Hubert von Goisern


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The sad ballads of Hubert von Goisern

Nordbayerische Nachrichten 24th July 2012 | Text & Photo: Hans von Draminski

Austro folk bard provides the festival finale at Burg Veldenstein - Completely sold out concert

Hubert von GoisernNEUHAUS - Loud sounds are not appropriate for a funeral. And even if it's a rock festival being buried, a little piety is recommended. The Austrian singer Hubert von Goisern takes care and for the big finale at Burg Veldenstein, serves up a very ballad heavy programme, just right for a warm summer evening.

"The Goiserer", as his fans like to call him, really made things crash a few months ago in the Nuremberg Meistersingerhalle and turned in a choice rock 'n' roll show - with music so energy-laden it blew through your hair and legs.

For the Veldenstein concert Hubert von Goisern had noticeably burrowed deep into his chest of ballads and brought to light a great selection of very quiet songs. Alongside he tells thoughtful stories about the unusual behaviour of people and the fact that they don't just compromise their own happiness with it, but also the existence of the world in and from which they live.

It's just a shame that this thoroughly intelligent approach doesn't meet open ears and hearts with all the concert guests in the jam-packed and long since sold out castle courtyard. Many are audibly murmuring, one even has a go at the singer from the front rows - but follows through on his concert for the palpably melancholy evening of songs at the castle and smiles with a little satire at all those who'd like it to be a bit rockier.

Mind you the born Upper Austrian quotes rock and soul legends like Janis Joplin, whose Mercedes Benz he turns into a wistful dialect anthem with a strong sing along effect. Ray Charles' Georgia too, which Hubert rewrites into a homage to his hometown of Bad Goisern, has great emotional potential, is more than ever a commitment and silent prayer from someone who is at peace and happy with himself.

Hubert von Goisern uses the pieces from the current album EntwederUndOder rather sparingly, because driving rock grooves and dance floor appropriate bulldozer beats wouldn't suit the feel good package of the open air concert.

Nevertheless, there can, nay must, be a smart portion of irony. For example the cliché of the noble Indian is turned on its head, because according to Hubert there are black sheep and oddballs in every society - "if there weren't any here, I'd have to wonder what weird drugs you'd been taking," the musician says acerbically.

The melodies that Hubert von Goisern still takes from the fount of folk music are odd too and he breathes pulsating life into them with the diatonic Styrian accordion, also known as the "Ziach".

Irreverent alpine rocker

When he swaps the accordion for the Fender Stratocaster, all those who want to hear the bolshy, down-to-earth, irreverent alpine rocker finally get their money's worth. The radio hit Brenna tuats guat with its complex rhythm is sung by several hundred voices, the irrepressible Hiatamadl is celebrated especially cosily as an encore with audience participation.

Towards the end of the concert at the castle, which likely also marks the end of the musical events at Burg Veldenstein, Hubert von Goisern grows very quiet and concentrates on his goosebump songs like the immortal Weit weit weg. And as one takes slow steps back to the car, a few last notes drift through the summer night and agree sadly: it is the end of an era.

Hubert von Goisern rocks Burg Veldenstein 23rd July 2012 | Photo: Hans von Draminski
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The figurehead of alpine rock is back: on Sunday Hubert von Goisern played to a sold out crowd at the finale of the Burg Veldenstein Festival. With rocky sounds and his boundless energy the Upper Austrian carried the people of Middle Franconia to storms of enthusiasm.

"Servus Hirschhorn"

Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung 23rd July 2012 | Text & Photo: Barbara Nolten-Casado

HvGHirschhorn. Festival atmosphere reigns on Saturday evening at the Hirschhorn Neckarlauer: the riverside road level with the docking point is blocked off, traffic is diverted downtown. The area at the river is fenced off, a ticket office offers spur of the moment spectators the last minute opportunity to get in. Drinks stands, snack tents offer sustenance, fire service, police, ambulances stand ready for the worst case scenario. The organiser says there are 3000 people there, seated and standing, to see and hear him on his Brenna tuats tour - the alpine rocker par excellence: Hubert von Goisern with band.

