Monday, 5 February 2007

Boogiemen put bluegrass on the map

In the past twelve months the Blue Grass Boogiemen have played many shows in Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, and Switzerland, and made a big impact in their Netherlands home territory at the Lowlands and Noorderslag festivals. The Boogiemen report:

We finally put bluegrass music on the map there and proved that this type of music can work very well on big pop/rock festivals, as long as it's being played with the right energy and enthusiasm it deserves. We want to reach as many people as possible.

The CD Who's afraid of the Boogiemen?, released last year, won some great reviews in the bluegrass press. In 2007 a CD of Hank Williams songs recorded by the band will be released by the Starsound label in March as part of its 'Hits of...' series. In April a reprint of Elvis in Nederland by Dutch writer Rob van Scheers will appear, accompanied by a CD of Elvis Presley songs, recorded by many Dutch musicians – the Boogiemen contribute their version of Bill Monroe's 'Blue Moon of Kentucky' which Elvis covered for his first Sun single.

The dance show 'Gutsman de Voorstelling', for which the Boogiemen created the soundtrack, will be playing in theatres all over Holland throughout 2007. It is hoped that the soundtrack will be available on CD some time. The Boogiemen are also developing a programme about bluegrass music for schools, and recently did a show of this type at the Insula College, Dordrecht.