Wednesday, 13 August 2008
The Toy Hearts (UK) launched their second album, When I cut loose (Woodville Records) on Wednesday 6 August, with a release party at the Roadhouse, their regular venue in their home city, Birmingham. The eleven tracks are all original material. A full report is on the Bluegrass Blog.
The band have been increasingly active on the European scene, with appearances at two successive EWOB Festivals at Voorthuizen, the Netherlands, and most recently at the FBMA festival at La Roche-sur-Foron, France, where they came second to Monogram (CZ) in the European Band of the Year 2008 competition.
Toy Hearts - Stewart Johnson (banjo, Dobro®), Sophia Johnson (guitar, vocals) Hannah Johnson (mandolin, vocals), Howard Gregory (fiddle), and Lauren Rogers (double bass, vocals) - will also be attending the IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Nashville this year (29 September-5 October).