Wednesday, 20 August 2014

'Mind Over Matter' - New album from G2 (Sweden)

Christoffer Olsson, Jens Koch, Erik Igelström, Tobias Strömberg, and Jimmy Sunnebrandt met at a Swedish festival in 2006 and just one year later, as G2, won first place at the European World of Bluegrass event (EWOB). Since then G2 have appeared on national television in Sweden, toured Europe, supported various artists including Kris Kristofferson and Jim Lauderdale and played at the IBMA Awards Show at the Ryman Auditorium.

G2 are about to release their third album, 'Mind Over Matter' (their acclaimed previous albums 'Where The Tall Grass Grows' and 'Untapped Routes' can be found on their website).

'Mind Over Matter' has been produced by Erick Jaskowiak who in addition to being the sound engineer for Darrell Scott & Tim O'Brien's shows was also engineer on Della Mae's 'This World Oft Can Be!' From G2's website, this video shows the band arriving to meet Erick and recording the new album.

This video is part of a film (also titled Mind Over Matter) made by David Elfgren of the recording of the album and which will be shown as part of the IBMA Bluegrass Film Festival this year.

'Mind Over Matter' will be released on 9th October but the single 'We Were Kings' will be released  on 9th September. The video of 'We Were Kings' was directed by Ulf Hansson and includes Swedish water-colorist Björn Bernström at work.


Sunday, 17 August 2014

Richard Cifersky & Bill Faster - Concert Window Webshow

A message from Richard Cifersky:

Dear Friends,

With my band, Bill Faster, I will be doing a live webshow on Concert Window on Sunday August 24th starting at 3:00pm EDT . Wherever you are in the world, you can tune in! I'll be taking requests and answering your questions.

You can purchase online tickets on a pay-what-you-want basis starting now on the show's page on the Concert Window website. The webshow will not be available after the live broadcast so I hope that you can join us!

Richard Cifersky & Bill Faster

Radio Velvet - New European Bluegrass Radio Station

Announcement from Richard Ciferský:

Please make welcome a brand new radio station for all lovers of bluegrass and acoustic music, Radio Velvet.

Radio Velvet is a free, listener-supported internet radio. Radio Velvet is committed to building a musical bridge between European and American bluegrass fans, and to give a helping hand for European bluegrass musicians to share their music.

Radio Velvet is free for the listener, but still has costs associated with delivering the music to you; accordingly, Radio Velvet is offering a special program called Be Blue which gives the listener the opportunity to support the station through an annual subscription, and in return receive special perks for the loyal listeners who have opted to support us with an annual donation.
(Click the Be Blue logo to see more)

If you have musical news that you would like to share on our radio station, or want to give us feedback about your listener experience, please send us an email at

For more information about Radio Velvet, visit us at

Thanks for listening!
Richard Ciferský
Radio Velvet

Richard Ciferský announces Banjo Weekend (Slovakia)

Richard Cifersky and Velvet Music Agency proudly announce the 1st Annual Music Weekend For All Lovers Of Banjo and Bluegrass Music, and you're invited!

This music retreat will be held between September 26th and 28th in the beautiful hills of central Slovakia, where you will get the chance to meet your fellow banjo players and bluegrass musicians from all over Europe in a unique music environment.

This exciting event will be held at the Penzion Hradisko, only a short drive from Interstate 66 and the village of Nemecka. The Penzion Hradisko has a great location and everything we will need for a wonderful weekend of making music and memories.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to send email to Richard Ciferský (either via this link or via the Contact page on the Velvet Music Agency website)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

EBMA to receive IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award

The 2014 IBMA Award nominees were announced last night by Sam Bush and Jim Lauderdale at Music City Roots' new venue, The Factory in Franklin Tn.

photo by Sandra A Phillips
In addition to the nominations for the IBMA Awards, Craig Havighurst announced the recipients of this year's IBMA Distinguished Achievement Awards:
  • Deering Banjos
  • The Delmore Brothers
  • Hillbilly at Harvard
  • Bill Keith  ...and...
  • European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA)
That's right, the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) is being honoured by receiving a Distinguished Achievement Award.

The Distinguished Achievement Award is made to honour those who have "proven to be forerunners in their particular field of endeavor, and/or fostered bluegrass music's image with developments that will broaden the music's recognition and accessibility"

From the IBMA's press announcement "Since its inception in 1995, the European Bluegrass Music Association has worked to support bluegrass music across borders, both regional and national. The non-profit organization produces a magazine (Bluegrass Europe) for its members, promotes bluegrass festivals held throughout Europe, and holds regular gatherings, known as Bluegrass Summits, aimed at supporting and encouraging the burgeoning bluegrass scene across Europe."

