After trying piano and saxophone, Bernard felt in love at the age of 15 with the guitar. In a finger-picking style, he plays traditional delta blues, Piedmont blues, and american folk music during 10 years. Listening for jazz since ever, he started then swing-dancing where he became a world renowned dancer. Mixing his new passion with the music, he started to play swing music, introducing finger picking style into traditionnal jazz. In love with swing, early jazz, New-Orleans, Ragtime and blues, he plays in different groups (the Raggedy Junkers …) and love to mix the styles.
Hot Engines Band
Hot Engines Band — is a group of diverse musicians who once tried to play blues together, and now can’t stop, since blues is the best way to express through music everything that is going your soul. Deep and personal, impetuous and cheerful, joy, sadness, perseverance, and calmness – all this is in the blues. And want to share all of these to feel together musical experiences. For this, there are all shades in the repertoire: Bessie Smith, Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Albert King, Gary Moore, Beth Hart … – each of these great authors added some important and profound emotion, their experience. Hot Engines Band is going through all this again and again.
Aleksandr Belkin (vocal, acoustic and resophonic guitars, harp) is the leader of “The Road Band”. The author of the most of the original songs of the band. He has the diplomas of Vilnius Conservatory and VPU. Before he formed “The Road Band”, he used to play in many jazz, blues and rock’n’roll bands. He played in the first Lithuanian blues band “Hilda Blues Band”. With those bands he toured many European countries. In 1999 as a member of The Country Blues Session Band he participated in Country Europe international contest in Mragowo, Poland. The band won the second award there. Aleksandr has released his 2 solo blues albums “Real Love” and “Black Papa”. Apart from his playing in “The Road Band”, Aleksandr Belkin participates in many music projects together with famous Lithuanian musicians, also plays with foreign musicans. The most famous are Keb’ Mo’ (1996 in Holland), Studebaker John (2007 in Lithuania), Ian Siegal (2009 in Lithuania), Kenny Neal (2010 – jam session in Palanga, Lithuania) and Larry Garner (2011m. jam session in Vilnius). Sometimes, Aleksandr makes gigs with big bands. Aleksandr Belkin is described in the book “Who is who in Lithuania” (2002, 2006) He has written and published the book “A brief history of Jazz” supplied with CD (publishing house “Kronta”). In the festival “Blues Nights” on 2003 he’s got a “Golden string” award. On 2003 and 2008 in the “Country Saloon” in Vilnius A. Belkin won a Grand Prix in the contest of cazoo playing.
Good Company Band
Good Company Band are permanent guests of Kyiv blues nights and jazz parties. A band, which was created by connoisseurs of vintage culture, performing traditional blues and jazz and inspired by the music of delta bluesmen, soul artists and jazz musicians of the big band era with famous vocalists such as Peggy Lee, Julia London, Billie Poole, Ella Fitzgerald.
In 2019, they played at the WinterEnd festival and at the BluesConf in Minsk.
Gena Gudkova – vocals
Eugene Lazo – guitar
Alex Kravchenko – piano
Artur Blomnik – Drums
Hey all! We are a NoNameBluesBand, a group a dancers from Minsk who once understood that the dance alone isn’t enough for us so we started playing and singing ourselves. We have chosen Fusion as a major and perform on dance parties and festivals ever since trying to create perfect atmosphere at the dancefloor.
We have some special spirit that is created by the guitar strings, rhythms of cajon and a goblet-drum, bass guitar groove and strong vocal lead.
We will be glad to share sounds of our emotional Fusion and try to keep you dancing till the last chord!