Thursday, 28 December 2006

Terry Holland

Dave Bresnen, chairman of the BBMA, sends the sad news that one of the central figures of the UK bluegrass scene, Terry Holland, banjo picker and organiser of the annual Tel-Fest, died in hospital early on the morning of Christmas Day.

Terry's marriage to Janet Churchill featured on the cover of British Bluegrass News #37 (spring 2006) with a two-page article by Gill Harrison, 'Bluegrass wedding of the year'. Terry's website remains a rich source of instrument history and information.

Tuesday, 26 December 2006

Bluegrass au Châtelet

Jean-Marie Redon, Gilles Apap, Thierry Lecoq, Sharon Lombardi, and Denis Gasser, leading the Pas-de-Loup Philharmonic Orchestra on 'Old Dangerfield'

Paris's Théâtre du Châtelet has been the scene of many an historic concert, but the evening of 26 October 2006 witnessed a landmark event.

Gilles Apap, universally recognized as one of the leading contemporary violinists, performed with the Pas-de-Loup Philharmonic Orchestra. Beyond his virtuosity, M. Apap is known for the breadth of his musical interests, and foremost among these is the uniquely American genre called bluegrass.

So for the finale to his concert, Apap invited to the stage four fine French bluegrass musicians: Denis Gasser on guitar, Thierry Lecocq on mandolin, Sharon Lombardi on bass, and Jean-Marie Redon on banjo, to finish the evening bluegrass-style. (Lecocq, Lombardi, and Redon are members of the French band Blue Railroad Train.)

The quintet launched into several instrumentals by the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, before a hushed audience more accustomed to the formalities of classical music. But the highlight came during the encore, when Gille Apap's bluegrass ensemble was joined by the full eighty-piece Pas-de-Loup Philharmonic in an original arrangement for bluegrass band and orchestra of the Monroe classic 'Old Dangerfield'.

Everyone, audience and musicians alike, was elated by this unique event - the Parisian equivalent of bringing bluegrass to Carnegie Hall. It marked the first time this ever-popular American music has been brought to the classical stage in France, but it will surely not be the last.

The Abrams Brothers

Thanks to IBMA member Howard Bonner for the news that the Abrams Brothers from Canada, who were among the transatlantic stars of the 2006 EWOB Festival, are confirmed for an unprecedented fourth appearance in a row at the North Platte, Nebraska, festival in April. They'll be visiting the Czech Republic at the end of August, and returning to Europe in November.

Their CD Iron sharpens iron on the Mastershield label will be available next month, and the Arlo Guthrie/Bob Dylan tribute should be on the market by July. Their first DVD, The Abrams Brothers live at the Sydenham United, went on sale early in December on the local market and has exceeded all expectations with sales to date. Canada's major bookstore chain reports that the DVD has broken all records for a regional(local) act in a matter of two weekends!

Cousin Elijah at 16 has joined the band on acoustic bass and guitar. Grandpa Wayne has effectively retired to his leisure activities and guitar-building. Photos from the Abrams Brothers' tour in Europe during EWOB 2006 can be seen on their website.

Sunday, 24 December 2006

New German mandolin website

Since 22 September 2006 a new German-language mandolin website has been operated by Rupert Paulik, a bluegrass musician from Munich in the German Federal Republic (BRD). This is not only a means of presenting Paulik's very individual teaching programme; it is an opportunity for all friends of bluegrass music and fans of mandolin music to find a lot of useful information.

An extensively researched bibliography shows at a glance the important literature from mandolin schools, tune collections, and instructional DVDs. You can also find information about the history of the mandolin, various construction methods, and developments of the use of the mandolin in music.

One feature of special interest is the free workshop offered, which enables the website visitor to study four extensively commentated steps through the internet, and to finally play a mandolin tune composed by Rupert Paulik himself. Being able to play great licks on the mandolin, without forgetting that the power of music comes from the heart - that is the dream of each bluegrass musician. To mark this, this tune's name is 'Big Lick'.

Thursday, 21 December 2006

Low Country Boys: new CD

Ireland's only bluegrass gospel band, the Low Country Boys of Co. Down, have released their new CD, Sangs o' bairns an' hame (an' a wheen aboot drink forbye), which became available in the shops and on eBay on 27 November.

It can also be bought direct from the band at live shows or by sending a cheque for £12.00 sterling, payable to Low Country Boys, to LCB CD Order, 55 Ravenhill Lane, Newtownards, Co. Down BT23 4PH, Northern Ireland. Much of the Low Country Boys' material is in the Ulster Scots language.

Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Special Consensus brings it all back home

Ethan Burkhardt of Pinecastle Records reports:

American bluegrass band Special Consensus are embarking on their nth tour through Ireland after beginning bi-annual tours of the country in the early 1990s. Bandleader Greg Cahill was exposed to traditional Irish music at a young age from his grandfather, whose family came to America from the region between Killarney and Cork.

Cahill believes that they are so well received because of the close similarities in instrumentation between traditional Irish music and bluegrass. These similarities have led to Cahill lending his talents on the American banjo to many Irish music recording sessions throughout the years. Through this interaction with Irish musicians, the band has been able to add Irish songs to their repertoire. The Special Consensus have included several Irish songs on their recordings, including a medley of two songs written by Mel Corry from Lurgan, Co. Armagh, and 'Josie's Reel', written by Niall Toner, which will be included on their new release, Trail of aching hearts, that will be commercially available on 17 April.

Ireland's exposure to bluegrass music isn't limited to touring American bands. IBMA members Richard and Carol Hawkins, who reside in the Dublin area, run the Bluegrass Ireland newsletter and have created the Bluegrass Ireland Blog. In Cork, Kevin and Geraldine Gill run a fine family band and the Bluegrass in Ireland website. These websites help keep the people of Ireland informed about bluegrass news and events in Ireland as well as in Europe and the USA.

Special Consensus's tour schedule includes appearances on the Alan Simpson Show on BBC Northern Ireland at 3.00 p.m. on 10 January, and the Frank Mitchell Show on U105FM at 11.00 a.m. on 11 January.

