Friday, 6 November 2009

News from the Czech Republic

Greg Cahill (back to camera), David Thomas (bass), and Petr Brandejs (banjo) after the Jicin concert

In addition to the recent PBB workshop featured on the European Bluegrass Blog on 19 Oct., Petr Brandejs reports that the number of bluegrass-related bands on the Czech Bluegrass Music Association (CzBMA) website has risen to 208.

The CzBMA organised a fine concert of the Special Consensus (USA) in Jicin, Czech Republic. IBMA president and banjo player Greg Cahill and his boys had such a good time afterwards that they unfortunately overslept and missed their plane the following day from Frankfurt to the US. Pictures from the show can be seen here.

New recordings by Czech bands: Benefit have a new CD out, recorded live in the studio; Monogram are preparing a new CD, mostly with original material by their lead singer, Jakub Racek; and the Petr Brandejs Band have started work on their next CD. This time it should be in Czech, specially for children. It will include some originals, but mostly bluegrass standards with (hopefully) funny Czech lyrics.