Stille Volk

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Stille Volk
Stille Volk @ Paris 2013 (cropped).jpg
Stille Volk in 2013. Left to right: Sarg, Yan Arexis, Patrick Lafforgue and Patrice Roques
Background information
Origin Occitania, France
Genres Medieval music[1]
Celtic music[2]
Folk metal[3]
Years active 1994–present
Labels Holy Records
Website official website
Members Patrick Lafforgue
Patrice Roques
Past members Yan Arexis

Stille Volk (meaning "The Silent People" in Dutch and German) is a folk band from the Pyrenees area of France. The band formed in 1994, and draws inspiration from Celtic and medieval music.

The members play mostly, sometimes exclusively, traditional instruments (except on the more experimental album Ex-uvies). The lyrics are usually sung in French, Catalan or Occitan, and are mostly pagan-themed, evoking nature, myths, magical beings and sorcery.

The band is sometimes associated with the folk metal genre, probably due to the use of electric guitars on the Ex-uvies album. The other albums, however, are not related to this genre in any way. It is notable, though, that the two members of Stille Volk play together in a folk metal band called Hantaoma, highly reminiscent of Stille Volk.


Current members[edit]

  • Patrick Lafforgue – vocals, wind instruments
  • Patrice Roques – string instruments, choirs
  • Arexis – percussion
  • Sarg – string guitar, bagpipe, choirs (live)

Former members[edit]

  • Fred Neheride – drums



See also[edit]

  • Hantaoma is a folk metal band named after the first Stille Volk album featuring Patrick Lafforgue and Patrice Roques. Their debut album, Malombra, was released in 2005. The lyrics are sung entirely in Occitan.
  • Sus Scrofa is a folk metal band co-founded by Arexis & Patrick Lafforgue. The band was formed in 1991, and split in 1994. The band reunited in 2015.

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