Fiona Rüggeberg | Foto: Wen Versteeg
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Fiona Rüggeberg leaves Faun after 20 years

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Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Fiona Rüggeberg left the German folk and medieval music band Faun after 20 years together.

A founding member of Faun, Fiona Rüggeberg stated in the group’s Instagram profile that she decided to part from the band in exchange for a life in the countryside, surrounded by nature. She also pointed out the incompatibility of a touring routine around the world and the care and attention that her farm requires.

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NOTHING AS ENDURING AS CHANGE * Dear friends and fellows, after 20 years on stage a new path has opened for me and it appears too wonderful to not take it, so I simply can´t let this possibility pass -I would surely regret it. I will therefore change my life and spend my future time mostly with and in nature, surrounded by my farm, deer and forest. Because rhythms of nature, sowing and harvesting as well as taking care of animals simply don´t align with an intense tour life this also means to say goodbye to the wondrous times with FAUN. I haven´t seen this coming, probably so haven´t you and I know that many of you will be deeply disappointed for my leaving. The times with Faun will always be remembered and with it all of your faces, the countless moments completely dissolved in music, the many different places we had the chance to travel to and some of the most adventurous experiences together we shared. I want to say thank you for all the beautiful moments with my band and you, our audience and fare well to all you companions that have supported us for so many years. I wish my band all the best for the future from the bottom of my heart, heaps of success and that they will continue to create this beautiful music. Stay with them, dear Faun Fans, because also me I eagerly await what is to come now… I can maybe say as much as there is something in the pipeline that will certainly draw me down from my pasture and then I will do a thing I´ve always wanted to do: watch a Faun concert from the front row. Maybe we will meet there! My last show will be at the MPS in Weil am Rhein on July the 7th 2020. * But for now I am extremely looking forward to see you all at the Faun Märchen und Mythen Tour in March! * All the best, Fiona

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Fiona Rüggeberg leaves Faun after 20 years

Fiona Rüggeberg | Photo: Wen Versteeg

Versed on various instruments, she studied the arts of ancient Eastern music therapy at the Universities of Istanbul and Munich. In Faun, she lends her voice to several songs, acting more frequently as backing vocalist, in addition to playing instruments such as bagpipes, dombra, rebab, oud, flutes, chalmeux, among others.

n 2017 she started a solo project, adopting a more minimalist sound, centered on the piano, an instrument in which she has received classical training. The project yielded the album Fiona, released in 2019 on the Celtic Classic Productions label.

Still in 2019, Fiona Rüggeberg founded another project with her Faun colleague Laura Fella and producer Fieke van den Hurk. The group, called Tvinna, is currently in the process of recording their debut album.

Her last live performance with the band will be on July 7 at the Mittelalter Kultur Festival in Weil am Rhein, Germany. It is not yet known what will become of her solo project, nor of her participation in Tvinna after the decision made by Fiona Rüggeberg.

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Drew Fisher January 6, 2021 - 23:44

As a now retired farmer, I understand the draw of the land. As a human disgusted with the spiralling madness of greed and profit, I understand the draw of peace and quiet. As an avid admirer of your work, your talents, the gifts your music brings me, I wish you well. Your drive to learn more, to become better, to master all and more you choose to play, has awed me from Zauberbrüche to Midgard. You have been the reason I have collected all of Faun’s discography. Peace and good will!

Mythologica January 7, 2021 - 20:31

Beautiful words, Drew! I also hope she finds peace on her new journey. Thankfully, she’s still producing great new music with Tvinna!


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