Friday, 10 April 2009

European bluegrass in the mainstream US media

Druha Trava

Bluegrass in Europe is the subject matter of 'Bluegrass thrives, far from home', a major article published yesterday (9 April) in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune. The author is Ruth Ellen Gruber, whose Sauerkraut Cowboys blog also makes available today the full text.

The article leads off with the concert in Prague in early March by Lilly Drumeva of Bulgaria, and goes on to outline main features of the European bluegrass scene: notably the vigorous Czech scene, epitomised by the performance by Druha Trava in Prague for President Obama on 5 April; the recent European Bluegrass Summit meeting in Bühl, Germany; and the programme of events in the forthcoming European World of Bluegrass (EWOB), with its flagship event, the EWOB Festival in the Netherlands. Other major European bluegrass festivals during the year are also noted.

The article's publication is also welcomed in the Bluegrass Blog, from which the above photo of Druha Trava is reproduced.