Wed. 10th Jan. 2007: The Allen Simpson Show, BBCNI 3.00 p.m. Belfast
Thurs. 11th: The Frank Mitchell Show, U105 FM 11.00 a.m.
Thurs. 11th: Black Box, Belfast, N. Ireland
Fri. 12th: Seamus Ennis Cultural Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Sat. 13th: Winter Music Weekend, Sixmilebridge, Co. Clare, Ireland
Sun. 14th: St John's Art Centre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Mon. 15th: Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, Ireland
Tues. 16th: Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, Ireland
Wed. 17th: Mount Zion House, Lurgan, Co. Armagh, N. Ireland
Thurs. 18th: Regal Community Theatre, Bathgate, Edinburgh, Scotland
Fri. 19th: Kenilworth Sports & Social Club, Warwickshire, England
Sat. 20th: East Anglian Bluegrass Day, Steeple Morden, Herts., England
Sun. 21st: Comfort Motel, George Street, Nottingham, England
Mon. 22nd: St Bonaventure's Club, Bishopston, Bristol, England
Tues. 23rd: Junction Hotel, Rainford Junction, England
Wed. 24th: Bronte Centre, Rathfriland, Co. Down, N. Ireland
Thurs. 25th: Barry's Pub, Grange, Co. Sligo, Ireland
Fri. 26th: Marketplace Arts Centre, Armagh, N. Ireland
Sat. 27th: Carlton Abbey Hotel, Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Sun. 28th: Colfer's, Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford, Ireland

To schedule an interview or for more information, contact Ethan Burkhardt by e-mail.

This release has been edited and supplemented from local knowledge and the Special C. tour schedule on the Old Flattop website.

International Bluegrass Music Museum becomes truly international

In keeping with the International Bluegrass Music Museum's mission to make bluegrass accessible to a global fan base and to be more hospitable to its international visitors, the IBMM decided earlier this year to put up signs in seven major languages. The front door welcomes visitors in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Czech, and Japanese. Other signs throughout the museum translate information for foreign guests, and the Museum's Self-Guided Tour has been translated into Japanese and Czech in its entirety. Translation of these and the IBMM website into all seven languages is in progress.

At ROMP, the museum's annual mega-bluegrass celebration on Memorial Day Weekend, five international bands were among 42 featured acts: Hermanek (Czech Republic), Bluegrass 45 (Japan), the Abrams Brothers (Ontario), the Kruger Brothers (natives of Switzerland), and John Reischman & the Jaybirds (British Columbia).

Also during ROMP, the museum opened a new exhibit: 'The History of Bluegrass in Europe and Japan'. Part I showcases bluegrass publications, posters, and other paper memorabilia from all over the world in many languages; visitors follow a narrative that describes how bluegrass music reached all corners of the globe. In this cumulative three-year exhibit, Part #II will focus on international bluegrass festivals, and Part #III will feature bluegrass instruments from around the world. Each new addition to the exhibit will open at ROMP.


Elizabeth Fuhrman Bragg, IBMM curator, says:

Get involved in the fun! Sign up to win free tickets to 'Night at the Museum' by visiting and clicking on the link on the left, and learn how you can earn donations for our organization at no extra cost each time you shop online through!

Please take a moment to forward this news to your friends and family, and ask them to do the same. Be sure to tell them to register for the contest and to help out our organization when they shop. Thanks and Merry Christmas from everyone at the International Bluegrass Music Museum!

Saturday, 16 December 2006

8th Spring Bluegrass Festival in Willisau, Switzerland

On May 12, 2007 the Spring Bluegrass Festival in Willisau, Switzerland, will take place for the eighth time. Artists scheduled to appear include Dan Paisley & The Southern Grass, The Wilders, Andy Owens & Druha Trava and Jussi Syren & The Groundbreakers. All of the bands will be playing exclusive concerts in Switzerland. Swiss bluegrass will be represented by the Bluegrass Family, who will celebrate their 30th anniversary as a band by presenting their new CD As tears go by. The festival usually draws a crowd of over 300 people; tickets are now available.

Friday, 15 December 2006

Gainsborough Old Time Festival, 16-18 Feb. 2007

The FOAOTMAD (Friends Of American Old Time Music And Dance) annual Old Time Festival in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, UK, will take place on 16-18 February. Headline guests are the Orpheus Supertones, comprising the legendary Walt Koken (Highwoods String Band), Clare Milliner, Kellie Allen, and Pete Peterson. (After the festival they have two performances in their own right and will then join Debbie McClatchy as the latest incarnation of The Gathering, with a succession of shows between 23 February and 11 March.)

The members weekend ticket price is £25. If you're not a member, it could be worth while joining before coming to the festival. Membership forms may be downloaded from the FOAOTMAD website.

Half-price tickets are available in return for about 4 hours stewarding duty over the weekend. Gate keepers and ticket issuers required. For more information contact Paul or Clare Sheridan.

The FOAOTMAD Annual General Meeting will be held at the festival on Sunday morning, 18 February. The Committee has vacancies for dance representatives and newsletter editor. Please forward any items for discussion to the Secretary.

Thursday, 14 December 2006

All Bells and Whistles in Holland, Jan. 2007

Peter O. Ruby with all Bells and Whistles, from the Czech Republic, are going to have a little weekend tour in Limburg and mid-Holland.

Friday 19 January: Cafe Classic, Cauberg 22, Valkenburg. Starting at 21:00. Phone 043-6090382. Online info here.

Saturday 20 January: Annual picking party at Buurthuis Mors, Wijk Mors, Leiden. Approx. 15 bands will pick that day, and there will be a big jam session during the whole day, starting at 12:00... till 00:00. For further details e-mail Hans Wolters here.

Sunday 21 January: Country bar Jan van Cep, Hoofdstraat 11, Amstenrade. Starting at 15:00. Phone: 046-4421408. Online info here.

The band consists of Peter O Ruby (lead guitar, lead and tenor vocals), Hans Wolters (banjo, lead vocals), Zuzka K. (mandolin), Martin Anderle (bass), and Martin Kralik (fiddle... if available). For further details visit the website.

Wednesday, 13 December 2006

Roberto Dalla Vecchia: gigs 2007

Roberto Dalla Vecchia ('Flatpicking guitar with Italian gusto') of Vicenza, Italy, sends the following information about his gigs during the next six months.

Saturday 20 January: Roberto Dalla Vecchia, Stefano Bonato, and Pietro Nobile in concert. 9.00 p.m. Rassegna di Chitarre, Patronato Costantini, Vittorio Veneto, Italy. Online info here; tel. 0438 402549; 347 9355723

Saturday 17 February: Workshop, unplugged. 3.00 p.m. Milan, Italy. Online info here.

