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Originally from Switzerland, the American folk music trio consists of Jens, banjoist and songwriter; his brother, Uwe, guitarist and vocalist and Joel Landsberg, bassist. Jens said the group first came to Wilkes to perform in MerleFest in After using the area as a base for their U. The band recently returned to Switzerland to perform on Viva Volksmusik, an annual two-hour TV special that is broadcast from Swiss National Television.
After getting directions from a Wilkesboro police officer, Senn catches up with the Kruger Brothers at their recording studio, Double Time Music, where the band is picking alongside award-winning fiddler Bobby Hicks, Asheville-based banjoist Laura Boosinger and local musician Maynard Holbrook, who lives in Traphill. He said they were especially fascinated with his banjo, explaining that the American instrument is not well known in Switzerland. The older Swiss musicians really liked it.
He noted that there are strong similarities between Swiss folk music and the folk music of rural Appalachia, due to the fact that both areas share similar cultural influences, specifically from Germany.
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