We just received this report from our friend Lilly Pavlak.
The Czech bluegrass community has lost one of its greatest personalities – Mr. Milan “Stranger” Leppelt. He passed away after a wasp bite in his garden on August 18th, 2009, not even 50 years old.
He was a musician, singer, banjo player and teacher, songwriter, publicist, translator, secretary of the Czech Bluegrass Association, tireless promoter and good, kind and always a helpful friend.
His family and the European bluegrass community bid him the Last Farewell on Tuesday, August 25th in Police nad Metuji.
Milan’s biggest dream to visit the U.S. will never come true, but now he is playing in the Heaven Bluegrass Band with all his old heroes…..