Monday, 31 March 2008

Instrument workshops at the New Acoustic Gallery

Oliver Waitze of the New Acoustic Gallery in Solingen ('Home of Acoustic Music'), Germany, sends the Gallery's 2008 workshop schedule:

5-6 May: Blues and fingerstyle jazz guitar
Instructor: Felix Schell
Includes: Bossa Nova, swing, R&B, gypsy jazz, melodies, accompanying chords, intros, endings, improvisation, solo arrangements, various techniques...
Fee: €120

27–28 September: Fingerstyle DADGAD
Instructor: Pierre Bensusan
Includes: work on the following pieces - 'L’Alchimiste', 'Hymne 11', 'The day after the feast', tappings, harp effects, stretching chords, jazz and modal scales...
Fee: €195

24–26 October: Bluegrass mandolin weekend workshop
Instructor: Jesper Rübner-Petersen
Includes: Backup, fiddle tunes, bluegrass double stops...
Fee: €175

29 November: Flatpicking master technique
Instructor: Oliver Waitze
Includes: Crosspicking in the styles of Tony Rice & Clarence White, melodies, fiddle tunes, gourmet licks a la Tony Rice, right-hand exercises, typical bluegrass rhythm...
Fee: €90

All workshops are held at the New Acoustic Gallery, Solingen.
For details contact Oliver Waitze: tel. 0212/2474007; e-mail; website.

Sunday, 30 March 2008

10 Years of European World Of Bluegrass

Strictly Country Records are proud to announce the release of SCR-66, 10 years of European World of Bluegrass, produced by singer-songwriter Liz Meyer. With over two hours playing time, this two-CD compilation captures highlights from the first decade of the European World of Bluegrass (EWOB), recorded live at the annual EWOB Festival and other EWOB events. Complementing the ten prior EWOB CDs, it includes previously unreleased tracks, and all material has been specially remastered.

10 years of European World of Bluegrass features 48 bands from 15 countries, including the #1 European Bluegrass Bands and a selection of Europe’s finest, alongside 15 special guests from the USA and Canada. The full press release, including tributes by Jon Weisberger and Dan Crary, is here. Contact:

Strictly Country Records/Strictly Music
PO Box 628, 2130 AP Hoofddorp, the Netherlands
Tel: (from USA 011-)+31-297-347-101
Fax: (from USA 011-)+31-297-347-488
E-mail Pieter Groenveld, Liz Meyer

Friday, 28 March 2008

Country Gazette

Country Gazette magazine, which has promoted country music and bluegrass in the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe for the past thirty-five years, will cease publication with the next issue. The owners and moving spirits of CG are Hans and Jannie van Dam, who will be retiring.

Award-winning US bluegrass writer and photographer Stephanie P. Ledgin, who is the elected Print Media/Education representative on the board of the IBMA, says:

Country Gazette was one of the first non-US magazines I recall absorbing as a bluegrass newbie in the mid-1970s and early 1980s. It goes without saying that it has been vital in establishing and furthering the worldwide presence of bluegrass and country music.

This latest folding of a print publication (no matter the reason) reinforces for me... that... it is critical that we pay attention to the very rapidly changing face of how media functions and delivers in the 21st century and how it impacts our music and dissemination of information... And I'll say in closing a very huge thanks to the van Dams for giving us
Country Gazette for so many years, and I wish them all the best.

Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth in Scotland, 2-11 Apr.

Dick Glasgow of Causeway Music in Northern Ireland reports:

Two of America’s top roots music musicians - Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth – return to Scotland for a string of nine dates to promote their brand new album, Most of all. Last time they toured in Scotland, fans travelled from far and wide - some from the south of England - to see them perform.

The dates (all in early April) are:

2nd: Edinburgh
3rd: Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire
4th: Greenock, Inverclyde
5th: Glasgow
6th: Edinburgh
8th: Huntly, Aberdeenshire
9th: Irvine, Ayrshire
10th: Kirkcaldy, Fife
11th: Kirkcaldy, Fife

Full details are here. Thanks to Dick's old-time music forum for the news.

Mideando String Quintet news

The Mideando String Quintet from Padova, Italy, report that they are promoting their new CD, Tutte le direzioni ('Every direction') with gigs, and shows at best prices. The MSQ add:

If you have interest about our music, please contact us without any doubt! Thank you very much, and a big Italian CIAO.

