Wolfgang Ritter: Mandolin, Accordion, Harmony Vocals
       Martin Gross: Contrabass, Dobro, Guitar, Harmony Vocals
              Dieter Lengler: Banjo, Contrabass
                     Gaby Fitzner: Fiddle, Contrabass
                            Egbert van der Hammen: Guitar, Contrabass, Lead Vocals
                                   Ewe Krumpholz: Fiddle, Mandolin, Harmony Vocals

The Four Potatoes musicians are semi professionals. They don’t do this for a living (what a life that would be). Some of them also play in other bands or orchestras. It’s for the crack of making music, especially when the audience goes wild.

Dieter, Ewe and Egbert had met at music sessions in the Amerikahaus Stuttgart. On the occasion of a birthday performance more than 25 years ago, they decided to perform together with Wolfgang as band "Four Potatoes". Martin joined a little later, Gaby joined 2007.

Egbert van der Hammen: Although he is a great fan of Keith Richards he started his music life singing Irish folksongs. Followed later by bluegrass, old time, blues, western swing and stuff you can do accompanied by an acoustic guitar. He makes most of the entertainment, always seeking to combine this with some modest education. He does not have the typical country and western voice (like the dog with his tail caught in barbed wire), it sounds clear and fits remarkably well in the “Four Potatoes” sound.
Martin Gross: Even though he is a master on the double bass, his heart belongs to the dobro. He’s got fans all over the world admiring his video clips and wanting to purchase his hand manufactured capos and straps. These items are made by a Dobro player for Dobro players and they are both in performance and in quality top of the notch. The majority is send to the USA where most Dobro players live. Furthermore Martin arranges the harmony vocals and he is a collector of Joseph Kekuku relicts. Find out more about him on www.martingross.com
Matthias Möhring: Active in the Bluegrass scene since 1997, he began as guitarist and singer of the band „Captain Carrots Crew“, later „Sunnyside Bluegrass Band“. In 2010, Matthias joined „The Mr. Big Stringband“ contributing vocals, guitar, mandoline and contrabass (www.misterbigband.de). He also performs solo as singer-songwriter (TransAtlantik Folk) (http://www.matthias-möhring.de/). For many years he was happy to be the absence representative for the "Four Potatoes" on contrabass and singing and is now a permanent member of the Four Potatoes from May 2020.
Wolfgang Ritter: It doesn’t look like it when he’s playing the smallest instrument in the band, but humor is his second name.Wolfgang also makes entertainment on stage.When melodies twinkle off his strings the audience realizes how much the sound of the mandolin adds to the sound of the band.
Ewe Krumpholz: Even though he was forced to learn to play the violin when he was little (was he ever?) he eventually did find his way to the fiddle. Ewe is a great fan of Stephane Grappelli and Gilles Apap, the fiddlers amongst the great violinists. Above all, traditional folk music worldwide is for him the source of both beautiful and interesting melodies. He truly believes that, besides the popular TV German folk scene, real German old time music exists. He is considered the best male fiddler in the band.
Gaby Fitzner: When she found her way to old time music, the band already existed 15 years, Gaby joined in 2007. As a member of a classical orchestra she played classic violin. It was a stroke of good fortune for the band that she lost her heart to the fiddle. The two fiddles that we have now have raised the sound of the band extraordinary. Gaby trained to fiddle (no notes!) on vacation in Ireland where she joined sessions in pubs in Galway and Donegal. Even though she still can produce the beautiful and clear notes of the classical violin, she is considered the best female fiddler in the band.
Dieter Lengler: is a quiet man when he plays the typical old time claw hammer style banjo. This requires a lot of concentration between the songs as old time banjo players normally have a specific tuning for every song so the banjo must be re-tuned for every song. He is a maestro in making ornamental bead work, just look at his hat band. He is the initiator of the band as well as the boss organizing the gigs.
Contact Dieter Lengler Tel. +49 7151 603713