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Schlagsaite : Handmade Folk Music In North-Germany
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Carsten, Alec, Sean and Henry
Carsten and Henry are , Sean is and Alec (Sandy) is .
The musiciants of Schlagsaite are from 3 countries, which means the influence on the music comes from different roots and ends as a result of non-authenthic-music mixed with traditional and present feelings of 4 musicians. If you put it all together you have got it, its Fun - Folk , not at all great to hear, its fun for us to do it !
The pronounciation of the groups name supports a wanted mistake in German understanding, the real meaning of the constructed word Schlagsaite could be Strummed String, but most people hear it as Schlagseite which is like to be a bit unsteady on one's feet. While playing always sober in pubs, the keeper told us about the visitors the more they hear, the more they'll drink ! Sorry about that.
The sets are always Irish, Scottish, German and "Plattdeutsch" which is an old local language in North Germany. It is something between German and Dutch, Sean found it easy to learn because he is familair with Sandy's Scottish accent. Many people in Germany like Celtic music and we have many songs available with a traditional Irish / Scottish / English AND German text. It is easy to line up in two languages, change the lead vocal, key and text and it fits the needs of the present public.
All arangements are selfmade in a naturally manner to be able to perform the music at any time or
place outside on the street or indoors. Though we have a good technical equipment we like to play unplugged and enjoy the pure sound. We found it more worth to present our music to living people
than to be present in TV or Radio.( we know we would be good enough ) We treat Folk Music in its true sense, music for folks is made by folks with their traditional instruments and matchless typical voices.
Uncle Carsten on 5-String-Banjo, Dobro and Double-Base is the youngster of the group. His
deep voice can be a unique steam wistle. He is a resourceful entertainer and inventor too. He created a capodaster for the Double-Base named "Oma = Grandma", which works best. "Oma" is older than
Carstens sister looks. He never tells the truth, but this is a lie too.
Sir Henry prefers " light " instruments like Bodhrán and Whistle. He likes melodious ballads and tunes. Once he would like to be a drummer, but now he tries to keep the group going forward in steady time. To avoid flames of pure Irish bodhránees watching his self-tutored style of playing he now declares created a new instrument : The Bodhrum ! (speak: bow-drum). He also has to keep this site updated.
Laird Alec (Sandy) is a respectable Scotsman from Forfar playing the Guitar. You will never meet him without his Highlandpipes or the Northumbrian Smallpipes. While playing on stage he proudly wears the Kilt with the original McKenzie Clan's pattern and colours. We like it too, because it provokes a frequently asked question from German "Ladies" : What is underneath the Kilt ? We shall not tell you now, try to find out when visiting our concerts.
Fun-Folk is Fun, Folks !
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Henry's Bodhrán Page or how to fit German folk music with a simple instrument with links to other sites
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