Ralf Kothe – almost forgotten acoustic instrumental music from East Berlin

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Ralf Kothe studied music in East Berlin, graduated as a music teacher for guitar and composition, is a sought-after studio musician as well as a composer and arranger of numerous film scores and advertising trailers. In 1987 Ralf Kothe released his first instrumental album “Regendurst (Gitarrenballaden I)” on the state-run GDR label Amiga, followed by his second Amiga production “Die Andere Seite (Gitarrenballaden (more…)

Dieter Schütz – Rerelease of his 1981 debut album “TransVision”, produced by Klaus Schulze

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Dieter Schütz, born in Flensburg/Germany in 1955, was a highly talented multi-instrumentalist who unfortunately died at the age of only 36. Shortly before his death, he founded the pop rock trio Deja Vue together with his partner Ulla Witt and his friend Adelbert von Deyen. The album “Nightflight” was released in 2004 at the instigation of Adelbert von Deyen. Germany’s electronic legend Klaus (more…)

Mas Hysteria again – Carolyne Mas releases new live album

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“Mas Hysteria” was the absolute high flyer in 1980. A live album in a blank LP sleeve with an amateur cover pasted on it to make it look like this was a bootleg. Only In Germany, “Mas Hysteria” sold more than 250,000 copies. The centerpiece of the album was a 12-minute, almost hypnotic version of “Sittin’ In The Dark,” which Carolyne had released (more…)

Rerelease of the De Danann album “Selected Jigs Reels & Songs” after 46 (!) years

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Dé Danann was an Irish folk band from which several successful soloists like Maura O’Connel, Mary Black, Caroline Lavelle and Dolores Keane (US Americana & Country star Nancy Griffith: “Dolores Keane, the queen of the soul of Ireland”) emerged. In 1976 the five Irishmen from County Galway were in the studio of Conny Plank in Wolperath near Cologne (Germany) to produce their album (more…)

Manfred Schoof – The “great romanticist” of the German jazz avant-garde releases a live 3-CD boxset

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Without any doubt, the trumpeter Manfred Schoof belongs to the first generation of jazz musicians in Germany, who very early developed a very own European signature in this form of music and thus no longer simply emulated American models. The rich fund of church scales was just as essential for him as influences from the so-called New Music. Schoof had already been active (more…)

Kate & Anna McGarrigle – musical legacy to Kate

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In 2010, aged 63, Kate McGarrigle sadly died of sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.
On Monday, April 22, 2005, Kate and Anna McGarrigle performed at Radio Bremen’s broadcast hall. Anna remembers:
“Our second French record “La vache qui pleure” had just been released in Europe and we were touring in support of it. At that time, the core group consisted of Kate (more…)

Nash Albert: Duet with Musia Totibadze

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Two who searched and found each other:
Nash Albert and Georgian singer, actress and model Musia Totibadze (75k followers on Instagram) harmonize wonderfully with their voices on the acoustic duet – version of the track “Marabella” from Nash’s current album “Yet”:
Musia comes from a family of artists, she is the niece of the famous Georgian painter and illustrator Gogi Totibadze, his brother (more…)

SHOW OF HANDS will release two concerts on M.i.G.

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Show Of Hands are at the forefront of the UK folk/roots scene by virtue of hard work, consistent touring and memorable songwriting. That their popularity reaches far beyond their native shores is hardly surprising for this is an act that tries its utmost to make every single gig a truly special event lingering long in the memory of those attending. The story of (more…)

Historical recordings from the German Acoustic Scene

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With the re-release of the albums “Acoustic Guitar Scene & Acoustic Guitar Festival” (orignally released 1975 and 1979) on CD and digital, M.i.G. makes a deep reach into the history of the popular acoustic guitar scene especially in Germany. As Manolo Lohnes, Germany’s best-known flamenco guitarist of the 1970s and 1980s, says in the album booklet of the original vinyl-release:
“”Acoustic Guitar Festival” (more…)

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