Kraudn Sepp

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The Kraudn Sepp (actually: Josef Bauer * 16th August 1896 in Greiling in Bad Toelz , † 1. April 1977 in Gaißach at Bad Tolz) was a Bavarian zither player and folk singer who was nationally known only in old age.


Josef Bauer was born as the youngest of nine children on the Greilbauernhof in Greiling. He learned to play the zither from an older brother. After the beginning of World War I , Bauer was drafted into the military in 1916, where he was stationed in the Carpathian Mountains and Finland and was already entertaining the soldiers with his zither. In 1918 Bauer returned to his parents' farm and got to know the Trischberger family who played music. Anna, Maria and Benedikt Trischberger founded the Gaißach singer and zither quartet together with Bauer . In 1923 Josef Bauer and Anna Trischberger married and took over the Kraudnhof in Gaißach-Lehen. Since then, Bauer's name has only been Kraudn Sepp. The Gaißach singer and zither quartet existed for 40 years and had over 600 performances. The Bavarian folk music nurse Kiem Pauli discovered the quartet in 1927. At the Upper Bavarian Prize Singing in Egern , organized by Kiem Pauli in collaboration with Kurt Huber , the quartet won a silver medal in 1930. In 1964 Anna Bauer died and the quartet broke up. Kraudn Sepp started a "solo career" at the age of almost 70 and performed as a singer with his couplets and songs in restaurants in the Tölz area. In 1967, on the initiative of Wastl Fanderl, Bayerischer Rundfunk recorded a few songs with him. As a result, there were a number of television appearances. Three records with the Kraudn Sepp came on the market: The first was titled Kraudn Sepp in 1976 . The successor plate Kraudn Sepp, a reminder 1896-1977 and the live album Kraudn Sepp, G'red and g'sungen Birthday did not live the Kraudn Sepp.

Music and effect

Kraudn Sepp took care of the hearty pub entertainment. Narrative texts, slippery jokes, mocking songs and pieces with explicitly erotic content ( Pfannaflicka , Zu Leipzig at the fair ) were part of his repertoire, as well as Gstanzl and traditional poaching songs. When choosing music, Kraudn Sepp was guided only by his own taste and that of the pub audience. One of his favorite songs was the hit song " It must be a Sunday " by Fred Rauch .

Due to his unaffected and straightforward way of speaking and his undogmatic approach to folk music, Kraudn Sepp is compared with icons of the American folk , country and blues scenes such as Hank Williams and Johnny Cash .

The Kraudn Sepp is revered as a role model from the Biermösl Blosn to Willy Michl and Zither-Manä , from Hans Söllner to Williams Wetsox . Also Dullijöh was put in touch with him.


  • Georg Kapfer: The Kraudn Sepp z'Goaßa. In: Saitenspiel 45 (2005), pp. 289-292.
  • Georg Kapfer: Da Kraudn Sepp z'Goaßa. Memories of an Isarwinkler original. In: Volksmusik in Bayern 20 (2003), pp. 23-25.
  • Afra Kris-Heinrich: The Kraudn Sepp and his songs. Traditional homeland care and critical folk music. In: Jahrbuch für Volkskunde 16 (1993), pp. 87–126.
  • Carl-Ludwig Reichert : Kraudn Sepp, a Bavarian songster and Gstanzlmo. In: Singers & Musicians 49 (2006), p. 196.
  • Hermann Unterstöger: From the undergrowth of folk music. The record label Trikont rediscovers the Bavarian singer Kraudn Sepp. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , March 31, 2005 ( online ).
  • Carola Zinner: That was quite normal. In honor of the unforgettable Kraudn Sepp, who died 15 years ago. In: Charivari 18 (1992), pp. 62-65.
  • "A simple man, but a free singer" . In: Münchner Merkur , April 20, 2009

Web links


  1. Williams Wetsox in the Bavarian Wikipedia
  2. ^ Franz Dobler : Kraudn Sepp or How a good man became a wild singer. In: Kraudn Sepp: Sonntag (CD booklet). Trikont 2005.