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Fragment was founded in Bratislava, Slovak Republic (former Czechoslovakia) in 1983. The band's main intention was to play progressive newgrass music, and the band quite fast gained its recognition on the Czechoslovak bluegrass scene. In the nearly twenty years of its existence, the band has seen many musicians and musical styles to come and go – from newgrass to new acoustic music  and bluegrass. 

There was even a period of inactivity, but in 1993 the band was reformed.  Svata Kotas on the banjo,an experienced guitar player Emil Formanek, and a former member Henrich Novak  were the nucleus of the band. The band´s bass player Jiri Pola spread his activities in two  bluegrass bands at the same time, Fragment, and Poutnici. With the arrival of singer Jana Dolakova (formerly of the Grasshoppers) a new era started forthe band. Jana has been the only  female singer in the band's history. After one year of playing together the band released the first album, „SundayAfternoon" (UMG, 1994, with English lyrics). 

It brought a recognition  to the band on the home bluegrass scene (the Recording of the Year), and most importantly, it was this album which was responsible for  the opportunity to play at IBMA Showcasen Owensboro, KY, in 1995. 

A remarkable success came in 1998: the 1st place at SPBGMA European Bluegrass Band Championship,  which was held in Vienna, Austria. Fragment won in the competition of twenty European bluegrass bands. A three-week long stay in the USA was part of the award, as well as invitation to perform at Silver  Dollar City in Branson, Missouri.

After a success at IBMA in 1999 the band went on a three-week long US tour. This  involved performances at The Legends Of Country and Bluegrass Music Festival in Columbia, Mississippi, Bluegrass Harvest Festival in Tuscola, Illinois, and Fan Fest at IBMA  World of Bluegrass in  Kentucky in  2000. A performance in the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, was a highlight of the tour. 

In May 2004, shortly before the summer US Tour, Fragment was awarded the #1 EBMA European Bluegrass Band. In June 2005 Fragment's first Live album "Live At Leatherwoods" was released. A couple of months later Fragment's latest album "The Way To Your Heart" hits the streets.

In November 2005 Milan Marek, Tomas  Jurena and Richard Cifersky left the band.

A few months later Fragment welcomed a new guitar/fiddle player and vocalist Ondrej Kozak and  a banjo/guitar player Petr Brandejs.

In 2007-2008 Fragment successfully toured in Slovakia, Poland, Norway and USA.

2010 - Fragment welcomes back their former banjo player Richard Cifersky. With this refreshed line-up the band records a new demo CD with four songs. Fragment plans to hit the road again in 2011.
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