The Hatchetations

Welcome to Bluegrass!

Who we are

The Hatchetations, in their core, are

  • Dave Phoenix - Guitar, Vocals
  • Loco Joe - Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
  • Irena Petrovska - Viola, Vocals
  • Robert Ernst - Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals

Former members and guests include

  • Michael Sappington - Mandolin, Vocals
  • Klaus Blinde - Upright Bass
  • Jan Weis - Guitar, Vocals
  • Sophie Freund - Vocals, Concert Flute

Founded in early 2016, we had humble beginnings as a Folk trio. Two years, many a show and some personnel changes later, we've become the group you see and hear today.

All of us have been playing music for years prior to joining the group, and it is the experience and passion that allows us to find our calling in collaboration.

What we do

From traditional to modern folk music from North America and the British Isles, from Americana and Bluegrass to Roots Folk and Traditionals, you'll hear it all from us. Authentic, from hand.

The groups explosive dynamics are the result of energetic up-tempo numbers performed with banjo, mandolin, guitar and double bass combined with polyphonic vocal harmonies. Underscoring everything the band does is a profound joy and passion for the music. Having won over audiences in Germany, Luxembourg and France, The Hatchetations know what the people want and how to share it with them. We hope you join us for an experience you won't soon forget!

Aside from classic bluegrass traditionals our repertoire includes songs by:

  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Mumford & Sons
  • Johnny Cash

What's with the name?

Prior to the Prohibition era in the United States, the consumption of alcohol had reached an all time high. The country was well drunk most of the time, this was, of course, much celebrated.  

Not by all however. Carrie Nation was one such individual. She sorely disapproved of the drunken belligerence she witnessed in her countrymen (and husband). Being a devout christian, it came as no surprise that the Lord Jesus spoke to Carrie Nation, instructing her to collect holy stones, seek out dens of ill repute (bars, drinkin' holes, etc.) and smash the bottles of alcohol to be found there.

Carrie did so and was promptly arrested. Being on a mission from God however Carrie was not to be deterred. Just a short while later she once again went to work smashing up bottles. With time, more and more people became aware of her crusade, many of whom joined her following. It was one of her followers who gifted her the iconic hatchet, with which she continued her crusade against evils of alcoholism. These attacks later became publicized under the name "Hatchetations."

In large part due to her actions Prohibition was pushed though in the United States leading to a period of organized crime, bootleg alcohol and the widespread, if albeit secret, consumption of liquor. After this misguided attempt to ruin everyone's good time Prohibition was repealed and once again Americans were free to drink themselves silly. We raise our glasses to them and all our fellow drinkers world wide!