My name is Ken Kohnhorst and my wife Charlotte and I have traveled in
Germany and Austria for the past 20 years. In 1989 I made a trip with two
friends and was introduced to the Zillertal. I attended a
Heimatabend in Mayerhofen and I don't recall the groups who performed but
the one thing I do remember is I loved the music and wanted to come back.
Charlotte and I
started going to the Gauderfest each year in Zell am Ziller and loved all
the groups we have seen through the years...such as the Haderlumpen,
Zellberg Buam, Die Hegl, Local Sound, Die Ladiner,
plus the last performance by the Original Schutzenjager.
During one of these trips we saw a group called "Crystal" and I really liked
their music...especially the jodeling. Several years later in 2004 I was
putting together the entertainment for our Oktoberfest in my home town of
Leavenworth, Washington, "The Bavarian Village" I called in hopes of
getting "Crystal" to come but was told they were no longer together but
there was new group, a duo called the "Zillertaller Mander". They shipped
a CD and I listened to the first song on the CD and called them to see if
they could come and perform at Oktoberfest. They indeed came and to
this day they are probably the best music group we have ever had.
They came back for a second year (2005) and Albin and Chrsitian have
become good friends. It would not be a complete trip to Austria if we
didn't see them perform and have a "beer and a schnapps" together.
We attended Gauderfest from 2007- 2009 and by now the Zillertaler Mander
have become one of the most popular groups in the Zillertal. In 2008
many friends from USA joined us at Gauderfest and we had a great time!
The "Zillertaler Mander" made a ton of new fans.
Of course we had to come and celebrate their 10th anniversary in Zell am
Ziller. Their performance also at the Bruck'n Stadl was outstanding
and a great time was had by all.
Charlotte and I want to show our support and love for Christian & Albin by
forming the "Zillerter Mander USA Fan Club.
Please enjoy the site and if you want to
become a member simply e-mail at