"Servus Hirschhorn" the man from the province of Salzburg calls to his fans in the Neckar valley. They thank him with jubilant applause. Hubert Achleitner from the beautiful town of Bad Goisern takes up the Jews' harp; primitive sounds emanate from the barely visible instrument. Alex Pohn surrounds them with a driving beat, Severin Trogbacher adds the perfect guitar sound, Helmut Schartlmüller provides the grooving bass. Stage smoke gushes out from behind one of the red floor lamps that conjure up a bit of living room atmosphere on the stage decorated with a huge sparkling dragon - the heraldic animal of Bad Goisern. A first "he-hejoooh" rings through the Neckar valley. The next song from the new album Entwederundoder, which is the focus of the current tour, is about Indians. Hubert has picked up the electric guitar for this, but also takes up cow bells for one section, acoustically catapulting his Indians from the wild west into the alpine country. Things get going, the crowd starts to move in the standing area. Various saints are invoked.

Then the trademark accordion from his mountain homeland comes into use: "Are you at all au fait with saints?" is the question from the man from the catholic alpine region to the residents of Baden. And he entertains with a few hilarious stories: "One burned. So he became the patron saint of cooks." The people from the Neckar valley are not just thrilled by the master from the Salzkammergut's music, his sense of humour goes down well too. "The next song is dedicated to Saint Heidrun - in Switzerland they just say Heidi." Hubert von Goisern proves himself to be a musical multitalent, changing instrument from piece to piece, fascinating his audience on the clarinet and harmonica, on lap steel guitar, keyboard and his trademark - the accordion. And of course the singing in his mother tongue, which is ever so ethnic seeming for the Baden ears. Gradually it grows dark between Neckar and Odenwald. The stage shines in intensive shades of blue, red and orange. Hubert sings a love song to his hometown: "Goisern, i steh auf di ..." A melancholy yodel sounds with a mountain echo effect over the nearby river.

Then that was it with the quiet sounds for the time being. Because finally all hell was let loose: Brenna tuat's guat let the people leave their seats, clap, dance, sing along. The stage goes dark. Was that it? The crowd calls for an encore. It comes. And fiercely at that. That's Hubert von Goisern the way his fans love him: the "fat calves" of Hiatamadl are frenetically celebrated by the 3000-strong choir. And for the insatiable, right at the end - an a cappella meditative yodel.

Concert marathon with prayer

Baden Online 20th July 2012 | Text & Photo: Jürgen Haberer

Hubert von Goisern returns to his roots and thrills the ZMF audience with his stamina

It wasn't just musically speaking that Austria became too parochial for Hubert von Goisern. He was drawn to South Africa, the Philippines and Tibet and on many of his albums he serves up world music in the classic sense.
At almost 60 he has now returned to his roots.

Freiburg. He fled the brass band in his hometown of Bad Goisern in Upper Austria due to his long hair and his cheeky mouth. Hubert Achleitner only lasted three years in South Africa due to the apartheid of the 1970s. He studied for two years in Canada, lived for a while in the Philippines, before returning to Austria in 1984.

HvGHe adopted the name Hubert von Goisern, celebrated the first success with his band the Alpinkatzen between the poles of alpine folk and rock music. Nonetheless the father of "alpine rock" was drawn out in to the wide world again. He travelled through Africa and North India, where he met the Dalai Lama and then back to Africa again and again. He developed a number of tour projects in the realm of world music, at the start of the decade tangled with the FPÖ, who had missappropriated one of his songs for campaign purposes. "I stand for an open, tolerant society, for the deconstruction of fear of the foreign and new, not for the fomentation of the same", he wrote to the party leadership.

After a three-year ship tour from Linz to the Black Sea and musically-loaded grand projects, Hubert von Goisern reflected on his roots in 2011, setting off on a "tavern tour" with a small band.

He was also on stage with those three men, who like him come from Upper Austria, at the Zelt-Musik-Festival in Freiburg. With Helmut Schartmüller (bass), Alexander Pohn (drums) and Severin Trogbacher (guitar) he has a trio by his side that supports and carries his return to the roots of "alpine rock" in a congenial way. Powerful, earthy blues and rock riffs that time and again end in wild eruptions, meeting softly gliding ballads, a breath of reggae.

The four repeatedly flirt sensually with alpine folk, inserting a country dance, a Styrian, a quick yodel, swinging between Ennio Morricone and polka with cow bell interludes.