Saturday 24 March: Roberto Dalla Vecchia and guests: Peppino D'Agostino and Clive Carroll. 9.00 p.m. VicenzAcustica, Astra Theatre, Vicenza, Italy. Online info here.

Monday 2 - Saturday 7 April: 22nd International Workshop of Acoustic Music, Virton, Belgium. Online info here.

Friday 13 April: Roberto Dalla Vecchia & Franco Morone in concert. 8.00 p.m. Soldiers' Theatre, Vicenza, Italy. Info 0444 717281.

Saturday 28 April: Roberto Dalla Vecchia & Luca Francioso in concert. 9.00 p.m. Urakose, Teatro Comunale, Vigonza (PD), Italy. Info 049 8079421.

Saturday 5 May: Roberto Dalla Vecchia in concert. 9.00 p.m. Sala Polifunzionale, Campoformido (UD), Italy.

Thursday 31 May - Sunday 3 June: 3rd Acoustic Guitar Workshop, Trissino (VI), Italy. Online info here.

Roberto Dalla Vecchia also has a MySpace site.

Sunday, 10 December 2006

Songwriter's third tour of Ireland

Gary Ferguson (guitar, vocals) will make his third consecutive tour of Ireland in July 2007, together with David Miner (dobro, vocals) who accompanied him in 2006. The tour will begin at the Athy Bluegrass Festival on 13 and 14 July in Athy, Co. Kildare, and end at the Phil Murphy Weekend in Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford, on 27, 28, and 29 July. It will include concerts and workshops on Dobro playing and songwriting. Promoters looking for performance or workshop dates can reach Gary here or here.

Gary hopes to have two new CDs available for the tour; he has just recorded for a Bill Emerson project, The Sweet Dixie Band, with Tony Rice, Jimmy Gaudreau, Mark Newton, Paul Williams, Pete Goble, Dudley Connell, Tony Trischka, etc. The second project is Live at Podunk, recorded at the Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival in East Hartford, CT, with Mike Auldridge, Ron Stewart, Emory Lester, and Gail Wade.

Bands coming to Europe, 2007

Angelika Torrie reports:

I'd like to update you on some projects in 2007 of A.R.T. Promotions:

The Jeanette Williams Band will be touring March 2 - 14 (new dates). Gigs confirmed include VHS Ehingen, Illertal Cowboys Vöhringen, Dany's Club in Neu-Ulm (all Germany); Bluegrass Music Denmark in Copenhagen, MJC Saint Saulve (France: TBC), and Bluegrass in Basel (Switzerland). Dates are still available.

The Dan Paisley & Southern Grass European tour (May 12 - 28) is organised in cooperation with SCR's Pieter Groenveld, begins with Willisau (Switzerland), and includes Stockholm (Sweden), Le Puy en Velay (France), several dates in the Netherlands, and the Fredericia Bluegrass Festival (Denmark). A few dates are still open and available.

Special Consensus time again: for a very short stint Special C will honour mainland Europe once more with their great music. July 1 - 8 are in discussion; confirmed dates are in Germany, Switzerland, and France, and will be shown on my homepage as soon as possible. Some dates are still available!

Please e-mail me for more details or look at the A.R.T. website.

Saturday, 9 December 2006

Bluegrass writer in rural Wales

MaryE Yeomans, bluegrass writer and photographer, is on an extended stay in rural Wales and keeping a blog of her experiences, which can be read here. Her writings on bluegrass include 'Tears fell on Rosine', an account of the funeral of Bill Monroe, which originally appeared in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and has been republished in Tom Ewing (ed.), The Bill Monroe reader (Illinois University Press, 2000).

MaryE supports Sore Fingers, the UK's first-class bluegrass/old-time instruction workshops, and her photos taken at past Sore Fingers Weeks can be seen here and on the Sore Fingers website.

Wednesday, 6 December 2006

3rd Edition of Picnic Festival, Namur, 1-2 Sept. 2007

Laurent Eckhout announces the 3rd Edition of the Picnic Festival at Namur, Belgium. As always, it takes place on the first weekend of September, with a programme of bluegrass on Saturday 1 September, and Celtic music on Sunday 2 September.

The festival will be held in the Terra Nova section of the Citadel; there will be a lot of bands for a huge audience, plus three stages, indoor and outdoor.

For further details contact Laurent Eeckhout, Rue de Soye 19, 5190 Spy, Belgique; 'phone + 32 (0)472 22 03 26; e-mail; website.

Monday, 4 December 2006

Heart Of England Bluegrass Venue: sad news

Ron Stevens of the Heart Of England Bluegrass Venue reports:

There is no easy way to say it, and I am sorry to inform you that Sandy Benson has passed away today in hospital after some serious post-operative complications.

Sandy and Mike have been part of the music scene for a lifetime, and were mainstays in helping and providing the sound team for the HOEBV for many years. We shall miss Sandy, and our thoughts and sympathy go out to Mike and his family at this tragic time.

Mike's address is
22 Kenpas Highway
Green Lane

Sandy's funeral date is Tuesday 19 December, 2.00 p.m. at St Peter's church, Wellesbourne. Mike says all are welcome and Sandy's request was for flowers. Flowers should be sent to the undertaker, R. Locke & Son, Southam Street, Kineton CV35 0JN. Mike has not laid on any refreshments afterwards, but there is an adjacent inn which folks can retire to.

Bands touring in Europe

The new year opens with a bang for the British Isles (or 'These Islands', as they're known in the Republic of Ireland), with tours by the Special Consensus in Ireland and Britain (10-28 January) and by the neo-old-time all-girl band Uncle Earl in Scotland and England (20-27 January).

The Special C. have toured in Europe many times, but this is their first time with a chairman of the IBMA on banjo. They have recently finished recording a new CD, which should be available on the tour.

Uncle Earl's new CD, Waterloo, Tennessee, is due for release on 13 February in the USA but may also be available during their tour.

Europe in Bluegrass Now

The December 2006 issue of Bluegrass Now magazine carries a three-quarter-page feature by Petra Jones, one of BN's European editors, with news on European bands including Blue Railroad Train, Blueland, Meantime, Blue Mountain, Matching Ties, and the Blue Grass Boogiemen, and guitarist Roberto Dalla Vecchia, together with the 15th Annual Charlie Gaisford Charity Bluegrass Concert which was held last weekend in the UK.

