and calendar of the most significant gigs

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A very special birthday: 100 candles! Lagundo near Merano, 3rd January 2010

Her name is "Medi" - one hundred years old and still so young at heart! Happy Birthday!







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PIC_0031_678.jpg (119181 Byte)PIC_0035mid.jpg (158554 Byte) "Concerto Grosso" at Albarè/Costermano near Bardolino (Lake Garda), 12th September 2009

An ancient villa, vast historical gardens, an enchanting courtyard  and a large stage: these are the sceneries for the "Feast of The Holy Heart", taking place annually since more than a hundred years. Highlight: our gig in the evening.

Click here for a slide-show
(Presenter: Dir. Don Alberto Guglielmi)



"Südtiroler Ritterspiele" Sluderno, Val Venosta, 22nd August 2009

Just one day this year, but what a day! From early morning to black night!

Here in two (or better... three), some more photos to follow!



Pozza di Fassa, Val di Fassa (Trentino): "Stories de Fanes" and "Lidsanel", Stories, Music and Theatre, 1st/2nd August 2009

What a wonderful and most interesting task: we had to arrange original songs, to play medieval music and to accompany a Storyteller and singers and to make music on stage at a theatrical piece.

Thanks to the Istitut Cultural Ladin, Vigo di Fassa, for their trust!




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St. Christoph am Arlberg, Austria, Hospiz-Hotel: „Bruderschaft-Jubiläumsfeier“, 11th/12th Juli 2009

A most noble job: making music at the Gala-Diner of the  "Bruderschaftswochenende" 2009 (Brotherhood of Saint Christoph)

With great success!




Bregenz, Austria, „Medieval Market“, 19th - 21st September 2008

Our delicate but powerful playing gives a cultural touch to this unlikely place....


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"Südtiroler Ritterspiele" Sluderno, Val Venosta, 22nd - 24th August 2008

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La Zag always do their best!



„Rustico Medioevo“ in Canale di Tenno,
Lake Garda,11th August 2008, Concert Historical Folk:

You should have seen this enchanting place!

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"Glurens Gaudens" - 3 days of Historical Reenactment in Italy's smallest town, all surrounded by a  medieval wall: Glurns/Glorenza in Val Venosta, 8th- 10th August 2008:

Acoustic and delicate? Yes! Full of power with electric bass and  lots of  percussions? Yes! - Our music in historical style makes the whole town-square rock!

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Vienna, Böhmischer Prater, Medieval Market, 22nd - 25th May 2008.

"This is the month of maying... in Vienna"

Photos by Gizzy Duststar (http://www.flickr.com/photos/gizzy/)




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Medieval Day at Tyrol Castle,  2nd August 2008:

"Our Castle of Origin"! Many thanks to  Paula Mair Lloyd and to Dir. Dr. Siegfried de Rachewiltz.

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England-Tour October 2007:
La Zag enchant the English audience with their "Historical Folk"!
Enthusiastic fans (old and new) and promoters.

Our Venues:

St. Michael's Church, Torrington, Devon

St. Brannock's Church, Braunton, Devon

Gainsborough Old Hall, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

Folk Club Brown Cow, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire

Pamela Hambro Village Hall, Winterbourne Stickland, Dorset

Morden Village Hall, Morden/Wareham, Dorset

Toller Porcorum Hall, Toller Porcorum, Dorset

The Bell Inn, Bath, Avon

BIG THANK YOU to Richard&Splodge from LittleWhiteLionProductions,
to the local promoters and
to the Ladies from Dorset, who with their cooking skills proofed to us how delicious English food can be!





From „The Bath Chronicle“, Oct. 25th 2007 (please click)


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soundcheck and concert....
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... real BIG fans!!!




August 25th 2007: memorable concert at the "IsolaFolk" Festival, one of Italian's most important folk-festivals, organized by Giovanni Alcaini!

In the Castello (=castle) Colleoni in Solza near Bergamo/Milano, our "Historical Folk" vibrates through the night as all of a sudden a voice can be heard out of the audience, addressed to our frontman Franco: "Sei meglio di Jan Anderson!"(= you're better than Jan Anderson). What a compliment (...to hell with modesty...)!

Program (clic to enlarge)...

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and poster:

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19th - 29th October: ON TOUR again IN ENGLAND!!

Our Richard&Splodge from LittleWhiteLion Productions - (yessss, Il-Mostro has mutated into lion!!) - really have worked out FLAT for La Zag and have organized a tour of two weeks with NiNE DATES in the most wonderful places of England, amongst others in two Churches in Devon! We also have the honour to play at the Gainsborough Old Hall again! For details look: http://lazag.mysite.orange.co.uk/

May 5th and 6th 2007: Rochester Sweeps, the world's biggest Morrisdance-Festival with lots and lots of folk-groups playing - one of them La Zag!

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But enough with words now: lets see pictures instead! Chris Tong from Rochester made us this wonderful gift. Thanks to him!

Gig on the Boley Hill Stage
Saturday, May 5th 2007, 5pm:

Ecco la primavera
A lieta vita
Branle de Poitou
Wascha mesa
Come again
Lucky Man
Lady in Black
Branles de Bourgogne







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Many thanks again to Richard&Splodge from Il-Mostro Productions and to the whole Crew, so there is  Herman, Doug und Janice:

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A very special thank-you to Doug Hudson, English Gentleman and guitarist and singer of the "Hot Rats"!

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October 2006: England Tour
7 gigs in 7 enchanting venues!

