Die Bagage is a delightful sextet comprised of five Corinthian vocalists and multi-instrumentalist Hubert Dohr. While they are primarily a vocal group, Dohr's amazing dexterity and virtuosity on traditional instruments helps offset the preponderance of the vocalists. Most of their songs are Scottish and Irish traditionals; however, compositions by Cape Breton's Jerry Holland as well as group members Manuela Köfer and Dohr are included as well. Köfer's "Shannon's Tune," written about a trip to Ireland and featuring the vocal harmonies of Ute Stremfl and Köfer, sounds a lot like the Indigo Girls. Both "Ripples in the Rockpools/Rain on the Roof" and "Dtigeas a Damhsa" employ a group harmony similar to that of the Eastern German folk-rock band Reel Feelings. The Sweet Honey in the Rock song "No Mirrors in My Nana's House" is sung in that group's a cappella style. Similarities aside, Die Bagage otherwise performs very authentic Celtic music from the heart of Europe, and has an overall sound all their own.
AllMusic Review by Dave Sleger