Thursday, 7 May 2009

Jamboree at Strakonice, 29-31 May 2009

Preparing the stage in the castle courtyard, Strakonice 2008 (photo: Lilly Pavlak)

The organising commitee of the Jamboree 2009 (29-31 May 2009) in Strakonice (CZ) is maintaining and developing the festival's successful approach of presenting a wide range of performers in bluegrass, country music, and related genres, in the unique ambiance of the medieval castle and the Open-Air Cinema. Reconstruction has been completed in the past year, opening up the area for improved access and facilities.

Once again, audio-visual presentations will be used during the shows, including recorded interviews with well known musicians, performances by top groups and soloists, as well as a relaxed version of product presentations and advertisements. Live filming by stationary and mobile cameras will 'look under the fingers of musicians'.

The Open-Air Cinema: main concert venue (photo: Lilly Pavlak, 2008)

This year's programme will also offer a review of the last seventeen years of bluegrass at Strakonice. Events begin at 4.00 p.m. on Friday 29 May, with a concert of 'Music of the Isles', focused on Celtic music. 'Bluegrass Session no. 9' will present a three-hour concert by great bands from all over the Czech Republic and abroad. As well as the leading bands and rising artists from the powerful Czech scene, the Saturday concert will include as a highlight the G2 Bluegrass Band from Sweden (#1 European Bluegrass Band 2007) and New River Train from Austria. The full programme can be seen here and on the Jamboree website.