Hubert von Goisern swaps between guitar and accordion, takes up the clarinet for one song, in between times sitting at the piano. He tells stories from his life and of the saints, who have a lot to pay for, adds a few messages, sometimes chatting a tad too long, without the almost 3000 spectators in the sold out circus tent holding it against him.

The song Mercedes Benz adopted from Janis Joplin vividly documents Hubert von Goisern's approach. He declares the song, extended with his own verses and of course translated into German, to be a prayer, starting off folksy and letting it explode before taking it apart. Right at the end he challenges the audience to say the Lord's Prayer with him.

Time and again he finds the right note to put a special stamp on the evening, to mightily heat up the audience with raw rock riffs, to touch upon the emotional level with sentimental sounds. Hubert von Goisern doesn't spare himself, turning in a concert marathon that goes well beyond the two hour mark without the excitement waning. The audience is thrilled, celebrating a musician who was on unequivocal best form in Freiburg.

How Hubert von Goisern gets his Losheim audience moving

Saarbrücker Zeitung 23rd July 2012 | Text: lem

Losheim. Punctually at 8 o'clock three alternative-looking men in their thirties enter the lake stage, grab their instruments (guitar, bass, drums) and let loose with tender blues. Frontman Hubert von Goisern (59) however doesn't make people wait long. Accompanied by growing applause, he enters stage last and starts with the accordion.

With a spirited "servus, Losheim" he ends the instrumental start. Instead of blues, the groovingly anthemic rock song Suach da an andern from the most recent album Entwederundoder. Von Goisern has swapped the accordion for the Jews' harp and really puts his back into it - in contrast to the seated part of the audience, which he declared to be "a good figure, despite being seated". "It's a concert feeling like in Bad Goisern" he deadpans and asks for "more life" before arming himself this time with guitar and cow bells and the cryptic ska song Indianer tears across stage. A block of calmer and older numbers follows the rocky numbers, Hubert von Goisern cheerfully changing instruments again (clarinet, lap steel, piano). He ably embellishes the musical pauses with witty anecdotes of all kinds about the world and instruments. A real alpine rock feeling comes finally with the fall of darkness and the number one hit critical of capitalism, Brenna tuats guat. The seated members of the audience are now all on their feet, clapping and dancing exuberantly to the long yearned for classics such as Koa Hiatamadl. "We're not at Marianne und Michael", von Goisern had previously made clear. You can see that now. Thanks to Hubert.

Hohentwiel-Festival: Hubert von Goisern

Südkurier 19th July 2012 | Photo: Sabine Tesche
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Concert with 3800 friends

Südkurier 21st July 2012 | Text: Jacqueline Weiss | Photo: Sabine Tesche

HvGThe storm moved away, the last visitors arrived on Hohentwiel a little late. The sun appears, applause breaks out and welcomes Hubert von Goisern.

Hohentwiel is a magical mountain and it is as if Goisern and his music were made for this place. Goisern has many fans in all generations and brings styles together. There are those who ascend the mountain in proper style in dirndls, lederhosen and leather shoes. Cowboy hats, leather clothes, medieval dress or completely normal, whatever that is, everything is to be seen. Everyone comes to the Austrian's concert, which is sold out with an audience of 3800.

Annika Oexle and Judith Vitaliemo from Schlatt unter Krähen have dressed in dirndls and say: "That's what it has to be". So far they only know Goisern from the CD and are taken with the concert. Lord Mayor Oliver Ehret has also unpacked his lederhosen, according to the motto: "This is the opportunity."

The term folk music has a whole new meaning with Hubert von Goisern. It's not anything trivial, but something very down-to-earth and authentic in his music. Goisern is an original, has no star airs and graces and doesn't get smarmy with the audience either. He talks to his fans like a good friend. "Grüß' oach" and "Servus Singen", he welcomes the visitors to the Hohentwiel festival. Before the concert he visited the Hegau Jugendwerk (neurological hospital and rehabilitation centre) in Gailingen on the initiative of one of his colleagues. He visited the establishment in private. He talked to the workers and patients and played music for them.

On Hohentwiel Goisern masters the quiet sounds, sings about dreams and saying goodbye. He and his band with Alex Pohn on drums, Helmut Schartlmüller on bass and Severin Trogbacher on the guitar can really let things crash though. With juchitzers and yodels Goisern takes his audience with him. In the second half people are clapping and enthusiastically singing along. His fans enjoy the evening with an unusual musician and his band, whose joy in playing is a thrill. And it becomes apparent that Hubert von Goisern is a really lucky find for the Hohentwiel festival.