The MSQ, who were #1 European Bluegrass Band 2006, and represented Europe at the IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2007, also have a MySpace site. Contact them at

Associazione Musicale MIDEANDO
Via P. Vergerio 6 - 35126 PADOVA - Italy
tel. (+39) 049 8021556 - cell. 338 8227001

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

Rounder Europe news

New releases from Rounder Europe include Old Man Luedecke's Proof of love CD (Black Hen Music BHMCD 984), his third album and his first with a full band (banjo, guitars, bass, drums, fiddle). Rounder Europe says of the Nova Scotia singer: 'The songs remain, as always, powerful early folk-inspired offerings that continue to marry the warmth and complexity of Old Man Luedecke’s banjo interplay with the emotional lyricism that has won him a devoted following.'

Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Vote for the Carrivick Sisters!

The European Bluegrass Blog carried news on 6 February of the success of the Carrivick Sisters on the BBC TV show 'Upstaged'. Having won their heats, they are due to compete in the final stages next week.

This success for bluegrass is more than just a UK matter, and international votes count in the final result. So - especially if you enjoyed the Sisters' set at the EWOB Festival 2007 - keep up with events at the show's website and support them with your votes.

Thanks to for the news.

Waterflow - Perfect match for trouble

Waterflow (NL/SK) are proud to announce the release of their first full-length CD, Perfect match for trouble. You can:

- listen to the music on the band's website or MySpace site;
- buy the CD at one of their concerts (€10);
- order it via e-mail; or
- ask for a free CD for promotional purposes (booking or press).

Loes van Schaijk, lead singer with Waterflow, adds:

I'd like to ask all of you who have MySpace webpages to befriend us. MySpace is a great way to get in touch with other musicians, and it would be great if we could check out each other's music before we meet in person (for example, at the EWOB festival). And last but not least, here's a list of the concerts we have lined up so far. If you're in the neighbourhood, be sure to stop by!

Sat. 28 Mar.: Blue Velvet Night, CD release party, Pezinok (Slovakia)
Sun. 27 Apr.: Café Cambrinus, Horst (the Netherlands)
Tues. 29 Apr.: Café Camelot, Nijmegen (the Netherlands)
Wed. 30 Apr.: Queen's Day Market, Den Bosch (the Netherlands)
Wed. 30 Apr.: Stadsbrouwerij De Hemel, Nijmegen (the Netherlands)
Sat. 3 May: European World of Bluegrass Festival, Voorthuizen (the Netherlands)
Fri. 25 July: Bohunice fest, Jaslovske Bohunice (Slovakia)
Sat. 26 July: Bluegrass fest Pisek, Pisek (Czech Republic)
11 Oct.: Bluegrassfest Bratislava, Bratislava (Slovakia)

We hope to see you somewhere this year, and don't hesitate to keep us up to date about your own musical activities. Warm greetings,

Loes van Schaijk
Muldersweg 195
6532 WZ Nijmegen

Waterflow's bio sheet can be seen here.

Monday, 17 March 2008

European Bluegrass Directory 2008/2009

Paolo Dettwiler, chairman of the EBMA, reports:

The EBMA is currently working on the next issue of the well known and widely used European Bluegrass Directory, the seventh, heavily updated edition for 2008/2009.

For the second time we will be giving the European Bluegrass Directory away for free in order to reach a lot more people; much like a phone directory. It will be officially presented on 1-3 May 2008 at EBMA’s EWOB Festival 2008 in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands.

That is why we are looking for advertisements – an ad makes sure you will be in the mind of bluegrass people in Europe and around the world for the next two years. Our prices are reasonable (and haven’t changed for over ten years):

full page – €150
half-page – €80
quarter page – €50

Our deadline is 5 April 2008 – the earlier the better. Even if you can’t or don’t want to have an ad, perhaps you can help us with finding new advertisers. Many thanks!

Paolo Dettwiler (e-mail)

Saturday, 15 March 2008

Westport Festival now on MySpace

The second annual Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival in Westport, Co. Mayo, Ireland (27-9 June), has just established a MySpace site. Details shown at present include links to the websites of artists taking part, among whom are Four Wheel Drive (NL/D/B) and Woodbine, the host band for the Athy festival, Ireland's oldest annual bluegrass event.

