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.read more
First name: Melanie
Instrument: Voice and tongue, cajón
Date of birth: 14/12/1987
Training: Music Matura (school-leaving examination), JBP (Junior Banking Programme training with commercial focus) at the Swiss post office
Profession: Director of Oesch Music GmbH, musician, children’s author
Hobbies: Listening to, playing and collecting music, hiking, skiing
Favourite food: It varies
Favourite drink: Spring water, hot chocolate, herbal tea
Favourite music: Folk music from all over the world, natural yodelling, folk & country, blues, rock…
Favourite song: Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin
Favourite Oesch’s die Dritten song: Jodel-Time, Gschwärmt für di, Trou di eifach, Bärgsee
My greatest wish: To be able to fly (like a bird) 😉
That my loved ones and I stay healthy and happy.
Motto: A day without a smile is a day wasted!
And: Always follow your heart!
Elin – das Baumzwergenmädchen
Melanie has also been a children’s author since 2016.
Her two published books, “Elin das Baumzwergenmädchen” (Elin the Tree Elf Girl) and “Elin trifft neue Freunde” (Elin Makes New Friends) are available from good bookshops and directly from our fan shop.
More about Melanies books …
Melanie has been a brand ambassador for RICOTER – Swiss Earth for several years and, with her commitment, supports the development of peat-free recycled soil in Switzerland. More about RICOTER …
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.read more
First name: Annemarie
Instrument: Voice, electric piano, percussion
Date of birth: 08/02/1963
Training: Registered nurse, children’s ski instructor
Profession: Musician, director of Oesch Music GmbH
Hobbies: Singing, music, riding, skiing
Favourite food: Berries (ideally fresh from the garden)
Favourite drink: Water, herbal tea
Favourite film: I am a fan of box sets…
Favourite book: Daily newspaper
Favourite music: Depends on my mood, my playlists are very diverse 😉
Favourite song: Love and Happiness for You by Emmylou Harris & Mark Knopfler
Favourite Oesch’s die Dritten song: Bärgsee, Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain, Trou di eifach
Aims/wishes: Health, contentment
Motto: Enjoy the moment because the moment is your life.
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.
First name: Hansueli (Hans-Ulrich)
Nickname: Vätu, Üelu
Instrument: Schwyzerörgeli accordion
Date of birth: 14/07/1958
Training/profession: Farmer, musician, director of Oesch Music GmbH
Hobbies: Family, music, good conversation
Favourite food: Schniposa (schnitzel with chips and salad), pizza funghi, fondue
Favourite drink: Coffee
Favourite film: Entertainment, James Bond
Favourite book: Daily newspaper
Favourite music: To suit my mood, music from the heart
Aims/wishes: Good health, contact with cheerful people
Special points: Typical Cancerian (sign of the Zodiac)
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!read more
First name: Mike
Instrument: Electric bass, double bass, guitar, backing vocals
Date of birth: 14/01/1989
Training/profession: commercial school for athletes, office worker, musician, skiing instructor
Hobbies: Skiing, sports in general, music
Favourite food: Quinoa, mango and avocado salad with chicken, Torino chocolate
Favourite drink: Rivella Red, Swiss tap water
Favourite film: The Hunger Games
Favourite music: Too many to list. It just has to be played well and appeal to me straight away 🙂
Personal favourite Oesch’s die Dritten song: Trou die eifach, Jodel-Time, Gschwärmt für di
Favourite Oesch’s die Dritten album: Jodelzirkus (Swiss version)
Biggest challenge in our band: Fitting the different opinions and ideas together into a whole.
Oesch’s die Dritten concert highlight: Comptoir Lausanne 2016, anniversary tour in the Kursaal Bern, 2017
Aims/wishes: I hope that I stay healthy and am always able to follow my dreams. The most important thing for me is to get up in the morning and be able to say that I am looking forward to my day and to go back to bed happy in the evening.
Special points: Although it sometimes takes a lot of discipline, spending so much time on the road with my family truly feels like a gift. We all know that it cannot go on forever with two generations on the stage – so we enjoy every moment.
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!read more
First name: Kevin
Nickname: Schmiddu, Kevä
Date of birth: 23/10/1990
Profession: Heating engineer, musician
Hobbies: Music, friends, skiing, table football
Favourite food: Pizza, pasta, cheese
Favourite drink: Preferably café latte, home-made iced tea
Favourite film: Films with Bud Spencer, Pearl Harbor
Favourite music: Folk music, blues, pop, rock, house, rock ‘n’ roll, techno
Role models: Parents, Arno del Curto
Aims/wishes: Stay healthy, tour America, always be able to make music…
Special points: Mad about the VW T1 Samba Camper Van…
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.
First name: Urs
Date of birth: 14/11/1980
Training/profession: Accordion maker with my own specialist workshop
Hobbies: Fishing, walking in the country and my family, my rabbits
Favourite food: Just about anything that Swiss cuisine can produce
Favourite drink: Anything from milk to red wine
Favourite film: Comedies and thrillers
Favourite book: Thrillers by Donna Leon
Favourite music: Everything that is played well and musically
Role models: Martin Nauer, Willi Valotti
Aims/wishes: To stay healthy…
Motto for life: “nöd z’vil studiärä, eifach mit gsundem Mänschäverstand machä” (“Don’t study too much, just use your common sense.”)
Find out more about Urs and his work by visiting his website.