Tuesday, 16 September 2014

International Affairs: The first letter in 'IBMA' is ours


To all non-US IBMA members:

The 2014 World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC, USA, is approaching VERY fast!
At the IBMA's International Committee booth in the Convention Center, under the “Foreign Affairs” label, we hope again to present as much and diverse information as possible about what is going on in other countries than the US as possible.
For that we need your materials, old and current – posters of last year’s festival for instance or old editions of your newletters, magazines.
And if you happen to have a video of your event or band online, send us the file and we'll include it in our portable show of "Foreign Affair." Send your files to angelika@ebma.org before 20th September 2014.
So, bands, festival promoters, others who work in bluegrass...
If you are planning to attend, BRING YOUR STUFF WITH YOU, and take it to booth # 608 ASAP on Wednesday, 1st October, if you are a registered attendee of the Business Converence (exhibition opens 2:00pm), or on Thursday 2nd October (9:00 am). And if you are able to help staff the booth, which is also an additional opportunity to connect with people and present yourself, please contact us at angelika@ebma.org or rienk@ebma.org asap.
If you are not able to be in Raleigh physically, please send a packet of stuff, and we will make sure that those who are interested, can look at it and/or take it with them.
Until September 20, shipments will be accepted at:

IBMA International Committee, booth # 608 for 2014 IBMA
c/o Hollins Exposition Services
121 North Chimney Rock Road
Greensboro, NC 27401

If your shipment will not be there by September 20, use this address:

Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
IBMA Conference
Booth 608, IBMA Intl. Committee
c/o Lindsay Clapp

Please send your display things only if you do not need them back! We are unable to send them back after the event.
Hope to see you or hear from you!

Angelika Torrie and Rienk Janssen
IBMA International Committee

If you are still thinking about coming to World of Bluegrass, maybe watching this video will convince you! Tickets and info can be found here.

Sierra Hull in Prague on 4th December 2014

Iva Louková sends hot news from Prague:
Dear friends,
Rosta Capek presents another great show for you - this time we want to invite you to Sierra Hull concert!
She will perform in Europe for the very first time, and only in Prague, Czech Republic! Sierra Hull will play and sing accompanied by the complete band (Justin Moses, Cory Walker, Jake Stargel and Jacob Eller) in Hotel Pyramida, Prague 6, Czech Republic on December 4th, two shows, one at 5pm and one at 8:30pm.
You can find all the info at www.capek.us or write directly to iva@capek.us, where you can also book your tickets.
Come to see the higlight of the bluegrass season in the most beautiful city of Prague!
Iva Loukova and Rosta Capek

Čapek Bluegrass & Jazz Instruments 
Phone +420 603907416 

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Cup O'Joe (N. Ireland) invited to play at IBMA

It is unlikely that anyone who has more than a passing interest in Bluegrass will have missed that the IBMA World of Bluegrass will be taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina from September 29th to October 4th. 

As well as the many established artists performing at Wide Open Bluegrass and the Bluegrass Ramble, ten bands of young musicians have been invited to play on the Wide Open Bluegrass Youth Stage; the full list can be found on the IBMA website. Amongst the bands invited to play on the Youth Stage is just one non-US band – Cup O’Joe from County Armagh in Northern Ireland.

Cup O’Joe is a family band comprising Reuben Agnew on guitar and mandolin, Tabitha Agnew on banjo and fiddle and Benjamin Agnew on upright bass with all three sharing vocal duties. The band plays a mix of Bluegrass and Gypsy Jazz and their debut album ‘Rough Terrain’ is an eclectic mix of familiar songs such as ‘Darlin’ Corey’ and ‘Wild Bill Jones’ to ‘Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier’ and ‘Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen’ (once recorded by the Andrews Sisters).

Tabitha explained how the IBMA invitation came about: “I was scrolling through my news feed and came upon a post by the International Bluegrass Music Association. It announced that youth bands could apply to appear on the Youth Stage as part of IBMA in Raleigh. I eagerly submitted an application. In the meantime I was also looking at a request (on the European Bluegrass Music Association website) for European bands to represent the international side of IBMA. We wanted to represent Europe but had to wait on a reply concerning the Youth Stage  So when I received the news from the Youth Council to say we had been accepted, we were obviously surprised and excited [particularly] being the only youth band from outside the States.”

