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DAFT-Tour - The DAFT-Tour (Deutsch-Amerikanisches Folksänger Treffen) is a roots music and singer/songwriting festival that takes place annually in a rotating pattern in both Germany and the United States.

The first DAFT-Tour took place in the summer of 2003 in Germany presenting three song poets from both Germany and the United States respectively. Following an opening concert in Dresden, where all artists performed a representative sampling of their craft, one American and one German artist paired up together to go on separate tours. They performed in schools, at festivals, in pubs and a variety of music venues throughout different German states, such as Brandenburg, Bavaria, Lower Saxony, Thuringia, Berlin and Saxony.

Under the motto “Revival of German-American Roots Music and Songwriting Traditions”, the DAFT-Tour 2004 will take place in the United States from November 4 – 15 and feature a new batch of outstanding German and American singers and songwriters. With the endorsement of such folk luminaries as Pete Seeger and Tom Paxton, the first American DAFT-Tour is off to an exiting beginning. The tour has also been endorsed by Bernard Otremba-Blanc, the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Phoenix/AZ as well as by PROFOLK, the German Association for Songs, Folk And World Music.
Hans-Eckardt Wenzel sings Woody Guthrie - On February 5, 2003, “The Woody Guthrie 90th Year Celebration” took place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The concert was the culmination of a month-long series of events celebrating Woody's life and music. Among the artists that performed were Arlo Guthrie, Marty Stuart, Jimmy LaFave, Hans-Eckardt Wenzel (Germany), Ellis Paul, Janis Ian and others. This concert was a benefit for the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives, located in New York, and was produced in association with Woody's daughter Nora Guthrie and manager/impresario Harold Leventhal, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Folk Alliance in 2002.
RIK PALIERI – Folk troubadour who already performed on stage with Pete Seeger, Rambling Jack Elliot, Bruce Springsteen, Utah Phillips und Jimmy Driftwood. Rik is a multi-talented singer, storyteller and songwriter. He plays various instruments, such as banjo, 12-string guitar and very exotic ones, such as the Polish bagpipe and an Ozark mouth bow. With his music, he crossed America several times, played in more than 1,000 schools and performed at numerous festivals from New York to Alaska. Appearances in TV shows and his show “Song Writers Notebook” in the Public Access TV network complete the picture. His newest album is called “Hobos and Heros”.
WILFRIED MENGS - Lyricist who chose in 1994 to convert his poetry into songs and to introduce them to the public. His songs show energetic arrangements of elation and musical craft. Without being too cutting, his lyrics are sarcastic and thought provoking at the same time. The beautiful melodies of his songs seem to magically embrace the lyrics. Wilfried is the composer of several musicals for children including “Sieben auf einem Streich” (Seven at once) and “Poverello”. His newest CD “Ballonfahrt” (“Balloon Adventure”) is a musical tour of the world for both kids and grown-ups. The CD has been rewarded “Best Children CD of the Year“ in 2002 by the German Folk-Magazine. Wilfried owns Laurarecords - a record label in Germany and is also co-organizer and artist of the DAFT-Tour.
MANFRED MAURENBRECHER – According to many journalists and artists, he is one of the best songwriters in Germany. His art opposes clichés that want to put him in a box and refuses to rely on tacky jokes. Maurenbrecher shows other strengths: He is untamed, spontaneous, filled with intensity, emotions and authenticity. Maurenbrecher is unique because every line he sings, plays, or reads is showing his true beliefs. He has toured with various German national recording artists and writes songs for Herman Van Veen, Ulla Meinecke or Veronika Fischer. In 1991 he received the German Art Award (Deutscher Kleinkunstpreis). Manfred performed at the 2003 German-American Song Festival on Tour (DAFT-Tour) and performed in May 2005 at the German Consulate General and the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts in New York City. In 2005, Manfred received the ‘Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik’ (German Record Critique Award) for his album “Ende der Nacht” (“End of the Night”). His latest 2008 production is called “Glück” (“Luck”).
JUDY GORMAN - Judy Gorman’s songs get their wings from her imagination and their roots from the folk, blues, jazz and gospel music she’s been surrounded by all her life. Being a native from New York City, Judy presents her blues rooted, energizing original songs packed with evocative, soulful and often political lyrics. Her passionate, rich smokey vocals add the inevitable color to passionate performances. Judy has performed in over ten countries on programs with Ani DiFranco, Indigo Girls, Moby, Richie Havens, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pete Seeger, Suzanne Vega, Odetta, James Earl Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon and Maya Angelou. In the feature film "In Our Hands" Judy appears along with Meryl Streep, Rita Marley, James Taylor and Carly Simon. Judy’s newest production in progress is “Shine Like Freedom”.
ANDY GLANDT - He is one of the top banjo players in Germany. At the age of 12 he learned to play the clarinet, later the guitar, and finally he picked up the banjo. In 1984 he founded the Fox Tower Bluegrass Band. With this band he toured several European countries. In 1999 they received the Best of Texas Award as Best International Bluegrass Band and in 2000 they showcased at the IBMA. The band had several appereances on international radio and TV shows. Andy is vice chairman of the Europaen Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA).
LARRY PATTIS - Named one of the "Top 10 Best Acoustic Music Artists of the Decade" by the International Acoustic Music Awards, Larry Pattis has been a featured headline performer at such illustrious venues as the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Millennium Stage in Washington DC. The Montreal International Jazz Festival said, "Larry Pattis blends the emotional commitment of folk and the prowess of classical, a harmonious union of beauty, melody, nuance and technique that demand- and reward- serious listening."