Wednesday, 21 May 2008
John Prytherch reports:
Now in its third year, the Coastline Bluegrass Event, held at Plas Uchaf Farm near Llandudno, north Wales, goes from strength to strength.
Nominated by UKBluegrass.com as the ‘Favourite Bluegrass Festival of 2007’, in the Top Ten of the Guardian’s ‘Folk Festivals’ for 2008, and listed in the Telegraph’s ‘Best Events for 2008’.
The Event offers extended workshops for all the acoustic bluegrass instruments, starting with an introduction to bluegrass for beginners and those who have come from other genres, right through to the advanced levels. The workshops offer a unique opportunity for people to participate in fun-filled, informative instrument and vocal workshops, which start them on the road to playing music.
The tutors are experienced band members with a wealth of knowledge who also perform in the concerts and are on hand over the full weekend. This provides great opportunities for the participants to learn and get together in traditional ‘picking’ sessions with so many talented people on site.
Appearing as headline band from Sweden will be G2 [above], who won the #1 European Bluegrass Band award at the EWOB Festival, hosted by EBMA (European Bluegrass Music Association) in Holland. In October 2007 they showcased at IBMA in Nashville. Later this year they appear at Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom Festival, the IBMA showcase at Nashville in the USA, and the 17th Annual Appalachian & Bluegrass Music Festival at Omagh, N. Ireland.
Sons of Navarone from Belgium and Longway from Scotland will also be appearing.
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