Great scenery and music outside Ueli’s cabin, Wengen



In 1986 I moved to a new TEFL teaching post in Bern. For the next few years musical activities went on the back-burner and I had to stay focussed on the day job, which was was quite demanding (it turned into a job in educational publishing as well, writing and commissioning Business English textbooks). But it was not long before music started to appear through the cracks again.

I started up another Django Reinhardt style band, the Hot Club de Berne ( later known as Douce Ambiance) though I had to drop out quite early on. The rest of them kept working at it, and it turned into a great band – just for fun I found a link here to one of the players, Martin Abbuehl, and his present-day group.

I also started teaching folk fiddle and guitar (wow, my very first music teaching job!) at the Folkmusikschule Bern. I remember that

“Folk mit F”

was one of the school’s slogans (meaning that it was a school for Anglo-American folk music, not Swiss “Volksmusik” with a V). At that time, I was playing more violin than guitar. I played a lot of Americana – bluegrass and newgrass, oldtime and ragtime – with some of the lovely people I met at the school, including Mike Horowitz and Ueli von Allmen. (we even played a little Volksmusik too).