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Van't Liewen Un Stiäwen

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A tragic story in Münsteran Platt captured in words and sound

Wöljager is the brainchild of Marcel Dreckmann and conceptionally firmly rooted in his home turf, the Münsterland region in north-western Westphalia, Germany, as well as its folklore and the vanishing rural dialect, the so-called "Münsteran Platt".

Dreckmann originally conceived "Van't Liëwen un Stiäwen" (English "On living and dying") as a theatre play. Its story is set in the late 19th, early 20th century and revolves around a "Spökenkieker". In Westphalian and Low German folklore, this is a clairvoyant who can only foresee misery. The main character Wilhelm reminisces about his struggle with this burden during his youth, when he threatened to get lost in the social turmoil of his time due to his exceptional gift, not to forget a love that was not meant to be …

In parallel to the story, Dreckmann (also the singer and lyricist of Helrunar) composed accompanying music, but the play could not be realised yet, so together with Stefan Drechsler and Árni Bergur Zoëga (both in Árstí∂ir Lífsins), he breathed life into Wöljager "only" musically. Thus, "Van't Liëwen un Stiäwen" became a collection of primarily sombre songs, largely arranged around acoustic guitar and strings. All lyrics are written in "Münsteran Platt".

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released April 29, 2016

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Wöljager Münster, Germany

Wöljager is the new sphere of activity of Marcel Dreckmann, known to be the singer and lyricist of Helrunar.

Conceptionally, Wöljager is inseparably connected to the artist's home region: the Münsterland, an area in northwestern Westphalia. With Wöljager, Marcel tries to set the unspoiled atmosphere of the Münsterland to music.
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