Friday, 4 July 2008

Highlights of EWOB Month 2008: part 1

Text and photos by Lilly Pavlak

After returning from the EBMA’s EWOB Festival in Holland, I visited the 9th Annual Spring Festival Willisau in Switzerland on 17 May. This perfectly organized Swiss festival took place in a big barn in the farmer museum at Burgrain, near Lucerne. There were five performing bands playing two sets, one in the afternoon, one in the evening: the Swiss old-time Big Stone, the Czech band Blackjack (who won the #2 Audience Popularity Award at this year’s EWOB Festival),

Blackjack (CZ) at Willisau

the Americans Sally Jones & the Sidewinders (for a couple of songs also with the help of Chris Jones),

Sally Jones & the Sidewinders with Chris Jones

and the Infamous Stringdusters (of whom more later), and finally the young Swedish G2 Bluegrass Band, voted in Holland as the #1 European Bluegrass Band 2007.

G2 Bluegrass Band (Sweden)

The program could not be any better. Several hundred visitors to the sold-out event went home richer for a great musical experience.

(To be continued)

Aaron Till (fiddle), Chris Jones, Sally Jones