Loes & The Acoustic Engineers
"A showcase of artistry and good taste" - Lukáš Rytíř, Director of the Bluegrass Dokořán Festival
The trio Loes & The Acoustic Engineers bring an original repertoire and an impressive collection of acoustic instruments to the stage. This Czech-Dutch band is the winner of both Porta 2021 and Interporta 2022. Frontwoman Loes also won second place at the Sofia Singer Songwriter Fest in Bulgaria in the fall of 2022 and will return to the Balkans in October 2023.
When it comes to genre, the band's style is like a quilt: colorful, diverse, and comforting. They describe their work as "indie chamber folk pop" or "Europicana" (Americana with a European twist), mixing storytelling lyrics (in English and Czech) with bluegrass virtuosity and pop melodies. In other words: "fresh music for old souls."
The band plays not only songs from Loes's latest solo album, but also songs written by violinist Honza Bartošek or multi-instrumentalist Michal Rudolf Cádra, as well as collaborative new work. Currently, the band celebrates the succes of their single "Princezna" that won the Golden Czech Twelve award in a hit parade on national radio and is now competing for the Platinum award.
The band likes to work with special guests. Among them are musical "wonders of the world" Ondra Kozák, who plays a big role on Loes's album, and David Benda, who had the prerogative to introduce himself as World Champion of the Banjo in 2020 and masterfully makes the band's repertoire even more multifaceted and colorful.
Loes van Schaijk: vocals, double bass, guitar
Michal Rudolf Cadra: vocals, guitar, accordion, mandolin
Honza Bartosek: vocals, violin
Map of Past and Upcoming Concerts
Svaťa Kotas Band
The music at the heart of Svaťa Kotas Band's repertoire derives from bluegrass and folk—call it "new acoustic music" or "musical poetry". This applies especially to the songs co-composed by the legendary banjo player Svaťa Kotas (founder of the band Fragment, with whom he toured the USA for many years) and guitarist Tomáš Vojtek. The melodies are lyrical and the lyrics are melodic. Though they are from different countries, the voices of Jana Vojtková (mandolin) and Loes van Schaijk (double bass) blend as if they were sisters.
Though the band does not have much of an internet presence, they have a long history, and most of the CD's that Svaťa has recorded over the years (such as Pozdě v noci) are now sold-out collectors' items. Good news though: a new CD is in the works!