The talker and his hits

Badische Zeitung 20th July 2012 | Text: Christian Rath | Photo: Wolfgang Grabherr
Hubert von Goisern & Band

Hubert von Goisern bewitches his audience at the sold out and hot ZMF circus tent

On stage stand three red lamps, not red light, but floor lamps, the kind you could put on your coffee table. It's an evening with Hubert von Goisern, almost at home with him, a personal evening certainly. At the same time it's not an intimate concert. The ZMF circus tent had been sold out for weeks. The Austrian singer, entertainer and multi-instrumentalist is loved by his fans like never before. His most recent CD Entwederundoder has given his career a real push once more.

He stands on stage barefoot, grey trousers, dark shirt. He's 59 years old, but looks unashamedly good, slim, powerful, incorruptible.

He has only a small band with him - three young musicians, who are all probably half his age, drummer Alex Pohn, bassist Helmut Schartlmüller and above all guitarist Severin Trogbacher.

The concert begins experimentally. With deconstructed folk music under the title üuoö - which stands for "trans lower upper Austria". Lots of electric guitar, a bit of strange accordion and at the end surprisingly harmonious choral singing. The audience, on average barely any younger than the star, at first bided their time. Who knows what Goisern had thought of now. The other pieces from the new CD, which formed the first half of the concert, manifested themselves as rather unwieldy dialect blues rock. That didn't appeal to everyone straightaway.

But nonetheless Goisern bewitched his audience. With his stories alone. He talks about Indians, Christian saints and the clarinet, whose charm first developed for him when he was 40. Goisern can talk about everything, so charmingly and full of self-deprecation, you'd likely pay a bit of money just for an evening of interludes.

In the second half of the concert, there are fewer stories and more hits. Goisern, Mercedes Benz and Buama stehts zam im Kroas. The small band lineup works splendidly, creating a clear, transparent sound. And Goisern constantly changes instrument, from the accordion to various guitars, from the Jews' harp to harmonica to keyboard and of course then the clarinet too.

After about 90 minutes he plays a new piece Lebwohl (Farewell) - and nobody would have complained if the concert had come to a close then. But the ballad about the succinct end to a relationship proved a failure as a final piece, Goisern explains, he doesn't want to send fans home so sad.

So things really get going again, now with really noisily arranged Styrian folk music. And roadie Hannes comes on stage as dancing animator too. Goisern has now strapped on the accordion, bass and drums playing complicated jazz pieces.

Then the hit Brenna tuat's gut, a piece about money, his first chart number one - in Austria. Further encores, among them Weit, weit weg and Heast es net from the Alpinkatzen time of the 90s when he became famous. It gets ever hotter in the circus tent, the audience ever more blissful, singing along and hanging on Goisern's every word. A successful evening.

Hubert von Goisern in the circus tent: a cappella, alpine rock, authentic

Fudder 19th July 2012 | Text: Alex Ochs | Photo: Jule Markwald
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Hubert von Goisern was a little late to his own concert at the ZMF - traffic! But then there was two and a half hours of multi-instrumental full physical strength. This is how it was:

Just before eight in the sold out circus tent: lots of people around me - most around the same age as the musician, that is, between 50 and 65. The question comes to me: with how many bands is the audience the same age as the musicians? And why? A shared past? Grown old together? Habit? No matter. Back to the evening's programme.

The bandwidth of the audience otherwise stretches from tattooed, crusty bull necks to fathers with school children. The place is buzzing like a bee hive. Three red floor lamps provide a little living room atmosphere. At the back is displayed the fork-tongued dragon, the emblem of Goisern (the hometown) and of von Goisern himself, likewise guarantee for the message hidden in the hit: it burns well.

The funk is burning before things get going: clapping and calls of "Hubert!" fly through the tent. There is great disappointment when Alex Heisler comes on stage just after eight. To booing. The festival founder reassures the audience: traffic. It jams up well, I think to myself. Not much later the four musicians and backliner Hannes come on stage to great jubilation.