Sunday, 3 December 2006

Jer Boon in the UK has launched the site, which aims to provide all the information bluegrass musicians and fans in the UK might need - news about gig and festival dates, local jam sessions, reviews, and jamming/performing tips. The site also features a forum intended to build community and help pickers in the UK stay in touch with one another. aims to act as a web portal to link all the existing online information together and help those who wish to find out more about the British bluegrass scene, as well as helping to publicise shows by any US bluegrass acts that are planning a tour in the UK.

This is an attractive and well designed site with many good features, which will also be useful outside the UK. One of the recent posts is on Sore Fingers Week, the premier bluegrass instruction course in Europe.

Kruger Brothers

The Kruger Brothers, of Switzerland and North Carolina, performed last night in concert at the Walt Whitman Arts Center, Rutgers University, New Jersey, as part of a busy schedule of concert appearances. They have been appearing regularly since 1997 at the main bluegrass and acoustic music events in the US, winning enthusiastic acclaim, and have made their home in North Carolina since 2003.

Three of their albums from 1995-7 are due for rerelease on the Double Time Music label, with retail distribution in the USA through County Sales and Elderly Instruments, and in Switzerland through George Tanner Records of Letzigraben.

Saturday, 2 December 2006

A pick with Tom Wolf: 5 December

Rick Townend reports:

On 5 December 2006 Grassroots are holding a special picking session to welcome back Tom Wolf to the UK. Tom is remembered affectionately by many in the British bluegrass world from the time in the 1970s and '80s when he was studying at Sussex University, and came along to bluegrass events all over the country; he even put on some concerts and ran his own band (the Wolf-Pack) for a short time. Now he spends most of his time between his home in the USA and his work in Kenya; however, he'll be spending a week here at the beginning of December, and hopefully visiting some of our regular bluegrass venues. Tom plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin.

Players and audience are all welcome to the 5 December session, which is at Grassroots' regular venue - the Eight Bells pub, at Hawkhurst in south-west Kent (near the A21 London-Hastings road); the pub is just a mile south of the town centre. Details are on the Grassroots website.

Friday, 1 December 2006

Flatpicking at the New Acoustic Gallery

Oliver Waitze held a Flatpicking Guitar Workshop at the New Acoustic Gallery in Solingen, Germany, from 10.00 to 17.00 on 25 November 2006.

Subjects covered in the workshop included bluegrass, fiddle tunes, rhythm, melody, right-hand exercises, 'fingerbusters', Lester Flatt G-runs, endings, crosspicking in the styles of Clarence White and Tony Rice, lead picking, gourmet licks a la Tony Rice, scales...

Oliver's new book, Flatpicking: master technique / Flatpicking Gitarre: Übungen & Spielstücke / studies & tunes, was also on display.

New Acoustic Gallery: Fachgeschäft für Saiteninstrumente
Oliver Waitze
Neuenhofer Str. 122 (B229)
42657 Solingen
Tel. +49 (0)212/2474007

Rawhide: 15 years after

Bluegrass in Belgium reports:

Next Friday (8th December) Rawhide will play at Toogenblik in Haren (Brussels). This is exactly fifteen years after their first concert, also at Toogenblik, with this lineup.

How they've been able to stand each other and keep on playing together all these years remains a mystery. Be there in time (20h30) - the number of seats is limited. Or see you in another fifteen years.

Also, don't miss the concerts of the Sons of Navarone in Deurne (9th), Kazoo in Kozen (29th), and Rawhide near Vlissingen (30th). All details of these concerts are on the Bluegrass in Belgium website, on the 'What's going on?' page.

Bluegrass in Belgium
contact here

Rough Deal String Band: 4th CD

'If you wanna get your fill!' (CD 2006) is the new CD by the Rough Deal String Band of Dublin, Ireland - Tim Rogers (fiddle, mandolin, vocals), Ben Keogh (guitar, vocals), and Bill Whelan (banjo). Fifteen tracks (53.36 minutes) of high-quality old-time music, produced by Jim Rooney, who writes that the band 'absolutely captures the great ranging spirit of this music'.

The CD is now available through all good record suppliers or direct from the band at their website or in personal appearances.

Bluegrass Europe Magazine

Bluegrass Europe is a bi-monthly magazine provided to members of the EBMA in Europe and abroad. It is the first and only magazine dedicated to bluegrass music in Europe. Written in English, Bluegrass Europe is printed and bound with the German Bluegrass Bühne and the Dutch Strictly Country. The three journals appear together under one cover. For a free sample, contact Paolo Dettwiler or visit the EBMA website.

Features in the December 2006–January 2007 issue*

Bluegrass Europe #53: Blue Railroad Train (cover feature); European and international news; concert & festival calendar; EBMA's European bluegrass guide

Strictly Country #215: Bluegrass Christmas CDs; New releases; Folksong revival, part 3; Relaxation; Potomac Valley Boys; 14th Annual Picking Party; Hollewaai & Huys ter Duyn; Columbia Series # 80: Country music after WWII, part 1; the 10th EWOB

Bluegrass Buehne #156: 20 years Matching Ties; Annual band list; Farewell to Neusuedende; Czech festival at Caslav; Christmas market; tablature for 'Lost Indian'; IBMA convention; concert and record reviews

*This issue is now on its way to subscribers

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

European World of Bluegrass 2007

The European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) is getting ready for the 10th Anniversary EWOB in 2007.

The European World of Bluegrass is a month (May) -long series of concerts and festivals, all over Europe, highlighted by the EWOB Festival in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands, on May 17-19. This is the meeting place for musicians, fans, promoters, agents, record companies, instrument makers and dealers, etc., with - apart from a lot of music - a trade show, workshops, meetings, seminars, and more.

At the Voorthuizen convention approximately forty European bands will perform on stage, and they are eligible for the #1 European Bluegrass Band award and the Audience Popularity award. Up to the end of November we have received over eighty applications from European bands to take part, and our selection & programming committee has started their difficult task of putting together the best festival program, and keeping everybody involved as happy as possible.

Every year we have a limited number of bands from the USA joining us (and for this tenth anniversary we have some very good ones in mind), but the focus is on European bluegrass.

In the meantime the #1 European Bluegrass Band award winner of the 2006 EWOB - Mideando String Quintet from Italy - are preparing their trip to the IBMA World of Bluegrass in Nashville, later in 2007, where they will show why they were chosen as the best, and also will represent the European bluegrass music scene to the rest of the world.