The Award will be presented at a Special Awards Luncheon on Thursday, October 2 during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event. 

Collecting the Award on behalf of the EBMA will be board members:
  • Angelika Torrie
  • Rienk Janssen
  • Chistopher Howard-Williams
  • Chis Keenan
  • Martino Coppo
Angelika and Rienk have both served on the EBMA Board since it's foundation.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the European Bluegrass Music Association then please visit the Membership page.

2014 IBMA Award Nominees Announced

The 2014 IBMA Award Nominees were announced last night at The Factory (Music City Roots' new venue in Franklin,Tennessee) and were relayed by a 'live' stream by the IBMA and Music City Roots

Hall of Fame inductees for 2014:
The Original Seldom Scene
Neil Rosenberg

Distinguished Achievement Award recipients:
Deering Banjos
The Delmore Brothers
European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA)
Hillbilly at Harvard
Bill Keith

Balsam Range
Blue Highway
Dailey & Vincent
The Gibson Brothers
The Del McCoury Band

Dale Ann Bradley
Alison Krauss
Claire Lynch
Amanda Smith
Rhonda Vincent

Del McCoury
Buddy Melton
Tim O’Brien
Frank Solivan
Dan Tyminski

“Dear Sister” - Claire Lynch (artist), Claire Lynch and Louisa Branscomb (writers)
“Grandpa’s Way of Life” - The Spinney Brothers (artist), Mark ‘Brink’ Brinkman (writer)
“It’s Just a Road” - The Boxcars (artist), William Keith Garrett (writer)
“The Game” - Blue Highway (artist), Shawn Lane and Barry Bales (writers)
“You Took All The Ramblin’ Out of Me” - The Boxcars (artist), Jerry Hubbard (writer)

Flatt Lonesome
The Spinney Brothers
Town Mountain
Volume Five

Sam Bush
Sierra Hull
Frank Solivan
Adam Steffey
Chris Thile

Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Missy Raines
Mark Schatz
Darrin Vincent

Jens Kruger
Mike Munford
Noam Pikelny
Sammy Shelor
Ron Stewart

Tony Rice
James Alan Shelton
Kenny Smith
Tim Stafford
Bryan Sutton

Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan
Bobby Hicks
Ron Stewart

Jerry Douglas
Andy Hall
Rob Ickes
Randy Kohrs
Phil Leadbetter

“Love Does” - Darin and Brooke Aldridge
“The Day We Learn to Fly” - Volume Five
“Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus” - Donna Ulisse
“When Sorrows Encompass Me Around” - The Boxcars
“Won’t It Be Wonderful There” - Dailey & Vincent

Balsam Range
Blue Highway
Dailey & Vincent
The Gibson Brothers
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

“Five Miles to Milan” - The Grascals
“Graveyard Fields” - Steep Canyon Rangers
“Johnny Don’t Get Drunk” - Adam Steffey
“Skillet Head Derailed” - The Boxcars
“Thank God I’m A Country Boy”- Special Consensus with Buddy Spicher, Michael Cleveland and Alison Brown

“American Pickers”- The Grascals with Dierks Bentley
“Keepin’ It Between the Lines (Old School)” - Peter Rowan with Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie McCoury and Del McCoury
“Martha White, Lester & Earl” - Terry Baucom with Marty Raybon & Buddy Melton
“Wild Montana Skies” - Special Consensus with Claire Lynch & Rob Ickes
“Wild Mountain Honey” - Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins

Balsam Range
Blue Highway
The Boxcars
The Del McCoury Band
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Hall of Fame Bluegrass - Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins
Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe - Noam Pikelny
Streets of Baltimore - The Del McCoury Band
The Game - Blue Highway
It’s Just A Road - The Boxcars

Becky Buller
Mark ‘Brink’ Brinkman
Jerry Salley
Tim Stafford
Donna Ulisse

Derek Halsey, writer for the Herald Dispatch in Huntington, West Virginia, Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, and The Bluegrass Situation.
Chris Jones, writer for Bluegrass Today
John Curtis Goad, writer for Bluegrass Today
Daniel Mullins, writer for Bluegrass Today
Ted Lehmann, blogger for Ted Lehmann’s Bluegrass, Books & Brainstorms

