Sunday, 11 November 2007

Deadline for EWOB 2008 showcases: 20 Nov. 2007

Liz Meyer writes on behalf of the EBMA:

The 11th European World of Bluegrass Festival will be held in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands, on 1-2-3 May 2008. The deadline to apply for a showcase at EWOB 2008 is 20 Nov. 2007. Get your application here or here. Send it by post with your CD. Contact info is online. It's good to back up with an e-mail, so we know your package is on the way.

Bluegrass bands from Europe, the USA, and beyond: we want to see your band on the EWOB stage!

Our purpose: We're proud of European bluegrass. From traditional to progressive, we know how good it can be, and we want the rest of the world to find out! We're building a busy bluegrass highway to the USA. The EWOB Festival creates a unique opportunity for the best bluegrass bands from Europe and the USA to play side by side for promoters and press. In ten years, some of our finest moments have been released by Strictly Country Records on ten EWOB CDs: 229 songs performed by 124 European bands have become part of recorded bluegrass history. Thanks to the EWOB CDs, DJs around the world are playing European bluegrass on radio.

The 3-day EWOB Festival is the apex of the month-long European World of Bluegrass, busy weeks of festivals and concerts mostly concentrated in the 'Bluegrass Month' of May. The EWOB Festival is always held in the Netherlands (Holland), and typically features 42 bands, including 4-5 guests from the USA & Canada. Luthiers and music shops sell their goods at our Trade Show. Bluegrass event promoters, music press, radio DJs, musicians, and bluegrass lovers come from around the world to see the bands. In 2003 EBMA's European World of Bluegrass Festival received IBMA's coveted 'Bluegrass Event of the Year' Award.

EWOB stages and CDs have featured Europe's finest bands alongside an impressive array of special guests from the 'Bluegrass Homeland' that has included Dan Paisley & the Southern Grass, John Reischman & the Jaybirds, the Chapmans, the Kate MacKenzie Band, Bill Clifton & Pick of the Crop, Randy Waller & the Country Gentlemen, Chris Jones & the Night Drivers, Laurie Lewis & her Bluegrass Pals, the Claire Lynch Band, Sally Jones & the Sidewinders, Mike Stevens & Raymond McLain, Hickory Project, Liz Meyer with Nugget, Si Kahn, Andy Owens with Druha Trava, Kristen Grainger & Dan Wetzel, the Tammy Fassaert Band, and many more.

But EWOB is much more than a festival! Like IBMA in the United States, EBMA is a trade organization that works hard to equip our bands with professional tools to build their careers. And every year, the musicians who play at EWOB choose our most exciting band to send to Nashville to play at IBMA's World of Bluegrass. Come play your music at EWOB, and cast your vote for European bluegrass!

All are welcome to apply. See you at EWOB 2008!