Any bluegrass-music-related event in Europe in the month of May 2007 can be part of the European World of Bluegrass. There are no obligations, nor does it cost anything. The only things we need to know are the details (date, place, performers, etc.), so we can put the correct information in the EWOB Guide and on our website. In return we ask the participating events to use the EWOB 2007 logo in their publicity, and maybe tell their audience a little bit about the EWOB and the EBMA.

Anybody who is interested may contact us here.

Rienk Janssen, EWOB coordinator for the EBMA

Thursday, 16 November 2006

April Verch bio Jan. 2013

April Verch has never sounded more comfortable in her skin than she does now, in the second decade of her career as an internationally touring Canadian fiddler, step dancer and singer-songwriter. Her ninth album, Bright like gold, captures a woman who’s fleshed out her identity and is in full command of her gifts, a woman who’s grown from a prodigy into an enduring artist - one of music’s most unforgiving public transitions - with grace and grit to spare.

The April Verch Band - rounded out by bassist and clawhammer banjo player Cody Walters and guitarist Hayes Griffin, who has a Master's degree in jazz improv. from the New England Conservatory - is an energetic, virtuosic, tradition-celebrating outfit. It doesn’t hurt that the thrilling grand finale involves Verch fiddling and step dancing - and often executing two entirely different intricate rhythmic patterns - at once.

It’s a wonder to behold Verch pulling off those pristine double-time triplets with her feet, and the myriad other ways she represents an artist in touch with roots and in her element. She won't be the one to mention that by the time she was finishing up her first year of college she had become the first woman to win both the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championship and Canadian Grand Masters Fiddling Competition, or even the fact that she represented Canada's fiddling tradition by performing in the Opening Ceremonies at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Something else that’s downright impressive is the range of material Verch, Walters, and Griffin inhabit on the new album. She’s so fluent in folk traditions - the Canadian ones she was born into and the American ones she later found her way to - that old fiddle tunes like those featured in the Canadian medley 'Dusty miller', 'Fiddle fingers', and 'Grizzly bear' and the Appalachian medley 'Edward in the treetop', 'Yellow jacket', and 'Quit that tickling me' sound positively reinvigorated. Originals like her instrumental waltz 'Morris & Boris' and country courting number 'The only one' are clearly made to last.

What makes the latter song even more special is that the voice of Bluegrass Hall of Famer Mac Wiseman is on it, and he’s not the only guest of note. Premier old-time fiddler Bruce Molsky joins Verch for some handsome dual fiddling on 'Evening star waltz', and bluegrass banjo icon Sammy Shelor appears on 'Davy Davy' and 'Folding down the sheets'. Griffin’s 'Foolish heart' offers a playful take on western swing, Walters' 'Raven in the hemlock' unfurls melodic surprises, and Verch’s 'Broken' and 'Sorry' have real emotional heft. The fact that she also chose to include 'No other would do' - the only song her dad’s ever written - perfectly completes the musical circle.

Verch, leader of this self-assured ensemble, is claiming her power as an artist and a woman, and taking charge of her recording process. Produced by Verch, Walters, Griffin, and their engineer Chris Rosser, Bright like gold is, quite literally, the album of Verch’s life.

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

Peter Rowan and Druha Trava, Nov. 2012

All photos by Lilly Pavlak

Peter Rowan

Left, Katka Garcia; far right, Steve Walsh

Druha Trava in Hranice

Katka Garcia on stage with Lubos Novotny and Lubos Malina

Peter Rowan and Druha Trava

Robert Krestan and Peter Rowan

Peter, Robert, and Katka receiving flowers

Peter and Robert at Brno

Lubos Malina, bandleader of Druha Trava

Tuesday, 14 November 2006

See and hear bluegrass in Europe (and more)

For readers in the USA, Kevin Lynch, of the Connecticut Bluegrass Music Association and U-H Radio Bluegrass on WWUH Radio, reports:

Announcing a first-ever group tour to Europe for the 10th European World of Bluegrass (EWOB) event held in the Netherlands. This event and its organizers have been awarded honors by the International Bluegrass Music Association for their decades of international bluegrass promotion.

It's their tenth anniversary and the headliner from the USA will be Rounder Records recording artists, Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass. Up to two other artists from the USA will appear, plus 40+ other groups from all over the globe!

In addition to the EWOB event, the tour includes two nights in historic Amsterdam (incl. a wine-&-cheese evening canal cruise of the city). See the details at this link.

Fully escorted tour runs May 14 - 20, 2007. Group participants limited to 20 people. Flights need to be booked well in advance in order to get the lowest prices. You are welcomed to arrange any time frame for your return and/or departure flights... spend as much time as you wish while you're there.

Disclaimer: This trip has been organized by my sister Kim (an independent travel agent). She is offering this initial Bluegrass Tour to EWOB at cost. We won't see these prices again.

See you in Amsterdam...

Monday, 13 November 2006

Nechville banjo workshop, 3 Sept. 2012

Text of flyer for banjo workshop by Tom Nechville and Guy Rogers at Banjos Direct, Norwich, England; Mon. 3 Sept. 2012 from 3.00 p.m.

Optimize your Banjo Setup
Go beyond standard banjo setup conventions and learn what really makes the banjo sound and play its best. Tom will have tips on improving your traditional banjo and show solutions to common problems. Tom may invite you to receive a free set-up during the class. He will discuss compensated bridges, proper neck, tailpiece, head adjustments, and more.

Want a Revolution?
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Sunday, 12 November 2006

More photos from the 40th Banjo Jamboree

More photos by Lilly Pavlak from the 40th Banjo Jamboree (CZ).

Oh My Darling (Canada)

Workshop with Tom Gray

Traditional banjo-players group picture: in front, photo of the festival founder, Honza Macak

Tom Gray takes an active role in the group picture

Keep pickin', Tom!

Adcock, Adcock, and Gray on stage

Standing ovations for the Adcocks and Gray

MCs Pepa Voda and Pavel Brandejs, in front of the Giant Mountain Band

Oh My Darling on stage, Friday

Krok from the Slovak Republic

Krok playing for Eddie

Meeting with Eddie & Martha Adcock

Adcock, Adcock, and Gray on stage

Eddie Adcock at the CD table after the show

Saturday, 11 November 2006

Greenheart Country playlist 223: week 18, 2012

GREENHEART COUNTRY 223 / WEEK 18: ma.30 apr. t/m.zo.6 mei 2012. Samenst. & pres. Hans van Dam. Techniek: Martin v.d. Torre. Frequenties & uitz. tijden:, (allen ook livestream). Info, agenda opgaven: Playlist/ Agenda:

CD of the week: Lilly of the West, Swings & heartaches (2012)*. Theme: EWOB Voorthuizen.

