Category: band


Chica Torpedo – Du bisch i mim Haerz –…

Some days ago I have watched Swiss movie – Frühling im Herbst – Spring in Autumn. In this movie a dance instructor from Argentina comes for a visit to Switzerland. During the movie a song played by a band has an important role.

The song – Du bisch i mim Haerz (you are in my heart) is played by the Swiss band Chica Torpedo, the singer is Schmidi Schmidhauser who sings this typical Cuban song in his native language, the Swiss dialect from Berne.

Schmidi Schmidhauser plays a Tres Cubano, a small guitar shaped instrument with 3 double strings. This instrument is typical for the Cuban dance music. In some of the videos with Chica Torpedo you can see and hear the tres. Other instruments played in this group are guitar, bass, several percussion instruments and a brass section.

I liked the song with this very special mix of Cuban sound and Swiss dialect very much.

Chica Torpedo – Du bisch i mim Haerz

Chica Torpedo – Margareta

CHICA TORPEDO Live am Afro-Pfingsten Festival 2010

Additional Information

Homepage Chica Torpedo:

youtube channel Chica Torpedo with more videos:

Wikipedia about the  Tres Cubano:

Atlas of Plucked Instruments with the  Tres Cubano:


Katzenjammer – “A Kiss Before You Go”- The Best…

It is just one week that the new CD by the Norwegian Women Quartet Katzenjammer has been published in Germany. Since I have discovered Katzenjammer two years ago this quartet – four women from Norway – has made a big development. They have toured through Germany and Europe and played at many festivals.

Their song I will dance (when I walk away) might be No. 1 in the charts of one of the most popular radio stations SWR3 this week.

So I have tried to find the best video clips and information about Katzenjammer at the moment.

Katzenjammermake great performances with their big collection of instruments, including the mandolin in many songs, a banjo, guitars, piano, glockenspiel and their very special instrument: the bass balalaika painted with a cats face. But you can also hear accordion, cans, a washboard, harmonica, drumset, trumpet and many other instruments.

Also their singing is great and powerfull. They can play in sing in many different styles and sometimes they are very funny too.

Enjoy my collection of new and great videos with Katzenjammer!

Katzenjammer @ Sat1 TV Cherry Pie

Katzenjammer Introduction

Katzenjammer “Land of Confusion”

Playlist Katzenjammer – Aktuelle Videos Sommer 2011


Additional Information

Homepage Katzenjammer with the official video clip of  “I Will Dance”:

A great video from a concert in Hamburg produced by CORETV – 30 minutes with great images and great songs by Katzenjammer:

CORE✮TV April ’11 – Katzenjammer from CORE✮TV on Vimeo.


Katzenjammer unplugged at SWR3 (German radio station):

My blog post from  August 2009 (most viewed post in my German blog


Show of Hands – Steve Knightley and Phil Beer…

I have a very old mandolin record by Phil Beer that I have bought many years ago, but I did not hear anything about Phil Beer since I bought this record.

Now a just found a note about Show of Hands who are touring through the north of Germany, and found out, that Show of Hands is composed of Phil Beer and Steve Knightley. So I was very curious to find out how Show of Hands sounds – and I was not disappointed.

From the Show of Hands homepage:

Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. Knightley, who writes most of their inspired material and Beer, a dazzling multi instrumentalist, have built up a huge following which has seen them sell out the Royal Albert Hall three times, headline major festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD and playing all over the world, from Europe to America, Australia and India. Voted Best Live Act by the public at the 2004 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, the jury is still out on just what kind of music they play. A genre defying mix of rock, roots, blues, country and trad, and often influenced by the music of other countries, it is played out on an array of instruments from slide guitar to fiddle, mandolin to South American cuatro.

Here are three videos with Show of Hands:

Show of Hands “Roots”

Show of Hands – Santiago

Haunting song – written by Steve Knightley – tells the tale of exploitation in South America. Thanks to SOH for permission. Check for more.

Show of Hands – Country Life

More information about Show of Hands

Website Show of Hands:

Videos with Show of Hands:

Videos with Phil Beer:

Show of Hands at Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018

Mandola Power – Swiss Folk-Metal-Band Eluveitie with their Song…

If you count the youtube views this video might be one of the most successful songs with a mandola (or ocatave mandolin). It has been viewed almost 4 million times – it’s for sure that there are many more metal fans than people who watch traditional or classical mandola videos.

Eluveitie – Omnos

Eluveitie – the name obviously should be taken as the name of Helvetia / Switzerland in the gallic language – was founded as a studio project in 2002 already by bandleader and octave mandolin (or mandola) player Chriegel Glanzmann. The CDs Spirit (2005) and Slania (2007) both were successful and made Eluveitie known to the folk metal fans in Europe and the USA. Today Eluveitie plays regularly concerts and important festivals.

Th latest CD “Evocation I – the arcane dominion” was a  completely acoutic recording. But in general Eluveitie prefers the powerful folk-metal sound with distorted guitars and heavy bass like in the following version of Omnos:

Eluveitie – Omnos (Early Metal Version)

The mandolin (or octave mandolin) can be seen in many of the available Eluveitie videos, but sometimes it is difficult to hear the sound of this instrument. The sound is based on the powerful guitar and the bass, hurdy gurdy, flutes, bagpipes and the octave mandolin are added.

Eluveitie is studying the history of the gallic tribes including the ancient gallic language. The lyrics for some of their songs has been writen by specialists for those ancient languages.

You can find the lyrics of the song Omnos with the following live version of the song:

Eluveitie – Omnos – first time LIVE @Salzhaus Winterthur Switzerland 10.04.09

Playlist Eluveitie

Additional information

Interview (in German) with the bandleader and mandola player Chriegel Glanzmann in the Neuen Züricher Zeitung (swiss newspaper):

Eluveitie website:

Eluveitie Myspace page:

Interesting blog about Eluveitie (englisch) with a lot of information and many pictures: