I. About

Fräkmündt was the name of a mysterious mountain in the heart of Switzerland which is connected to uncountable sagas. It was re-named to Pilatus after a legend, telling that the corpse of Pontius Pilatus who condemned Jesus was thrown into a lake on the eastern mountainside in order to tame his restless and furious spirit. Also, many sources speak about dragons living in caves inside the mountain, the wild hunt haunting through its chasms and witches roaming the woods beneath it.

Anneli (hurdy gurdy, flutes, voice), Res (lyrics, concept, voice), Käthi (accordion, balalaika), Hagu Hans (drums), Schälle Ursula (cowbells) & Guschti (guitars, banjo, mandolin)

Since 2010 the ur-folk music project Fräkmündt tries to capture the spirit of these old legends and their manifestations in living traditions around mount Pilatus and in other pristine areas around the alemannic parts of Switzerland. Fräkmündt re-inteprate old  Swiss songs but also create new ur-alpine music, based on the inspiration from sagas, nature, historical places and traditional ceremonies. Furthermore, as Swiss folk music always was, Fräkmündt is influenced by foreign folk and all kinds of other music (and sometimes also by enthralled schnaps from the various farms around).

Finally, all elements blend together in a somehow modern, yet untamed musical declaration of love to the Central Swiss alpine area, to  share its oddities, secrets and beauty with others from near and far.

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