Gudrun Walther (D)
was brought up in a dynasty of fiddlers with Irish, German and French folk music and started to play traditional music on the fiddle at the age of six. Singing is something that Gudrun has been doing all her life. Apparently she sang along to Irish Rebel songs before she could speak the language. Gudrun is one of Germany’s most sought-after and well-respected trad musicians. She plays German traditional music together with Jürgen in a band called "Deitsch", earning them a big reputation in their home country. They are also part of Scottish-German band "Litha", alongside Aaron Jones (Old Blind Dogs, Kate Rusby Band) and Claire Mann (Ex-Tabache). She won numerous awards with her music and recordings (German Folk Award, German Critics Award), guested on many genre crossing albums (El Houssaine Kili, Söhne Mannheims, Le Concert Spirituel), performed as a soloist with a big orchestra (Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz) and worked as producer and co-producer in the studio. Her original songs and tunes are an integral part of Cara and some have been covered and recorded by folk bands in the USA and UK. In 2016 she was asked to guest with world-renowned Irish band, Téada, filling in for Sligo fiddle master Oisín MacDiarmada.
"Gudrun Walther could certainly hold her own in any Irish musical setting." (Dirty Linen Magazine)
"Her energy and stage presence was a joy to watch and she led the band through a set of tunes and songs that were just fantastic. It was a truly magic set. The festival stars of this year.” (Ceol Cholasa, Colonsay Folk Festival)