The most successful project was Cara. Founded in 2003 with Claus Steinort (flute), Gudrun Walther (fiddle & vocals), Sandra Steinort (flute, piano and vocals) and Jürgen Treyz (guitars) the line up changed a bit since then: In 2010 Ryan Murphy (pipes and flutes) and Jeana Leslie (piano, fiddle, vocals) replaced Claus and Sandra, who left Cara due to family reasons. After Jeana decided to become a teacher, Kim Edgar from Edinburgh replaced her in 2013 and since Ryan got more and more busy with his other band Manrán, Hendrik Morgenbrodt joined Cara in 2014. We have been touring all over Germany and Europe, incl. Ireland and the UK. We have also played in the US, where we appeared at huge festivals like Milwaukkee, ICONS in Boston, Chicago Celtic Fest and Kansas City Irish Fest. Also, we have produced 5 CDs and a live DVD/CD combo. Here are a few recent videos, more videos are in the video section:
Together with my dear colleague at the BodhranWeekends, Guido Plüschke, I produced a CD called BodhranInsight. We are not only showing a retrospect of previous recordings, but also produced some tracks especially for this album, including a bodhrán duet, a multitrack recording of the two of us. It's available in the shop.
Collaboration with Christian Hedwitschak
I collaborate a lot with bodhrán maker Christian Hedwitschak. The main result is the Signature Line RWE Bodhrán. The design of this drum influenced many other drums in the bodhrán world, even outside Christian's workshop. I was also involved in the development of the LightLine and BasicLine series and the new CoreLine series. This has led to bodhrán-info being one of the two Hedwitschak Premium Partners.
Ove the years, I had the pleasure of working as a guest musician in a few projects.
I recorded on two projects of Tin Whistle and guitar player Olaf Sickman (yes, I know, but that's his name ! :-)). Olaf is not only a respected musician, but also a great tune smith. The two CDs are available in the shop.
Johannes Schiefner - Watergrasshill
A great CD by one of Germany's leading Uilleann Piper. It was a great honour for me to be asked to be part of this CD. Here is the link to Johannes' myspace.
In 2006 I had the chance to record with three friends: Colman Connolly; low whistle, uilleann pipes, flute und whistles, Tobi Kurig; bouzouki, Franziska Urton; fiddle. The Album "Blue" turned out to be a great recording and it was a great pleasure to be part of it!
A short look into history:
In December 1999 Stefan Schneider (fiddle), Claus Steinort (flute), Andreas Lassak (guitar) and I founded the band "Steampacket". We have since added Tina Fastje (fiddle) and replaced Andreas with Tobi Kurig. Although we play mainly irish music, the occasional Breton, Scottish and even Finnish piece makes it into the repertoire: "Traditional Irish Music - And Beyond." The CD is available in the shop. Here is a review at Irishmusicreview.com.
DeReelium formed in 1996 and we recorded our first CD in 1999. DeReelium is based in Hannover and we host the regular session every Sunday at the Irish Harp, plus Sessions at the Kuriosum in Hannover and the Irish Pub at Brüderstraße.
Pieces to remember - Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella
Live - Cara
Gray Matters - Melanie Mau & Martin Schnella
Yet We Sing - Cara
Whistle Man - Olaf Sickmann
Swift as a Swallow - Crosswind
Mirage - A Portrayal Of Figures - Flaming Row
The Brendan Voyage - Rüdiger Oppermann
Horizon - Cara
BodhranInsight - Guido Plüschke und Rolf Wagels
From Hamburg to Galway - Guido Plüschke
Watergrasshill - Johannes Schiefner
Long Distance Love - Cara
In Full Swing - Live - CD & DVD - Cara
In Between Times - Cara
Blue - Colman Connolly, Tobi Kurig, Franzi Urton
In Colour - Cara
Sommertiefe - Olaf Sickmann
Homecoming - Steampacket
Mary is busy..too busy to marry“ - More Maids
Millvalley - DeReelium
The North Sea Chinaman - Stefan Lups
you’ll never know... - Allan Cortez & Tommy Kraus