There is also a link to the website of the Westport Inn Hotel, which is the main venue for the event, and offers package deals for the Festival weekend. For more details or ticket booking, contact Uri Kohen by e-mail or at 087 7570958.

Coastline Bluegrass Music Event, 6-8 June

The song 'Sleepy Hollow' by G2 Bluegrass Band from Sweden is the sound-track for a promotional DVD for the Third Coastline Bluegrass Music Event, which will be held at Plas Uchaf Farm, near Llandudno Junction, North Wales LL28 5PD, on 6-8 June.

The DVD shows the site and its picturesque setting looking over the Conwy estuary; photos of all members of bands taking part; and shots of the open mike stage, jam sessions, and other features of the festival. It proves that a DVD need not be an expensive technical miracle to be a completely effective promotional tool.

G2 (the current #1 European Bluegrass Band) are at the top of the bill for the Event, together with the Sons of Navarone (Belgium), Longway (Scotland), and two Appalachian dance teams, Mind the Step and Wicked Soles. The Event also has a MySpace site.

Roberto dalla Vecchia: news

Roberto Dalla Vecchia ('Flatpicking Guitar with Italian Gusto') has relaunched his website with new design and new content. Suggestions for further improvements are welcome!

All Roberto's CDs and tab books can now be bought online in the US via Marv's Music website, run by Marv Sobolesky. And his Grateful CD can now be bought in MP3 format via as one zip download including the MP3s (suitable for any MP3 player) and a JPG of the album art, for $9.95. His upcoming concerts and workshops include:

Mon. 24-Sat. 29 Mar.: Flatpicking guitar workshop (which still has one vacancy), 23rd International Workshop of Acoustic Music, Virton, Belgium.

Fri. 4 Apr.: vicenzAcustica 4, with special guests Paolo Bonfanti and Chris Newman in concert, Astra Theatre, Vicenza, Italy; 21:00. +39 0444 505183. Tickets €14.00 in advance, €16.00 at the door.

Fri. 23-Sat. 24 May: 11th International Acoustic Guitar Meeting, Fortezza Firmafede, Sarzana (La Spezia), Italy; includes Roberto in concert, 21:00 on Friday, and the Italian Flatpickers Convention on Saturday.

Fri. 30 May-Mon. 2 June: Acoustic Guitar Workshop 4, Recoaro T., Italy, +39 0444 505183. For all levels of players; two vacancies still available.

Friday, 14 March 2008

American bands visiting Europe, May-June

The Wailin' Jennys

In addition to Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, bands that will be visiting Europe in spring and early summer 2008 include:

Chatham County Line, whose tour begins on 27 April with three dates in Norway (Oslo, Drammen, and Bergen), and continues with two in Ireland (Kilkenny, Belfast) and five in Britain, ending in London on 11 May;

the Dick Smith/Mike O'Reilly Band, playing ten dates in Britain between 25 April and 4 May;

Beverley Smith and Carl Jones, playing at least fourteen dates in Britain and France between 8 May and 31 May;

Brother Mule (Brian Wicklund, Ben Winship, Eric Thorin), with two festival dates in the Shetland Islands and England between 1 and 11 May;

the Wailin' Jennys, playing fourteen dates in Ireland and Britain between 8 May and 31 May;

and Crooked Still, who will be in Denmark (16-21 May), the Orkney Islands (22-25 May), Britain (30-31 May), and Ireland (1-9 June).

Full details are on the bands' websites. Thanks to for news of the British part of these tours.

Thursday, 13 March 2008

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss tour in Europe, 5-22 May: update

To mark the success of their recent album Raising sand, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss are playing the following eleven concerts in Europe in May. Each show also features T Bone Burnett.

5 May: NIA Academy, Birmingham, UK. Doors: 18.30/Showtime: 19.30. Tickets: £35/£29.50
7 May: Apollo, Manchester, UK. Doors: 19.00/Showtime: 21.00. Tickets: £38.50 *SOLD OUT!*
8 May: International Arena, Cardiff, Wales, UK. Doors: 18.30/Showtime: 19.30. Tickets £35/£29.50
10 May: Philipshalle, Dusseldorf, Germany. Times TBA. Tickets £60/£55/£50/£45/£40
11 May: Forest National, Brussels, Belgium. Doors: 18.30/Showtime: TBA. Tickets £50/£45/£40
13 May: Le Grand Rex, Paris, France. Doors: 18.30/Showtime: 20.00. Tickets £60/£40
14 May: Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Doors: TBA/Showtime 20.00. Tickets £55/£53/£50
16 May: Hovet, Stockholm, Sweden. Doors: 19.00/Showtime: 20.00. Tickets £70/£62/£49
18 May: Spektrum, Oslo, Norway. Doors: 18.30/Showtime: 19.30. Tickets: £59/£56
19 May: Bergenshalle, Bergen, Norway. Doors: 18.30/Showtime: 20.00 Tickets £73/£67/£61
22 May: Wembley Arena, London, UK. Doors: 18.30/Showtime: 19.30. Tickets £35/£29.50

