Ralf Weihrauch Trio
The German „Ralf Weihrauch Trio“ is a very unusual Folk-Trio in its country. It is the only group playing with accordion and fiddle and two voices. But it is not only the lineup, but also the songs and tunes that are far away from what is heard on the average German folk-stage. Most of them hardly turn up on any other setlist. This Trio plays anything, but the obvious.
This is the recipe Ralf Weihrauch used during the last years, in which he toured Germany and other countries. He does not only perform on his own though. In 2005 he recorded „Stand Fast, Stand Steady“ with the highly acclaimed songwriter Gary Miller, who was the protagonist of the Whisky Priests. This northern folk-punk band was very poular in Germany and Ralf Weihrauch was their agent. He also is playing with Crashandoh, an Party-Band which plays the popular Irish Songs. Weihrauch also guested on other Punk-, Heavy Metal-, Chanson and Children-CDs.
Like many other German folk-fans Ralf Weihrauch got in touch with folk-music through a cassette with music of the Dubliners. Wally Whyton, who ran a Folk-Programme on BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) was another precious source for ritish folkmusic.
At the age of 17 in 1983 Ralf Weihrauch met Peter Bellamy in the Copper Family`s Folk Club in Peacehaven. He then did not only become his agent, but they also became very good friends. Weihrauch concentrated on his agency an worked for Martin Carthy, June Tabor, The Oyster Band, Edward II, Pyewackett, The Whisky Priests, The Meteors, The Selecter, Peter &The Test Tube Babies and many more. He also ran a lable which brought out The Whisky Priest,s Davey Arthur, Blyth Power and licensed the first Waterson:Carthy-Album in Germany. Though he always plaxed accordion in his spare time, it was not until 2002 he started performing on a more and more professional level.
Ralf Weihrauch heard Jonas Liesenfeld playing in a session and liked his style. It was a task for Sherlock Holmes, when he had to find both his name and phone-number a year late to ask him to help out on a gig. Jonas Liesenfeld has been playing Irish and Scottish music for many years. At the moment he is studying Jazz-Violin in Arnheim (NL). As he still sticks to his folk-fiddle-tricks, he sometimes is not so popular with his jazz-teachers, but he is developing his own style. The young fiddler plays in quite a few projects and performed in Spain, Croatia and Latvia.
Beate Rupietta has been singing from her earliest childhood. Her Grandparents, uncles and aunts loved singing in harmonies. So Beate Rupietta has no problems to find second voices for the songs, the trio performs. She is also part of „Die Sirenen“ (The Sirens) , an all female Cabaret-choir, quite popular in its hometown cologne.
Already in its early days the Trio played some bigger events. For example they supported the Oyster Band in Essen in the Old Church and impressed 500 people. Since then Ralf Weihrauch Trio performed in many places and was celebrated by the audiences.