1 Except 2 (NL) Rosewood Casket 2:45 12
2 Except 2 (NL) How Blue 3:28 3
3 Twisted Timber (CZ) Life Turned Blue 2:39 1
4 Oh My Darling (CAN) Stolen Key 3:07 4
5 Oh My Darling (CAN) Song After Song 3:22 8
6 Oh My Darling (CAN) Caught You Looking 2:54 1
7 Lilly Of The West (BG) *Gotta Lotta Rhythm In My Soul 2:14 1
8 Lilly Of The West (BG) *Walkin’ After Midnight 2:38 5
9 Lilly Of The West (BG) *Who Knows What Tomorrow May Bring 2:23 2
10 Stroatklinkers (NL) Het Zel Me’n Vreugde Wezen 2:49 1
11 Stroatklinkers (NL) T-Shirt Bloes 2:56 3
12 Stroatklinkers (NL) Loop Noar de pomp 3:00 5
13 Sunny Side (CZ) I Wonder Where You Are Tonight 3:10 6
14 Sunny Side (CZ) Tennessee Waltz 2:14 7
15 Sunny Side (CZ) Me And My Old Banjo 2:13 9
16 Lucky Lips (N) In The Graveyard 3:14 4
17 Rawhide (B) Shut De Do 2:14 3
18 Rawhide (B) Sweet Chariot 2:27 8
19 Rawhide (B) Crossing The Cumberlands (instr.) 4:02 13
Playing time (1st hour) 53:49

1 Lilly Of The West (BG) * Brala Moma Ruzha Cvete 2:57 8
2 Lilly Of The West (BG) * Malka Moma Se Se Bogu Moli 3:40 10
3 Lilly Of The West (BG) * Crying In The Rain 3:17 9
4 Poa Pratensis (H) Age 2:58 1
5 Poa Pratensis (H) Every Breath You Take 3:54 3
6 Poa Pratensis (H) The One You Lean On 2:45 2
7 Sunny Side (CZ) Blue Moon Of Kentucky 3:19 10
8 Sunny Side (CZ) Love Please Come Home 2:42 5
9 Sunny Side (CZ) Keep On The Sunny Side 3:12 12
10 Stroatklinkers (NL) We nemen er nog ein op 3:25 8
11 Stroatklinkers (NL) Swaalfkes 3:04 13
12 Stroatklinkers (NL) Evil Shadow 3:49 15
13 Outbound Scaggywag Carnival (NL) Night Train To Memphis 2:42 9
14 Outbound Scaggywag Carnival (NL) Wildwood Flower 3:03 12
15 Outbound Scaggywag Carnival (NL) Going Up The Country 2:58 13
16 Sons Of Navarone (B) Who Will Watch The Home Place 5:19 14
17 Sons Of Navarone (B) Once More 3:41 11
18 Sons Of Navarone (B) Clinch Mountain Backstep (instr.) 2:20 4
Playing time (2nd hour) 55:51

Friday, 10 November 2006

Toy Hearts in Zurich, 4 Feb. 2012

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for these photos from the show by the Toy Hearts (GB) at the Restaurant Lerchenberg, Zurich, Switzerland, on 4 February 2012, during their tour of central Europe:

Backstage before the show

Regula Sulzer, the promoter, welcomes the audience and introduces the Toy Hearts

Stuart and Hannah

Sophia with the dreadnaught...

... the Selmer...

... and the Gibson archtop

Mr Johnson on the dobro

High heels without tequila

The western swing set

Hannah in full flight

Western swing on the triple-necked steel

On the sound desk



At rest

Thursday, 9 November 2006

'Criffel Creek' playlist, 14 Apr. 2013

'Criffel Creek', presented by C. Paul Lyttle on Alive Community Radio (107.3 FM), Dumfries, Scotland; 10.00 a.m.-12 noon on alternate Sundays

1 Footprints In The Snow, 1:46, Bluegrass Festival, Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
2 Philadelphia Lawyer, 3:17, Hard Country, Audie Blaylock & Redline
3 This World Is Not My Home, 2:52, Pickin',Praisin' & Singin', Cody Shuler and Pine Mountain Railroad
4 Starboard, 4:11, Scrimshaw, Nels Andrews
5 Muddy Waters, 3:14, AirplayDirect Single, Ferguson, Holmes and Henry
6 Cheek To Cheek With The Blues, 2:20, High Lonesome And Blue: Rounder Heritage Series, Del McCoury
7 Black Smoke Risin', 4:49, On The Waggon, Matt Woosey Band
8 CEDAR_HILL_-_NAILS_AND_THORNS, 3:43, Cedar Hill, Cedar Hill
9 Clean, 4:31, Little Boat, Hosking; Rita
10 Buy A Ring, Find A Preacher, 3:07, They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers
11 They Called It Music, 3:30, They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers
12 The Darker The Night, The Better I See, 3:35, They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers
13 Dying For Someone To Live For, 2:56, They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers
14 I'll Work It Out, 3:00, They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers
15 Something Comin' To Me, 3:54, They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers
16 Take Only What You Can Carry (J's version), 3:20, For Keeps, Annie Keating
17 Paris Waltz, 3:23, Feet All Over the Floor, The Stairwell Sisters
18 Who told Ya?, 2:31, Rabbits Motel, Woody Pines
19 Amelia Earhart's Last Flight, 3:45 Best Of The Vanguard Years [Disc 1], Greenbriar Boys
20 Billy Means' Blues, 2:20, Tierra del Fuego, King Wilkie
21 Charged With Being Christian, 2:22, The Voice of God, Don Rigsby
22 The Nearness Of You, 3:08, Come Away With Me, Norah Jones
23 Daddy's Gone To Knoxville, 3:01, They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers
24 Dusty Old World, 2:58, They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers
25 Home On The River, 2:40, They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers
26 I Will Always Cross Your Mind, 3:32, They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers
27 Sundown and Sorrow, 3:16, They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers
28 Songbird's Song, 4:06, They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers
29 Leave Or Stay, 2:58, Pathway Of Time, David Parmley and Continental Divide
30 That Train Won't Run, 4:10, Hope On The Vine, Heather Bristow
31 Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness (Live), 3:31, Great Days Anthology [Disc 2], John Prine
32 My Lonely Heart, 2:17, Totally Essential Bluegrass, Disc 1 & 3
33 Let Me Fall, 3:21, Beginners Guide To Hoedown - Disc Three: 21st Ce..., Foghorn Stringband
34 Clinch Mountain Backstep, 2:30, Uncle Charlie And His Dog Teddy, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Wednesday, 8 November 2006