David Freeman, Hall of Fame Bluegrass!, Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins, Rebel Records
Fred Jasper and Derek Halsey, The Definitive Doc Watson, Doc Watson,
Sugar Hill Records and Rounder Records
Randy Pitts, Three Chords and the Truth, James King, Rounder Records.
Neil V Rosenberg, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe,
Noam Pikelny, Compass Records
Dave Royko, Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver, Special Consensus & Friends, Compass Records


Lou Everhart (designer), Lonely Comes Easy, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Rebel Records
Josh Gibson, Keesha Dickel (designers), No More Rain, The Steel Wheels
Josh Gibson, Dough Seymour (designers), Echo Sessions, The Stray Birds
Josh Gibson, Scott Simontacchi (designers), Carnival, Nora Jane Struthers,
Blue Pig Music
Lynn Weathers (designer), Flying, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Organic Records

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival, Farmers Branch, Texas
Bluegrass Underground, McMinnville, Tennessee
FreshGrass 2013, North Adams, Massachusetts
Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival 2013, Tunbridge, Vermont
Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival 2013, Richmond, Minnesota

Kyle Cantrell, Bluegrass Junction, Sirius XM
Steve Fisher, Bluegrass Sessions at Ironwood Stage & Grill (Calgary, AB, Canada)
Chris Jones, Bluegrass Junction, Sirius XM
Al Weekly, KRVN;
Tim White, Song of the Mountains, PBS

The nominees were announced by Sam Bush and singer, songwriter and Music City Roots' musical host, Jim Lauderdale. Music City Roots has, for a long time, been highly supportive of the blugerass community and this was further demonstrated last night by them hosting the IBMA Award announcements.

The IBMA Award winners will be announced on October 2nd at the IBMA's World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Adiaha's Bluegrass Camp - Aschau (Germany)

There are still a few places left for the dobro and mandolin classes at Adiaha's Bluegrass Camp which will take place in Aschau im Chiemgau in Germany between the 10th and 13th October.

The dobro class will be led by Henrich Novak

Henrich, was a member of the band Fragment who, in 1998, won the European Bluegrass Championship in Vienna in 1998 and in 2004 at the European World Of Bluegrass in Voorthuizen, Netherlands was voted  #1 European Bluegrass Band.

Henrich is an owner of two Dopera family‘s Prizes awarded at the DobroFest in Trnava, Slovak Republic and was several times voted Dobro Player of the Year by Slovak  Association Of Country Music and by Slovak Bluegrass Music Association.

The mandolin class will be led by Martino Coppo.

Martino has toured and recorded with artists like Beppe Gambetta, Carlo Aonzo, Tony Trischka & Peter Rowan, and is a very experienced teacher having conducted mandolin workshops and courses in Europe and USA with artists such as Chris Thile, Alan Bibey, Christian Seguret and Beppe Gambetta.

Here is Martino giving a Northfield mandolin a work-out.

For more information about Adiaha's Bluegrass Camp go to the camp's website

Gibson Mastertone Banjo Stolen in England

Via our friends at the Bluegrass Ireland Blog, Ron Stevens (organiser of the Heart of England Bluegrass Venue in Kenilworth) and on behalf of Terry Foster who has had his Gibson Mastertone banjo stolen..

"Just wondered if you could please keep an eye out for my 1972 Gibson Mastertone five-string banjo, stolen in Leicestershire on the 8th August. White curly maple, wreath inlay, Keith tuners. I would really appreciate it if you could please pass this on to anyone you might think could help, and post to any other sites you might think useful. Sorry about the photo but it's the best I can do.

Any sightings: please contact Market Harborough police station, crime number LA/02514/14-7v"

See the original Blog post for Terry's photograph.

Please share, spread the word and try to help Terry be reunited with his banjo.

Thank You

IBMA: Tonight's the night

TONIGHT'S THE NIGHT! Who will the 2014 IBMA Award Nominees be? Who will be inducted into the 2014 Bluegrass Hall of Fame? And who will receive the Distinguished Achievement Award for 2014?

Tune in at or SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction at 4:45 p.m. CST (11:45pm Central European Time), or better yet, join us in person at The Factory at Franklin!

Stay after for an all-bluegrass show with Balsam RangeDetour Bluegrass, Becky Buller and Sam Bush!

Show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are just $15! Get 'em online before they sell out at See you there!

Friday, 8 August 2014

The Goodbye Girls on tour in Sweden
Photograph of The Goodbye Girls reproduced with kind permission of

Having met at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Molly Tuttle, Brittany Karlson, Allison de Groot and Lena Jonsson brought together their backgrounds in bluegrass, jazz and folk music and formed The Goodbye Girls.

