ADAYA: songs of the sea, story’s of the road

Adaya is a very accomplished musician with an extraordinary range of musical talents, seemingly with comfort can adapt to several styles and genres

Hi. Tell us something about Adaya project.
This Project started already as I was 11. I wrote songs and performed in the Streets of Bern since I was very young. Finally in spring 2014 I met my bass player and could start calling my project a “band”. My music is very inspired by folk music from all over the world… but especially Ireland has influenced me the most. For what ever reason I have a deep connection to this place and it’s people. Some of my pieces like “the well below the valley” and “skibereen” are old traditional folklore songs of Ireland, telling about years of suffering and uprisings during the war. These are not past, they belong very well in our time since the sufferings haven’t become less. Next to these I write about traveling and the painful mystery of love.

Tell us about your last musical release.
My last release was actually with one of my side projects called “AYWA” (meaning “timeless” in old Germanic). Next to me playing the Irish bouzouki, flute and harp this album is as well full of other instruments like hurdy-gurdy, sack-pipa and percussion. A mixture of Celtic, Norwegian folk music and manly originals. You can check it out on

On you define your genre: “Folk, indie, bluegrass”. What does it mean for you? Tell us something about it.
That is one of the hardest questions… Irish folk? Not Traditional enough. Indie? Not hip enough. Americana? Not American enough. Psychedelic folk? Not freaky enough. Rock? Not hard enough… So? It is everything and nothing. I mostly try to keep it simple and call it “folk” (even it’s more then that).

Where did you get inspiration for your music? Which artists have influenced your style & sound, if any?
I get influenced by the folk scenes of northern countries like Ireland, Scotland, north America.. Artists like John Rehbourn, Alela Diane, some of my friends Arborea and Mama’s broke have left a deep inspiration in my heart. At last I get my ideas manly from traveling and experiencing.
How is being a band from Bern – Switzerland? What’s the best live act in your area? Tell us something about it.
Even Switzerland is such a small country, we have a great music scene. You have to open you’re eyes, but then you will find amazing cultural events and alternative locations. One amazing place is the “Reitschule” in Bern. since more the 20 years it is a squatted Riding hall (looks more like a huge castle) with more then 4 different stages, bars, theatre, cinema, markets and, and, and…  The best live act? Check out my friend He is only one of a dozen amazing performers from my hometown.

What’s the best live music show you’ve seen recently? Did you plan to have a tour in the next future? Tell us something about it.
That was us playing crazy bagpipes and drums around a huge fire in the forest, but we are heading to Israel soon and for next year planning to tour in Ireland, Brittany, Greece…  There aren’t any fixed dates yet but you can look them up on

What do you think of Do you think it could be a good tool to facilitate the process of booking and organizing shows? Do you have any suggestions?
It’s funny… I was couchsurfing in Geneva as I was on my way to England. That’s how I met one of the makers of “Livetrigger”. I find it a great thing! Definitely it is a good tool to facilitate the process of booking: today all bookings run threw e-mail and internet. I think “livetrigger” is a good idea to make life easier for musicians and bookers. Just keep things simple… you seem to be on the best path already.