Sunday, 17 May 2009

More good news from Bühl

Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still (photo: Friedrich Hog)

Just a few of the many photos received by the EBB which were taken at the 7th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival (see our post of 4 May)

The Johannesplatz audience (photo: Lilly Pavlak)

On 9 May 2009 at the 10th Spring Bluegrass Festival Willisau, in Switzerland, Paolo Dettwiler and Angelika Torrie, of the Swiss Bluegrass Music Association and founder members of the EBMA, publicly presented two bottles of whiskey to Walter Fuchs, organiser of the Bühl Festival. The bottles were gifts to Walter and to the city of Bühl from the organisers of the European Bluegrass Summit, as a token of gratitude for their assistance in making the Summit possible.

Walter reports that Herr Hans Striebel, mayor of the city, has expressed his thanks for the gift; and says that holding the Summit in Bühl 'helped us to establish this city as a strong and reliable outpost for bluegrass music'.

Outdoor jam during dinner break (photo: Lilly Pavlak)

Attendance at the 7th Bühl Festival - the first to extend over two days - was 1200, a 50 per cent rise over 2008, with public TV and public radio present for the first time. On Sunday 20 September a one-hour report at 11.00 p.m. about the festival, with live recordings on the SWR2 cultural channel, will be broadcast. Bühl city council will give the same level of funding to next year's event, which will be on 14-15 May 2010. A report (in German) by Friedrich Hog on the Bühl Festival can be read here.