Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for a report and photos from two concerts in Germany, featuring one of her favorite Czech bands, Monogram from Prague.
The first was in the Lindenhalle, Ehingen, on 26 March at the 15th annual Bluegrass & Country night for St Patrick’s day, organised by vhs Ehingen, and supported by the Country & Western Friends Koetz.
Blind singer and guitarist Fred Heyden (left) from Hamburg opened the show, performing Australian-style country music, including songs by the legendary Slim Dusty as well as original compositions.
Monogram's own show (see photo at top), consisting largely of original material, won over the audience at once; and even after a ninety-minute set, they had to play three encores. The concert ended with Zydeco Annie & the Swamp Cats (below).
The next appearance by Monogram began at 4.00 p.m. the following day (Sunday 27 March) in Illertal-Vöhringen, at the club run by 'Big Herbert' Schildhammer (below, the band with 'Big Herbert').
The club, says Lilly, is very popular with musicians travelling in Europe, because of the unique atmosphere at its house concerts, where both musicians and audience can feel at home. Monogram played four thirty-minute sets.
Lilly reached home after the weekend and had the pleasure of discovering that Monogram has been selected to showcase at IBMA WOB 2011 (see the EBB post of 28 Mar.) - with which the band is also very happy.