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Ougenweide live 2011
Background information
OriginHamburg, Germany
GenresProgressive rock
Medieval folk rock
Years active1970–1985; live albums comeback 2004

Ougenweide is a progressive rock band from Germany. They are notable for being pioneers of the medieval folk rock subgenre.[1] The name comes from Middle High German ougenweide (Augenweide - feast for the eyes).

Band history[edit]

The beginning[edit]

The predecessor band was formed in 1969; it was composed of Frank Wulff, Michael Steinbeck, Jürgen Isenbart, and Brigitte Blunck. Ougenweide was founded in spring 1970 in Hamburg as a folk rock band. The band is named after a song by Neidhart von Reuental, the first joint composition by Ougenweide. From the beginning the band wanted to set to music old poems and songs, but they never completely restricted themselves to the Medieval. The band was influenced by the Rock music scene of Hamburg of the 1960s.[1]

Successful years[edit]

The second album of Ougenweide All die weil ich mag from 1974 used texts from the Merseburg Incantations. This sound recording of the Merseburger Zaubersprüche was covered later by many bands, including Die Irrlichter, who were awarded a prize in the 5th Falkensteiner Minnesangturnier by Ougenweide (who served as patrons and jury) in 2010, and by the medieval metal group In Extremo. The music is often incorrectly thought to originate in the Middle Ages, but goes back to Ougenweide.[2] They also used texts or text-fragments by Walther von der Vogelweide, Heinrich von Mügeln and Johann Wolfgang Goethe. 1975 Ougenweide appeared on stage with Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Planxty, Amazing Blondel, Alan Stivell and Konstantin Wecker. They worked together with Peter Rühmkorf for a film about the life of Walther von der Vogelweide.


Studio albums[edit]

  • Ougenweide, 1973
  • All die weil ich mag, 1974
  • Ohrenschmaus, 1976
  • Eulenspiegel, 1976
  • Frÿheit, 1978
  • Ousflug, 1979
  • Ja-Markt, 1980
  • Noch aber ist April, 1981
  • Sol, 1996
  • Herzsprung, 2010

Live albums[edit]

  • Ungezwungen, 1977, 2007
  • Wol mich der Stunde, 2004
  • Ouwe war, 2005


  • Liederbuch Ougenweide, 1979, 1988
  • Lieder aus 9 Jahrhunderten, 1983
  • Ougenweide / All die weil ich mag, 2006
  • Ohrenschmaus / Eulenspiegel, 2006
  • Walther von der Vogelweide - Saget mir ieman: waz ist Minne?, 2007
  • Frÿheit / Ousflug, 2007
  • Ja-Markt / Noch aber ist April, 2007


  1. ^ a b Jahn, Lothar. "Ougenweide im Gespräch". Minnesang.com. Retrieved March 29, 2008. (In German)
  2. ^ "Interview with In Extremo". (In German)