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 Miles is one of America’s most innovative clawhammer banjo players. His musical background is steeped in the folk & blues of Chicago, in JS Bach and Motown, rock and roll, and the American Songbook hits that his blue collar father sang in the car. With expansive unpredictable repertoire and high-reaching musicality, his work is described by Banjo Newsletter as: "a brilliant tour-de force that effectively obliterates the limits of what was thought possible on clawhammer banjo." Hailed by the Chicago’s legendary WXRT as "Genius", the Chicago Sun- Times simply says, "Give the banjo to Michael J. Miles you’ll hear a mighty soul stirring sound."
Please visit Michael’s websites www.MilesMusic.org and www.ExistentialBanjo.com to view his work. There are more than a dozen books published Hal Leonard, Mel Bay and others as well as six CD’s with great collaborators including Bela Fleck, Darol Anger and some of Chicago finest musicians.
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).
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 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.
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.