The Funny Grass Band has always focused mostly on the traditional bluegrass, country and irish music. For our performances in abroad we include our programme some Czech and Moravian folk songs or some of our own songs. Our instrumental set-up is typical for bluegrass music, i.e. mandolin, banjo, double bass, guitar, dobro, occasionally mouth harp, fiddle or irish flute in some songs.
The beginnings of the band are hard to trace because it originally started in 2002 as a nameless group of several musician friends from various bluegrass bands . The Funny Grass band created the CD – „No time to loose…“, in the spring 2007,which contains mainly bluegrass and also some irish music. You can enjoy to a rich selection of songs favoured by audience.
The band is going to keep focusing mainly on traditional bluegrass and irish music, especially on the vocally interesting composicions. The overall impression is further more enhanced by the band’s visual impact, as the band usually stands around one condenser microphone in stylish old-time stage clothes.
|Karel (Karlos) Soucek – mandolin, vocals, and Barbora Soucek – guitar and vocals whose pleasant sounding duets are the basis of most songs.
The band gradually went through several base and banjo players until 2003 when we finally found a stable bassist Robin Franc
who proved also as a great support for the band‘s harmonies. In 2017 when the band has started its renewal after two-year stagnation caused by health problems in Soucek’s family, Robin leaves not only the band but also his native country and plunges into far-off waters. 🙂 He was hired as “the boatsmann” on the “La Grace” brig.
Petr Ivan then becomes a new bass player, who until then active player of several bands in Liberec.
In 2004 the Funny Grass finally found the stable banjo player
Since the beginning of 2006, Funny Grass had invited a guest to the fiddle –
David Koucky, who played in the band until 2009. For his occupation by other bands and interests, he only exceptionaly act as a guest the band.
At the beginning of 2009 the band invited another guest – the dobro player Jaroslav Handlir
By his numerous appearances he deserved the title of a “stable guest”, and thanks to a fantastic collaboration and mutual sympathies he has became another member of this musical corp.
The Funny Grass often performs multi-voice cross vocals, which only a few bands are able to performe.
The Funny Grass band is reviving again after two years of silence. We decided to concentrate more on playing our own songs, but we will not leave our favorite songs from traditional bluegrass, western-swing, honky-tong …etc
The Funny Grass band was very long time in the same formation, only sometimes changed the musician guests and I hope when this band will be play and ofer good mode long time to the future.
If you want to hire this band, you can call :
Karlos – 00420 770 121 244 (speaking English or Polish)
Barbora – 00420 777 231 581 (speaking German or English)