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Blues & Folk Connection project has emerged from the vocalist’s and the drummer’s fondness for the traditional American folk music. Enchanted by the real life lyrics and beautiful, yet usually very plain harmony, they decided to form a band which would introduce this genre to a larger audience. Consequently, they decided to gather a group of experienced musicians who could easily understand the most characteristic feature of the genre – simplicity.
Each of them has brought in their own, fresh ideas and a different approach to the specific songs. The result is a very original sound of the set, in spite of the fact that it has been based mostly on traditional melodies. The extraordinary sound of the double bass, which at times replaces the violin, so typical of folk music, the slide technique employed by the guitar player, the subtle presence of the keyboards, the sound of the floor tom and the bass drum so often emphasizing the lyrics and finally the poignant vocals – they are all the very essence of Blues & Folk Connection.
The lyrics, most often stories of murders, conflicts, fights, loneliness or revenge, perfectly blend in with the music. Let’s immerse for a while in the gloomy world of the beginning of the 20th century and feel the mood. It is worth trying. It really is.
Joanna Knitter – vocals. A laureate of several festivals and contests, she’s been awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Culture and has also won the prestigious Sopot Muse for Young Artists. She sings with such bands as Take It Easy and The Moongang. Since she heard the recordings by Woodie Guthrie’s and those collected by Alan Lomax, she has been in love with blues and folk music. She holds Bob Dylan in the highest esteem, but she also appreciates Gillian Welch and Bonnie Raitt.
Artur Jurek – piano, hammond. A laureate of Jazz Juniors Festival together with „Unit Seven” band, he has performed in China, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Mexico and Venezuela and played with such artists as Minoru Ozone, Sadao Watanabe, Doug Cameron, Ian Gillan, Hal Frazier and Jordan Benett. Currently he cooperates with Przemek Dyakowski, Leszek Dranicki, Paweł Orkisz, Joanna Knitter, The Polish Baltic Frédéric Chopin Philharmonic, Stanisław Daniel Kotliński, Paweł Hulisz and with numerous bands of Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot.
Krzysztof Paul – guitars. A prize winner at numerous competitions and festivals, he has formed Paul Band with whom he has already released two albums. He has been invited to participate in multiple projects – he has played, among others, with No Limits, Ajagore and Smugglers.
Adam Żuchowski – double bass. Music director at Atelier Theatre In Sopot, Poland. He has been the arranger of most musical projects and performances staged by Andre Ochodlo and he has also composed the music to such plays as “Breaking The Waves” by Vivian Nielsen and Lars von Trier or “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” by Edward Albee. He has been cooperating with such jazz musicians as Tomasz Sowiński, Dominik Bukowski or Piotr Mania. Together with Piotr Mania and Tomek Sowiński he has formed Mani Trio, the band, whose album “Pearl” was awarded a Fryderyk prize for ‘The Phonographic Debut of The Year” in jazz music cathegory in 2011.
Piotr Góra – drums. His professional career started in the nineteen-eighties when he joined Jerzy Partyka Big Band. He is a laureate of Jazz Juniors and Gold Washboard festivals. He worked for the Polish Instrumental Theater, Baltic Opera in Gdańsk, Music Theater in Gdynia, Wybrzeże Theater in Gdańsk, he was also a drums and percussion teacher in Mexico City. For several years he played with Ajagore, The Smugglers, No Limits and Mississippi Blues Band. At present, he is a member of The Moongang and Mietek Blues Band. He has also cooperated with numerous outstanding musicians – Leszek Możdżer, Maciej Sikała, Olo Walicki and Adam Wendt among them.