La Roche Bluegrass Festival remains primarily a festival for showcasing European Bluegrass. While Bluegrass is an all-American musical genre, a major strand of the music grew out of the music brought over by the immigrants from Scotland and Ireland, as well as Italy, France and Eastern Europe. Bluegrass then came back to Europe and each country has put back into the music some of its own musical heritage.
La Roche Bluegrass Festival reflects this diversity in its programme.
Our contest to elect the Best European Bluegrass Band of the year from 8 pre-selected finalists remains a centre piece of the weekend. You will also see other European bands, often with a more diverse approach to the music that may "disqualify" them from a contest of pure Bluegrass music.
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to elect the "EUROPEAN BAND OF THE YEAR"
Báry (CZE) - 1st time in La Roche
Thursday 7:45 pm
This all female band, with three lead vocals, has gone through some personnel changes since their formation back in 1989. Today they play modern country and Bluegrass covers and some original material - website
The Fretworkers (NOR) - 1st time in La Roche
Sunday 5:30 pm
Energetic Bluegrass played traditionally in trio format. Standards from the classic Bluegrass repertoire are mixed in with original material to make the show more personal - facebook
Friday 6:30 pm
Contemporary Bluegrass and Jazz that still honours the roots of the beautiful Bluegrass genre. Playing the contest for the first time - website
Thursday 8:45 pm
Another all female band exploring the spaces between Bluegrass, country and Swedish folk music and songs. Playing together since 2002 and currently working on a new project, they were much appreciated on the last visit to La Roche - facebook
The Often Herd (GBR) - 1st time in La Roche
Saturday 6:30 pm
Reaching beyond standard Bluegrass expectations with a marriage between Southern California harmonies and the industrial sounds of north east England. Intricately arranged material intermixes with exciting, spontaneous improvisation for an engaging and dynamic stage show - website
Red Herring (NDL)
Saturday 5:30 pm
Knee deep in the roots tradition and resolutely modern they will entertain with songs of murder and adultery with great playing and intense vocal harmonies. Back at La Roche with their new line up with banjo maestro Paul van Vlodrop - website
The Shackleton Trio (GBR) - 1st time in La Roche
Friday 7:30 pm
An exciting blend of folk, Americana and self-penned material instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from their native East Anglia - website
Travelling Twisted Trio (CZE)
Sunday 4:30 pm
Formed in 2014 with a desire to play their favourite songs in an different way, performing covers from all genres including Beatles, Floyd, Cash ... and original material - website