Al Ras 2017 – 9/10/11 November- Barcelona

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Toni Giménez

Toni Giménez

Catalunya

Pioneer of the banjo and the diffusion of folk roots northamerican music in our country, Toni Gimenez will open our festival one more year. He began professionally in 1977 and he became part of the band Els cinc dits d’ una mà in 1980 with great musicians of our country like Xesco Boix, Noè Rivas, Àngel Daban and Lluís Panyella. From then, he had published several albums with folk, popular music and adaptations of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and many others, especially for a children’s audience. Throughout his professional career, Toni has participated in more than 80 audio recordings and he had publshed about 34 songbooks.

Michael J. Miles

Michael J. Miles

USA

Michael J. Miles is regarded as one of the most innovative clawhammer banjo players in the world. When Pete Seeger first heard him play he said, 'one of the most beautiful I've heard..... this is enough to make me want to learn the banjo all over again.'

Jake Schepps & Round Window

Jake Schepps & Round Window

USA

Jake Schepps and Round Window is the latest project from the Boulder, Colorado-based banjo renaissance man. For this special concert, an intrepid group of musicians will be playing an original live score (composed by Jake) to the classic Buster Keaton silent comedy film 'The Scarecrow'. In addition, expect music from around the world and across the ages: Ireland, Brazil, bluegrass stomps, and original works from Round Window Radio, the adventurous string band music subscription. With Joe Desposito (violin), Mike Robinson (guitar), Maribel Rivero (bass), and Jake Schepps (banjo).

Lluís Gómez Dotze Contes Quintet

Lluís Gómez Dotze Contes Quintet

Catalunya & USA

Dotze Contes is the musical personal project of Lluís Gómez, an acoustic band that plays tunes from his new CD, original compositions and standards of Bluegrass, Swing, Jazz ... On this occasion he will be accompanied by Jake Schepps and Michael J. Miles on banjos , Mike Robinson on guitar, Joe D'Esposito on violin and Maribel Rivero on double bass.

Howdy

Howdy

Euskadi

Howdy was formed in 2012 at Donostia - San Sebastián. Nowadays they maintain an open formation, collaborating with many musicians with the objective studying the different styles of roots music among the folk world. Currently band members are Jon Arzelus on bass, Urbil Artola on dobro, Jose Mari Pulido on banjo, Julen Maestro on diatonic acordeon, Jon Anton on acoustic guitar and Gorka Arranz on mandolin. Their repertoire goes from the classics to contemporary groups. Above all, they understand music as a means of entertainment for the public, trying to transmit this feeling in each song. They have played in multiple locations in the capital Guipuzcoana, as well as in other locations in the province and its surroundings.

Th' Booty Hunters

Th' Booty Hunters

Catalunya

Like a wounded animal in an ambush trying to survive is like these musicians from outside town play their bluegrass Punk, Rootsmetal or Anticountry... or maybe everything is just a joke... one of those that end up in the yard of a jail with a knife in the guts and Bleeding out the ass. Whatever it is, we hope you have made peace with Satan.


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