Full details are on the tour website. Please check details for each venue before buying tickets, which went on sale on 14 December. Prices are as shown on the website, but it is likely that the prices shown for shows outside the UK should be euros and not pounds.

New CD from the Coal Porters: sold out!

Kentucky-born Sid Griffin and his London-based band the Coal Porters have released their latest album, Turn the water on, boy!, featuring former Byrds member (and longtime pillar of the West Coast bluegrass scene) Chris Hillman. It is now available in stores and through Amazon.

The Coal Porters, who claim to be the first alt.bluegrass band, will launch the album at a free party in London on Wednesday 2 April. Full details are on Sid's website.

That was our original post of 6 March. Sid Griffin now reports that the first pressing of 2,200 copies is completely sold out.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

Black Twig Pickers in Europe, 12-20 July

The Black Twig Pickers three-piece old-time string band from Ironto, south-western Virginia, are looking for opportunities to perform during the week July 13-20 in the Low Countries or not too far away - they are playing the P'ti Faystival in Petit-Fays, Belgium, on 12 July and hope to spend about a week in Europe afterward.

Contact the band through their website or MySpace site. Their fifth CD, Hobo handshake, was launched on 9 March.

Monday, 10 March 2008

Bluegrass Europe #61

The next issue of Bluegrass Europe, the magazine of the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA), will be #61 (April-May 2008).

The editor, Paolo Dettwiler, who is also chair of the EBMA, wishes to remind everyone that the deadline for news items, concert dates, advertisements, and other material to appear in issue #61 is Sunday 16 March.

Issue #61 will include as title story 'Bluegrass in Norway', with an interview with Dagfinn Pedersen of the Norwegian Bluegrass Music Association; and 'Czech bluegrass history', by Lilly Pavlak. The EWOB Guide will also be issued with the magazine.

Bluegrass Europe
Paolo R. Dettwiler
Steinenweg 8
CH-4133 Pratteln
Phone: +41 61 821 83 63
Fax +41 61 821 83 64

Sunday, 9 March 2008

Orwell Bluegrass Festival, 25-27 April

The Orwell Bluegrass Festival will be held from 19:00 on Friday 25 April to 18:00 on Sunday 27 April 2008 at Hallow Tree Camp Site, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK. The lineup includes:

G2 Bluegrass Band (Sweden; #1 European Bluegrass Band 2007-8)
The Dick Smith & Mike O'Reilly Band (USA/Can.)
Baker's Fabulous Boys
A Band Like Alice
Chris Moreton
Dog House Central
Monroe's Revenge
One Tree Hillbillies
Roots and Galoots
Shake the Roots
Them Old Harvey Boys

plus open mic sessions, workshops for all bluegrass instruments, and Sunday morning gospel sessions. For more info, see the Festival website or e-mail.

Mike Eisler CD: Lost tribe

Mike Eisler has been a pillar of the bluegrass scene in the western US for many years, especially as banjo- and fiddle-player with the Sawtooth Mountain Boys from Oregon, who toured in the Netherlands, Germany, and Switzerland about fifteen years ago.

Mike now plays fiddle with Lee Highway, and has just completed a 12-track all-original instrumental album, Lost tribe. It can be previewed and ordered through CD Baby.

Bluegrass Swiss made on CD

Hans Peter Frey of the Swiss Bluegrass Music Association (SBMA) reports:

The SBMA soon will release Bluegrass Swiss made, a CD sampler containing 23 tracks from 17 active Swiss bands. The CD gives a good survey of the current bluegrass scene of Switzerland. Every important band still in existence in spring 2008 is represented with at least one track. The compilation includes a coloured booklet with photos and short bios of each band. The official release date is 17 May, at the 9th Spring Bluegrass Festival in Willisau.

