Bio - Stan the Man


People often ask me " Why Bohemian Blues Band ? "

Bohemian, a. & n.
1. (Native) of Bohemia, a former kingdom now part of the Czech republic. 2. Socially unconventional (person): of free-&-easy habits, manners, & sometimes morals (esp. of artists etc.).

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Stan the Man (Stanislaw Wolarz) born in 1951, Edinburgh, Scotland. Started playing guitar & bass 1964, by 1966 playing in semi-pro soul and R&B bands. 1968, emerged from the local underground scene with The Earth and with the still-notorious Johnny Fats Trio. London mid-1970´s, formed the Warp, a new wave band with strong R&B influences. Spent the 80´s in semi-retirement from music, studying, working and traveling, including France 84/85, where he played with the Johnny Otis, Fats Domino and B.B. King bands, who all (without their main men) sat in on his beachside gig every night during the Nice jazz & blues festival.


First visit to Prague, 1986.
1990’s – back on the London blues circuit with Night Train and Blues Revue, jamming with, among others, Alex Dmochovsky (ex-Aynsley Dunbar) & Lawry Graham (New Yardbirds). Formed own band, (94-95) – Always Blue, with Anne „Betty“ Semper sharing vocals. Back to Prague, formed Bohemian Blues Band. 1998 first CD „Liquor, Love & Lies“, with Betty on guest vocals.
2000 – two more CDs – a duo album, with double-bassist Anton Duratny „Two Sides to Every Story“ and, with his normal rhythm section plus L.A. based keyboardist Robert Vasicek, „Sound Like You’re Having a Good Time“, recorded live at Prague’s Lucerna Music Bar. Highlights of the next few years include a solo tour in Scotland (2001), support gigs for several visiting artists - King George, Stan Webb, Mick Taylor, Edgar Winter & Johnny Winter – and the mid-2002 “Always Blue“ tour with Betty (now Betty S.). The Brno concert was filmed for TV (Blues from Stara Pekarna) shown August 2002 on Czech TV 1 and 2, and repeated many times since, and in September they did Miroslav Donutil’s popular „Na kus øeèi“ chat show (shown spring 2003).
2003 [may] , a new CD, „Life Goes On“, recorded after this tour, with Betty S. sharing the spotlight and, once more, Robert on keys, was followed by another successful CZ tour and a handful of High-profile Polish gigs, including the Rawa Mazowiecka festival and the Wroclaw7th„BluesBrothersDay“.
2004 - business as usual, with the trio becoming the busiest line-up of the Bohemian Blues variations.
2005 [april] support band for Bo Diddley´s Prague concert & in November, Stan was a "guest-of-the-fest" at the 10th "Blues Alive" festival, in Sumperk, where, in addition to discovering that he was "Mr November" in their 10th anniversary calendar [with Betty S. as Miss December] he took part in several "after-hours" jam sessions, most notably with Hubert Sumlin [lead guitar with the Howling Wolf for many years and a lifelong hero/influence]



2006
- at last, a trio album - "Booze, Ballads & Boogie", recorded live in Brno.
see discography

Also,another "guest-of-the-fest" appearance at Sumperk,this time with Bob Margolin,

author of "Brown Liquor",some of which can be found at YouTube
2008 - live DVD - "One Day In Denmark",highlights of the 2007 shows at the Aalborg Blues Festival.

Now firmly based in Prague, in addition to playing all over the Czech republic, making a number of radio and TV appearances, Stan has performed at clubs and festivals in Germany, Austria, Poland, Slovakia, Ireland & most recently,in 2007 & 2008 Denmark [see "GALLERY" for video] and is widely regarded as being at the cutting edge of contemporary European blues.

StanTheMan e-mail: stanthemanprague@yahoo.com