Fiddler’s Green


Fiddler’s Green have been to Bonfeld six times, namely in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and 2010, where the musicians have a real fan base. And yet they have never been to blacksheep. Fiddler’s Green played repeatedly and was adored by all at our previous Folk im Schlosshof festival. What a joy to have them back with us!

What a ride it’s been—for going on more than 30 years, Fiddler’s Green have been one of the biggest and most successful folk-rock bands in Europe, impacting the entire folk-rock scene with a high-energy sound that will carry you away. 2020 has been a year of celebration, marking 30 years of Germany’s biggest Irish Speedfolk band. The short and sweet motto “3 Cheers for 30 Years!” says it all—so join us as we embark on this celebratory journey.

It began many, many years ago—in 1990, when a group of students started making music in the kitchen of a student flat, fiddle, accordion, guitars and the thumping of drums coming together to produce an inimitable sound that would go on to be celebrated up and down the country from that moment on. Fixed dates in the gig calendar take the band not only to Germany’s neighbouring countries but farther afield to France, Norway, Poland, Czech and Japan as well. With the fan base in countries beyond Europe’s borders growing by the day, the six lads’ seldom make it back home to Germany.

The Fiddler‘s Irish Speedfolk style

The Fiddler‘s Irish Speedfolk style really does speak to audiences all over the world—the energy on stage is intoxicating, sweeping through the fans, who give it straight back to the band. And if you think gigging has become something of a routine after all these years, you couldn’t be more wrong. As frontman Albi likes to say: every gig is and will always be a unique moment in time for us as a band and the fans out there!“

So here we are—more than 30 years of Fiddler’s Green! With so much to choose from, the anniversary years will not be short of great tracks for a best-of mix that will not disappoint. Whether young or old, there’ll be something for every fan out there. The anniversary gigs will be bare-knuckle musical madness! The lads will light a firework of Irish folk-punk music that will get everyone bouncing. Even after more than three decades, Fiddler’s Green never fail to surprise—neither the fans nor themselves—and live gigs are testimony to this.

The Band

  • Ralf “Alibi” Albers – Vocals, Guitar, Mandoline, Bouzouki, Banjo
  • Pat Prziwara – Vocals, Guitar, Mandoline, Bouzouki, Banjo
  • Tobias Heindl – Fiddle, Vocals
  • Stefan Klug – Akkordeon, Bodhrán
  • Rainer Schulz – Bass
  • Frank Jooss – Drums, Percussion
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