'Americana Club' playlist, 26 Mar. 2014

Playlist, 'Americana Club': PopStop, 26 March 2014, 20:00–22:00, presented by Walter Fuchs
(Times of repeats vary from week to week: see PopStop schedule)

1st hour

Jerry Reed, 'East Bound And Down'
Don Reno & Red Smiley, 'Springtime In Dear Old Dixie'
Grandpa Jones & Minnie Pearl, 'Spring Fever'
Johnny Horton, 'When It’s Springtime In Alaska'
Johnny Horton, 'Honky Tonk Man'
Jerry Lee Lewis, 'Whole Lotta Shakin‘ Goin‘ On'
Jerry Lee Lewis, 'Invitation To Your Party'
Brantley Gilbert, 'Bottoms Up'
Jerry Jeff Walker, 'Up Against The Wall Redneck'
Ray Wylie Hubbard, 'Last Train To Amsterdam'
Dick Curless, 'A Tombstone Every Mile'
Dave Dudley, 'There Ain’t No Easy Run'
Tabea & TRAM, 'If I Needed You'
John Lowell, 'Mama Don’t Like It'
Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, 'You’re My Family Now'
John Starling, 'He Rode All The Way To Texas'
Della Mae, 'Empire'
Joe Maphis, 'Liebestraum'

2nd hour

Garth Brooks, 'Longneck Bottle'
Stephanie Davis, 'Lone Star Swing'
Reba McEntire and Asleep At The Wheel, 'Right Or Wrong'
Buddy McDavid, 'I Just Want To Go Back Home'
Tom T. Hall, 'The Year That Clayton Delaney Died'
Ronnie McDowell, 'Older Women'
Johnny Cash, 'I’m Ragged But I’m Right'
Johnny Cash, 'Out Among The Stars'
Levon Helm, 'Get Out Your Big Roll Daddy'
Red Foley, 'Tennessee Saturday Night'
Dermot O’Brien & His Clubmen, 'Katie Daly'
Hank Locklin, 'If We Only Had Old Ireland Over Here'
Dean Dillon, 'Hot, Country And Single'
Tracy Lawrence, 'From Hillbilly Heaven To Honky Tonk Hell'
Tony Trischka, 'I Wonder Where You Are Tonight'
The Deadly Gentlemen, 'It’ll End Too Soon'
Willie Nelson and the Secret Sisters, 'It Won’t Be Very Long'
Sonny Osborne, 'Bluegrass Concerto'

Tuesday, 7 November 2006

3rd Bluegrass Jamboree! on tour 1-18 Dec. 2011

[release: 21 Oct. 2011]


Presented by, Akustik Gitarre, Folker, Bear Family Records, No Fences, Hillbillie Guesthouse, German Bluegrass Music Association, Dynamite! magazine, EBMA, Bluegrass Europe

'The Future of Bluegrass'
Della Mae (USA) 'The Daughters of Bluegrass'
Deadly Gentlemen (USA) 'Epic Folk & Grasscore'
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West (USA) 'Mountain Roots'

As the bluegrass world celebrates the hundredth birthday of Bill Monroe, the 'father' of bluegrass music, the 3rd 'Bluegrass Jamboree - Festival of Bluegrass & Americana Music', with three young and innovative artists performing on this year`s tour, will offer a look into the future of the genre.

Many of the exciting developments in bluegrass are currently found outside the regions of its origin in the south-east of the United States. In the same way Bill Monroe and his band invented bluegrass in the late 1940s mixing blues, jazz, Irish and Scottish folk, gospel and spirituals in Kentucky, his peers and successive generations of players kept experimenting on developing new aspects and sounds until today. This year the 'Jamboree' artists are all from the northern states of the USA, where the music grows more freely without sometimes rather conservative limitations of the South. The sound stays fully authentic and usually only experts may notice the differences and find out that most of the music is new and does not draw from the repertoire of sixty years of bluegrass, although the connection is still easy to recognize. But be sure - there will also be a good dose of 'Monroe' tribute on the show!

CAHALEN MORRISON and ELI WEST present archaic folk sounds on banjo and other stringed instruments, played with energy and virtuosity of bluegrass. There will be intense spellbinding two-part male vocals along lyrics about essential life experiences, guiding the audience on a journey through the musical heights of new folk, old-time, and bluegrass. The two rising stars of the Seattle folk scene perform new pieces with the musical sound of today. Cahalen's songwriting is inspired by the old songs of a time, when hard work and the struggle to survive the Depression years in the mountain region of the Appalachians led to a musical form that dealt with the existential aspects of life: themes of landscape, nature, love, sorrow, grief, joy, death, and reverence - deeply spiritual, open, and honest. In the course of history this sometimes-called 'White man's blues' was named old-time, folk, country, bluegrass and hillbilly. The 'fire' of Cahalen and Eli emerges from the combination of songwriting with the intensity of the bluegrass and beautifully played instruments as well as intense vocals. At age 15 the (practically incurable) bluegrass virus got Eli, since then he has been devoted to stringed instruments. His special way of playing the guitar combines breathtaking solo and rhythm work. He also writes the vocal arrangements which can be characterized by spirited rhythmic and harmonic explorations of the style - exactly the artistic freedom that motivated the musicians of the genre back in the early years of the 20th century – or as Monroe put it: "create your own music!"

