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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 40 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 from Carnew" and guitar all the way
through Ireland, Belgium and France to Switzerland.
Since 2006 he has been working on a 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
environment and peace. He has been playing on all kind of manifestations against
climate change and for peace with his band GreenTrees over the past ten years.
2010 he travelled with his partner to Sapmi and started to discover the Sapmi-Culture
in touch with the art of Yoik.
He became friend with the the singer Berit Alette Mienna and thefluteplayer 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 have released their new CD,
produced by the Irish drummer and
multi-instrumentalist WAYNE SHEEHY
(Ron Wood, Rolling Stones, Bo Diddley, Peter Gabriel, Hothouse Flowers ...)
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.
Together with one of Irelands most gifted
musician and producer Markus and GreenTrees managed to record a most beautiful album
supported by friends as
Eva Hurley (Cover Artwork and coaching),
(Sound Assistant, Backing Vocals),
Esosa Ighodaro, (Backing Vocals),
Palma Fiacco (Photographs) and many more!
As the first feedbacks of the audience show, the whole work as such is a very touching one.
Foreword from producer Wayne P Sheehy
The early meetings with a client / artist can sometimes be the most informative. This proved to be the case when i first met Markus.
It was a damp and wet Irish day and he suggested we walked and had our first meeting on the mountain! An old Swiss custom i wondered? a test of my connection with nature? It was in fact where he was most comfortable and at peace and this set the feel for the entire production.
This album is about being connected, not about being cool (although it is very cool indeed). Its about integrity, honesty, loyalty and most importantly authenticity. The cross pollination of an Irish man producing an eclectic group of Swiss musicians could have been a recipe for a rather too diverse piece of work. However this diversity has made it extra special. In the days of homogenized sounds, arrangements and production, this record stands out as a truly beautiful, organic, authentic and unique body of work.
A composer who has travelled Ireland and Western Europe with a donkey and cart was always going to have a story to tell. A band of Swiss academics and craftsmen were always going to have a different musical feel and then to top it off they go and choose a crazy Irishman like myself to produce, arrange and record it for them in a 200 year old converted farm house on the shores of the North Atlantic on the West coast of Ireland.
It was a pleasure to make this album and now i respectfully ask the listener do one thing. In these days of instant gratification, everything is a quick hit, a rush, a buzz! Please take the time to listen to this album, the stories, the music, the places it will take you to will be like a short but pleasant holiday from the occasional madness of this beautiful world.
Breathe the mountain air off this music.
New Video out: "One Drop of your Hearts Blood":
Markus & Wayne @ Ocean Studios
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" .