Supported by the Cultural Council of Västra Götaland, The Goodbye Girls have been playing a hectic schedule of concerts in Sweden. It has been a busy few weeks for The Goodbye Girls and their Swedish sojourn is coming to a close with appearances at the Stockholm Folk Festival and a concert at the church in Berg.
  • 24 July Unnaryds Bygdegård, Unnaryd
  • 25 July Nolhagaparken, Alingsås
  • 26 July Korrö folkmusikfestival
  • 27 July Krååks värdshus, Skara
  • 28 July Forsviks bruk, Forsvik
  • 29 July Societetsparken, Varberg
  • 30 July Ljudaborg, Lödöse
  • 31 July Slottssalen, Tjolöholm
  • 2 Aug  Urkult festivalen, Nämforsen
  • 3 Aug  Forshälla kyrka
  • 5 Aug  Hönö konsthall, Hönö
  • 6 Aug  Åstols Rökeri, Åstol
  • 7 Aug  Kulturhuset Kajutan, Henån
  • 8 Aug  Stockholm Folk Festival
  • 9 Aug  Stockholm Folk Festival workshop
  • 10 Aug Bergs Kyrka (Church), Berg

More information about The Goodbye Girls can be found on their Facebook page.

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Al Ras Bluegrass & Old Time Festival - an update!

In  June, we posted about the Al Ras Bluegrass & Old Time festival and it's campaign to raise funding to continue the festival (the original blog post is here).


Al Ras has raised the money that it needed to ensure that this year's festival could go ahead and the organisers have said that they are now booking bands.

This is a video about Al Ras that was originally posted in June:

More information about Al Ras Bluegrass & Old Time Festival can be found on their website or Facebook page.

One of the organisers of Al Ras is Lluís Gómez, so if you are visiting Barcelona, throughout August he will be playing every Saturday at the MEAM (European Museum of Modern Art) at 13:00.

The Lluís Gómez Swing Trio comprises Lluís on banjo and violin, Oriol Gonzàlez on manouche guitar and mandolin and Maribel Rivero on Double Bass.More information can be found here.

The Lluís Gómez Swing Trio in action:

Sunday, 3 August 2014

And the Winners in La Roche-sur-Foron (F) are:

The winner of the Deering Goodtime Banjo:

Jean-Philippe Pahud, Switzerland, won the Deering Goodtime Banjo. Congratulations!!! 
It will be delivered to you as soon possible, personally!

The winners of the band competiton at the festival: 

Everybody there was a winner! And the winning bands are:

#1 The Jumper Cables, CZ
#2 Dunderhead, SE
#3 Springtime, FR

... more information to follow...

Saturday, 2 August 2014

XII International Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival (Hungary)

The XII International Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival in Abaliget, Hungary runs between August 8th to 10th.

The event is sponsored by the Abaliget Municipality, the American Embassy, ​​the Czech Centre and the Slovak Institute

The XII International Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival will feature domestic musicians as well and bands visiting from far and wide and entry is FREE!

More information is on the festival's Facebook page or the Hungarian Bluegrass Music Association website.

Foreign guests: Candy Floss (SK), Hickory Project (U.S.), Monogram (CZ), Lasse Johansson (S)

The home bluegrass by: Folton Folk, Localgrass, Miskolc Family Bluegrass Band, Pannongrass, pratensis


Abaliget Község Önkormányzata, Amerikai Követség, Cseh Centrum, Szlovák Intézet

Mindig is érdekelt, hogy hogyan szólnak az akusztikus hangszerek? Akkor augusztus második hétvégéjén Abaligeten a helyed!

A XII. Nemzetközi Bluegrass és Akusztikus Zenei Fesztiválon ismét kiváló koncerteket hallgathatsz a bluegrass külföldi és hazai képviselőitől, valamint az egyéb, szerteágazó műfajú akusztikus csapatoktól.

Támogatóinknak és a fellépő zenekarok többségének köszönhetően a belépés INGYENES!

Kövessétek Facebook oldalunkat a címen!

Monday, 28 July 2014

Get a Deering Goodtime Banjo for 3€?

As from this moment on, EBMA is running a competition for one lucky winner to receive a beautiful Deering Goodtime Banjo!

Courtesy of America's premier banjo maker, this banjo (with it's gig bag) will be raffled off next Sunday 3 August, during La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France! Tickets will be sold during the festival from Wednesday evening, 30th July through Sunday late afternoon, 3rd August 2014.

But even if you are not attending this wonderful festival,  you have the opportunity to win via online entry! 

