Holzrädchen ("wooden wheel") was founded in may 1975. During the revival aera of folk-music in the style of the Minstrels, Emma and Volker had started collecting information and making contacts with other musicians since 1971. Until 1983 the band "Holzrädchen" had numerous performances, in Germany, mainly in Hessia as well as in the the Netherlands and Switzerland. From 1979 to 1983 they self-published two LPs and an MC.
After 1984 when the common interest in this kind of music became smaller, Emma and Volker decided like many other bands to reduce their performances to a minimum. They continued playing their music, however, visitied many conventions of musicians and developed musically.
They started performing
again in 1992. One highlight of their work has been a tour to China
which had manly been organized by Cheng Gongliang.
Performances in the Music Faculties of the Universities in Beijing,
Jinan and Nanjing. The next China-Tour is scheduled for this autumn.
The new members Lizzy & Thomas add Hurdy Gurdies, Continental Bagpipes and Accordeon.
The latest "Wooden Wheel" production is ZEITREISE - TIME WARP (CD).
A musical journey from the Middle Ages to the world of the stars with Hurdy Gurdy, Harp and mongolian violins. A diverse kind of music reaching from Chorales to Mongolian dancing tunes and gutteral singing to meditative impressions on the harp. ( Click on the image to see an enlarged version )
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The musicians are Emma Montenbruck - Celtic Harp, Thuringian Cittern, dulcimer, vocal, perc. Volker Montenbruck - whire-strunged harp, hurdy gurdy, vocal, jaw harp Lizzy & Thomas Blau - hurdy gurdies Solongo Damdin - mongolian fiddle KHOO TSHIRR Enkhjargal Dandarvaanchig "Epi" - mongolian horse-fiddle MORIN KHOOR; vocal Annette Noethlichs - percussion & drums