Joshua Fialkoff (US):
Joshua Fialkoff lends his smoky voice and unique piano stylings – a veritable gumbo of “roots piano” flavors – to dance exchanges and series around the world, and has been doing so for over ten years. Joshua first began playing for dancers as a bass player for Solomon Douglas. Later, as a pianist, he started his own group and began sharing his distinct brand of Blues and Swing. Joshua is known for his unique arrangements that are at once new and old, and an authenticity and rawness that shines through in his presence and performance.
Blues and Swing events throughout the US, Canada, and Europe regularly feature Joshua or one of his ensembles. Some recent performances include Spoonful (Edinburgh, UK), DCLX’tra (Washington DC), Dance Flurry (Saratoga Springs, NY), BluesSHOUT (Chicago, IL), Sweet Molasses Blues (Boston, MA), Eastside Stomp (Seattle, WA), Montreal Bagel and Blues (Montreal, QC), Capital Ballroom (Seattle, WA), Mean Old Blues (San Francisco, CA), and many others. He has shared the stage with a number of esteemed musicians including Gordon Webster, Barbara Morrison, and Meschiya Lake. Joshua is the rare performer who cares deeply about his audience, who is constantly seeking to connect and engage the people he plays for, and who yearns to instill in everyone within earshot an irresistible urge to move.
Miss Mikey May and The Organ Grinders (Prague)
Born with the Blues and paid her dues, Miss Mikey May is a powerful and soulful vocalist, a natural entertainer with backgrounds in theatre, cabaret, burlesque, and social dancing. Her mission is to serve up a wild ride to the roots of Blues, Jazz, and Gospel in a dancer-friendly package.
In 2016 Mikey founded the Hammond-organ based swing and Blues project, The Organ Grinders. Armed with some of Prague’s top Blues and Jazz musicians, expect some serious dancing with tributes to good ol’ fashioned tunes, a few new ones, and an all around groove-it-or-lose-it good time!
Herby & The Mudcats (Vienna)
Paul Batto Jr. (Prague)
Paul Batto jr. has been “on the road” performing for the past 20 years. He has toured throughout Europe, appeared on national radio and television shows and received acclaim from critics and public alike. A versatile performer Paul has done everything from solo performances to leading his own bands and guest appearances with orchestras. His core musical influences range from John Lee Hooker to Mahalia Jackson to Sinatra – yet he does his best to keep his music uniquely his own. At present he is touring in a duo with pianist Ondra Kriz – playing a repertoire of original songs rooted in blues and gospel tradition.
Erik Trauner (Vienna)
Stefano Ronchi (It):
Stefano “Slidin’ Wolf” Ronchi is an Italian blues guitar player and singer living in Berlin. His way of composing and arranging is grounded in old black folklore music from the 20’s and 30’s, from Delta Blues and Piedmont Blues, through old Spirituals, stomp and “swamp” sounds.
Passionate about slide guitar, he looks at the tradition with his personal, modern and respectful attitude. He is constantly touring around the World, playing in blues clubs, Festival, and blues dance events as solo artist or collaborating with other great musicians, as Tony Coleman, Dan Nash, Marcos Coll, Micha Maass, The Ragtime Millionaires, Jessie Gordon, and many more: Berlin Blues Explosion, Blue Note (Milan), Buddy Guy’s Legend (Chicago), Q- Factory (Amsterdam), Banana Peel (Belgium), Tiny blues weekend (Dresden), Blues up the backyard (Berlin), Big mama swing (Madrid), Blues baby blues (London), Ballo Blues (Pistoia), Blossom blues (Zurich), Summer Blues Camp (Lucerne), Petit ESBF (Madrid), Blues River Notes (Milan), Bread Jar Blues (Tel Aviv), Atlantic Blues (Porto), Vienna Sugar Blues (Austria) and many others blues events in Spain, Italy, Netherlands, Israel, Germany, Belgium, Latvia, Switzerland, France, Portugal.
He is currently touring in Europe with Tony Coleman, who has been drummer for many blues legends as Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, Ruth Brown, and for the king of the Blues himself: B.B. King, for almost 30 years.
In 2012 he recorded guitars on the record “Come il suono dei passi sulla neve” by Zibba & Almalibre. The album won the famous Italian award Premio Tenco, as Album of the Year.
He is also finishing the production of his new upcoming record, “In close embrace”, out at the end of November, and working as mixing and mastering engineer for other Blues artists in his own studio in Berlin, the “Groovin’ Tomato”.