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A six-member ensemble, Germany’s Santiano produce a rootsy mixture of ocean shanties, Euro folk, schlager, and modern pop music. Acquiring their name from Hughes Aufray’s 1961 one, Santiano were produced in 2011 by maker and Elephant Music owner Hartmut Krech. Contained in the music group are vocalist/guitarist Hans Hinrichsen Timm, vocalist/harmonica participant Axel Stosberg, vocalist/guitarist Björn Both, vocalist/guitarist Andreas Fahnert, and violinist Pete Sage. Santiano released their debut recording, Bis ans Ende der Welt, in 2012. Bis ans Ende der Welt became a industrial success, increasing to number 1 within the German product sales charts and heading triple platinum. Santiano’s second recording, 2013’s Mit den Gezeiten, also visited number 1; a special extended edition was released in Switzerland, peaking at quantity ten within the Swiss charts.

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