Band Achievements
  1st place at the international bluegrass festival  European World of Bluegrass Festival, Voorthuizen, Netherlands 29. – 30. – 31. May, 2013   2nd place at the largest European bluegrass competition, La Roche European Bluegrass Festival,  in La Roche sur Foron, France 31.July– 4. Sugust, 2013
About the band * The current band members are: ** Jaroslav Žanta - banjo, vocal ** Jaromír Janda - violin, mandolin, vocal ** Lenka Krausová - upright electric bass, vocal ** Michal Rudolf Cádra- mandolin, vocal ** Jan Zellen - guitar, vocal * The band got started in the fall of 2007 in Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic by four experienced musicians: Jarda Handlíř (guitar, dobro, vocal), Jarda Žanta (banjo, vocal), Jaromír Janda (violin, mandolin, vocal) and Lenka Krausová (upright electric bass, vocal). The band performed mostly as a five-piece band while on the mandolin took turns Radim Duda a František Kratochvíl. The founding member Jarda Handlíř left the band at the end of 2012 and the guitar player post was filled by guitarist and singer Jan Zellen. Jan has lived 25 years in the United States and out of that time he spent 12 years in the Mecca of Country Music – Nashville. His experiences playing with some of the top Country, Bluegrass and Acoustic musicians such as David Grisman, Mark O’Connor, Dan Crary, Beppe Gambetta, Russ Barenberg, Tommy Emmanuel undoubtedly add to the flavor of the sound in the band.  In the middle of 2017 Michal Rudolf Cádra replaced Radim Duda on mandolin. * The band repertoire is made of tunes and songs with bluegrass, newgrass, swing folk and gospel influences. The band plays original songs and cover songs with own arrangements and sings in Czech and English with variable instrumentality. The band plays at festivals, all kinds of fairs and parties, music clubs, country dance evenings and other events. * The band uses their own sound equipment *The band members performed not only in the Czech Republic but also in France, Poland, Germany and many places in the USA * The band recorded its first CD in November 2011 * Among some of the biggest successes is: - 1th place at the prestigious Bluegrass Festival EWOB in Holland (2013) - 2nd place at the prestigious Bluegrass Festival in La Roche (2013)  - 5th place at the prestigious Bluegrass Festival in La Roche (2012) - 1th place at Posvícení v modrém (2011) 2nd CD published in 2016 in Czech and English
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Handl Bluegrass Band
Dear friends, we are excited to announce that we have been selected to again represent CR at the European Bluegrass festival in La Roche, France 1.8.- 4.8.2019.