Enter and purchase as many tickets as you wish!  For each entry, a ticket (or two) with your name will be placed in the draw!  Each ticket costs €3 (two for €5).

You will be helping to sustain EBMA's efforts in bluegrass and possibly win a beautiful instrument!

Many thanks to Deering Banjos ( for their support!

BUY YOUR RAFFLE TICKET(s) NOW UNTIL Sunday, 3rd August, 5pm!

Good luck!!!

Chris Keenan & Angelika Torrie
EBMA board members

EBMA: Working together to support Bluegrass Music across borders.

New release from US band Flatt Lonesome - "Too"

Flatt Lonesome's "Too" arrives and here is the press release from the band:

The second release from IBMA's 2013 Emerging Artist of the Year nominee, Flatt Lonesome, displays a talented, tight group that brings a new level of maturity to their stellar – yet still youthful – musicianship. Flatt Lonesome's album, Too, is soaring with sibling harmonies and hot picking that resounds in "So Far" to the serene, lonesome ballad "Make it Through the Day." The band shines on Tim Stafford's original "Dangerous Dan" and "Never Let Me Go" resonates with a playful swing style that demonstrates Flatt Lonesome's versatility.

"Since the last release, we've learned even more about how to be a band," says singer and mandolin player Kelsi Harrigill. "We still enjoy showcasing each member on this album, but our performance as a unit has created an even stronger musical bond. We are really finding our identity as the band Flatt Lonesome."

Flatt Lonesome considers itself a family even beyond ties of blood and marriage. Their close bond is a result of both a life on the road performing as well as shared convictions. In addition to Bluegrass standards and originals, the band includes original Gospel songs that are delivered with sincerity. With Too, Flatt Lonesome offers Bluegrass lovers a confident look into the future of the genre.

Here is a video made by the band about the making of "Too"

Flatt Lonesome has already enjoyed many highlights as a relatively young band. Performances have included the Joe Val Bluegrass Festival (Boston, MA), California Bluegrass Association Festival (Grass Valley, CA), Summergrass (San Diego, CA), IBMA FanFest, The Grand Ole Opry's 87th Birthday Bash, The World Famous Station Inn, the Red, White & Bluegrass festival (Morganton, NC), and The Lakes Festival (Pine River, MN). With their friend and mentor, Barry Waldrep, the band has played Music City Roots where they received a thunderous standing ovation and garnered many new fans from among the music-savvy audience. Flatt Lonesome has opened for Marty Stuart and even had Zac Brown join them on stage while performing in Georgia.

"Too" is available for purchase at, iTunes, Amazon, etc. 

Jason Burleson (Blue Highway) taken ill in France

Jason Burleson of Blue Highway was rushed to hospital in Le Puy en Velay, France after being taken ill with, what has since been diagnosed, a stomach ulcer.

Rob Ickes quickly reported, "We just got back from visiting Jason, and he is doing much better! The doctors think he had a stomach ulcer after being on anti-inflammatory medication from an elbow issue he's been dealing with for a week or so. Jason woke up violently ill early this morning and was taken to the hospital, thankfully right around the corner form our hotel. They quickly stopped the bleeding, and he appears to be mending quickly! Thanks to everyone for the thoughts and prayers! Jason and his family -- and everyone in our Blue Highway family -- truly appreciate your support!"

On Sunday, Rob Ickes reported that Jason was much improved and had been able to take food - suely a good sign.

Blue Highway have said that, while Jason recovers, concerts will continue featuring the remainder of the award-winning band members including Rob Ickes, Tim Stafford, Wayne Taylor and Shawn Lane including this weekend's appearance at La Roche Bluegrass Festival.

Photograph of Jason Burleson by Sherri George

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Saitensprung (CH) news July 2014

The guitar shop in Schaffhausen, Switzerland announces:

We're on holidays through 4th August 2014, but after that, here's what new stuff we have for you:

· SEAGULL S6 Original – now in colour!
· ZeroGlide – newly discoverd!
· LAKEWOOD M-31CP – good looking, versatile sound, good price!
· FENDER American Deluxe or Standard Ash? Your choice!
· FENDER Rumble V3 – Bass amps revised!
· NATIONAL Resolectric – Sunburst or Revolver!
· STRAP-JACK: simple but effective!!
If you're in Switzerland and short of strings and plectrums or anything else, this is where you will find it all! Check it out!

Franz Elsener
Musikhaus Saitensprung
Unterstadt 27, 8200 Schaffhausen, Switzerland
phone: +41 52 625 81 11