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The Uncensored Folk Music of Austria - Various Artists

CAT. #: 454

Price: $25.00

  CD 454 Two CD set.



Why would a CD called the Folk Music of Austria, with a cover photo of three older Austrian gentlemen playing a clarinet, an accordion and a hammered dulcimer have a Parental Advisory – Explicit Content sticker on it? Why is it called the Uncensored Folk Music of Austria? What’s going on here?

The Uncensored Folk Music of Austria is 2 CD set of authentic regional music, recorded between 1967 and 1998 by Arhoolie Records founder Chris Strachwitz and his friend Johnny Parth. Sixty-one songs recorded in almost every province in Austria – many released here for the first time! These location recordings bring you authentic amateurs and semi-professionals in various vocal combinations, many accompanied by unique instruments: hammered dulcimer, zither, barrel organ, jaw harp, cembalo, tarogato, brick xylophone (yes - brick xylophone), grenade glockenspiel (yes - grenade glockenspiel), flute, clarinet, accordion, fiddle, guitar and more.

And yes, several of the songs are of a very explicit sexual nature. The booklet contains extensive notes, and embedded in the CD (accessible via computer) are all of the lyrics transcribed in their original Austrian dialect, and translated into High German and English. So you can read what it’s all about.



Der Steirische Brauch - Original Herberstein Trio
Wann der Schildhahn balzt - Fefi Eibisberger
Polka aus Schwendberg - Peter Reitmeier
Mei Haus steht auf a sechs oder siebn Spreizen - Bock, Wanzenbock, & Gollinger
Magyar Signallied - Ladislaus Wenzel
Halts enk z’samm (Es dauert nimmer lang) - Original Herberstein Trio
Jagdrufe - Fritz Stradner
Oh, Müllerin, du stolze - Christian Ortner
Steirer san ma, Steirer bleib’n ma - Original Herberstein Trio
Dreistettner Lied - Karl Scherrer
Unterm Lindenbaum - Trude Mally & Heini Griuc
Zillertaler Tanzl - Peter Reitmeier
Bauernwalzer - Blaskapelle Oberwart
Der schönste Mann von Wien - Bock, Wanzenbock, & Gollinger
Potpourri - Karl Scherrer
Als der Bauer vom Felde kam - Original Herberstein Trio
Bauernpolka aus Übelbach - Fritz Forstinger
Jakobischützenmarsch - Lois Blamberger & group
Wienerlieder-Potpourri: - Pepi Rottensteiner
Steinriegler Marsch - Franz Themessel
Scheiben Jodler - Anna Gratz
Wie lustig ist’s im greanen Wald - Bock, Wanzenbock, & Gollinger
Buchbauer’s Walzer - Familie Buchbauer
Der Turlhofer - Hermann Hartel & group
Schackerl, Schackerl Marschlied - Franz Radosta
Matzleinsdorf, mein Heimatort - Heini Griuc
Schwarzaugig’s Dirndl - Karl Scherrer
Wohl in der Niederschwing - Lois Blamberger
Lei aufn‚ lei aufn, der Hochalma zua - David Themessel & Gunrich Netmessnig
Djehuliri Jodler - Anna Gratz & Roswitha Neumayr
Gstanzln aus dem Feistritztal - Original Herberstein Trio
Tischlied - Ludwig Gangoli
A Zither und a Geign - Hermann Hartel & group