The band said: “We are really looking forward to getting out there, meeting musicians from all over and seeing our friends that we have made within the past few years”. They have plans to record new material in the near future but are concentrating on balancing their education along with seeking to play music to as many audiences as possible and wherever possible.
Cup O’Joe are scheduled to appear on the Youth Stage on Friday October 3rd

•    Cup O’Joe website
•    Cup O’Joe Facebook

Saturday, 6 September 2014

4th Annual Castle Picking Party in Holland

On Sunday, September 28th, the 4th Annual Castle Picking Party gathering will be held at "Het Kasteel" in Groningen. The event starts at 13.00 until 21:00. The building must be cleared out before 21:30.

In addition to participating in jam sessions in various rooms throughout the castle, you can also enjoy a number of band performances throught the day.

Concert Schedule in the "Grote Zaal" (Great Hall):

15:00  Luurtsema and Klein 
15.35  Stringtime 
16.15  Red Herring 

17:00  Pause

18.15  Mrs. Robinson 
19.05  Lefty and the Right One 
19.40  Whiskey Rose 

Admission is FREE: There is no admission fee, but donations in the little guitar are welcomed to help cover minimal costs for the event.

Parking: on the streets around Het Kasteel is free. 

Food: Please bring something to place on the Buffet Table. This can be anything -- fruit / desserts / salads / home-made breads / hot or cold dishes, and so on. It is always great eating at the Picking Party!

Beverages are not allowed into the castle. All drinks (alcohol / milk / juice / soft drinks) are available from Het Kasteel. This is the arrangement for the use of the building for the day.

Instrument Storage: You may leave your instruments in a secure "checking room" beginning at 13:00. There will be volunteers to register your items and they will be controlling this room at all times.

The Castle Picking Party is made possible by management and staff of the meeting center Het Kasteel; and by efforts of volunteers and organizers Ben Wiltjer and Hans Kelderhuis.

"Het Kasteel"
  Melkweg 1
  Groningen, Netherlands

Friday, 5 September 2014

EBMA board re-appoints Angelika Torrie to Chairperson of EBMA's board of directors

Angelika Torrie
At yesterday's board meeting (via Skype), the EBMA's board accepted Rienk Janssen’s resignation from the position of Chairman at the end of his twelve-month term and unanimously approved Angelika’s appointment to Chairman for a period of two years from this date.

The prospect of several board members stepping down or having less time available to devote to the EBMA meant that a lot of thinking needed to be done. The announcement of the European Bluegrass Music Association receiving the honour of an IBMA Distiguished Achievement Award gave Angelika renewed motivation and, as her personal situation has become more settled, she made this a conscious decision to step back into the leadership position for EBMA.

Angelika will work hard on maintaining and extending networks and strategic cooperations to strengthen the European bluegrass scene once again and bring ends back together. However, success will heavily depend on new forces joining the team. If you are willing to dedicate about one hour per week to help EBMA promote and establish bluegrass music, please send a message to Angelika and let her know how you might help.

European Bluegrass Music Association
EBMA: Working together to support Bluegrass Music across borders.

IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina - will you be there?

 IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2014 in Raleigh, North Carolina
Tuesday, September 30th - Saturday, October 4th, 2014

The city of Raleigh, North Carolina and the Bluegrass world are preparing for the IBMA World of Bluegrass event - the second year that this has been held in Raleigh.
Over the five days of the World of Bluegrass so much takes place from the Bluegrass Music Awards, Wide Open Bluegrass, the Bluegrass Ramble and the StreetFest; as Donna Ulisse says in this video 'the opportunities are endless'.

The Bluegrass Music Awards are always an exciting time for all of the nominees and fans but this year, this is especially exciting for the EBMA as the EBMA will be receiving a Distinguished Achievement Award which will be collected by  EBMA Chairperson Angelika Torrie along with Rienk Janssen, Christopher Howard-Williams and Chris Keenan.
Taking place on Friday, October 3rd and Saturday October 4th, Wide Open Bluegrass brings together some of the biggest names in Bluegrass with shows at the Raleigh Convention Center and Red Hat Amphitheater.
The Bluegrass Ramble is held over five night and seven stages - more information about the Ramble and how to buy tickets can be found here.
The StreetFest is a free event and features 80 bands on multiple stages, a dance tent, concessions...a Bluegrass jamboree. From a European perspective, and of particular interest, is that Irish bands I Draw Slow and Cup O'Joe will be appearing. I Draw Slow have been appearing in the US at festivals such as MerleFest and Pickathon. Cup O'Joe are the only non-US band that have been invited to appear on the Youth Stage.

