Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ougenweide: German Folk Rock with Medieval Tones

I happened to discover the German folk rock band Ougenwiede several years ago, after seeing a video, and the search went on from there and I ended up having to get most of their albums (though  I've not managed to get any of them on record yet), they were a very good band.

I'm not keen on making comparisons, but in some ways they were a bit like a sort of German Steeleye Span, but with more of a medieval tinge to some of their work, with some Ian Anderson style of flute playing here and there.  There's a lot of good music on these albums.  With the songs being sung in German, and the lyrics in the CD booklets being in German with no translation (though the notes and band history etc... are in English),  unless you know the language you will be lost, lyrically speaking.