The Saturday night concert at The Alex was the last of this year’s Zermatt Unplugged. The previous day in the mountains of Zermatt on the snowboard, the Berlin folk band Mighty Oaks started their festival summer. With harmonious melodies characterized by acoustic guitar, mandolin and violin as well as polyphonic, they thrilled the concert visitors and fans with their unplugged set.
I saw frontman Ian Hooper with his internationally mixed troupe last in 2014 at Bierhübeli. Back then Mighty Oaks caused a stir with their debut album “Howl” and stopped by on their first headliner tour (read the story here).
In the meantime they released their second album “Dreamers” in March 2017. It sounds at least as beautiful and harmonious. Especially I fell in love with their first single “Be With You Always”. The catchy song was of course not to be missed on the evening and was also included into the specially for the Zermatt Unplugged desidned unplugged programme.
The band members from the USA, UK and Italy were supported on short notice by a German drummer, who had played with them before some years ago. The violinist from the USA played her first concert with the band that night.
At the beginning a little quieter, it was in the last third of the show a lot more energetic. Especially for popular songs like “Seven Days”, “Back To You” or of course “Brother” the Mighty Oaks were celebrated. At the end of the evening, the band surrounded a single microphone and the encore was accompanied unamplified by an acoustic guitar. A wonderful last festival concert.