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LINZ EUROPE HARBOUR FESTIVAL: 3rd - 5th JULY 2009, Linz Harbour

"The Linz Europe Harbour Festival will be a unique festival of encounter, for both the audience and the musicians taking part. I know everyone who accompanied me on the Linz Europe Tour 2007 - 2009, but many of them have not yet had direct contact with one another. I hope that everyone will be happy with this programme and I'm really looking forward to the musical collaboration. I'll be on stage for three days, playing a different set each day. The guests influence what I play and through that synergies arise with all the bands that cannot yet be estimated."
Hubert von Goisern

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Linz Europe Harbour FestivalThe confines of a ship leave little room for self-will, but the scope available to Hubert von Goisern and his band during the two summers on the Linz Europe Tour was used fully. The amplifiers were turned outwards: always a good way to get foreign terrain vibrating. The work inside succeeded based on the same principles too. The energy came from the tightness of time and space and from the exchange with musicians, who came on board along the way. The interaction did justice not only to the Austrian's alpine inheritance and his love of the traditional sounds of foreign lands, but also to the way it was expressed in wild, hard rock vehemence.

In the summer of 2007 a very young band was let loose with the Goiserer on the stage of converted barge - first they travelled eastwards along the Danube, then in summer 2008 they travelled northwest, along such waterways as the Rhine Main Danube Canal - where David Lackner (keyboards), Maria Moling (percussion, vocals), Alex Pohn (drums), Helmut Schartlmüller (bass), Elisabeth Schuen (violin, vocals), Marlene Schuen (violin, vocals) and Severin Trogbacher (guitar), as well as Darinka Tsekova (gadulka) on request let rip with the various guests.

Zdob și Zdub from Moldova with their version of Hiatamadl, the Serbian alternative thinker Rambo Amadeus, or the "Romanian Madonna" Loredana Groza - to name but a few - brought Eastern Europe close enough to touch. The for many less mysterious west was represented by the brilliant ship's guests of 2008: BAP, Xavier Naidoo, Konstantin Wecker, Klaus Doldinger and Zap Mama were among those to undertake the adventure of performing on the ship.

The adventurous river journey of the Linz Europe Tour is now over, the concert barge has returned to its original purpose, carrying ballast along the river - but the energy and joy in both playing music and meeting other musicians and people is being carried on into 2009, the year in which Linz is the European Capital of Culture.

From 3rd to 5th July 2009 the finale of the Linz Europe Tour will be taking place with a festival, in which nearly all the protagonists of the past two eventful and richly musical years will join together on stage. Anyone who could not make it to a concert on the route to the Black Sea or Amsterdam now has the chance to see how these exciting musical encounters will be recalled, not on board this time, but still together with Hubert von Goisern on stage.

The three-day programme will be carried by Hubert von Goisern and his band, who after the end of the leisurely forward motion on the barge took on a terrific concert hall tour at a faster tempo. Hard rock booms. Pop bubbles. There's inner alpine yodelling. Luxuriance never becomes lost in the details.