Thursday, 7 May 2009

Scottish Bluegrass Association puts bluegrass in the schools

Gold Heart with Jens Koch (banjo) at a school performance arranged by the SBA

John Sheldon reports that the Scottish Bluegrass Association have just completed a ten-date UK tour for Gold Heart (USA) [see the EBB post for 14 April], who sold out at each of ten venues. Jens Koch of G2 (Sweden) played banjo with the band. A special high point of the tour was Gold Heart performing a 'bluegrass in the schools' concert (see photo above) on the SBA youth programme. Arrangements are now being completed for five mid-May dates in the UK for Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands (USA).

The SBA's annual Guildtown Bluegrass Festival (31 July-3 August 2009) is now teamed up with Southern Fried, a festival of Americana and roots music in nearby Perth, east central Scotland. The headline band at Guildtown are the Midnight Ramblers (USA), another brilliant young band. For more information on the Scottish scene, check out the SBA website.

Update 8 May: a video from the Goldheart tour, and a report by the band on their 'awesomely insane' (in a good way) experiences, can now be seen on the original Bluegrass Blog.