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Why are some of the world's best banjos built in Czechia?

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May 15, 2022 - 5:16:27 PM
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15477 posts since 12/2/2005

Here's your answer.

A very nicely done YouTube podcast. This is an 80 minute listen - and it's worth it.  ON EDIT: FYI: It's all worth a listen. Prucha shows up around 0:49 or so. He reappears towards the end of the podcast, as do Greg Boyd and BHO's own Mike Stanger

This content may be considered by some to be political. I hope it's not locked accordingly - it's a great piece of work.

Edited by - eagleisland on 05/15/2022 17:50:57

May 15, 2022 - 7:23:13 PM
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1351 posts since 1/9/2012

Wonderful! Thank you. I did, indeed, listen to the whole thing. But I have a personal connection. I grew up in New York City with a Sokol Hall down the block. My parents grew up with the tramping culture and managed to escape in 1939, leaving most of family and friends behind -- and most of them were murdered.

I got to hear Druha Trava live (maybe about twelve years ago). While their English was heavily accented and, for some of them, limited, their singing was spot on. They could produce that High Lonesome Sound with perfect Appalachian accents.

May 16, 2022 - 4:46:59 AM



10276 posts since 7/1/2006

I'll make a point of watching this sometime today. I know that Andy Owens, a casual acquaintance of mine, formerly of Deep Gap, NC was somehow connected to, or a part of, Druha Trava and there are quite a few videos of them together. Andy was friends with Doc Watson, and also served in the past as chairman of IBMA. I noticed Andy joined BHO last December and visited the site only a couple of times. I think he lives in Mexico now.

Anyway, thanks for posting, I'll definitely check it out.

May 16, 2022 - 6:25:23 AM



10276 posts since 7/1/2006

I just listened to the whole thing. Excellent, especially towards the end, with that moving story from Tony Trishka.

Thanks for posting this.

May 16, 2022 - 9:10:05 AM



64306 posts since 10/5/2013

Thanks for posting this, Skip.
Back in 1975 I took part in the Canadian Open Banjo Competition the first year they held it. The winner was “Buddy Weston” , a Czech who had emigrated to Canada and took on an iconic name. He won the event, and he played one of his own tunes “Iron Curtain Breakdown”, probably a number that would have gotten him in hot water back home. I only chatted with him briefly a couple of times but I should have sought him out for more of his background story.
The podcaster here is Darcy Whiteside who hosts a weekly bluegrass radio show on CKUA out of Edmonton, Alberta.

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