Friday, 21 May 2010

News from the Czech Bluegrass scene

Petr Brandejs, chair of the Czech Bluegrass Music Association, sends the following updates:

Preparations for the Banjo Jamboree festival in Caslav (June 18-19) are in full swing and keep the CzBMA busy. As usual, there will be workshops on all the bluegrass instruments + vocals (by Sue Thompson), an All Star Band (voted last year by the audience), 20+ bands including the Banjo Jamboree Contests Winners and more. This year for the first time, there will be a theatre for children, Capek's banjo auction and the Czech banjo legend Marko Cermak will be signing his new book and calendar.
Thanks to banjo maker Jarda Prucha, the Kruger Brothers performed again to a sold out hall in Prague on March 30th.
One of the finest bands in the country - Monogram - has a new CD out. It is called "Hit The Road", and there's a nice video on YouTube.
Rosta Capek put together a great concert in the prestigious venue Lucerna in Prague on April 18th. About 1'000 people attended the show which included also bluegrass acts Petr Brandejs Band, with a triple banjo arrangement of Dixie Breakdown or mandolin wizard Radim Zenkl. Previously announced Martino Coppo unfortunately got stuck in Italy due to the Icelandic volcano ash. All the money made was sent to the musical secondary school for blind students.
The new band Wind has just released its first CD "Bourani zdi" (Breaking down the walls).
Also the band Blackjack has a new CD out "That Old Book of Mine".
The current CzBMA Newsletter Bluegrassove listy features an extensive interview with Blackjack's banjo player Martin Kubec.