Wednesday, 20 October 2010

15th bluegrass workshop in Malé Svatoňovice (CZ)

Thanks to Petr Hruby of All Bells & Whistles (CZ) for news of the 15th annual bluegrass workshop presented by Petr Brandejs and Jindra Hylmar in Malé Svatoňovice on 15-17 October 2010 (see the EBB for 9 Oct. 2010). The workshop was fully booked by early September, with over 140 students being tutored by 15 instructors on the usual bluegrass instruments, plus bass guitar, mouth organ, and old-time banjo. Attenders could also have their instruments serviced by leading instrument makers: Rosťa Čapek, Jaroslav Průcha, and Jan Fišer.

The workshop's annual highlight, the Saturday evening concert, was headlined by the multi-award-winning Blackjack. This year, for the first time ever, the concert was streamed live over the internet and can be seen in full through this link. As usual, a video of the concert will be available from the workshop organisers. Petr gives this warning about the internet link:

All you need is the Microsoft Silverlight installed, and a bit of patience - the concert runs for over three hours. Of course all MCeeing is in Czech language, and music starts at about the seventh minute of the record...

Petr's full report is expected to appear in Bluegrass Europe magazine.