Henhouse Prowlers Steal Hearts of Urals Music Fans

Group of men singing. (USCG)
Photo belongs to the US Dept of State

“The level of cohesion and harmony in your music is beyond comprehension… Simply amazing!”, “Fantastic performance!”, “Wish you played more” – these are only a few remarks of the overwhelmingly  enthusiastic reception of the Chicago-based bluegrass quartet Henhouse Prowlers’ music by Russian audiences.  From April 8-21, The Henhouse Prowlers toured the Urals in Russia at the invitation of the U.S. Consulate in Yekaterinburg.   ‘Vorishki Iz Kuryatnika’ began their tour in Chelyabinsk and strummed and sung their way to Miass, Zlatoust and Ufa.  As part of the Inclusion Week program, the band performed at the Martirosyan Boarding School for Blind and Visually Impaired Children in Verkhnyaya Pyshma.  Later, they gave a joint concert with the local band Izumrud in Berezovskiy town, and took part in the the 10th International Festival of World Music Izumrudny Gorod.   During their time in Yekaterinburg, The Henhouse Prowlers headlined the 5thBluegrass and Country Music Festival Bluegrass in the Urals Mountains at Everjazz Club in Yekaterinburg.   And, Ben Wright, the Prowlers’ banjo player, offered an impromptu workshop to locals who were interested in learning how to play banjo.