Monday, 4 May 2009

International Bühl Bluegrass Festival - another big success!

The civic reception for bands taking part: Laurie Lewis is flanked by Hans Striebel, mayor of Bühl, and Walter Fuchs, festival organiser (photo: Klaus Zimmermann)

The 7th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival was a hit. It drew 1200 attenders on two days (1-2 May) to Bühl’s Bürgerhaus Neuer Markt. The bands - Wayne Henderson & Helen White (USA), the Looping Brothers (Germany), Crooked Still (USA), Nugget (Austria), Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands (USA), Randy Waller & the Country Gentlemen (USA), and the Moonlighters (USA) - did their best to entertain an enthusiastic audience.

Nugget on the Johannesplatz stage (photo: Klaus Zimmermann)

On Saturday morning Nugget and Laurie Lewis with her band entertained hundreds of people in Bühl’s pedestrian zone. Another big promotion for bluegrass music. Also at different places throughout the city, amateurs from Switzerland, France, and Germany did ad hoc jam sessions.

Visitors came from all over Europe especially from Switzerland, France, and of course from Germany. Some even came from the USA. A lady was detected who was born in Nashville. For the very first time TV and radio were present to produce interviews and musical spots.

During the grand finale (photo: Lilly Pavlak)

At the end of the second Festival day, when all bands congregated on stage to play three numbers all together, Walter Fuchs, the event producer and MC, was mighty happy.

Many more photos by Klaus Zimmermann are on the Festival website.