Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Bluegrass Fest at the Buffalo Saloon, Chomutov (CZ), 16 Oct. 2010

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for photos and reports on two recent bluegrass events in the Czech Republic. The first was Bluegrass Fest u Bizona (Buffalo Saloon), on 16 October at Chomutov, in the north-west part of the country, organised by the local band, Album (above). Lilly writes:

There were five bands performing that night, beginning with the house band, Album, one of my favorites, with their beautiful vocals, getting better each time I see them. The next was Bee Line [above] from Kolin; I saw them once at the festival in Bohemian Paradise and I like them very much.

A surprise was an old-time band: the Harry Phill Band [above], with very unusual materials, in the '30s style – swing, blues, boogie-woogie, and so on. Their members were often changing their instruments – a very entertaining show. Not bluegrass at all, but very refreshing.

The next band was Country Cocktail [above], a kind of reunion of the legendary Zvonky, with the Krishot Brothers (maybe you know them as instrument makers), great as always!

The last band, Goodwill [above], came from far across the country, from the very north-east part – Ostrava. Unfortunately they came without their female singer Natalia, but with a lot of drive and temperament. A great jam session followed till the dawn.

Thanks to Album, who invited me there, and the promoters and owner of the Buffalo Saloon. Another white spot on my bluegrass map of the Czech Republic disappeared!

The Bison during the show. A further illustrated report by Lilly will appear on the EBB tomorrow.