Fiddler's Green (band)

Fiddler's Green is a German band that plays Irish folk music. Formed in 1990, their first concert under the name of Fiddler's Green was at the Newcomer-Festival in Erlangen in November 1990. Their debut album entitled "Fiddler's Green" was released in 1992 and featured both live and studio tracks, some traditional and some original material. It was released on their own label, Deaf Shepherd Recordings. The band has been signed to a major label, but chose to go back to being independent. The band members themselves refer to their music as Irish Speedfolk, as opposed to Folk rock or Irish folk.[1]

Fiddler's Green
Fiddler's Green in 2010
Fiddler's Green in 2010
Background information
OriginErlangen, Germany
GenresIrish folk, Folk rock, Folk punk, Speedfolk
Years active1990–present
LabelsDeaf Sheperd Records
MembersRalf Albers

Tobias Anton Heindl
Rainer Schulz
Stefan Klug
Frank Jooss

Patrick Prziwara
Past membersDr. Robert Oppel (1990–1991)

Eric Obst (1990–1995)
Wolfram Kellner (1995–2000)
Tobias Rempe (1991–1995)
Tobias Schäfer (1995–2000)

Peter Pathos (Peter Müller) (1990–2006)

The band has kept up the mix of traditional Irish or Scottish songs and self-written tracks, though the self-written tracks have progressively become less and less folky. The band's influences are wide and varied, but obviously heavily influenced by Celtic rock bands like the Pogues, the Waterboys and Great Big Sea. Recent albums also see a clear influence from Gothic rock music. Having enjoyed growing success in and around Germany, the band reached 1000 played concerts in 2004 (the only band member to play them all is bass player Rainer Schulz), which was celebrated with a concert at Castle Hoheneck. This concert was filmed and released on two DVDs: Celebrate! and Jubilate! The concert saw participation from former band members and other guest musicians. Main lyric and music writer Peter Pathos left the band in summer 2006 and was replaced by Patrick 'Pat' Prziwara. A live DVD Folk's not dead was released to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary in 2010.[2]

Fiddler's Green performing at the "Folk am Neckar" folk festival 2013 in Neckarelz


Current lineupEdit

  • Ralf "Albi" Albers - vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki, mandolin (1990–present)
  • Rainer Schulz - bass (1990–present)
  • Stefan Klug - accordion, bodhrán (1991–present)
  • Tobias Heindl - violin, vocals (2000–present)
  • Frank Jooss - drums, percussion (2001–present)
  • Patrick "Pat" Prziwara - vocals, guitar (2006–present)

Former membersEdit

  • Robert Oppel - violin (1990–1991)
  • Eric Obst - drums (1990–1995)
  • Tobias Rempe - violin (1991–1995)
  • Tobias Schäfer - violin (1995–2000)
  • Wolfram Kellner - drums (1995–2001)
  • Peter Pathos - guitar, mandolin, banjo, flute (1990–2006)


Studio albumsEdit

Year Title German album charts[3]
1992 Fiddler's Green
1993 Black Sheep
1995 King Shepherd
1996 Make Up Your Mind
1997 On and On 61
1998 Spin Around
2000 Another Sky
2002 Folk Raider
2003 Nu Folk
2007 Drive Me Mad! 74
2009 Sports Day at Killaloe 52
2011 Wall of Folk 24
2013 Winners & Boozers 7
2015 25 Blarney Roses 30
2016 Devil's Dozen 22
2019 Heyday 7
2020 3 Cheers for 30 Years 91

Live albumsEdit

Year Title German album charts[4]
1993 Stagebox
2005 Celebrate!
2005 Jubilate! (DVD)
2010 Folk's not dead (DVD) 76
2012 Acoustic Pub Crawl (unplugged)
2015 25 Blarney Roses: Live from Cologne


  1. ^ "Biography - Fiddler's Green". Retrieved 14 August 2016.
  2. ^ Sascha, Blach (16 July 2010). "Fiddler's Green proklamieren: "Folk's Not Dead"!". Zillo MusikMagazin (in German). Zillo MusicMedia Verlag GmbH.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Discographie Fiddler's Green". GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  4. ^ "Fiddler's Green Longplay-Chartverfolgung". (in German). Phononet GmbH. Archived from the original on 15 January 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2014.

External linksEdit

  • Not to be confused with Fiddler's Green also the name of an Indian jam band playing acoustic folk music from all around the world. Band members are Arko Mukherjee, Diptanshu Roy, Ritoban Das & Shamik Chatterjee