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is there traditional music in Prague?

GUEST,leeneia 10 Aug 00 - 06:03 PM
Les B 10 Aug 00 - 07:57 PM
GUEST,Petr 11 Aug 00 - 04:39 PM
GUEST,leeneia 11 Aug 00 - 04:45 PM
Old Vermin 23 Sep 10 - 10:48 AM
GUEST,leeneia 23 Sep 10 - 11:57 AM
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Subject: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 06:03 PM


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Les B
Date: 10 Aug 00 - 07:57 PM

I would venture to guess there is. But are you talking trad Czech or Czechs doing other countries' trads ??

About five years ago I was visiting some friends in Prague. We were out one night to have Chinese food at a place around the corner from their apartment. On the way back I heard what I thought was live music coming from a little tavern. I insisted we stop, though my friends said it was just music from a "jewel box" - their term for a CD.

When we walked in, however, there were four or five people playing banjo, guitars, fiddle, and mandolin. They seemed to be doing American bluegrass, in Czech (I don't speak it). The songs were very familiar sounding, and every so often an English word would pop up. They also did well-known American instrumentals like "Devil's Dream" The instruments were European. No Martins or Gibsons. The banjo player was the most accomplished and he had some good licks, but in a very oom pah pah, Prussian-like rhythm.

My friends were very surprised to see that kind of music, and said they'd never seen it played there before. I would assume there are groups like that getting together now all over Prague.


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: GUEST,Petr
Date: 11 Aug 00 - 04:39 PM

I havent been in Prague in 5 years but I overheard an American Bluegrass musician that there are more bluegrass bands in the Czech Rep. than in a number of US states where bluegrass is very popular. There are some Czech bands like Ceske Srdce (Czech Heart) which is strongly influenced by celtic music. I saw them when I was there, their fiddle player was excellent and on their album they listed Shane MacGowan on the production credits. As far as how many trad sessions there are now I would be able to say. There certainly is a lot of czech trad music.


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 11 Aug 00 - 04:45 PM

Thanks for your input. (I don't know why this thread is in twice.) It's good to hear that people in Prague are playing any kind of traditional music, because it's hard to find in most places.

I suspect that once people start accepting one kind, it gets easier to branch out to other types.


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: Old Vermin
Date: 23 Sep 10 - 10:48 AM

Through Morris side, just been advised of:


Prague Folklore Festival which takes place end of July-ish.

Wondering what anyone knows of it?

"The festival is open for amateur folklore ensembles of all types (singing groups, dancing groups with live or recorded music, historic groups) without age with min. 14 members.... all costs in connection with the participation are to be carried by the participants"


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Subject: RE: is there traditional music in Prague?
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 23 Sep 10 - 11:57 AM

Thanks for the info on the festival. For more info on f.m. in Prague, see the recent thread called 'Folk Music in Prague. Help!'


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