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

BlueGrass Beeg 2014, Saturday, 25 October 2014, in Grevenbicht, Limburg (NL)

The second edition of this acoustic and autism-friendly bluegrass festival in Grevenbicht in Limburg, one of the Dutch provinces, will be held on Saturday, 25 October 2014. 

Where and when? 
Limburg is in the far southeast of NL, very close to parts of Germany and Belgium. The festival will be held in Oos Hoes, Schoolstraat 2 in 6127 BG Grevenbicht, from noon until approximately midnight. Admission is € 10 per person at the box office, or € 7.50 in advance. You may order your tickets at that price at stautivriendelijklimburg@gmail.com.

Red Herring

What will be going on?
Besides the main attraction, the musical program with ten bands, there will be workshops and a trade show (booths with instruments, CD's and LP's, information). There are also possibilities for jam sessions, in the hall during the breaks, and in the cafe-part of the building. So, don't be shy, bring your instrument and see what will happen.

What's unique?
The festival will be organised in a way that it will be easy for people with various degrees of autism to attend, or to function as volunteer. For this there will be some assistance from healthcare professionals.

Want to be a Volunteer?
We still need some volunteers. You can either go to www.stichtingautivriendelijklimburg.nl or write to Rob Guffens, guffens@home.nl

What's the lineup?

What keeps you from going?
We don't know, but we would sure be happy to meet and greet YOU!

Rob Guffens, guffens@home.nl

Monday, 1 September 2014

Danilo Cartia (I): upcoming performances

Banjoist, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Danilo Cartia (I) announces that he will be performing bluegrass, blues, and other acoustic music with guitarist, singer Letizia Sampaolo and the Acoustix band in two shows in Czech Republic, one at the 34th Bluegrass Marathon in Borovany, and another one in Pilsen on this coming weekend:

Saturday 6 Sep., 12:00, Borovany U Tachova
Monday 8 Sep., from 6 pm to 8 pm, Pilsen

Danilo Cartia
Phone/fax: +39 068273332
Mobile: +39 3396908450
E-mail: banjoman@fastwebnet.it
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/danilo.cartia

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Stringcaster (Netherlands) - New Video & New Album Soon


Stringcasters website boldly states "Moon Howling Guaranteed" and "Bluegrass, Rockabilly, Country and Hillbilly" are these claims justified? After listening to the band, the claims do indeed appear to be accurate - see for yourself on their website Media page.

From The Netherlands, Ralf Wychgel, Jimmy Ellis, Robert van Driesten, Martin Voogd and Marcel Verbaasbring bring all of their musical influences together and are clearly a band that would have even the most weary of audiences on their feet and dancing.

Their latest video, Twilight Zone, as the name implies, uses some strong imagery that might not be suitable for a younger audience.

The video for Twilight Zone is a prelude to a follow up to the bands 8 More Miles album though a release date has not yet been announced.

External links:

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Festi Jam/Mini Picnic Festival à Mazy (Belgium), 29th and 30th August.

Festi Jam/Mini Picnic Festival à Mazy !!!
2 Jours – 2 Days – 2 Dagen
29th – 30th Août/August 2014

Click here to event web page

! Versions Français, Nederland & English !

Chers amis musiciens et mélomanes,
Fin Août: notre Super Jam-Festival, les 29 et 30 Août à Mazy avec plusieurs concerts, venez nous retrouver avec vos instruments. Dans l’esprit d’un PICNIC FESTIVAL, la prochaine Jam aura lieu sur deux jours les Vendredi 29 Août et Samedi 30 Août 2014.

: Dans le cadre magnifique de la Zy’coop, 9a rue de l’Usine, 5032 Mazy


Vendredi 29 Août: Ouverture des portes à 19h
 Jams et concert : Shenandoah Special

Samedi 30 AoûtOuverture des portes à 15h
Jams et concerts : Clo & Milo – Rudy Velghe & Guy Roelofs – Louvat Bros – Those F**** Bells

Qui: Amateurs de musique Acoustique Bluegrass, Irlandaise et Old time, avec ou sans instrument, débutants ou confirmés... bonne humeur requise!

