The Sauerkrauts

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Sydney Morning Herald, 14.4.2017

Why you need to see ... the Sauerkrauts

Julie Andrews is faking it. That's right, you read that correctly. 

Julie Andrews is apparently a fake yodeller, according to Rob Rayner, one half of German folk combo, the Sauerkrauts, who include The Sound of Music classic The Lonely Goatherd in their repertoire.

The Sauerkrauts, Rob and Deta Rayner, bring "mayhem and silliness" with a German twist. 

Technically speaking, yodelling is not just a matter of just singing higher, it involves vacillating between a break point of the chest voice and the head voice, or falsetto. 

"Some people can do it and some people can't," says Rayner. "The interesting thing is that Julie Andrews can't. Although she sings The Lonely Goatherd, she simulates yodelling and not particularly well. She's a great singer but can't yodel for s---. I'm a s--- singer but can yodel a little bit, so I'm blessed."

He's not being entirely serious, of course, even if he is correct on the specifics. The Sauerkrauts' modus operandi is "mayhem and silliness" with a German twist. 

Rayner originally hails from Sydney's lower north shore, but moved to Berlin in 1989 to further a career in music. 

He formed the Beez in 1997, with his German wife Deta and two other bandmates, and the band has come to Australia in summer for the past 10 years to do the folk festival circuit and standalone gigs, performing a mix of their own songs and covers such as Bohemian Rhapsody on the accordion. 

This year, Deta and Rob are touring their sideline band the Sauerkrauts for the first time, an act designed to celebrate the "German oeuvre", with songs including Kraftwerk's The Modeland Nena's 99 Red Balloons. 

They also do a spaghetti western version of a song by Rammstein, claiming the iconic German metal band plagiarised it from Sergio Leone.

It's all good, German fun, Rayner says. 

"We do German songs with the Beez, but this is our chance to really do the full thing, with the lederhosen and the silly hats, everything – and the yodelling."

 

Video / National Folk Festival 2017

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Tourplan

December 2018 - March 2019

still work in progress, here are some dates:

11., 12., 13.01.2019
Adelaide /SA tja

18.01.2019
Mildura / VIC

19.01.19
Broken Hill / NSW

20.01.19
Mildura / VIC

23.01.19
Tamworth Country Music Festival / NSW

26.01.19
Old Bar

01.02.19
Illawarra Folk Festival Volunteers Party

08.02.19
Werri Beach

15.02.19
Avoca

16.02.19
Murrurundi

23.02.19
Dubbo

24.02.19
Tamworth

02.03.19
Hervey Bay

03.03.19
Nanango /QLD

8., 9., 10.03.19
Burke & Wills Folk Festival

15.03.19
Healesville 


For more information regarding house concerts please contact Rob: rob@thebeez.de

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previous dates

Oktober 2017 

28.10.17 
house concert / Orange NSW 

27.10.17 
house concert / Katoomba NSW 

20. 22.10.17 
Kangaroo Valley Festival NSW 

15.10.17 
Fosseys Ginporium / Mildura VIC 

14.10.17 
The Palace Hotel / Broken Hill NSW 

13.10.17 
house concert / Mildura VIC 

12.10.17 
house concert / Clunes VIC 

7. & 8.10.17 
Bridge Road Brewers Oktoberfest/ Beechworth VIC 

6.10.17 
German Austrian Australian Club / Wodonga NSW 

April 2017 

30.4.17 
Metropole guesthouse / Katoomba 
29.4.17 
Humph Hall / Sydney 
28.4.17 
Django Bar / Sydney 
13.-17.4.17 
National Folk Festival Canberra 
8.4.17 
Mt Keira / house concert 
7.4.17 
Nowra / house concert 
2.4.17 
Tilba Winery  
1.4.17 
Nerrigundah / house concert 

März 2017 

31.3.17 
Bemboka / house concert 
26.3.17 
Bundanoon / house concert 
25.3.17 
Shephards Ground 
19.3.17 
Royal Exchange / Newcastle 
18.3.17 
Uralla / house concert 
11.3.17 
Dubbo / house concert 
10.3.17 
Conowindra Taste 
9.3.17 
Newcastle Uni / lunch time 

Februar 2017 

24.-26.2.17 
Cobargo Folk Festival 
18.2.17 
Braidwoodstock / house concert 
17.2.17 
Multicultural Festival Canberra 
12.2.17 
Witches Garden / Mitta Mitta 
11.2.17 
German Club / Wodonga DON´T MENTION THE WALL!! 
10.2.17 
Geelong / house concert 
8.2.17 
Bella Union / Melbourne 
5.2.17 
Rye / house concert 
4.2.17 
Dandenongs / Geodesic Dome DON´T MENTION THE WALL!! 
3.2.17 
Mt Beauty / house concert 

Januar 2017 

28.1.17 
Katoomba with the Arcade Circus 
21.1.17 
Avoca Beach / house concert 
20.1.17 
Tara Guest House / Sydney 
12.-15.1.17 
Illawarra Folk Festival 
6.-8.1.17 
Cygnet Folk Festival DON´T MENTION THE WALL!!