Accordion sounds. Hubert von Goisern puts expression and movement solely into the accordion, getting by at first without any singing. He is accompanied by the fantastic musicians Severin Trogbacher on guitar, Helmut Schartlmüller on bass and Alex Pohn on drums. Unpretentious in a black shirt and grey trousers, the Upper Austrian stamps across the stage. Barefoot. Authentic.

His biting lyrics and acerbic messages are dressed in the seductive garb of his homeland idioms (a bit of the Beckenbauer effect). For example, when it's about dealing with politicians in Indianer, as the 59-year-old explains: "Indians are everywhere, strategically well-distributed across the globe. They used to be long-haired and taciturn. Nowadays they talk a lot and have bald heads." In any case, the frontman takes a lot of time for his audience, garnishing his songs with anecdotes and turning out to be an atmospheric storyteller.

Musically-speaking Hubert von Goisern works the whole palette from accordion and the acoustic, lap steel and electric guitars, to clarinet and even sprinkles in a cow bell solo, throws in a bit of beat boxing and rap elements, or performs a powerful yodel. The brilliant Severin Trogbacher tickles an earthy blues solo from his instrument and at another point elicits handmade dub effects in the Janis Joplin cover Mercedes Benz, which is beautifully lowered and performed in minimalistic reggae style. Just as successful: Goisern's Georgia, which he just calls Goisern. Committed to the homeland.

The evening steers towards the expected highlight: Brenna tuat's guat, the alpine rockers anthem for the financial crisis. A collective grin spreads as soon as the first notes are played. After a two and a half hour programme and the audience favourites Weit, weit weg and Heast as nit among the encores, the quartet departs with a short a cappella performance. The grins stay stapled to the spectators' faces for a long time.

Hubert von Goisern makes the Red Bull Ring burn

Regional Kurier 15th July 2012 | Text: Karl Schwarz | Photo: © Philip Platzer Red Bull Content Pool
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Hubert von Goisern and HMBC drive their unmistakeable sound into the circuit
in front of thousands of enthusiastic spectators

Motorsport action, air show and musical delight at the Red Bull Ring. Hubert von Goisern and the Holstuonarmusigbigbandclub brilliantly opened the open air summer at Spielberg. For more than three hours they enchanted thousands of fans with groove and rocking folk music. Extensive action was on offer from 9am at the Red Bull Ring under the motto "It burns - all day long": KTM X-Bow celebrity challenge, a spectacular aerobatics show, as well as unique driving opportunities from Project Spielberg's comprehensive range made Saturday an absolute experience for old and young.

In December 2011 Hubert von Goisern and his band received gold and platinum for his album Entweder und oder and single Brenna tuats guat at the Red Bull Ring. On Saturday the Goiserer returns to the circuit for the highlight of his current tour. In front of thousands of enthusiastic fans who braved the rainy weather in Murtal, he performed the hits of his current album as well as old "treats": a musical journey from the start to current day, on which - much to the delight of the fans - neither the chart-topper Brenna tuats guat nor other familiar classics were left out.

Hubert von Goisern seemed anything but "far, far away", really connecting with the people and having a few bon mots to share. "I'm really happy to be here at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, the location is unique. It's amazing that so many people have come and it really was the highlight concert on the tour for us."

Hubert von Goisern: Live in Spielberg - 14th July 2012

17th July 2012 | Photos: © Philip Platzer

Hubert von Goisern "burns" at Spielberg

Kleine Zeitung 16th July 2012 | Text: Clemens Ticar | Photo: Jürgen Fuchs

There are musicians who don't change. If 23 years pass before a song gets to number one, that's just the way it is. Fantastically authentic.

Hubert von Goisern is not someone who puts on big shows. He was never such a person and never will be. There is honest craftsmanship to be seen and heard when he enters the stage, touches the strings or buttons. Nothing more and nothing less. Authenticity personified since 1988.

With a thirty minute delay the Upper Austrian comes on stage in Spielberg, plays the first chord and the audience is his. "No community has ever only brought forth noble people. Not even the Goiserers.", he says, most likely with a conscience political sideswipe, to introduce I kenn oan. And just as he's singing about someone who says she has to count raindrops, the first fall from the sky too. As if Hubert von Goisern had jinxed it. Pure kitsch. One briefly wants to wish for ballads, to hold lighters up in the air. But the pedigree musician doesn't grant that favour on the Brenna tuats tour. He rocks on. And almost apologises when he later nonetheless plays two ballads. He is forgiven...

