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.