Thursday, 3 September 2009

Farewell to Milan Leppelt

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak, who writes:

The Czech bluegrass lost one of its greatest personalities - Mr Milan 'Stranger' Leppelt. He passed away after a wasp bite in his garden on 18 August 2009, not even 50 years old. He was a musician, singer, banjo player and teacher, songwriter, publicist, translator, secretary of the Czech Bluegrass Association, tireless promoter and good, kind and always a helpful friend.

His family and the European bluegrass community bid him the last farewell on Tuesday 25 August in Police nad Metuji. His biggest dream to visit the U.S. will never come true, but now he is playing in the Heaven Bluegrass Band with all his old heroes....

Lilly also sends photos of the funeral, including those published here: the church display in tribute to Milan Leppelt (above left), part of the packed congregation (right), and (below) the musical tribute at the graveside by Bluegrass Cwrkot, including Pavel and Petr Brandejs, who were among the original members of the band.

A tribute to Milan Leppelt appears on the Bluegrass Cwrkot website.