Enjoy some top Bluegrass music on our Lunchtime Stage while taking advantage of our wonderful home cooked meals at happy hour prices.
US headliners play a second set alongside some of the best duos and trios around, as well as a selection of some of Europe's best young talent.
HAPPY HOUR PRICES DURING ALL LUNCHTIME STAGE CONCERTS
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SATURDAY AUGUST 5
SUNDAY AUGUST 6
HENHOUSE PROWLERS (USA)
A whole new set from this Chicago based band ...
Co-production with Festival Country de Craponne France
In 17 years the Henhouse Prowlers have forged their own path through music and across the globe, touring worldwide and learning of the musical heritage in faraway places.
While bluegrass is the undeniable foundation of the Prowlers music, the band manages to bend and squeeze the traditional form into a sound all their own.
Jon Goldfine - Bass
Chris Dollar - Guitar
Jake Howard - Mandolin
Ben Wright - Banjo
DAMN TALL BUILDINGS (USA)
2nd time up for this New York based young, high energy trio …
Having spent their early years as buskers, they bring their street learned skills and chops from different styles to a fresh mix of bluegrass, blues, roots-rock and vintage swing to create a captivating, high-energy sound. They are already established as one of the exciting new bands from these last few years.
Avery Ballotta - Fiddle, Vocals
Max Capistran - Guitar, Banjo, Vocals
Sasha Dubyk - Bass, Vocals
NEW VALLEY STRING BAND (SWE)
Old time Appalachian music from Scandinavia…
This Swedish old time trio combines the Appalachian string band tradition with a Nordic sound to create something new, with a mix of party-hits from the Appalachians and emotional arrangements of heartbreaking ballads.
The fiddle carries the melodies, the clawhammer banjo and guitar hold a steady pulse while the trio’s harmonies, groove, and bluesy pentatonic scales lay the ground for stories from another time, making a concert with New Valley String Band something special.
Adam Bülow - Fiddle
Lukas Pettersson Lindberg - Banjo
Michael Nyberg - Guitar
GRASSY STRINGS (IND)
That rarest of musical projects: a Bluegrass act from India …
The two met at junior school and have shared a love of music from all round the world ever sice. They discovered Bluegrass through the Internet and decided this was the music for them. While their repertoire consists mostly of Bluegrass standards, they also compose and sometimes sing Bengali songs.
We discovered them when they took part in the California Bluegrass Association Jam-a-thon during lockdown in 2021 and we are happy to give our European audience the opportunity to see them play. They have also worked with Henhouse Prowlers during one their Bluegrass Amabassador tours to India.
Souvik Hazra - Guitar, Vocals
Subhankar Dhar - Mandolin
KIDS ON BLUEGRASS EUROPE
A chance to see how our European kids are getting on after our second 3-day camp at La Roche
For the first time since 2015, our French instructors have agreed to put on a show to follow up the great work they do during the camp, which takes place every year before the festival
TIM O'BRIEN BAND (USA)
A second chance to hear more songs from this living legend of Bluegrass and Americana …
Having enjoyed a wide range of influences as a child, Tim became a leading figure in the Colarado Bluegrass community of the 70s and 80s, enjoying several decades of success with the iconic band Hot Rize.
Since moving to Nashville, Tim has been a regular session musician and major contributor to the celebrated BBC Transatlantic Sessions, as well as bringing out several successful solo albums featuring his personal songs. With 2 grammy awards and several IBMA awards, Tim comes to La Roche as a genuine Bluegrass, Folk and Americana star, and brings with him an all-star line up.
Tim O'Brien - Guitar, Vocals
Jan Fabricius - Mandolin, Vocals
Mike Bub - Bass;
Shad Cobb - Fiddle (played La Roche with 3 Fox Drive in 2008)
Cory Walker - Banjo (played La Roche with Ronnie Bowman in 2012)
SLO COUNTY STUMBLERS (USA)
High energy Old Time music from California ...
Coproduction with Herbe Bleue Festival France
This energetic American Old Time string band out of California’s Central Coast play hard-driving fiddle tunes and spirited songs, heavily influenced by the golden-era string bands of the 1920s and 30s. Their performance is filled with humorous stories and banter and is guaranteed to get feet moving across the dance floor
In the short time since the band’s formation in 2018, the Stumblers have performed at a variety of folk and bluegrass festivals, square dances, old-time fiddler’s conventions, as well as hosting the annual Pozo Old-time Music Gathering. Each member contributes a unique role, educating and sharing their love of traditional music and craft.
Voici un groupe dynamique de Old Time américain formé en 2018, basé sur la côte centrale de Californie. Ils jouent des airs de violon et des chansons entraînantes, fortement influencés par les “string bands” de l'âge d'or des années 1920 et 30. Leur performance est remplie d'histoires drôles et d’humour et est garantie de faire taper du pied et de danser.
Dans le court laps de temps depuis la formation du groupe, les Stumblers ont joués dans une variété de festivals folk et bluegrass, de square dances, de Old Time fiddle conventions, ainsi que l’animation du Rassemblement Old-time Music de Pozo. Chaque membre joue un rôle spécifique pour présenter et partager leur amour du métier de la musique traditionnelle.
Casy Meikle - Fiddle
Stuart Mason - Guitar
Daniel Bohlman - Banjo
Jerry James - Bass
MATHIS & BENOIT (DEU/FRA)
A beautiful European hommage to the old blues, country and folk traditions of America …
These two musicians have a rich musical past, drifting between traditional American music and the modern French pop scene (Manoukian, Milteau, Emily Loizeau). They have appeared on best selling albums, national TV and across major events in the USA.
After realising the Doc Watson played just about every song they wanted to learn, they travelled to the USA to learn more about him and his music, and to play their European take on these old songs - sharing the stage one time with Bryan Sutton! And here they are back in Europe bringing the fruits of these experiences to the La Roche stage.
Mathis Haug - Guitar, Vocals
Benoit Nogaret - Guitar, Vocals
YONDER BOYS (DEU)
Acid Folk from around the world !
Acid Folk is the title of their album because of the psychedelic feel their ideas gave to the sound of the album.
The trio enjoyed success at the 2022 Street Festival with the depth and variety of influences on display mixing Americana with Bluegrass, pop, Latin and other psychedelic influences.
Not surprising for a band made of an American, an Australian and a Chilean all living in Berlin.
They have played support to many well known artists and the album has had air time on national radio in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Australia.
Jason Serious (USA) - vocals, guitar
David Stewart Ingleton (Australia) - vocals, banjo
Tomás Peralta (Chile) - vocals, mandolin, banjo, bass
THE BOATSWAIN BROTHERS & THE PITCH HILL BOYS (GBR)
As part of Bluegrass in La Roche's drive to promote young Bluegrass talent across Europe ...
Oscar and Harley started picking Old Time music with their piano playing Grandad in 2018, knowing nothing about the Bluegrass scene in the UK. Later they were joined with experiences from classical music (Alfie came from playing the cello to bass during lockdown), fast and ferocious fiddling and Tony Rice inspired guitar picking.
They have slowly been making a name for themselves in the UK and we are thrilled to offer them a slot at Bluegrass in La Roche in the “Young Talent” category, because we believe there is a bright future ahead for these fine young musicians.
Oscar Boatswain - Banjo, Vocals
Harley Boatswain - Guitar, Vocals,
Alfie Clark - Bass
Jimmy van Lin - Fiddle
Brad Sparks - Guitar, Vocals