Fritz Schindler is a whirlwind of musical enthusiasm. His energetic live shows combine him playing a vast array of traditional Appalachian instruments—mandolin, guitar, hammered dulcimer, bouzouki, banjo, percussion—along with his versatile singing voice and oftentimes his amazing backing band, The Saucy Fellows. Added into the mix when playing solo are intricate live-looping and layering techniques. Whether with his band or solo, we like to call this unique and spell-binding music Contagious Folk ‘n’ Roll.
The talented multi-instrumentalist singer grew up in the epicenter of Appalachian heritage, Berea, KY, and is proud to now call Radford, VA his home. Fritz and his wife, Andrea, have three daughters, two dogs, and a house full of laughter and music. Fritz’s debut EP, Sunlight Breaking Through the Trees(produced by Brian Bunn, multi-instrumentalist for Travis Rhett, Third Day and Decemberadio) released in December 2013 and songs from the project have frequently played on college radio stations in multiple states. The deeply personal songs weave stories of struggle, discovery, tough choices, disappointment, and ultimately hope. Promoting the album led to Fritz performing live for two Roanoke TV stations and later giving several live remote interviews for a Kansas radio station. Over the years, Fritz has shared the stage with such notable acts as Hawk Nelson, The Vespers, Raymond & Ruth McLain, The New Coon Creek Girls, Nevertheless, BlueTree, Ilia, The Afters, and 7eventh Time Down. In 2014 Fritz began touring with a full backing band, playing concerts, churches, and festivals in Tennessee, West Virginia, and his home states of Virginia and Kentucky. In 2015, Fritz hit the road again with his talented backing band as well as playing a few solo shows, both featuring more instrumental songs, live-looping, and as always, the signature smile and warm enthusiasm he brings to every stage. The musical highlight of 2015 was producing and self-releasing his first holiday EP, A Folk ‘n’ Roll Christmas! and leading a multiartist Christmas tour of the same name.
Dates for shows in 2016 are being booked now. Please give us a holler if you would like Fritz to perform in your area for a special event, concert, festival, or to lead worship. He would love to meet you! All venues are options as he is equally comfortable playing on a small stage, large stage, coffee shop, church, restaurant, club, or for whatever special gathering you envision. Book Fritz now to take your event up a notch. A remarkably entertaining and energetic notch! No matter your age or musical preference, within a few short minutes, Fritz Schindler will have your toes tapping, hands clapping, and before you know it, you’ll probably find yourself singing or dancing along…
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