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Eugene O'Brien

Bluegrass Banjo

Eugene O’Brien has been playing banjo since the folk-boom of the 1960’s playing in ‘Thymes’ in the UK and then ‘Crooked Jack’ in Germany. in the mid 1970’s. He turned to bluegrass in the 1970’s when he joined ‘Del Robinson and the Rocky Mountain Boys ‘ - A busy and hard-working band playing festival and concerts around the country. He went on from there for some years in the band ‘Barnstorm’ and later playing ‘fake’ mandolin in the UK band ‘Grassfire’ with great UK musicians; Gary Payne, Richard Collins, Bob Winquist, Pat Francis and Keith Calton (he who made the cases).
Moving to Belgium, Eugene was a founder member of ‘The Sons of Navarone’ who played and toured extensively around Europe and won the La Roche Bluegrass Band of the year in 2012. He retired form the band a few years ago in preparation for his move to France.
He has taught banjo to individual students and has given workshops at many festivals and camps including Banjoree in Germany and Sore Fingers in the UK.
Eugene works on the basis of making you a better banjo player and musician by not only teaching techniques, but also showing how you as a musician and player can always continue to improve.

Lluís Gómez

Bluegrass Banjo

Lluís Gómez is a renowned banjo player, violinist, mandolin player and composer known inside and outside our country, as well as festival director of Al Ras and Barcelona Bluegrass Camp and a professor at the prestigious campus in Virton, Belgium. Throughout his musical career he has been in many bands playing folk, bluegrass, celtic music and jazz manouche. Lluís is the author of several banjo and violin instructional books, and he publishes articles in specialized magazines all around the world.

Paul Van Vlodrop


Paul started his musical career in 1975, when he joined his brother Lody in the Dutch bluegrass band Country Ramblers on mandolin. He toured with the Ramblers and recorded a live album with Byron Berline in 1981. In 1987 he formed 4 Wheel Drive, and produced the music for the Dutch version of A Lie of the Mind by Sam Shephard. Voted the Best European Bluegrass Band at the annual EWOB festival in 2002, 4WD played at the IBMA festival in Louisville, Kentucky that year. Besides being a member of 2 bands, Red Herring (NL) and the Belgium-based Sons of Navarone, Paul currently teaches banjo and mandolin in Amsterdam, and is in demand as a session player for shows and studio work.

Maribel Rivero

Double bass

Being a classical guitarist by training, she studied with Elisabeth Roma and Jaume Torrent, she has been working as a double bass player for many years. She has accompanied a multitude of artists on tours of our country (Bill Keith, Tom Corbett, Tony Trischka, Henrich Novák, Chris Luquette among others ...), she was part of the Canticela Chamber Orchestra, the Big Band of the music school of Badalona and the improv group MIS. She combines these activities with teaching in the Municipal School of Music of Premià de Mar and the project Badacordes from the College of Music of Badalona. She is part of various musical projects such as Barcelona Bluegrass Band, Las Violinas, Grazztrio and Swing 42 among others.

Josemi Moraleda

Double bass

Musician of the mountains (Tres Turons). Main instrument: Double bass. Others: violin, guitar, tenor banjo, ukulele, mandolin and washboard. With extensive experience and passion in the field of traditional American music (Bluegrass, Oldtime, Jazz, New Orleans) he has been part of The Wild Turkey Band (with two CDs), and has also accompanied American artists of the genre (Katty Chiabola, Sharon Cort, Tom Corbet, Wanda Jackson, Ricky Araiza).
With a long history as a musician , he has been involved in rock since 1982, beginning with blues, bluegrass, modern music and jazz in general. With a long history of performances throughout Spain, many festivals, clubs, private parties, events, TV shows and various venues. As well as in several European countries (France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Hungary, Netherlands ...). Music studies at the Aula de Música Moderna and Jazz in Barcelona. Graduated from the ESMUC (Higher School of Music of Catalonia). He collaborates or has collaborated with traditional jazz groups with many of the most renowned musicians and groups in Barcelona.
Co-founder and teacher since 1993 at L’Escola de Música Pausa.

