Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Pete & Joan Wernick to perform and teach bluegrass music in Russia, July 2010

Internationally renowned banjo player and teacher Pete 'Dr Banjo' Wernick and his wife and musical partner, Joan Wernick, will travel to Russia in July 2010 to perform and teach at Russia's first Russia-America Bluegrass Jamboree in Vologda, and in St Petersburg. The Jamboree will offer free outdoor concerts by both American and Russian bluegrass artists, informational presentations about the genre, and bluegrass jam sessions. The Wernicks will perform at Vologda, the main event site, and will also offer a bluegrass presentation to Russian teens in Semenko as part of the Jamboree. For complete festival information, see the Jamboree website.

The Wernicks will also perform in several other capacities during their stay. Here is their complete tour itinerary:

July 19 St Petersburg: Radio Show
July 20 Vologda: Russia-America Bluegrass Jamboree
July 21 Semenkovo: Russia-America Bluegrass Jamboree presentation to teenagers
July 22 St Petersburg: 3.00 p.m., Museum Presentation; 9.00 p.m., accompaniment for 1925 silent movie Tumbleweeds
July 23 St Petersburg: private party at home of US consul general.

More information is available here.

Pete says: 'My grandparents all came from Russia in the early 1900s, actually from the Ukraine region. Joan and I grew up in the era when Russia was America’s number one scary rival, and so it’s gratifying to be enlisted for this event intended to bring our cultures a bit closer together.'

Pete Wernick is renowned worldwide for his accomplishments and contributions to bluegrass music: the hot-picking force in several trend-setting bands including Hot Rize, respected author and teacher, songwriter, and long-term president of the International Bluegrass Music Association.