Plus de détails sur notre sur notre site internet

Organisation: Steve Louvat, Laurent Eeckhout (Picnic Festival) & Pascal Similon (Atelier Guy Ness). Merci à tous les bénévoles pour leur aide précieuse.

Devenez amis maintenant sur Facebook
En espérant vous y rencontrer nombreux et nombreuses.

Musicalement vôtres,
Steve, Laurent & Pascal
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Beste vrienden muzikanten en muziekliefhebbers,

Einde van Augustus: en onze Groot Jam-Festival, 29 en 30 Augustus te Mazy met veel concerten, neem U instrument !!! Zoals een PICNIC FESTIVAAL, de elfde jamsessie heeft plaats op Vrijdag 29 en Zaterdag 30 Augustus 2014.

Waar: In het magnifiek kader van Zy’coop, 9a rue de l’Usine, 5032 Mazy


Vrijdag: Opening van de deuren 19u
Jam en concert : Shenandoah Special

Zaterdag: Opening van de deuren 15u
Jam en concerten : Clo & Milo – Rudy Velghe & Guy Roelofs – Louvat Bros – Those F**** Bells

Wie: Amateurs van Bluegrass, Irish en Old time akoestiesche muziek, met of zonder instrument, beginneling of gevorderde ... en breng vooral jullie goed humeur mee!

Voor meer details kijk naar onze web site pagina

Organisatie: Steve Louvat, Laurent Eeckhout (Picnic Festival) & Pascal Similon (Atelier Guy Ness). Bedankt aan alle vrijwilligers voor hun hulp.

Zoek ons op Facebook
In de hoop u talrijk te mogen ontmoeten.

Muzikale groeten,
Steve, Laurent & Pascal

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Dear friends, musicians and music lovers,

The end of August: our Big Jam Festival, several great concerts on August 29 & 30 in Mazy, bring your instruments !!! In the spirit of the PICNIC FESTIVAL, the next jam will happen on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th of August 2014.

Where : at the wonderful Zy’coop place, 9a rue de l’usine, 5032 Mazy.


Friday: Doors opens at 19h
Jams and concert : Shenandoah Special

Saturday: Doors opens at 15h
Jams and concerts : Clo & Milo – Rudy Velghe & Guy Roelofs – Louvat Bros – Those F**** Bells

Who: fans of Bluegrass, Irish and Old Time Acoustic music, with their instrument or not, beginners or advanced … cheerfulness required!

More détails on our web site

Organising team: Steve Louvat, Laurent Eeckhout (Picnic Festival) & Pascal Similon from (Atelier Guy Ness). Thanks to all volunteers for their help

Become friends of Jam Bluegrass on our Facebook page

Looking forward to meeting you all there.

Musically yours,
Steve, Laurent & Pascal

Bluegrass In Belgium (including Concert Listing)

 Our friends at Bluegrass In Belgium have produced an impressive listing of Bluegrass concerts that will be taking place in Belgium during the last week of August and throughout September.

As well as checking out where you might find some great Bluegrass shows, also have a look at the Bluegrass In Belgium website (multi-lingual).

In addition to the calendar of concerts, there are links to Bluegrass associations (naturally, including the EBMA), listings of Belgian Bluegrass bands, small ads to buy/sell instruments and details of Bluegrass radio stations.

Bluegrass In Belgium
Link for more information
Aug 22
Blue Maxx
Barzoen, Warande, Turnhout
Aug 23
The Sons of Navarone
Gardens of Bredene,
Bredene, Park 't Paelsteenveld

Aug 28
Dekenstraat 40
3550 Heusden-Zolder
Aug 29-30
Shenandoah Special, Louvat Bros, Clo &
Milo, Rudy Velghe & Guy Roelofs, Those F**** Bells
Mini Picnic Festival
Aug 29
Maanrock, Mechelen
Apart Podium
Aug 29
zaal Masano
Waterstraat 38, Schaffen
Aug 30
The Sons of Navarone
Festival Ten Vrede aan de Ijzer
Ijzerdijk 49, 8600 Diksmuide
Sept 5
CC De Schakel
Sept 7
Shenandoah Spechial
Paardenmarkt 115, Antwerpen
Sept 17
Sundowners on TV

Sept 18
Blue Maxx
Koffiehuis Korenveld
Dorp 41, 2288 Bouwel - Grobbendonk
Sept 20
Blue Maxx
Muziek in de BIB - 2610 Wilrijk, Bist 1
Sept 26
De Groene Meersen