Thank you to Swiss Television for providing a link to the recently released “Banjo & Bluegrass – Die Krüger Brothers und ihr Traum von America – The Kruger Brothers and Their Dream of America”
(Swiss German, no subtitles.)
The 2015 Kruger Brothers documentary is now available for purchase and download.
The Kruger Brothers are a bit of a mystery to some. Brothers Jens and Uwe were born and raised in Europe, growing up and learning folk songs and falling in love with American music. Joel Landsberg, a Brooklyn, N.Y. native, joined Jens and Uwe in Switzerland, playing together since 1995. Their musical style encompasses and converges multiple genres. The synthesis of genres appeals to a wide array of audience-goers, from bluegrass, folk, and Americana to European classical influences. Read more
A Swiss folk music show’s programming took an interesting turn when the show’s host, Nicolas Senn, came to Wilkesboro, N.C., in search of the Kruger Brothers. In doing so, Swiss television audiences got to experience a bluegrass jam session in Wilkes County with the Senn, the Kruger Brothers, Grammy-award winning fiddler Bobby Hicks, high lonesome singer Maynard Holbrook and singer/banjoist, Laura Boosinger.
Senn came to the U.S. in order to invite the Kruger Brothers to learn a Swiss folk song and play it live on the Viva Volksmusik show. The once-a-year, two-hour program showcases Swiss folk music and dance, featuring instruments ranging from voice, harmonica, accordian and double bass, to long Alpen horns.
To watch the entire production CLICK HERE. Nicolas Senn’s visit to Wilkesboro, North Carolina and the The Kruger Brothers’ segment appears at about the 1:21 mark.
“The Swiss have never heard traditional Swiss folk music on Swiss TV played on the banjo,” Jens said. “People came up to me after the show. The older Swiss musicians really liked it.”
Jens said that while the banjo isn’t traditional to Swiss music, “it just works really, really well,” he said.
With respect to folk and historical music has written down banjo tablatures for the traditional tune and you can right-click on the image below and download it to your computer.
“So maybe other banjo players can learn Swiss folk music,” he said.
Right-click on image to download this banjo tab.
Our State, UNC-TV’s Emmy Award-winning series features the Kruger Brothers. Learn what sparked their interest in music, what it was like for them to grow up in Switzerland and how moving to North Carolina affected their career.
International Bluegrass Music Festival, Wide Open Bluegrass.
September 28, 2013.
Steve Martin stopped by the Raleigh Convention Center after our performance of the Appalachian Concerto to play Jack of the Wood with us.
Many thanks to Daniel Schram of Indy Week for capturing this.
A video about the Kruger Academy weekend. Thanks to Julie Macie for all her work on this.
A lovely tribute video to Doc Watson featuring a performance he did with the Kruger Brothers which was also included as a track on the recent CD, Remembering Doc Watson.