G-runs 'n Roses:

Upon hearing the name, you might expect a bunch of rough guys with tattoos and long hair, but the picture does not confirm your assumption. Luckily, these lads have other aces to pull out of their sleeves.

G-runs 'n Roses are a young and energetic bluegrass band from the Czech Republic in the heart of Europe. They play both original and existing songs with a strong focus on solid rhythm and tight vocal harmonies. This is complemented with fancy instrumental solos and incorporated into elegant arrangements. However youthful their music may be, tasteful it shall remain, and the band retains a deep respect for traditional bluegrass music. The band was formed in July 2006 and their first CD "Learning To Fly" appeared in 2008. Their latest release "Gravity", which features the second line-up of the band with Ondra Kozák on guitar, was released in May 2013. Both albums received enthusiastic reviews in the major European bluegrass magazines. In the autumn of 2017, the group recruited Tomas Dvorak who completes the current line-up on guitar and harmony vocals.

 

G-runs 'n Roses have toured Europe extensively. Selected performances include:


Ralph Schut - guitar, banjo & vocals

RalphRalph Christian Frederick Martin Schut was named after Ralph Stanley and the founder of the legendary Martin guitar company. Born in the Netherlands, he moved to the Czech Republic at the age of 19. The main reason for moving to this country (and learning the language) was the high level of musicianship and the large Czech bluegrass music scene. He has since performed with countless bands and been enjoying every minute of it. Ralph was raised on bluegrass and ‘50s country music. When playing with G-runs 'n Roses, he aims to combine the soul of real country music with the drive of '80s and '90s bluegrass. Apart from playing the banjo, he is also a passionate guitar and mandolin player.


Tomas Kubin - upright bass

Tomas KubinG-runs 'n Roses couldn't have wished for a better bass player! Besides being a reliable friend and a passionate driver, his excellent tone, timing and taste keep the band focused and fascinated at the same time. Before joining G-runs 'n Roses in 2007, he played with the Austrian group New River Train and the legendary Czech group Pražce. He recorded well-received CDs with both groups before joining G-runs 'n Roses in the fall of 2006. Tomáš lives in a small village in the so-called “Czech Paradise”.


Milan Marek - mandolin & vocals

MilanHe might look shy on stage, but out on the road Milan is actually the band’s biggest entertainer. Being a large fan of Stephen King, this can get pretty scary at times, but Milan’s humor does shorten the long drives between the gigs. Whenever he is not playing his Gibson F-5 mandolin, he can be found in the kitchen cooking exotic meals or at the ponds around Prague catching fish. Before joining G-runs 'n Roses in November of 2007, he played with the very popular Czech group Vabank Unit, and later with Fragment, with whom he toured the United States five times in 2001 – 2005. He also accompanied Bill Keith on his Czech tour.


David Benda - banjo & vocals

DavidDavid is our favourite banjo player in the Czech Republic and we are thrilled to welcome him to the band! He also performs with his own band, The Milkeaters.