Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for a report and photos of the final show in the recent European tour by the Kruger Brothers, which was presented by banjo-maker Jarda Prucha in the Novodvorska cultural centre in Prague on 7 April. The show was opened by Monogram.
Lilly points out that the Krugers have had friends and fans in the Czech Republic for a long time. Jens Kruger (left) was the first member of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys from outside North America. When the brothers began touring in the USA, they found that the audiences there loved the Krugers' own music. They moved to the US seven years ago and are now based in North Carolina.
Jens Kruger helped to design the top range of Deering banjos, made by Greg and Janet Deering (right), and played a Deering for most of the concert. However, at the end he switched to a Prucha banjo to play the final encore, 'Orange Blossom Special'. Read Lilly's full report here.
Jarda Prucha supplies one of his banjos for the final encore