The third edition of the international festival of bluegrass and acoustic music offers a rich program featuring 24 excellent bands from seven countries playing various types of bluegrass and related music.
While traditional bluegrass is an American style rooted in the Scottish-Irish sounds of the Appalachian Mountains that uses the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, guitar, double bass, and resophonic guitar known as the dobro, currently musicians are spicing it up with more modern elements and styles such as country, folk, blues, jazz, rock, and swing.
The Lonesome Mountaineers from Sweden will be on hand, as well Czas Na Grass from Poland and Waterflow from the Netherlands. The Acoustic Quartet and Banjo Jumping Band will represent Hungary. The extensive list of guests from the Czech Republic includes Garcia, Reliéf, Monogram, Slávek Hanzlík & Groovy Lix, Křeni, Blackjack, Petr Brandejs Band, Vabank Unit, BG Cwrkot, Bluegrass Comeback, and Bluegate.
The Slovak scene will be represented by Meantime, Union Citygrass, Grasscountry with guest Allan Mikuško, Šidlo, Stressed Hedgehog, Fairway, the Tomáš Peško Band and Bluegrass Time.
When: October 10-11; Where: The House of Culture, Zrkadlový Háj, Bratislava;
Tickets: festival pass from Sk190 Sk/€6.31; www.bluegrassfest.sk
20. Oct 2008 at 0:00 | Compiled by the Spectator staff from press reports