These banjo-rappers at some of their performances in the South virtually had to escape from the stage of a traditional bluegrass festival, because the audience did not seem ready for the innovative 'rap-grass' sound of the band. Amazing, as they further developed Bill Monroe's idea of bluegrass: the mix of old and new: rap, jazz, pop and rock, New Acoustic Music plus bluegrass into something they call 'Grasscore and Epic Folk'. The lyrics sometimes are harsh and violent, but also sweet and romantic and tell about love and hate and many other timeless topics. The way they combine rhythmic vocal structures and wild, improvisational instrumental outbursts is simply revolutionary. 'The Bluegrass Police will definitely keep an eye on us', laughs master Gentleman, banjo wizard, and doctor of molecular biology Greg Liszt. He joined Bruce Springsteen for productions and on tour, became a founding member of progressive folk roots band Crooked Still and is considered as one of the few true banjo innovators. His playing is 'funky' and expands traditional three-finger picking into a four-finger style with exciting rhythmic elements along powerful melodic lines.

DELLA MAE, or in other words five of the best female bluegrass musicians and performers of the North-East together in one 'supergroup'. They do not think much of the rather softly played softer modern bluegrass style, but favour a more speedy and rough version of this kind of music. As huge fans of the 40s and 50s sound of the wild men of that era, the five women combine a strong drive, powerful harmonies, and modern songwriting to a contemporary and intensive style of bluegrass, which they will perform for the first time in Europe at all. Celia Woodsmith's powerful voice is influenced by various styles of music from bluegrass, country, and soul over to blues and even folk. Through her impressive play of the rhythm guitar on stage she`s the connective part between the different members of this ambitious band. Kimber Ludiker plays the fiddle: when she was three years old her grandfather taught her the first fiddle lessons and today by the beginning of her 20s she already has been awarded Grand National Fiddle Champion twice. She is considered as one of the central artists of her generation and in her furious play of the extraordinary five-string fiddle she mixes elements of bluegrass, old-time, and Western Swing. Courtney Hartman provides the flat-pick solo guitar, an instrument which first in the 1960s became an equal part of the bluegrass ensemble besides mandolin, fiddle, and banjo, and is more often played by men. For her virtuoso solos she regularly gains standing ovations from enthusiastic audiences. Today besides her band activities she is taking classes in 'serious' music at the well-respected Berklee College of Music in Boston, a region where currently the most exciting developments in bluegrass music in the USA are taking place. Jenny Lyn Gardner is a master of the bluegrass mandolin: as the band's "snare drum" she is responsible for the typical bluegrass off-beat rhythm. In traditional bluegrass there is no percussion itself, so this part is taken over by the other instruments together. During the band`s performances it is always an exciting moment listening to Jenny Lyn`s vivid solos. Amanda Kowalski plays the acoustic string bass. A true and living legend at the string bass, she has played in extraordinary projects together with banjo explorers Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck, or Abigail Washburn, only to name a few of the great names she has performed with over the years. Her musical journey led Amanda, who was born in the Hillbilly State of West Virginia, to the "Grand Ole Opry" in Nashville as well as to Sydney`s famous opera house, where she played highly respected shows.

3. Bluegrass Jamboree! – Festival of Bluegrass and Americana Music

01.12.2011    77654 Offenburg    Reithalle  20:00
02.12.2011    72762 Reutlingen    franz k  20:00
03.12.2011    CH-8200 Schaffhausen    Kammgarn  20:00 Switzerland
04.12.2011    80333 München    Amerikahaus  20:00
05.12.2011    88212 Ravensburg    Zehntscheuer  20:00
06.12.2011    87435 Kempten    Haus International  20:00
07.12.2011    91154 Roth    Kulturfabrik  20:00
08.12.2011    84478 Waldkraiburg    Haus der Kultur  20:00
09.12.2011    53121 Bonn    Harmonie  19:30
10.12.2011    63303 Dreieich    Bürgerhaus Sprendlingen  20:00
11.12.2011    06295 Lutherstadt-Eisleben    Landesbühne  18:00
12.12.2011    CZ-Prag OREA Hotel Pyramida  19:30 Czech Republic
13.12.2011    34127 Kassel    Schlachthof  20:00
14.12.2011    99817 Eisenach    Alte Mälzerei  20:00
15.12.2011    44137 Dortmund    Domicil  20:00
16.12.2011    31137 Hildesheim    Kulturfabrik Löseke  20:00
17.12.2011    28816 Stuhr    Gutsscheune Varrel  20:00
18.12.2011    41564 Kaarst    Albert Einstein Forum  20:00

ATTENTION: Again there will be a world wide live radio broadcast of the full
first show of the tour. So all of you who can't be at this show can catch
the music on radio Wueste Welle in Tübingen via Internet radio. DATE: Dec 2, 20-24:00 (Central European

(click on "on air" down left)

Monday, 6 November 2006

Photo memories of Liz Meyer

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for these photos of Liz Meyer from her archive. The first (left) dates from a 1998 concert in P.J. Blues Stop, Niederglatt, Switzerland; at that time Liz was playing as a duo with bluesman Chris Jones (1958-2005), whose arm and guitar appear on the right.

Liz also played with Mark Cosgrove and Cor Mutsers as a trio. Though Mark Cosgrove remained a longtime musical partner of Liz, Lilly can claim credit for uniting her with the Austrian band Nugget:

I booked her on a festival at Mayrhofen, Austria, in 1997 and they wanted a bluegrass band to back her... Nugget was her first bluegrass band.

With Nugget (Thierry Massoubre, guitar)

The following four photos were taken in 2000 at the Country Festival Albisguetli, Zurich, Switzerland:

Mark Cosgrove, Lilly, Liz, Katarina Mitteregger

Liz and Mark

The finale: the Byron Berline band with Liz and Nugget

The finale: the Byron Berline band with Liz and Nugget

The next group of photos date from Liz's showcase appearances in Louisville at IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2004 with Nugget:

The International showcase; on the left, Raymond McLain (fiddle)

This batch was taken at the first Picnic Festival at Namur, Belgium, in 2005, where Liz appeared with Big City Bluegrass, her specially assembled band of young Czech musicians - Pepa Malina, Zbynek Buresz, and Svatka Stepankova:

Lilly and Liz

In Nashville with Eberhard Finke and Jana Dolakova at IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2005

Three photos from 2006 in Nashville:

Liz addresses the class at IBMA's Leadership Bluegrass course

With Kathy Chiavola

With Holly Tashian

EWOB 2007: the entrance lobby at 't Trefpunt

EWOB 2007: with Nancy Cardwell and Jon Weisberger, who with Fred Bartenstein formed an IBMA delegation to the 10th EWOB festival

EWOB 2007: shifting product

At home in 2007

With fellow songwriter Niall Toner at EWOB 2008