Hannes Wader

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Hannes Wader
Hannes Wader, Augsburg 2010.jpg
Hannes Wader performing in Augsburg in 2010
Background information
Birth name Hans Eckard Wader
Born (1942-06-23) 23 June 1942 (age 72)
Bethel, near Bielefeld
Origin Bielefeld, Westphalia
Years active 1969–present
Labels Mercury, Pläne
Associated acts Konstantin Wecker
Website www.hanneswader.de

Hannes Wader (born Hans Eckard Wader on 23 June 1942) is a German singer-songwriter ("Liedermacher"). He was an important figure in German leftist circles from the 1970s-present, with his songs covering such themes as socialist and communist resistance to oppression in Europe and other places like Latin America. He both wrote new songs and played versions of older historical works.

Life and work[edit]

Wader was born in Bethel, near Bielefeld, Westphalia, Germany. His works are mostly based on German folk songs. Aside from his own lyrics, he also performs works of famous poets like Eichendorff. He now rarely sings the workers' songs and socialist hymns that used to be a large part of his repertoire. He recently published an album exclusively with songs by Franz Schubert. He also performed translated works from Carl Michael Bellman on the album Liebe, Schnaps & Tod.

Remarkably, many of the social issues Wader sang about are still relevant today. Besides Franz Josef Degenhardt, Wader is one of the most active political singers in Germany.

In the 1970s, Hannes Wader became one of the stars of the political left through his provocative songs. He was a member of the German Communist Party from 1977 to 1991. Wader even came under suspicions of terrorism because of his song Der Tankerkönig, a spoken song about kidnapping a tycoon.

In 1973, he moved to Struckum, in Nordfriesland, where he published some of his later albums. In 1998, he and his family moved to Steinburg, district of Schleswig-Holstein.

He has published numerous albums and still tours throughout Germany. He appears in open-air concerts and also in clubs.


Year Award Category
1974 Deutscher Kleinkunstpreis Chanson[1]
1975 Deutscher Schallplattenpreis[2]
2012 RUTH (German World Music Award) Lifetime achievement[2]
2013 Echo Lifetime achievement[3]

Performed songs (selected)[edit]


Studio albums[edit]

  • 1969 Hannes Wader singt [Hannes Wader sings] (Conträr)
  • 1971 Ich hatte mir noch so viel vorgenommen [I still had planned so many things to do] (Mercury )
  • 1972 7 Lieder [7 Songs] (Mercury)
  • 1973 Der Rattenfänger [The Rat Catcher] (Mercury)
  • 1974 Plattdeutsche Lieder [Low German songs] (Mercury)
  • 1975 Volkssänger [Folk singer (also People's singer)] (Mercury)
  • 1976 Kleines Testament [Little testament] (Mercury)
  • 1977 Hannes Wader singt Arbeiterlieder [Hannes Wader sings workers' songs] (Mercury)
  • 1978 Hannes Wader singt Shanties [Hannes Wader sings shanties] (Mercury)
  • 1979 Wieder unterwegs [On the move again] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1980 Es ist an der Zeit [It is about time] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1982 Dass nichts bleibt wie es war [That nothing remains like it used to be] (live) (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1983 Nicht nur ich allein [Not only I] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1985 Glut am Horizont [Glowing horizon] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1986 Liebeslieder [Love songs] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1987 Bis jetzt [Until now] (live) (Mercury)
  • 1989 Nach Hamburg [To Hamburg] (Mercury)
  • 1990 Hannes Wader singt Volkslieder [Hannes Wader sings folk songs] (Mercury)
  • 1991 Nie mehr zurück [Back no more] (Mercury / CD 510 080-2)
  • 1992 Schon so lang ‘62 – ‘92 [Already that long] (Compilation) (Mercury)
  • 1992 Blick zurück [(A) look back] – Das Beste aus den 80er Jahren (Compilation) (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1995 Zehn Lieder [Ten songs] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1996 Liebe, Schnaps & Tod – Wader singt Bellman [Love, booze and death – Wader sings Bellman] (feat. R. Mey & K. Hoffmann) (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1996 Professor Jecks Tierlieder-ABC [Professor Jeck's animal songs ABC] (Europa)
  • 1997 An dich hab ich gedacht – Wader singt Schubert [I thought of you – Wader sings Schubert] (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 1998 Auftritt [Performance] (live with Klaus Weiland & Benjamin Huellenkremer) (Pläne - ARIS)
  • 2001 Was für eine Nacht [What a night (also 'Something for one night')] (Konstantin Wecker und Hannes Wader live) (Pläne)
  • 2001 Wünsche [Wishes] (Pläne)
  • 2003 Das Konzert [The concert] (Wader/Mey/Wecker)
  • 2004 ...und es wechseln die Zeiten [And the times are changing] (Pläne)
  • 2005 Jahr für Jahr [Year by year] (Pläne)
  • 2006 Mal angenommen [Let's assume] (Pläne)
  • 2007 Neue Bekannte [New acquitancies (also 'New familiar ones'] (Pläne)
  • 2010 Kein Ende in Sicht [No end in sight] (Konstantin Wecker and Hannes Wader live) (Sturm & Klang)


  • 1999 Der Poet [The poet] (2 CD, Mercury)
  • 1999 Der Rebell [The rebel] (2 CD, (Mercury)
  • 1999 Der Volkssänger [The folk singer] (2 CD, (Mercury)

Further reading[edit]

  • Thomas Rothschild: Liedermacher. 23 Portraets. Frankfurt 1980.
  • Ulrich Maske: Daß nichts bleibt wie es war - Hannes Wader und seine Lieder. Verlag pläne Dortmund 1984
  • Matthias Henke: Hermes Handlexikon. Die großen Chansonniers und Liedermacher. Düsseldorf 1987.
  • Beate Dapper (ed.): Hannes Wader - Liederbuch. Bund-Verlag Frankfurt 1999.


  1. ^ "Die bisherigen Preisträger" [The previous laureates]. Deutscher Kleinkunstpreis (in German). Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Gerlach, Martin; Scholz, Peter; Moritz, Klaus; Schulze, Marcus (8 July 2012). "Hannes Wader bekommt beim TFF Rudolstadt 'Ruth' für Lebenswerk" [Hannes Wader to receive 'Ruth' at TFF Rudolstadt for Lifetime Achievement]. Ostthüringer Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 22 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Kohlmaier, Matthias (22 March 2013). "Der alte Mann und der Punk" [The Old Man and the Punk]. Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 22 March 2013. 

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