PORTRAITS

Melanie

At the tender age of five, Melanie appeared on stage for the first time and was already captivating the audience with her unique tongue yodeling. Turning her great passion into a career was never planned but more a happy stroke of fortune, as Melanie herself likes to say. With her many ideas and plans, in lots of areas Melanie is our creative thinker who usually knows how to make things happen too.

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Annemarie

Annemarie, who was also brought up in a musical family, sang in the Konolfingen district youth choir for about seven years. In addition to the piano, she later discovered a love for the accordion and, in the early days of Oesch’s die Dritten, she usually appeared on stage with her accordion. Besides music, ski sports are also very important to Annemarie. Although she no longer works as a children’s ski instructor, she’s certainly on the move on stage from time to time. Annemarie is our expert in second voice harmonies and “organiser” in matters of stage outfits.

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Hansueli

Even as a little boy, with his charm and laughter Hansueli knew how to captivate an audience . Back then he would travel around the country with his father impressing people with his singing and yodelling interludes. Hansueli learnt to play the Schwyzerörgeli accordion at the age of eleven. Since then, this small, unique instrument has remained his most constant companion.
Hansueli has been appearing on stage as a real musician and with great success for more than 50 years – for many years accompanying the famous “Jodlerfründe vo Stauffenalp” (Yodel Friends of Stauffenalp) and, above all, as an influential member of the “Schwyzerörgeliquartett Stockhorn“ (Stockhorn Schwyzerörgeli Quartet) and the legendary “Trio Oesch”.
As a typical Cancerian and head of the family, Hansueli is usually very consistent in his views, which has relieved us of many a difficult decision.

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Mike

As a former ski racer, Mike is indisputably the sportiest man on the stage in Oesch’s die Dritten. Even as a child he was always very disciplined, trained hard and usually achieved what he had set out to do – and that’s still the case today. Born under the sign of Capricorn, he may be more the quiet type but, as the saying goes, “still waters run deep”. Deep also describes the sound of his electric bass guitar, which he has been playing for over 18 years. Meanwhile, he also likes to play double bass. With his well-developed understanding of cars, engines and technology, Mike is quite evidently our best driver and technician!

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Kevin

Kevin is quite obviously the whirlwind of the family. Whether it’s when playing table football or at some party, for “Schmiddu”, as we call him, there always has to be something going on. Including on stage. As a guitarist he is mainly responsible for the rhythm and good groove in our songs, which not infrequently costs him a string or two per evening. But what the heck! – Kevin doesn’t mind that at all. On the contrary, he loves a gamble (poker, roulette or gaming machine), so, the most important thing for him is to have fun and enjoy life!

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Urs

In Urs Meier, we have found not only an excellent accordionist but also a good friend. Urs is a kind-hearted, wonderful and ever-cheerful person who expresses his love for music in the most varied ways.
With Martin Nauer and Willi Valotti as role models, whilst still a young lad Urs learnt to play the accordion at the Einsiedeln Music School with Georg Schmied and later in Wollerau with Ernst Kaelin.  At the age of eight he made his first appearance and soon he was very much in demand.  Urs worked as an accordionist in the Philipp Mettler Band and, of course, in the Meier – Gwerder accordion duo, among others, and he still appears occasionally in this duo today.  For about five years Urs managed the Alpenrösli Yodel Club, Einsiedeln and today, as a trained accordion maker, he runs his own specialist accordion workshop.

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