Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Vilnius Bluegrass 2007: 16-17 November

The city of Vilnius, Lithuania, hosts its third bluegrass festival on Friday and Saturday, 16 and 17 November 2007. Sponsors include the public organization Muzikonas, the EWOB Association, the Country Saloon club, and Vilnius City Hall.

Bluegrass is still very new in Lithuania, and the festival aims to make it more widely known and played among professional musicians, young people, and a wider audience. The impetus for Vilnius Bluegrass began some years ago when Lithuanian musicians took part in the European World of Bluegrass Festival in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands. Algirdas Klova, art director of the Vilnius festival, has since been honoured as a Pioneer of European Bluegrass.

The festival consists of two public concerts on 16 and 17 November 2007; open workshops for 5-string banjo, guitar, dobro, mandolin, and singing, taught by well-known bluegrass musicians from the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Lithuania, and other countries; and jam sessions after the concerts, involving all the musicians.

The project initiator and manager is Jūratė Klovienė (Jūnė). For more information, see the Country Saloon website or contact Algirdas Klova: tel. + 370 5 2124424; mobile +370 680 84399; e-mail.
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