Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Report from Slovakia


Thanks to Martin Laca and Deni Bartusekova for bluegrass news from Slovakia:

There is a new band on the bluegrass scene whose members are definitely no newcomers. The music formation called Bill Faster is formed by the top Slovak musicians: Richard Cifersky (banjo), Dusan Hronec (guitar,vocal), Anton Naroda (bass), Michal Barok  (mandolin, vocal), and Milan Benkovic (dobro) as a guest. The band has released its first video-clip.

[Bill Faster and the new video were featured yesterday (16 September) on Bluegrass Today by John Lawless.]

The bluegrass band Fragment is about to launch a tour celebrating its 30th anniversary. The band was founded in 1983 as a formation playing progressive bluegrass. Many musicians, as well as many bluegrass, newgrass styles and new acoustic music have been exchanged during its activity. The founding member is popular dobro player Henrich Novak.

The bluegrass band Candy Floss represented Slovakia in August at the international bluegrass festival in La Roche, France.

Vodopad from Brezno is commemorating its 30th anniversary on the Slovak, as well as on the European country scene. During its activity it has recorded seven albums and played throughout France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia, of course.

The music band Sidlo, playing traditional bluegrass, earned the award for the most popular band at the Chrudimský Zvonek festival in the Czech Republic.

The Willie Jones Band (US/SK) - whose frontman is the Texas vocalist Willie Jones - is about to record its début album in October at the SABIK recording studio. There will be mainly author music by Willie Jones on the CD, as well as the vocals by a young singer, Tana Matkovicova, who performs with the band. In January the band is about to perform at the 9th Music Camp in Kosodrevina. They are officially going to release their new CD there.

At the end of September the 6th RESOLAND dobro workshop, led by the excellent Slovak dobro player Henrich Novak, will take place at the cottage in Kosariska at Borinka.

The bluegrass event Palencarenfest Gelnica took place on 14 September 2013.