Singers and multi instrumentalists Helen and Louise Curtis-Streich, were born to Anglo-Swiss parentage. A predominant part of their childhood was spent in the Bernese Oberland immersed in Swiss traditional culture and family life. They formed vocal duo Sätteli to honour their Swiss heritage, bringing a completely unique sound to British audiences with an eclectic mix of alpine songs old and new. Sätteli were featured on BBC Radio 3 ‘Late Night Junction’ by Mara Carlyle, who described their album ‘Sing Es Lied Für Mi’ as:
“full of perfectly intonated delights”
The sisters grew up singing and playing music together and the sound their voices create has been described as emotive and hauntingly beautiful.
“Both have a wonderful gift, their voices sound terrific and blend marvellously together” –Miriam Schafroth.
Louise and Helen felt the desire to explore and go deeper into the wealth of very old and beautiful music, some of which is dying out within the small valleys of Switzerland. They fell in love with these sounds and the unique ways of expressing the voice, and it provided a powerful continuing connection to their motherland.
“It is an honour to be able to sing this lesser known music and take it to a wider and often stunned audience” – Sätteli
Sätteli also perform and write, new, fresh music and are pushing the boundaries of what is considered traditional, alongside the movement of exciting performers such as Christian Zehnder, Noldi Alder and Erika Stücky. The sisters often work with ‘The Holcombe Duo’ Helen and Neil Grundy. Both professional alphorn players, Neil is recently retired after his career with the Hàlle Orchestra. They have been touring the UK and Switzerland for many years and are Britain’s only alphorn duo. This fusion of alphorn and yodelling is unconventional in the traditional folk music of Switzerland.
Sätteli have performed at many festivals, events and on radio features including, BBC Radio 3, BBC radio Leeds, Off The Tracks, Holmfirth Festival of Folk, Saltaire Day of Dance and at the Howard Assembly Rooms in Leeds, where they supported The Warsaw Village Band as part of Georgian vocal quartet Samzeo.
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