With the great Helmut Schartlmüller (bass), Alexander Pohn (drums) and Severin Trogbacher (guitar), all Upper Austrians, "as you can hear from the vocals", he leaves the stage after more than another hour. The songs from the current album EntwederUndOder were played. But Hubert von Goisern wouldn't be Hubert von Goisern if he didn't play the old things too. Koa Hiatamadl with a tempo like rarely ever before, Weit, weit weg with a sea of lighters in the air and Heast as nit as the crowning glory. The fact that it almost stopped raining was almost too kitsch again.

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"It burns" at the Red Bull Ring

Kleine Zeitung 15th July 2012 | Photo: Jürgen Fuchs

Lots of rubber, full throttle and von Goisern: on Saturday in the Upper Austrian town of Spielberg weather-resistant fans of motorsport and music splashed about at the opening programme to Hubert von Goisern's concert at the Red Bull Ring, getting covered in the fumes of burning rubber at a drift show and seeing air race pilot Hannes Arch driving in an X-Bow challenge. Right before the concert glider pilots and skydivers caught the crowd's attention. On account of the cool wet weather von Goisern had put together an extra "rocking set" and for the most part did without ballads, so as to avoid eliciting "raining tears as well".

"No additional tears"

While the first visitors were being driven round the track in a racing taxi in the sunny early afternoon, or were sitting behind the wheel of an X-Bow, Hubert von Goisern was revealing a few things about the concert at a press conference: "We're not doing a ballad-heavy programme today, that would be dumb with this inhospitable weather. We don't want any additional tears with the rain", the musician said. Songs that were too gloomy were therefore crossed out in order to present a more "rocking set".

However the weather was to otherwise have little influence: "The infrastructure here is good, because it can rain and people still aren't standing in sludge" said von Goisern. Some of the spectators may have expected that though and had turned up in wellington boots and sat in one of the X-Bows, before Hannes Arch, presenter Tom Walek and snowboarder Sigi Grabner were among those competing for the fastest time.

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Hubert von Goisern: Live in Salzburg - 12th-13th July 2012

15th July 2012 | Photos: © Elli Christl

Goisern for everyman

Kronen Zeitung 12th July 2012 | Text: Melanie Hutter | Photos: Andreas Kreuzhuber

Hubert von Goisern2500 fans brave the downpours.
Hubert von Goisern on top form.

A couple of red floor lamps and the silver Goisern wyvern - heraldic animal - in the background. That was it. On Wednesday evening Hubert von Goisern's stage was reminiscent of a cosy living room - to where the exceptional musician seemed to have returned.

There, where usually the Everyman and Amour flirt, death seizes power and the vile Mammon laughs, is the place where Goisern absolutely wanted to perform. The demand was so great that two more concerts follow on Thursday and Friday. "We ordered the tickets in January and there were only a few left", said Christina and Anneliese, daughter and mother.

The Salzburg resident - of course originally from Bad Goisern - reaped the first juchitzers as he came on stage and picked up his accordion. Then there was five minutes of rock like in the best times of the legendary Alpinkatzen, until Hubert came to the microphone for the first time: "Hello everybody, servus Salzburg!" The musical styles were multifaceted, jazz, swing, Austropop – almost STS-like – and of course rock - he had everything down pat. And it's just the same with the instruments. The first three songs with Jews' harp, accordion and bells. Later Goisern even unpacked the clarinet and told amusing stories of his trauma experienced with it.

Conclusion: the 2500 spectators saw a good Goisern on Wednesday, it was a fun evening.

Authentic, wild and melancholy

Augsburger Allgemeine 11th July 2012 | Text: Renate Baumiller-Guggenberger | Photo: Siegfried Kerpf

Hubert von Goisern hits the right note with his programme "Brenna tuats".
He becomes a natural phenomenon at the Rotes Tor - without "Hiatamadl".

Severin Trogbacher und Saint Rita as the versatilely effective patron saint who "makes the impossible possible", is Hubert von Goisern's declared favourite saint. But he must have a hotline to the Augsburg open air stage weather gods too! In the finest open air conditions the Upper Austrian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist on his Brenna tuats tour fired up the 2000 plus spectators who had come in a fine mood to the (sold out) second big summer music event (after Haindling the day before).

