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