and released on two DVDs: Celebrate! and Jubilate! The concert saw participation from former band members and other guest musicians. Main lyric and music writer Peter Pathos has left the band in summer 2006 and was replaced by Patrick 'Pat' Prziwara. A live DVD Folk's not dead was released to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary in 2010.[1]

Fiddler's Green performing at the "Folk am Neckar" folk festival 2013 in Neckarelz

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title German album charts[2]
1992 Fiddler’s Green
1993 Black Sheep
1995 King Shepherd
1996 Make Up Your Mind
1997 On and On 61
1998 Spin Around
2000 Another Sky
2002 Folk Raider
2003 Nu Folk
2007 Drive Me Mad! 74
2009 Sports Day at Killaloe 52
2011 Wall of Folk 24
2013 Winners & Boozers 7

Live albums[edit]

Year Title German album charts[2]
1993 Stagebox
2005 Celebrate!
2005 Jubilate! (DVD)
2010 Folk's not dead (DVD) 76
2012 Acoustic Pub Crawl (unplugged)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sascha, Blach (16 July 2010). "Fiddler's Green proklamieren: "Folk's Not Dead"!". Zillo MusikMagazin (in German). Zillo MusicMedia Verlag GmbH. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b "Fiddler's Green Longplay-Chartverfolgung". Musicline.de (in German). Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 14 August 2014. 

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