Organized by our English promoter Richard Gillitt from MonsterProductions.  A huge "Thank You" to him and to  Super Secretary Splodge (& Herman)!

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For more details and links see our English Homepage http://lazag.mysite.orange.co.uk/

October 6th  2006: The Keay Theatre 
St. Austell, Cornwall

October 7th 2006: Minack Theatre

October 8th 2006: Medieval Fayre "A Bit of a Knees Up" Beaford Arts
Beaford, Devon

October 10th 2006: "Food & Drink Festival" Rochester, Kent

October 11th 2006: Gainsborough Old Hall Gainsborough, Lincolnshire

October 12th 2006: The Circle
, Nottinghamshire

October 13th 2006: Kingsway Hall
Forest Town
, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire (with support "Albert's Kitchen"!)



Thanks from our hearts to following English friends and sponsors:

Richard Hudson, singer/guitarplayer of "Albert's Kitchen", for posters and  flyers
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John Harrison for La Zag-on-tour-T-Shirts and for letting us park our instruments in his shop
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Hobgoblin - Shop in Wadebridge, Cornwall, for the  sponsoring of guitar-strings
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16th July 2006:  meeting  with Hevia before his concert at the Celtic Music Festival of Ostiano (Cremona-Italy), where we played ourselves on 21st July (see right side). If you like, click on the picture to enlarge it.

21st July 2006:  our gig at Isola Dovarese (a beautiful old town, big square in renaissance style), on Friday after Hevia, in front of an audience of about 400. Photos and reviews will follow soon (click to enlarge).

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...in Merano-Italy.

2005: now we've got a bass player (you can hear him full of power on the new cd).

Electric bassman Luca Agostini


Acoustic-Electric-Tour 2003: more pictures!


Tour 2003 with Blackmore's Night: after Germany with 7 gigs in July the tour went on in Oct./Nov. with Switzerland, Austria, Italy und finally UK!
As you see, we are very busy indeed and there's little time for updating the homepage. Friends and fans have sent us lots and lots of photos, so there's a big work to do. But from UK (where we had a real GREAT success!) here some pictures right now!

Acoustic-Electric-Tour Germany 2003 with Blackmore's Night - first pictures!
It was fantastic to be on tour again with Candice, Ritchie & Co. ! And - La Zag were a big  success with the audience. German fans continue writing us emails and asking for cds, thank you. Now we are working hard to organize own concerts in the German area (PROMOTERS WELCOME!!!). Click here and you'll find some nice pictures!

Back from Switzerland: big success for all!
Some press commentaries and photos:
La Liberté
La Gruyère

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On the picture below you can see our dear friends of the Sardinian Group Cuncordia a Launeddas (Ignazio, the photographer, is the  player with the red belt!)
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With Blackmore's Night on tour -
in  Germany 2003 

Great news: Ritchie  wants us to open his concerts in Germany (like we did in Italy 2000 and 2002)! So you can hear 30-40 minutes of La Zag on each gig!. The dates:
04.07. Würselen (Aachen), Burg Wilhelmstein
06.07. Fulda, Schlosshof
07.07. Bielefeld, Oetkerhalle (cancelled)
08.07. Bremen, Die Glocke
10.07. Wertheim, Schloss Wertheim
11.07. Rothenburg o.d.T., Burggarten
12.07. Glauchau, Schloss Forderglauchau
15.07. Friedrichshafen, Graf Zeppelin Haus
(more infos at blackmoresnight.com or ass-concerts.de)

We are looking forward to it - and to YOU!

Switzerland once again: La Zag at the "Grande Couraule" around the Castle of Gruyère 
6th, 7th and 8th of June 2003: a superlative historical event, an old tradition of the 15th century coming to life! Hundreds and hundreds of people, jugglers and musicians walk from Château-d'Oex to Bulle (region of Fribourg), where there will be a big medieval feast in the lovely Castle of Gruyère.
For more details click here http://www.gruyere-trad.ch

Will we meet you there?

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Tour in Switzerland (Bulle/Fribourg)
At the end of October 2002 we had been invited to Bulle to play at the "Comptoir Gruièrien" (the biggest fair of the Fribourg region), where a pavilion was installed as a lovely medieval fair.

Concert at the Folk-Festival „Folkest 2002“
26th of July 2002: finally at Spilimbergo (near Venice)! Folkest is the most important folk-festival in Italy and we played on one of the final evenings. Our program - own songs and historical folk - attracted a lively response from the audience.

Tour 2002 with Ritchie Blackmore
July 15th and 18th (the concert on 16th was unfortunately cancelled because of rain). Well, here we are again, believe it or not, with Ritchie, his lovely Candice and Blackmore's Night touring in Italy! Some of the fans still remember us from the last tour!

Welcome music for the President of Italy
10th of July 2001: the whole town of Bolzano and Maretsch Castle in particular are in state of excitement. Most important guests are arriving. We have the honor to conclude the official act with a little concert and to play during reception in the garden. His wife Signora Franca is truly enthusiastic and Mr. President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi himself wants to take a picture with us.

Private concert for Michael Jackson...
9th March 2001: we had been called to Solda (a well known tourist place for skiing and climbing in South-Tyrol, Northern Italy) to play at dinner for some important people. For whom, we weren’t said. Can you imagine our heartbeat rising up when we learned that is was the King of Pop, Michael Jackson himself we had to play for??? (He was there on occasion of a business-meeting with promoters or so). Our music appealed to him so much, that he stopped eating and began to swing on his chair. At the end of the evening he shook hands (!) with us and said: "Nice music." Goodbye Michael!

...and for his bodyguards!
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