The awards are given in two different ways. First, the musicians performing at the event vote to elect from among their numbers, the top three bands of the year. The 1st place winner of this award will be invited to showcase at next year’s (2011) IBMA World of Bluegrass event.
The second set of awards are given by audience vote at the event, and are dubbed the Audience Popularity Awards.
Here are this year’s top European bands.
European Bluegrass Band 2010
#1 G-RUNS ‘N ROSES (Czech Republic)
#2 EARLYBIRD STRINGBAND (Norway)
#3 RAWHIDE (Belgium)
Audience Popularity Awards 2010
#1 SUNNY SIDE (Czech Republic)
#2 BLUEGRASS CWRKOT (Czech Republic)
#3 G-RUNS ‘N ROSES (Czech Republic)
It seems this was a very good year for bluegrass in the Czech Republic.
G-Runs ‘n Roses took home top honors from their peers and a 3rd place ranking from the fans. The band members are from both the Czech and Slovak Republics. Formed in 2006, the band describes themselves this way.
…contemporary bluegrass while maintaining a deep respect for tradition. The repertoire consists of original songs by the band members as well as its own arrangements of lesser-known songs.
We look forward to hearing more from this top European band in the near future…