Da hör’n ma den Kuckuck aus der Literflasch’n schrei’n - Bock, Wanzenbock, & Gollinger
Da setz i mein grean’s Hüatl auf - Karl Scherrer
D’Wurzengraber - David Themessel & Gunrich Netmessnig
Schön grau ist der Morgen - Anna Gratz Duo
Kaufruf - Unknown Iron Collector
Ein Liebeslied - Ladislaus Wenzel
Feistritztaler Marsch (Aber g’rebelt muass er sein)  - Original Herberstein Trio
Heuberger Jodler - Fefi Eibisberger
Ländler von Josef Span - Peter Reitmeier
I bin der schene Bauernfranzl - Fefi & Josef Eibisberger
Stoanabrünnl Jodler  - Original Herberstein Trio
Ein Kirchenlied - Karl Scherrer
Djulliulliöh, a Landpartie wird g’macht - Bock, Wanzenbock, & Gollinger
Geradtaktiger Ländler - Lois Blamberger & Co.
D’lustigen Holzhackerbuam  - Original Herberstein Trio
Gstanzln: War a wia ra war/ Halts enk z’samm - Hermann Hartel & group
Der traurige Bua (Alexander Baumann) - Duo Stadlmayr-Krupa & Maly Nagl
Hahnbalzwalzer  - Anna Gratz
Radltruch’n Polka - Christian Ortner
I häng an meiner Weanastadt - Maly Nagl
Kuckuckswalzer  - Original Herberstein Trio
Der Laufnitzer - Hermann Hartel Trio
Meine Geige ist zerbrochen - Ludwig Gangoli
Der Hackenstiel - Josef Bock & Johann Schwendenwein
Dingl, dangl, Hammerstiel  - Original Herberstein Trio
Wie mein Ahnl 20 Jahr - Emil Thun
Polka - Familie Buchbauer
Wann d’ Sunn untergeht - Fefi Eibisberger


"It is astonishing that the CD compendium with the noteworthy title Uncensored Folk Music of Austria remains only negligibly recognized in Austria five years after its publication. In fact, the two people responsible for this achievement merit high praise for their work. Johnny Parth (born in Vienna in 1930) and Chris Strachwitz (born in Gross Reichenau, Lower Schlesia, in 1931, now American) are experts in the area of blues music. On his Austrian record labels, Roots and Document Records, Parth manages to release CDs of all available American blues recordings from the turn of the century to the Second World War. Strachwitz founded the US company, Arhoolie Records, under which label this double CD was released...

But what does the label 'uncensored' actually mean in connection with 'folk music'? And what in heaven's name do two blues lovers have to do with Austrian folk music? A note next to the track listing in the CD booklet provides the answer to the first question: 'Items with an asterisk (*) are uncensored songs, mostly Gstanzel, which contain explicit sexual language probably not suitable for young ears and eyes!' And the introductory remarks by the publisher in he CD booklet reveal what motivated two blues collectors to hunt down folk music in tiny Austrian villages, high, isolated alpine pastures, and remote alpine valleys, as well as the metropolis of Vienna: they were trying to discover 'something like Austrian blues.'

This unique vantage point - viewing Austria's traditional music from outside, through the eyes of two lovers of American blues - is immensely refreshing but additionally evidences profound expertise. Both perceived rather early on that the 'wild,' informal, generally orally handed-down folk music of Austria (which Strachwitz refers to as 'authentic') stands in stark contrast to the well-ordered, cultivated classics of folk-music clubs and choirs frequently performed as concert pieces (which Strachwitz assigns to the sphere of 'purely traditional' folk music)...He and Parth were instead interested in recording what they understood to be 'functional music,' in its 'usual environment' rather than the studio...

The recordings of Viennese songs stir enthusiasm for now-deceased singing personalities such as Trude Mally, Maly Nagl, and Heini Bruic, who scintillate in their striking individuality and flawless implementation of the Viennese singing style, with its strong vibrato and footloose rhythms...There are other gems in the collection: music for Jew's harp; yodelling by Anna Gratz of Salzburg; songs performed in a rustic hut on a high alpine pasture in Styria by Fefi and Josef Eibisberger; the 'barrel organ' music of Viennese street musician Franz Radosta; and, above all else, the music composed for a homemade 'brick xylophone' by folk musician Karl Scherrer of Lower Austria. Thanks to the comprehensive accompanying documentation by Viennese folk music researcher Ernst Weber, the recordings are illuminated as the unique pieces they are. Strachwitz and Parth's collection is by no means a complete, all-includive anthology, and that was never the intention. All the same, it is bursting with instructive examples of the various genres of Austrian folk music...Most importantly, it awakens a craving for still more 'uncensored folk music of Austria.' - Thomas Nussbaumer, 2014 Yearbook for Traditional Music