More than a few had donned alpine traditional dress, but from the first note from the accordion those in civil clothes also solidarised with the casually charismatic Hubert von Goisern, who did without big show attitude and despite dryly humorous mischief, showed himself to be as a musical personality to be taken seriously.

Conquering the pop charts with a top young band

Together with the top young band - bassist Helmut Schartlmüller, drummer Alex Pohn and the fabulous guitarist Severin Trogbacher – the creative musician, who will be 60 years young in November, showed why songs like Brenna tuats guat conquer the pop charts. The concert also made clear why Goisern, who philosophically encapsulates his life experiences in a divinely Austrian way, fights so vehemently against being pigeonholed in strained genres like alpine rock or world music.

The music he plays opens spaces and is full of tonally sophisticated shades, skilfully uses influences from rock, blues, pop, jazz and bona fide folk music. Yet for all the Goisern uniqueness of it all, it seems suitable for the masses and in beat and rhythmic centre hits the concern of the people thanks to crisply formulated messages, in the best case, giving flight to their fantasies.

Authentic and honest, wild and loud or intimate and full of tender melancholy, vocally strong and emotional, the new numbers from the current album ENTWEDERundODER, like the reggae waltz Heidi, satisfied just the same as the more familiar songs. The songs that were full of groove went straight to the toes and were enjoyed just like the subtle, melancholy ballads that went straight to the heart thanks to their poetic content.

But during the touching ballad Lebwohl the concentration was hugely disturbed: Goisern broke off abruptly and was justifiably annoyed by the gall of the shamelessly loud talking near the stage! A shame for the "magic moments", but they were then given again later during the encores. So it's anyone's guess what memories the globetrotter Hubert von Goisern will take with him from the Augsburg open air stage. But for the audience dancing in the rows, or going along enthusiastically in their seats, the evening will be unforgettable as a fascinating and long resonant musical natural phenomenon, and without a sign of Hiatamadl!

Hubert von Goisern: Live in Augsburg - 9th July 2012

13th July 2012 | Photos: © Elli Christl

A home game in front of the cathedral

Salzburger Nachrichten 12th July 2012 | Text: Clemens Panagl | Photo: SN/Kolarik

Hubert von Goisern is playing three concerts in a row on the "Jedermann" stage in front of the cathedral.
He had a good homecoming on Wednesday.

Hubert von Goisern and Helmut Schartlmüller

Conduct during bad weather has always been clear for every Jedermann visitor: if it starts raining at the "Mammon" stage, head into the Große Festspielhaus. And if the rain remain until after the show, the performance will be cancelled.

Rock spectators have always been rather less perturbed by the weather. If rain suddenly starts: put on your rain coat and keep listening. This law was implemented on Wednesday too at the first of three concerts Hubert von Goisern is giving with his band on the Jedermann stage. That's why it didn't matter that Hubert von Goisern greeted the audience almost simultaneously with the first fat drops: "Hello, Salzburg ... !"

Without hesitation resourceful fans in the front rows simply rewrote the current hit Brenna tuats guat (It Burns Well): "Regnen tuats guat" (It Rains Well). The song from the album Entwederundoder (2011) also has a great deal to do with Mammon and the financial crisis that makes daily appearances in the headlines.

Since a complete work can't be reduced to just one hit, the Goiserer took his time right until the end and together with his excellent grooving band (guitarist Severin Trogbacher, bassist Helmut Schartlmüller, drummer Alex Pohn) played through both older and new songs (Indianer, Heidi, Es is wias is), in which time and again there came a powerful fusion of Led Zeppelin guitars and Jews' harp, homeland sound and world music. The melancholy Georgia On My Mind, which Hubert von Goisern has changed to Goisern, I steh auf Di suits it well. With clarinet, lap steel guitar and harmonica as well as the piano, he showed his musical versatility at this home game in Salzburg.

Just before 10pm and few rain showers later, things headed towards the hit with an Ausseer schottisch and a Schleuniger: Brenna tuats guat heralded the start of the encore set. And many were perhaps reminded of Jedermann again with one lyric: "War'n ma Christ, hätt ma g'wisst, wo da Teufel baut in Mist" ("If we were Christians, we'd know where the devil's making a mess").

Hubert von Goisern: Live in Munich - 8th July 2012

12th July 2012 | Photos: © Elli Christl