Oriol Saña

Bluegrass Fiddle

Throughout his musical studies, Oriol Saña obtained the Bachelor's Degree from the University of Berklee College of Music (Cum Laude), the Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Music at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, Master's Degree in Musicology and Music Education at the UAB and the P.H Doctorate at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in Musicology and Art History (Cum Laude) also at the UAB. He studies with professors like Matt Glaser, Mimi Robson, John Blake, Darol Anger or Mark O'Connor.
With Folkincats he explores the roots of jazz manouche mixed with traditional music. He works in duet with the pianist and composer Marco Mezquida. Later, he consolidated his duet between jazz manouche with guitarist Albert Bello and bluegrass with violinist Casey Driessen and banjist Lluís Gómez. Besides his travels in jazz and modern music, he participates in various symphony orchestras as a classical musician. His different bands take him to play at numerous festivals and concert halls in Europe, Africa and the United States.
He has recently written the books “The Chop Notation Project” with Casey Driessen and The Bluegrass Violin with Lluís Gómez as well as the album The Django Orchestra recorded in Barcelona and mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London.
He is currently a professor at l ’ESMUC, EMMCA and Conservatori Liceu.

Oriol Saña

Mitch Depew

Old Time Fiddle

Mitch Depew is one of the youth referrals when it comes to Old Time fiddle. True to the origins of the genre and always in search for the roots, he keeps the tradition of Old time fiddle.

David Muñoz (Gnaposs)


Guitar player and songwriter from Barcelona with a big and long career both live and in the studio.
Since 2019 he plays guitar with Barcelona Bluegrass Band and was the guitar player for Jarabe de Palo from 2014 to 2020 and for Els Pets from 2004 to 2014.
Besides his many jobs as a session player, since year 2000 he has recorded 6 records under his personal project, Gnaposs, where he develops all his creativity and hability with the guitar.
He studied at L’Aula de Jazz del Liceu de Barcelona and later, in year 2000, he graduated at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, California, earning the Best Stylist Award of his promotion from the hands of one his biggest idols, Scott Henderson.
He’s been a guitar instructor at L’Aula de Jazz del Liceu de Barcelona from 2004 to 2020 and since July of 2020 he teaches guitar at the digital plataform Escuela de Guitarristas.
He also has worked with artists such as:
Tàrraco Surfers, El Niño de la Hipoteca, Shuarma (Elefantes), Alejandro Abad (OT), The Bon Scott Band (AC/DC Tribute), Hotel Cochambre, Litus (Buenafuente), Californicators (Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute), Exceso, Llorenç Santamaria, Lluís Gavaldà, Joan Reig, Please (U2 Tribute), Los 80 Principales, Charlie Moreno Band, Crossfire (Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute) and the list goes on and on.

Joan Pau Cumellas


He is one of the leading exponents in Spain of the diatonic harmonica which he loves to push to the limits exploring its possibilities in different musical context.
Whether he is playing bluegrass, blues or swing manouche he takes the instrument up to surprising level. His versatility, has also allowed him to play with a diverse range of artists on the rock-pop, country and jazz Spanish stage and his harmonica music can be heard in more than 50 cds.
Joan Pau plays at numerous festivals in Spain and is well known in the European countries for it's participation in Blues and Bluegrass events.
He does harmonica jingles recordings for advertising announcements and musical sessions for radio, television and cinema.
He also is harmonica teacher in Barcelona, does workshops in different festivals, and makes harmonica sessions for children at schools.

David Prat


David Prat begins to play the banjo in 1994 , in a first moment Scruggs Style, at a later date when he found out about Old time music he started to learn Clawhammer.
During these first years also begins his adventure as a luthier of Banjos and Appalachian Dulcimer .
To know more deeply the style he has traveled in several occasions to the United States. In 2009 David spends 3 month in Kentucky learning and studying the Old time Tradition, history ...
During these years he has shared the path with musicians like, John Balch, Mitch Depew, Joe Herrmann, David McLaughlin, Lena Uría, Adam Hurt ...

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