Friday, 5 March 2010

5th Camp of Musicians in Lower Tatras, Slovakia

Thanks to Roman Áč of Grasscountry (SK) for the report about this amaszing event in the hotel Kosodrevina, Low Tatras, Slovakia.

The initial idea of a Musician Camp in Hotel Kosodrevina, located in Low Tatras, Slovakia, was to organize a multigenre meeting for musicians formerly counting with number around 100 people. However, immediately after the first year of the event in 2005, to its organizers (Roman Áč and Jozef Černý) the genre orientation was absolutely clear: Bluegrass music. This kind of music is really strong in the terms of amount of musicians and fans in Slovakia and mainly in Czech Republic. So, the initially informal meeting of musicians developed into series of stage-performances of full bands. The overall sound was under control of excellent Jirka Elger.

The Fifth Anniversary year was extraordinary in character. There were 260 people participating. Saturday's "little stage" was opened in addition to the main stage and the first official guitar workshop was performed by Ralph Schut (G-Runs 'n Roses, CZ) and Ondra Kozák (Křeni, CZ). Also, there were more intensive jam sessions this time in comparison to previous years. One could say, that the Musician Camp in Hotel Kosodrevina gains its own prestige and slowly becomes one of the major festivals as are, for instance, Banjo Jamboree, Starej Dobrej Western and many others. In addition, it excels in its uniqueness. It takes place in the beginning of January – out of main season – and one can witness notable experiences there. This year, there were 26 bands from Slovakia and Czech Republic presenting their repertoire. Here are most memorable of them: excellent Monogram – accompanied also singer Pavlína Jíšová, Grasscountry, or 29 Strún (29 Strings) and also very interesting project called The Bricks.
The proof that the promoters did they job right are not only positive reactions on portals like bgcz.net, or instantly growing interest and sympathy, but mainly the satisfaction of attended musicians and fans, who won't forget any of this unique festivals. The love for bluegrass music is well-marked everywhere in "Kosodrevina".


More detailed information is available here.
The bands that performed at Fifth Musician Camp in Hotel Kosodrevina: MINARET(CZ), CANDY FLOSS(SK), UNION CITY GRASS(SK), IMPERIAL(CZ), GRASSCOUNTRY(SK), MONOGRAM(CZ), BLUELAND(SK), GOODWIL(CZ), HOLY WATER(NL), THE BEE LINE(CZ), GRUNT(SK), STRESSED HEDGEHOD(SK), TIEŇ(SK), ŠIDLO(SK), VIAGRASS(SK), THE BRICKS(SK), PAVLÍNA JÍŠOVÁ(CZ), FRÝDA & COMPANY(CZ), VODOPÁD(SK), TAVERNA(CZ), BLUE GATE(CZ), 29 STRINGS(SK), PEŤO LUHA and FRIENDS(SK), COP(CZ) and G RUNS & ROSES(CZ))

Pictures will follow.