AlpenFolk was formed as an Austrian style folk duet in 1987 by Thomas Tilton and Corinne Pflug-Tilton. Now a quartet, Thomas plays the traditional steirische Harmonika, or button accordion, while Cori contributes the lovely ring of the hammered dulcimer. Their son, Peter steals the show with fine guitar work, rhythm instruments and vocals. Completing the ensemble is the talented Robert Baumann on string bass and vocals. The combination of these folk instruments, along with traditional vocals and yodeling, gives AlpenFolk a uniqueness and authenticity rarely enjoyed outside of the alpine regions from which their music is drawn.
Bass, vocals Bob’s musical career spans 60 years and he has played with AlpenFolk for 28 of those years. He is of Bavarian/Austrian descent and speaks fluent German. Extremely well-schooled in bass technique for Bavarian, Austrian and Swiss folk music, he also contributes excellent vocal support – including splendid yodeling in many songs.
Bob is a retired teacher, currently enjoying the ‘snowbird lifestyle’. In addition to being AlpenFolk’s bassist and playing accordion at Leavenworth’s Andreas Keller restaurant, he also plays in a band in Mesa, AZ.
Guitar, spoons, vocals
Peter, the youngest AlpenFolk member, has been performing with ApenFolk since age 5, playing spoons, guitar and rhythm instruments, and adding wonderful harmonies to AlpenFolk vocals.
Over the years, Peter has become a fine musician and true professional. In addition to his AlpenFolk appearances, Peter manages AlpenSound, providing sound services for events across the state. Peter also spends much time in the studio working on his own music projects.
Cori is one of the main reasons that AlpenFolk stands out from other alpine bands. Her command of the dulcimer gives the ensemble the unique folk sound so prevalent in "true" Austrian and Bavarian folk music.
Cori has recently retired from school administration, and has launched an educational consultant business.
Cori is of German descent and speaks German.
Button Box, zither,
Thomas, a retired school guidance counselor, is the band's leader. He has a life-long affinity for the language and culture of the alpine region, and holds a Masters Degree in German. His study of Germanics took him to Regensburg, Germany, where he developed his love of "true" alpine music.
He has since collected and arranged hundreds of traditional (and not-so-traditional) pieces and provides AlpenFolk with the material which has made the ensemble so popular.
Thomas plays numerous instruments and is the driving force behind AlpenFolk.