This year, cold weather and heavy rain forced the 18th Strakonice Jamboree to leave its usual beautiful outdoor setting and move into shelter in the differently beautiful House of Culture (photo, right: Blackjack on stage).
Over thirty bands took part during the two days, including G2 (Sweden) and New River Train (Austria) as well as many leading Czech bands. With the shelter of indoor conditions, jamming went on till dawn. Highlights of the event included an appearance by a finalist of the 'Czech superstar' TV contest – the former Modrotisk banjo player Ondra Ruml (2nd place) with the Eliska Ptackova band (photo, below left) - and the presentation to Blackjack of the #1 Audience Popularity Award which they had won at the EWOB Festival in the Netherlands.
Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for a report and many fine photos taken at the Jamboree. Links to the programme and other details were published on the European Bluegrass Blog on 7 May. Lilly's full report can be read here.
Update 15 June: More photos by Lilly can be seen here.