A very difficult theme to talk about. Everyone knows irish -
or scottish - or even bretonic music, but what the hell is german
music? Forget about those songs in the charts - they're plastic
products as everywhere in the so called western world. Forget about
songs in "Musikantenstadl" and similar TV-series - they just claim to
be folk music, but they aren't. And traditional? Tradition in Germany
has been severly cut according to the effects of WW II.
So, what remains?
Some of the german songwriters delevoped styles of their own - Reinhard
Mey or Hannes Wader, for example, the latter never being really
popular. Some picked up the international type of Rock Music and
changed it to fit german tongues - Udo Lindenberg is one of them. And
many, many unknown choose the celtic tradition rather than the german
one to build upon.
German music, in conclusion, is a wide spread scene with some sparkling
jewels. Just try and listen.