I. About

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

Fräkmündt was the old 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 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 its chasms and witches roaming the woods beneath it.

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 local moonshine).

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.


                                Fräkmündt on facebook            Fräkmündt labelpage