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Singer/Songwriter of Switzerland
Markus Rüeger, 25.1.1956, is a swiss singer/songwriter with his roots in the Rockmusic of the 60-ties, and in the folk-scene of the 70-ties. He‘s been a constant member of the swiss folk sceen for the past 35 years and been moving solo and with bands around Switzerland and Europe for many years. Markus is a great singer and guitar-player in the first place, but he plays all kind of other folkinstruments aswell. He‘s got a strong connection to Ireland having lived there for some times and in 1980 he did his long march with his irish donkey "John O'Donohue" and his guitar all the way through Ireland, Belgium and France to Switzerland.
Since 2006 he has been working on a one-man-musical show called >mission earth< which he has translated into english, the irish and further island-audiences on his mind. Markus is known for his engagement for enviroment and peace.
2010 he travelled with his partner to Sapmi and started to discover the Sapmi-Culture and getting in touch with the art of Yoik. He became friend with the the singer Berit Alette Mienna and the fluteplayer Øistein Hansen wich had a great input on his song "Saami-Land". Since then he keeps on travelling to Scandinavia discovering further roots of the worlds musical heritage.
At present Markus plays with his band GreenTrees or SOLO with his "Take this World in your Hands"-Project .
These days he and his Band are releasing their new CD, produced by the Irish drummer and multi-instrumentalist WAYNE SHEEHY at ocean studios in Kilcrohane, Ireland. The CD " Take this world in your hands" is a further engaged album for a peaceful and sustainable way of living on this planet.
Beside his stagework Markus works with adolescents in schools teaching music and theater.
He is a member of the swiss singer/songwriter-association "Lieder-Lobby" .