Thursday, 28 April 2011

A last farewell to Honza Macak

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for these photos from the funeral of Jan 'Honza' Macák, European bluegrass pioneer, who died on 12 April. His family, friends, and the European bluegrass community bade him the last farewell on Monday 18 April in Jičín, Czech Republic.

The funeral drew a very large attendance from those who wished to pay their respects to his memory. The band Blackjack (above) performed during the ceremony.

Those present included Dennis Schut (centre above, with guitar) of the Netherlands, who presented the first European Bluegrass Pioneer Award to Honza Macák at the European World of Bluegrass Festival at Voorthuizen, NL, in 2001. Dennis's article on Honza Macák and his award, prepared with the help of the late Milan Leppelt, appeared in the June-July 2001 issue of Bluegrass Europe magazine.