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Festival Archives

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Concert Archives

June 2016 - Alison Brown is back for a second concert with a Bluegrass line up featuring Matt Flinner (mdn), Bryan McDowell (gtr) and Gary West

May 2016 - The Peregrines put on a great show in the church with Joe Walsh (mdn), Grant Gordy (gtr), Bobby Britt (fdl) and Ben Somers (bs). They wll be back to headline the festival in 2017.

June 2015 - Alison Brown Quartet with a jazz line up Gary West, Bryan Larrance (drums) Joe Davidian (keyboards)

November 2013 - Bluegrass Deluxe (F) play in a special event for the projection of the film ALABAMA MONROE

October 2012 - Peter Rowan and Red Wine in the Church of La Roche sur Foron

May 2012 - a wonderful evening with IBMA winners The Gibson Brothers

May 2011 - Veteran Greg Cahil and Special Consensus played.

May 2010 - Kathy Kallick Band plays an evening set and runs a mini workshsop at Ste Marie Junior High. Tennessee Stud (FR) open the show

May 2009 - Randy Waller and Country Gentlemen carry the flame after a mini workshop at Ste Famille High School

October 2008 - Bluegrass legend and "Bluegrass Boy" Peter Rowan kept the audience mesmerised during his one-man concert. Moonshine (F) opened the concert and played with Peter for the encore

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2016 And for the first time in 11 editions we had to cancel one whole evening because of the weather. A big storm came through on Thursday forcing us to evacuate the entire site. Fortunately the weather improved and the following three days were as close to perfect as you can get. Front Country from California headlined alongside the power act Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley. Rapidgrass from Colorado ran the workshop and performed a couple of great sets. The Lunchtime sessions came into their own as crowds gathered to see Front Country and Rapidgrass share the stage with 4 up and coming European bands. Rawhide (Bel) headlined for Europe. G-runs'n Roses (Cz) won the contest with Kentucky Cow Tippers (GB) second and East West (Cz) 3rd. Check out the slideshow

2015 A special year for us to mark our 10th festival. There was no contest but all 9 previous contest winners came back to play as well as some of our "Committee's Choice" bands. Other friends came back from the USA with Hickory Project once again leading the workshop. Kim Fox brought brother Joel and sister Erin over to play with Dale Ann Bradley and Phil Leadbetter. Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen gave an electrifying performance and we invited Lonesome River Band to headline for us.
Friday July 31st was a "BLUE MOON" (second full moon of the month) so we celebrated it well with special tee shirts and all bands singing Bill Monroe's Blue Moon of ... erm ... La Roche! Check out the slideshow

2014 We were so excited to welcome top US band Blue Highway for their first visit to France as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations - and they didn't disappoint the hardy souls who stayed through the rain to watch. Hickory Project put on their Grateful Dead set under the band name Garcia Grass and we welcomed our first Australian Kristy Cox. The Jumber Cables (CZE) won the contest with Dunderhead (SWE) second and Springfield (FRA) third - our first French band to make the podium. Special mention for Ireland's Rackhouse Pilfer who rocked us out on Friday evening Slideshow

2013 one of Bluegrass's hottest bands of the moment Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen headlined and ran the workshop. It was a hugely successful event. Oh My Darling brought a wonderful of old timey grass from Canada and the beautiful duet from Boston Driftwood Fire played some great personal compositions. From Europe G2 (Sweden) headlined with Sons of Navarone (Belgium - 2012 contest winnters). East West won the band contest and will headline 2014. The weather stayed sunny and hot all weekend with no sign of a summer storm! Slideshow

2012 Headliners Ronnie Bowman and Bearfoot blew our audience away. Hickory Project did another great job at the camp and on stage. Belgian band Sons of Navarone won the band contest. French band Turquoise headlined (at last!). Once again a big storm forced us into the gymnasium for the last two bands (Le Chat Mort from Sweden and They Call Me Rico from Canada). Another highlight was French combo Dvorak Bluegrass Quartet performing Dvorak's American Quartet for our Sunday lunchtime aperitif show! Slideshow

2011 Headliners Kathy Kallick Band from San Francisco put on a wonderful display as we broke all records in terms of numbers. The weather was perfect and even when the storm came G-runs 'n Roses did a perfect job on stage. The Sunday fireworks to the sound of Bluegrass music was magnificent. Long may it continue. After last year, Howlin Fox and Abigael's Orchestra were both invited back to perform on the main stage. The contest was won by Blackjack - another Czech band! Slideshow.

2010 Another wonderful festival with "supergroup" The Bluebillies headlining (Dale Ann Bradley, Alan Bibey, Steve Gulley, Kim and Joel Fox). Hickory Project were also back to run the workshop and legednary European band Red Wine from Italy performed. Big storm on Sunday forced us to finish in the gymnasium where Howlin Fox (F), Red Dog (US) and Abigael's Orchestra (F) put on fine displays. G-runs 'n Roses (Cz) won the contest. Slideshow.

2009 A great weekend with fine weather. Carrie Hassler and Hard Rain lit up the Friday evening. For the first time we had three US act with Chris and Sally Jones Band and with Bob Jones, ably supported by Italian band the Bluegrass Cats. Acousticure (H) and Vodopad (Sk) were our European guests. The Czech domination continued with Kreni winning the contest. Slideshow.

2008 Some rain on Friday but Thursday and the weekend were wonderful. US guests Three Fox Drive made it a great event with a fine finale from Mideando String Quintet (Italy). Czech band Monogram won the contest. Slideshow.

2007 3 days of glorious sunshine and our frist special guests from the US, The Hickory Project, helped make it a memorable event. Kralik's Rowdy Rascals from the Czech Republic won the contest. Slideshow.

2006 The Original "EWOB" was held in La Roche sur Foron for the first time thanks to Dennis Schut, chair of EWOB association. Italian band Bluegrass Stuff won the contest. We had quite a bit of rain but enough success to enourage us to continue. Slideshow.

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