Germany – The German American Song Festival on Tour – 2003 (DAFT-Tour) presents from June 26 – July 7 six song poets from Germany and the USA. Following opening concerts in Dresden and Berlin, one American and one German artist pair up together to go on separate tours through various German states.

The participating artists are Eric Hansen, Larry Hill, Rik Palieri from the USA and Manfred Maurenbrecher, Sandy Wolfrum, Wilfried Mengs from Germany. They will play in schools, at festivals, in pubs and other music venues. Prior to the tour, a nationwide songwriting contest will be conducted – supported by one of the countrys leading radio stations. The winners will share the stage with the six song poets at the opening event. The DAFT-Tour uses the power of music to bring people together and to promote mutual and peaceful understanding of diverse cultures. It presents the best of German and American songwriting traditions in a live concert format. Bringing the artists together on tour will allow for a unique collaboration on- and off-stage that benefits one and all.

Das DAFT-Tour, presented by Folker! one of the leading German music magazines for Folk, Song and World Music – promises to be an event for all lovers of songs and poetry, as well as curious novice listeners, that should not be missed. The artists, representing diverse musical and cultural backgrounds within their own countries, will join forces to offer beautiful songs, captivating arrangements and a wide mix of personal reflections of the world we live in.

With (quote Pete Seeger) and (quote Tom Paxton) two of the most prominent representatives of American folk music have endorsed the DAFT-Tour.

The DAFT-Tour will travel to various cities, such as Berlin, Hannover, Nürnberg, Rudolstadt, Weimar, Plauen and Leipzig. The complete and current tour schedule and more information about the tour can be seen at DAFT-Tour.

Several sponsors and partners have given support: Bayer Healthcare, C. F. Martin &Co. Inc., SmartWood, KART-a-BAG, Buckholz Wall Systems, Ingenieurbüro Förster, WorldStrings Promotion, and Laurarecords.

Management, Interviews, Contacts and other Information:

Wilfried Mengs: laurarecords, info@laurarecords.de
Bernd Häber: WorldStrings Promotion, promotion@worldstrings.com