Bluegrass Swiss made can also be ordered on the SBMA homepage or via e-mail and will cost SFr. 20.00 (plus p&p).

Saturday, 8 March 2008

News from Matching Ties

Paul Stowe reports on behalf of Matching Ties:

In the next few weeks we will have our St Patrick’s Day concerts, culminating in my solo concert on Mon. 17 Mar. in Bad Aibling, Germany. Our summer season is beginning to shape up with some nice festival dates as a trio (with fiddler Georg Bähr) or as a quartet (with Georg and Thomas Kärner on upright bass). For US fans, we will tour the northwestern US as a duo with dates in Utah, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Montana from 17 October to 3 November. We hope to see you at a Matching Ties or Paul Stowe concert soon.

Many of you received an e-mail from me at the beginning of February with the sad news that our friend and music colleague, Scotsman Dave Bell, passed away. Dave can be heard on our most recent CD Across the sea on bodhran and percussions. We continue to mourn his passing, and miss him. He shall not be forgotten. You can read a post about him on our Blog or News page on the Matching Ties website. Please check the news page for updates, news, and pictures, and of course our tour schedule, which will be constantly updated.

Samples of Across the sea and details of how to buy any of the four Matching Ties CDs are here. The complete March/April Matching Ties newsletter, in German, Italian, and English, with schedule of dates, is here.

Friday, 7 March 2008

Special Consensus: the beer

As shown on the Bluegrass Blog, the Special Consensus, one of Europe's favourite American bands, are playing tonight at the Livery in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The Livery is not just a venue - it's a microbrewery, and the management have launched a new beer named in the band's honour, which is described as 'a dark Czech lager... deep mahogany in colour'.

Whiskey Puppy in the Netherlands & Belgium, 21-9 March

Whiskey Puppy: Justin Auld (Redwood Highway), banjo, fiddle; Rachel Gold (The Flat Mountain Girls), guitar; Travis 'Tater' Harrison (Cocks in the Henhouse, Jackass Willie), bass. Justin and Rachel are the first-Saturday hosts of KBOO's (90.7 FM Portland) 'Music from the Truevine' show.

Whiskey Puppy plays boot-stomping, mule-slapping traditional bluegrass and old-time music. The Portland, OR, trio brings energy, humour, and skilful musicianship to little-known songs and tunes from the repertoires of the early Southern string bands. Known for sweet three-part harmonies and their collection of chew toys, Whiskey Puppy has been performing since 2001, including their 2005 'Kiss the Puppy' cross-country tour. They have appeared at bars and festivals all over the West Coast, and in 2004 won the 'Not quite bluegrass' band contest at the Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival. Their tour dates in Europe are:

Fri. 21 Mar.: Porgy & Bess, Terneuzen. 21:00. With Brock and the Brockettes and the Bluegrass Boogiemen!
Sat. 22 Mar.: Café De Pub, Terneuzen. 22:00. With the Blue Clay!
Sun. 23 Mar.: De Oude Remise, Nieuweschans. 15:00
Mon. 24 Mar.: Het Monumentje, Amsterdam. 20:00. With Tennessee Studs!
Wed. 26 Mar.: House concert at Hameestraat 31, Brussels. 20:00
Thurs. 27 Mar.: Café Averechts, Utrecht. 20:00
Fri. 28 Mar.: Het Huis ver Loren, Hoorn. 20:00. With Tennessee Studs and MBO!
Sat. 29 Mar.: Mulligan's, Amsterdam. 22:00

The Wilders: new CD due out, 15 April

The rock paper scissors, inc. world music and Americana agency of Bloomington, Indiana, announces that the Wilders band from Kansas City will release their new CD, Someone's got to pay, on 15 April. The album - almost all original material, using percussion, electric instruments, keyboards, button accordian, cello, viola, cajun triangle, lap steel, and tambourines - will break new ground for the band.

More details can be found on the Wilders' website, which also includes a blog report from their long tour in 2007 through Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

Tuesday, 4 March 2008

Beppe Gambetta: news bulletin

In his latest newsletter Beppe Gambetta introduces a new videoclip based on his red shoes. Also included are:

* dates for his tours in North America (21 March-12 April, 4-22 June, 18 Sept.-25 Oct.) and Europe (22 May-1 June, 31 July-2 August);
*a long list of Beppe's favourite eating places in different countries;
*news of his 16th Annual Residential Workshop at Ambroz in the Slovenian Alps (3-10 August), with special guest Steve Kaufman, and of his next recording project; and
* links to several other videos, including 1985 footage of Red Wine when he was their guitarist.

