Juergen Treyz and Gudrun Walther are two of Germany’s busiest trad musicians.
Their musical roots lie both in Germany and Ireland, with some influences from other European dance music traditions as well as Blues, Jazz and Classical Music. With multiple projects, most of all their multi-national band, CARA, they are touring within Europe, the US and Australia and have released more than twenty albums together. Walther and Treyz are counted amongst the figureheads of the German folk revival and are sought-after musicians for collaborative projects like the anniversary concert for Johann Gottfried Herder at Rudolstadt Festival 2022.
They have won two Irish Music Awards with CARA, received the German Record Critics Award for several productions, the Freiburger Leiter awarded by the Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg, and received the Kaarster Stern in 2020. Since 2008, Walther & Treyz are one half of the 2duos (who later became LITHA) with Claire Mann and Aaron Jones. The quartet released two critically acclaimed albums and toured Europe and the US. In 2016, they launched Fiddles & Feet a project with Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada and Samantha Harvey from the US on piano and step dance and toured in Germany 2016, 2017 and 2018. In December 2020, star violinist Daniel Hope invited the two to play a concert in his living room in Berlin, which was broadcast on ARTEconcert throughout Europe. 2021 saw the birth of TunesFromHome, an online-session hosted every Monday night on Zoom, helping them and numerous other musicians (who were invited as co-hosts from Germany, Ireland, Scotland, England, Belgium and the US) through the dry spell caused by the pandemic.
The duo is a journey to their musical roots and offers space to explore the whole spectrum of their possibilities, from fast and furious dance tunes to emotional ballads, from delicate interplay to two-part harmony vocals. What they love about the duo format is the spontaneous, intuitive and playful way of making music together – it’s a little bit different each time, keeping the tunes and songs fresh and exciting for themselves as well as the audiences. They draw a musical arc from their native German music to Irish and Scottish traditions as well as Bluegrass-influenced songs that they picked up touring abroad – music has no boundaries. Some people swear that there must have been more than two people on stage.
An unforgettable, intimate and moving concert experience!