Saturday, 14 September 2013

News from the Czech Republic

Petr Brandejs forwards Czech bluegrass news, collected by himself and Jana Hanusova:
  • The summer was full of festivals, some of them small, some of them bigger. Thanks to all organisers for their effort!
  • 41st Banjo Jamboree is gone and the CzBMA is happy that the cooperation with the US Embassy continues and seems promising.
  • One of the great news for us is undoubtedly the documentary film Banjo Romantika by Lee Bidgood PhD. It is based on Lee’s research in the Czech Republic, and tells the story of how bluegrass developed there. The document was introduced at the Banjo Jamboree and White Stork festivals as well as at a university in Brno. Lee has collected many useful and interesting information. More info:
  • On 26 October the Czech Republic will be visited by a great mandolin player, Mike Marshall, and unbelievable fiddle player Darol Anger. Thanks to Rosta Capek and Iva Loukova who are the promoters of their concert in Hotel Prague Boscolo. More at
  • A fantastic fiddle player, Pepa Malina, released his CD Časosběr. This project took five years of hard work and the result is wonderful. Guests on the CD include Katka Garcia, Robert Křesťan, Peter Rowan, Míša Leicht, and many others. A video (in Czech) introducing the CD can be seen on YouTube.
  • The young talented band Twisted Timber won the award 'Talent of the Country Radio', the only Czech radio that plays country, folk, and bluegrass music.
  • The top European bluegrass band G Runs 'n Roses have their second CD out. It's called Gravity and it only proves the band's high profile. A video can be seen here.