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Kreuzgang, Abensberg, Germany
20th March 2009

On the 20th of March it was time: The Munich based Pagan-Folk group FAUN came within the scope of their unplugged programme to Abensberg's Kreuzgang - a part of the former Karmelitenkloster. The concert was sold out.

The band founded in 1999 exists at unplugged concerts of the co-founder Oliver "Satyr" Pade (vocals, Irish bouzouki, nyckel harp, Celtic harp, lute, Tar, Saz), Sandra Elflein (vocals, violin, flute, hurdy-gurdy), Fiona Rüggeberg (vocals, bagpipes, flute, Chalumeaux, harmonium, Pomeranian, Rebap, Fujara, Seljefloit) and Rüdiger Maul (Bendir, Darabukka, Riq, Tamborello). Their name is descended from the Greco-Roman mythology and corresponds to the shepherd's God Faunus / Pan and should symbolise the love of nature of the band members and her music. /

Music & Performance
A little bit after 20 o'clock the four musicians entered the stage which was in a corner of the Kreuzgang and began her presentation with a short explanation, why it is unfortunately not possible in this historical locality, to renounce completely electronic support. Then they opened the concert with the song ‘Satyros’. The concert was stamped by rather quieter songs which Oliver provided in each case with a small entertaining anecdote with regard to origin, language and meaning.

Up to the break after about 45 minutes songs followed like ‘Ne aludj el’ and ‘From the Elben’ from her second album ‘Light’ with which they experienced an accurate fame push. After other 45 minutes and two additions ‘Rosmarin’ and ‘King of Thule’ the end of the concert had come. The mood was relaxed very much and pleasant. The mixture of historical locality, graceful song of Sandra and Fiona, medieval instruments, ballads and songs in for example Old High German and Latin, made the evening a medieval experience of the top class.

01. Satyros
02. Ne aludj el
03. Sao Roma
04. Herr Heinerich
05. Von den Elben
06. Karuna
07. Sigurdlied
--- Pause ---
08. Wilde Wassermann
09. Da Que deus
10. Urschrei
11. Erkenekon
12. Brücke über den Main
13. Tinta
14. Cuncti Simus
15. Avrix
16. Rosmarin
17. König von Thule

Music: 8
Performance: 9
Sound: 8
Light: 7
Total: 8.2 / 10

All pictures from Faun by Erika Knepper (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

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