Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Band changes (and distinguished visitors) in the Czech and Slovak Republics

Petr Brandejs sends news from the Czech Republic and Slovakia: 

The end of the year was marked by several changes in the lineup of Czech and Slovak bands. Ondra Kozák (guitar, fiddle; right in above photo) left the Petr Brandejs Band as well as the Kreni and is now only member of Fragment, which is working on a US tour in 2011. Vilma Orlitova (bass; centre in above photo) also left the PBB to concentrate on raising of her four children. Henrich Novák (dobro) and his band Grass Country (later renamed Natalia Mikuskova & the Keepers) announced in the fall that the frontman and singer Natalia is leaving the band.

Hopefully all these changes will lead to more new and interesting bands. One new and promising, named Who's your Daddy?, consists of Zdenek Roh (banjo, vocals), Henrich Novák (dobro, vocal), Martin Vitasek (guitar, vocals), Vladimir Krizan (guitar), and Erik Banic (bass).

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper played in December for a full house of the theatre Kopernik in Prague as a part of the Bluegrass Jamboree tour. Invited by the luthier Rosta Capek, they even played his mandolins and banjo in one song.

Rosta is preparing a show of two phenomenal mandolinists (above), Mike Marshall (USA) and Catarina Lichtenberg (D), accompanied in a part of the program by Petr Brandejs (banjo), Ondra Kozak (guitar), Stano Paluch (fiddle), and David Koucky (bass). The show is announced for 22 February at the same venue. For more information visit the Capek instruments website.

Petr Brandejs's 6th winter workshop, which takes place in Novy Jicin on 4-6 March, sells fast. For more info e-mail.

Thanks to the band Monogram, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver are coming to Prague on 16 May 2011.