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Die Irrlichter

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Germany (2002 - present)

“Irrlicht” is German for “The Will’o’The Wisp”. This mythical creature was known to the old Romans as „Ignis Fatuus“ or the light of fate. According to legend, they led nocturnal wanderers astray, if not to their deaths.

These modern-day “Die Irrlichter” entrance their audience and lure them with music from days gone by and worlds far far away. The band excites listeners both at their live performances and on four released

albums, with their foot-stomping dances, tragic ballads, saucy ditties and own compositions of fairy-tale stories. Their harmonised vocals and part singing are accompanied by reproductions of historic instruments such as bass lute, harp, renaissance recorders, nyckelharpa, davul, shaume and bagpipes.

Live performances get their special touch and atmosphere through the lively commentary, the large variety of instruments and the even larger repertoire of music. What is already a feast for your ears turns into a feast for your eyes through supporting acts of juggling and the themed costumes worn by the musicians.

The debut album Koboldtanz (Goblin’s Dance) was released in 2002 and met with thrilled listeners everywhere. May 2004 saw the release of the second album Elfenhain (Elven Wood), which is especially renowned for its merry and sometimes saucy tunes.

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