Monday, 29 October 2007

Que viva España

Lluis Antonio Gomez Martinez reports from Spain that the 7th edition of the Al Ras Festival of bluegrass and old-time music will be on 7 June 2008: 'We're booking groups, and we're open to book European bands!'

Lluis's new CD will be released in December 2007. Guest artists on the album include Tom Corbett (mandolin) and Tim Carter (banjo), who also mixed the CD in Nashville. The ten tracks include bluegrass, jazz, and Irish tunes; all but two are original compositions. Two tunes from the CD can be heard on MySpace.

Lluis is also writing tabs and articles for Tom Nechville's newsletter Banjovia. Tabs for the David Grisman tunes 'EMD', 'Opus 38', and 'O'Banion's wake', as well as Liz Carroll's 'Lost in the loop', can be downloaded at the Nechville website.

And a video of the Lluis Gomez Quintet on stage at the 2007 Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Longford, Ireland, can be seen on YouTube.