Read more here.

European bluegrass wanted for RBI airplay

Bob Mitchell of Louisville, KY, reports:

Radio Bluegrass International has given me a weekly two-hour bluegrass program. 'The Best of Bluegrass' will be broadcast from the International Bluegrass Museum website. The first internet broadcast will probably be in March or April.

I've recorded eight programs and played several tracks from your recordings of the EWOB Festival - I want to include more music from around the world. I'd be interested in receiving CDs for possible airplay. I can not promise each artist will be played, but I will give everyone equal consideration. Traditional bluegrass only, please. If you have any questions or suggestions, let me know. Best wishes from the United States,

Bob Mitchell
5800 Coach Gate Wynde (309D)
Louisville KY 40207

Bluegrass events in Belgium this week

Bluegrass in Belgium announces:

A very interesting band, the Hickory Project (USA), will be playing in Kozen (near St Truiden) this Thursday, 6 March. Address: Buurthuis Ter Cose in 3850 Nieuwerkerken-Kozen, Opcosenstraat 1; starts at 20:00.

The Sons of Navarone are giving a free bluegrass concert this Friday, 7 March, at 21:00 to celebrate the release of their CD At Last! Address: 't Ey, Koutermolenstraat 6b, 9111 Belsele (St-Niklaas). See you all there!

On Saturday 8 March, we allow you to stay home.

For further concert info, see the Bluegrass in Belgium website. Other dates in the Hickory Project tour are here. A post on the Sons' new CD appeared on the European Bluegrass Blog on 22 February.

Bill Evans and Megan Lynch in Europe, 14-28 March

Bill Evans and Megan Lynch will be teaching banjo and fiddle respectively at the annual Sore Fingers Week in England from 24 to 28 March. They will also be playing as a duo on two dates in Ireland (14, 15 March), three in England (16, 17, 20 March), and two in Scotland (21, 22 March). Full details are on their joint MySpace site.

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Jamboree 2008 at Strakonice, 29-31 May

Petr Kuklík reports that Jamboree 2008, the largest bluegrass festival in Central Europe, will be held from Thursday 29 May to Saturday 31 May in Strakonice, Czech Republic.

Concerts will be held at the Summer Cinema Scene at 8.00 p.m. on Thursday evening, 7.30 p.m. on Friday evening, and 4.00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon. Artists and bands taking part will include Tony Trischka (USA), Rawhide (B), and the Infamous Stringdusters (USA), with many of the leading Czech and Slovak bands, introduced by Zdeněk Schwager, Rosťa Čapek, and Míša Leicht.

Events at the Riding Horse Scene include a 'Celtic Afternoon' from 4.00 p.m. on Friday and 'Bluegrass Session No. 8' from 10.30 a.m. on Saturday. In the Free Area there will be horse riding, a dance show, an Old American Cars Exhibition, and Rest and Jam Sessions. Details of the schedule can be seen here. For further info contact Petr Kulik.

Lovell Sisters in Europe, Sept. 2008

The Lovell Sisters (USA), who played in Norway and in Northern Ireland in 2007, will be returning to Europe this September. Their country-influenced bluegrass music has won them awards in the USA, and press and fans have spoken of them as the future Dixie Chicks or Alison Krauss.

The Lovell Sisters will play in Norway between 1 and 17 September, interrupted by a trip to Belgium from 6 to 9 September. Playing other venues in Europe before, after, or during their time in Norway might be possible. Contact Johan Moen; 'phone +47 98437956; e-mail.

Saturday, 1 March 2008

Seventh Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival

The lineup for the Seventh Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, to be held on 25-28 September in Longford town, Co. Longford, Ireland, has just been announced. The Americana side of the programme includes:

Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band
Tony Trischka
Tom Russell
Don Rigsby
Pete & Joan Wernick
Carter Brothers Band
Lluis Gomez Quartet (E)
Ranch House Favourites (NL)
Niall Toner Band
Rough Deal String Band

Irish traditional music is represented by Barney McKenna, Gerry O'Connor, At the Racket, and Thom Moore & Seamie O'Dowd; others TBC. Full details are on the Festival website.