Monday, 16 March 2009

Bluegrass news from France

Christopher Howard-Williams of the France Bluegrass Musique Association (FBMA) announces the following events in France during the spring and summer:

The Bluegrass Masterclass Workshop on 11-12 April (see the EBB post of 31 January) with Jim Hurst (guitar), Byron Berline (fiddlle, mandoline) and Alan Munde (banjo), at La Grange Rouge, near Macon.

The FBMA Spring Weekend meeting (29 May-1 June) in the Leisure Centre at Mézière sur Couesnon (Ille et Vilaine), Britanny; for more info e-mail Philippe Chapuis.

The annual Grange Rouge Bluegrass and French Folk Weekend, held as usual on the second weekend in June (13-14 June 2009) for anyone who happens to be in the area; bands play 30-minute sets; sleeping in hostel conditions. For more info on both Grange Rouge events, e-mail.

The La Roche Bluegrass Festival (30 July-2 August), La Roche-sur-Foron, Haute Savoie, features the EWOBA Band Contest with twelve bands from six countries; a further sixteen bands from Europe will also perform, along with Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain (USA), Sally & Chris Jones (USA), Bob Jones (USA; ex Blue Grass Boy) & Bononia Grass (I), Monogram (CZ), Acousticure (H), and Philippe Naudot (F) & Vodopad (Sk). The full programme can be seen here or downloaded from the La Roche website.

France Bluegrass Musique Association
+33 450 03 42 04
(Mobile) +33 647 714 435
skype: christopherhw
145 rue de la Croix
F - 74800 La Roche sur Foron