Wednesday, 13 July 2011

WieśBand Bielany Akustik - Poland's rising stars

Thanks to Miroslaw 'Mirko' Parejko for news of the WieśBand Bielany Akustik from Bielany, a suburb of Wroclaw (Breslau), Poland. The WBBA (formerly known as 'A Melancholic Country Band' and also known as 'The Only Official Glinolood Band', from their association with a local ceramic centre) are a new band playing bluegrass and acoustic country music, together with original material and covers - in bluegrass style - of pop, rock, and blues hits.

They formed as an acoustic band in 2010 after their country-band configuration won a national country music contest for emerging artists, Przepustka Do Mragowa. Their lead singer, Zofia Jastrzebska, won a special prize in the same contest in 2009. In May 2011 they were the first Polish country band to perform at the Wroclaw Philharmonia - their lineup includes two nationally recognised classical guitarists and a member of the Wroclaw opera orchestra. They have recently been invited to enter for the Country Music Meeting 2012 in Berlin, and for the main Polish country music festival, Mragowo Country Piknik.

The band are also on Facebook, and many performance videos of them can be found on YouTube (search for 'WieśBand Bielany Akustik'). Video links, music samples, reviews, and much more can be found on their website.

The WBBA are available for bookings, and can supply their own mobile stage (750 x 400 cm), mobile billboards, and promo materials. The full pool of talent on which they can draw (not all are shown below) is:

Zofia Jastrzebska (upcoming country singing star), Kamil Bartnik (5-string banjo, guitar, lead vocal), Henryk Koziol (fiddle, harmony vocal), Bartlomiej Helwing (mandolin, guitar, banjo-mandolin, harmony vocal), Radoslaw Wisniewski (slide & acoustic guitar, harmony vocal), Tomasz Kaczmarczyk (acoustic guitar), Źeljko Drobac (bass and... Sarajevo!), Slavko Osuch (percussion, flute, harmonica, harmony vocal), Miroslaw Parejko (drum & cymbal + washboard), and Przemyslaw Wicha (soundman).